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Although not in the movie, Charles Xavier actor Patrick Stewart jokingly informed Bryan Singer that he would be willing to play Mystique should Jennifer Lawrence "start playing up". He said: "I am so ready to be naked, painted blue, and the world is ready for it too."
When Apocalypse arrives at Storm's home, the TV shows Star Trek: Who Mourns for Adonais? (1967) whose story mirrors Apocalypse's own behavior. A powerful entity who was worshiped as a god on old Earth meets modern humans, and throws a temper tantrum upon learning that they have no more use for old gods.
Originally Apocalypse was to be a space entity as in the comics, but Bryan Singer found the religious aspect of the character more interesting and removed the space element from the film.
The film was to be subtitled "Age of Apocalypse" after the comic of the same name, but this was changed to "Apocalypse" for a more ominous title, as well as to avoid comparison with Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), and The Age of Adaline (2015).
Particularly with Psylocke, Nightcrawler and Cyclops, the outfits and characters' looks were designed to pay homage to their comic book counterparts, differently from past films when the X-Men used standard black leather uniforms. Cyclops' costume is taken from Jim Lee's blue and yellow design in the 90s.
Bryan Singer has called this film "kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters" and the "true birth of the X-Men".
For the role of Charles Xavier, James McAvoy shaved his head. It was something he had wanted to do in the previous X-Men films.
This is the first time that the Summers brothers, Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Alex Summers (Havoc), appear together in a live-action movie. In the comics, there was another brother, Gabriel Summers (Vulcan), but he has not appeared in any shows/movies, and the filmmakers decided two brothers in a film was enough.
Xavier's wheelchair in the teaser trailer is the same one Patrick Stewart used in X-Men (2000).
Bryan Singer chose Apocalypse as the antagonist to examine the origins of mutants on Earth: "It deals with ancient mutantism, the origins of the mutant state; or the origin of gods and religion. There's a mixture of ancient religion and cultism in the character of Apocalypse."
The song playing when Apocalyse finds Angel is by the heavy metal band Metallica. It's called "The Four Horsemen" from the 1983 album "Kill 'Em All".
Tom Hardy and Idris Elba were both considered for the role of Apocalypse, but that part went to Oscar Isaac instead.
According to Bryan Singer, Apocalypse's voice is a mixture of different sounds: "He's bearing the souls of many lives and many characters. He has contained within him many voices, all taken from various ranges and tones."
In the comics, the Age of Apocalypse affected the Marvel Universe immensely and resulted in the deaths of prominent characters such as Peter Parker (who never becomes Spider-Man), Namor, Clint Barton, Thor, Carol Danvers, Frank Castle, Victor von Doom, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm and many others. In contrast, Gwen Stacy who famously dies in the main universe, is alive. The Age of Apocalypse is an alternate reality identified as "Earth-295".
Apocalypse's quote, "Everything they built will fall! And from the ashes of their world, we'll build a better one!" is almost a direct quote of his from the animated series X-Men (1992) ("From the ashes of this world, I will build a better one!").
Writer Simon Kinberg has stated that he and Bryan Singer have talked about this film being the origin of the traditional X-Men team and hopes future films will follow this "next generation of X-Men characters" following on from X: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse.
According to Simon Kinberg, Apocalypse is the darkest villain in the series: "He doesn't distinguish between mutants and humans like the other villains do, only between the weak and the strong. To him it's all just one giant screwed-up world that worships false idols and needs to be saved from itself. He is the God of the Old Testament: if there isn't the order and worship then I'll open up the Earth and swallow you whole!"
This will be Betsy Braddock/Psylocke's first major appearance; she had a minor role in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Storm is never referred to by name in the entire film, either as Storm or Ororo Munroe.
Bryan Singer describes Apocalypse as a mutant acting as a god, saying: "Apocalypse's from an ancient time and doesn't understand he's a mutant. He thinks of himself as more of a god. He's a hard man to break, it's why he thinks he's God. And the big giant ego of the god is that the world lacks order and respect/devotion to him. It needs to be culled, it needs to be wiped away and rebuilt."
Bryan Singer had turned down X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) to make Superman Returns (2006). This film uses concepts he had planned to use in The Last Stand.
Apocalypse made his live-action debut in 2016, the 30th anniversary of his debut in the X-Men comics (May 1986).
For her role as Psylocke, Olivia Munn was advised by James McAvoy to practice sword-fighting: "I learned to use a regular sword with both hands, so I can switch in between a real sword and a CGI blade. It's more work for the special effects guys but it's pretty cool."
The book that Professor X is teaching the class about in the beginning of the movie is "The Once and Future King," which featured in the same context in the original X-Men (2000).
X-Men Apocalypse is the second X-Men movie to feature the Danger Room, after X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Kodi Smit-McPhee (Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler) was originally set to play the young Logan/Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) but stepped out of the role in order to film The Road (2009).
Elle Fanning, Chloë Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld, Saoirse Ronan, Daisy Ridley, Lily Collins and Margot Robbie were considered for the role of Jean Grey, before Sophie Turner was cast.
Despite the title, En Sabah Nur is never called Apocalypse throughout the movie.
In comics, Mystique is the mother of Nightcrawler and was forced to abandon him, though this is never acknowledged or hinted at in either this film or X2 (2003). However, in an outtake Jennifer Lawrence ad libbed a line acknowledging Nightcrawler as her son by Azazel; this take is shown in the gag reel
It is revealed in the film that Moira MacTaggert has a son. This is a reference to her son in the comics, Kevin MacTaggert, who is the mutant Proteus. Previously, this was lightly mentioned in the film X2 (2003) when his name is seen on William Stryker's computer.
The dog at the X-Mansion is Tauntaun, director Bryan Singer's pet dog, named after a creature from the Star Wars galaxy.
Michael Fassbender improvised the "Is this what you want from me?" line.
This is the second film appearance for Nightcrawler since his debut in X2 (2003).
In the original trilogy, Angel, Psylocke and Jubilee are portrayed as younger than Cyclops, Jean, Storm and Nightcrawler. However, Jubilee is being portrayed as the same age as the four, while Psylocke and Angel are now older.
Despite having a small cameo at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Famke Janssen expressed her disappointment about not being asked to appear in this movie. She said she would have loved to appear alongside Sophie Turner in a scene with two Jean Greys.
In the comics, Elisabeth Braddock/Psylocke was born a British Caucasian who later permanently swapped bodies with a Japanese ninja named Kwannon. The actress of Psylocke, Olivia Munn, is of Eurasian descent, which combines both comic nationalities.
In the debris that Magneto first lifts up at Auschwitz, for one frame you can clearly see the coin that he used to kill Sebasian Shaw in X: First Class (2011). VFX supervisor John Dykstra had worked on that film, and during editing he spotted the coin and yelled out "Hey, you got the coin - terrific - I love it!"
Other members of the Four Horsemen in the comic who are not members of the faction in this movie are Wolverine and Caliban.
In the comics, William Stryker is actually a religious fanatic and televangelist with a military past and a unequivocal hatred of mutants. He committed hate crimes against mutants as a leader to his secret paramilitary group, the Purifiers. His comic book debut "God Loves, Man Kills" was a main inspiration for X2 (2003). However, this was taken out of the films to avoid religious controversy. Instead the film just like with X2 borrows elements from Henry Peter Gyrich (also a ruthless government official) and Professor Andre Thorton (the one in charge of the Weapon X project in the comics)
Fans have gotten the in-joke from Jean Grey after watching Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) in which she says the third movie is the weakest (in reference to the criticisms from the fans about X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)). However, the scene includes another in-joke. Before Jean remarking that the third movie is the weakest, Cyclops says the Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) was the best. Bryan Singer reportedly said in 2003 that he envisioned X2 (2003) as the film series' The Empire Strikes Back. Fans agree that X2 is the best of the original trilogy with some saying it is the best entry in the entire series.
Alexandra Shipp shaved her head to sport a mohawk hairdo as Storm.
Olivia Munn had actually originally auditioned for the role of Vanessa in Deadpool (2016). But the producers and casting director felt that she wasn't right for the role. They did however say that they would keep her mind and hoped to work with her on a future X-Men movie. So, when casting began for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). they remembered her and brought her back in the audition for the role of Psylocke.
The Egyptian procession contains 295000 people, but was filmed with 25 actual actors and the rest were digital VFX.
When the pan of Quicksilver's leg cast is shown, you can see Bryan Singer's signature on the cast.
The VFXperts deliberately styled Magneto's powers in this film on the loops of power a magnet gives off (lines of force, electrostatic induction) and supercell clouds (a thunderstorm/tornado hybrid): "it is based on real magnetism, but scaled up and tied to a weather event. As the metal is manipulated, it heats up and generates steam, which forms a vapour which would collect around the loops. There is a layer of metal and attached concrete, then a layer of dust and debris, then more dust and vapour and then the clouds."
In the movie, Havok is the older brother of Cyclops. In the mainstream comics, Cyclops is older than Havok. In the Ultimate X-Men comics, he was sometimes referred as the older brother.
The trailer for the film attracted controversy from the Indian government for it using the name of the Indian deity Krishna as an assumed identity of a mutant villain. The final theatrical cut removes the Krishna reference and replaced it with godlike figures from other cultures.
This is the first film ever to feature all of the major "blue" mutants - Mystique, Beast, and Nightcrawler all have major roles in the film. However, Dr Hank McCoy (Beast) does appear outside of his blue form in X2 (2003).
Amber Stevens West and Zendaya were considered for the role of Storm before Alexandra Shipp was cast.
This is the first time in the franchise where Mystique's blue body is achieved by other means than applying extensive body paint and prosthetics.
Sophie Turner became interested in the role of Jean when she received an overwhelming response from a fan survey asking for their preferred choice to play the role as well as from her Twitter followers. She summarized her audition and casting process as three months of hell - reading and waiting for next round of selection. Towards the end, before she was formally cast, she became more frustrated as she didn't receive a response from the producers. However, it turns out that the delay was due to her contractual obligations to her TV show, "Game of Thrones" (2010)_, Bryan Singer and the producers had to hammer out a proper shooting schedule with the show producers.
This will be Jubilation Lee/Jubilee's first major appearance, after appearing in Generation X (1996) and having minor roles in the first three X-Men films.
Taron Egerton turned down the role of Cyclops.
Dazzler was planned to make an appearance in the movie, according to writer Simon Kinberg. However, she is not in the final film.
Timothée Chalamet, Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe, Taron Egerton, Logan Lerman, Josh Hutcherson, Dylan O'Brien, Jesse Plemons and Jamie Blackley were considered for the role of Cyclops/Scott Summers, before Tye Sheridan was cast. Ben Hardy would later be cast in the role of Angel.
To prepare for her role as Jean Grey, Sophie Turner studied Famke Janssen's performance as Grey in the previous X-Men films.
When Nightcrawler is teleporting Professor X away from Apocalypse, it briefly shows him moving through another dimension. This idea of Kurt passing through other dimensions, has been mentioned in the comics before. In fact the animated series "X-Men: Evolution" (2000), actually did an entire episode devoted to this idea called Shadow Dance, where Forge creates a device to slow Kurt's teleporting down so he can see in the other dimension.
Lana Condor describes her role of Jubilee as a timepiece: "If you've seen my costume, like I'm straight out of the '80's, like they literally took me out. You'll never really forget that you're in the '80's."
During an interview with Graham Norton, Jennifer Lawrence described her blue outfit as 'Mystique', to be so constricting and skin-tight, that she had to urinate through a funnel while standing upright.
For the wide shot of Auschwitz seen from above, the VFXperts used reference material from the BBC documentary Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' (2005).
Apocalypse's original horsemen had different powers: War had super strength, Famine had pyrokinesis, Pestilence had Telekinesis (like Psylocke), and Death can create energy fields.
This is Ben Hardy's feature film debut; he previously starred in the British soap opera EastEnders (1985) for two years, before recently leaving the role.
Oscar Isaac is the third "Star Wars" actor to work on an X-Men film, after Ray Park, who played Toad in X-Men (2000) and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), and Rose Byrne, who played the handmaiden Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002).
Sophie Turner shares similarities with her predecessor Famke Janssen:
  • Neither are natural redheads; Turner is blonde and Janssen is brunette

  • Both are European; Turner is British and Janssen is Dutch.

  • Both are an inch taller than their co-stars playing Cyclops; Tye Sheridan is 5'8" while Turner is 5'9," and 'James Marsden' is 5'10 while Janssen is 5'11"

Both are older than their co-stars playing Cyclops; Turner is 9 months older than Tye Sheriden and Janssen is 9 years older than James Marsden.
Bryan Singer wished to deliberately raise the level of graphic violence and gore in this film. The VFXperts at Digital Domain complied with this concept, but thought the Egypt assassination attempt may have been too much.
Scott's powers manifesting in a bathroom was something Bryan Singer wanted for X2 (2003), but for budgetary and scheduling reasons the scene never came to fruition. A bathroom set was constructed for X2, but it was re-purposed for the scene where Mystique seduces the prison guard.
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VFX supervisor Lou Pecora based the Egyptian guards being burnt on methyl cellulose: "When the guards are thrown against the wall, it stretches out and yet it is contained so as it stretched out you can see the skeleton and the liquefied organs through it."
Sophie Turner is the second Game of Thrones (2011) cast member to join the X-Men franchise, with Peter Dinklage being the first.
Sasha Pieterse turned down the role of Jean Grey.
This is the third time Tómas Lemarquis (Caliban) plays an albino (which he himself is not).
In the comics, Betsy Braddock/Psylocke is the twin sister of Captain Britain. However, the Captain is not planned to feature in any upcoming Marvel projects.
The piece of classical music heard during the missile launch sequence is Ludwig van Beethoven's "7th Symphony Major, 2nd Movement - Allegretto in A Minor".
Psylocke's costume was created by an Adult sex store in LosAngeles
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The jacket Nightcrawler is wearing is like the one worn by Michael Jackson in Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983).
The anchor from X: First Class (2011) is visible in one of the magnetic tentacles when the jet carrying the X-Men first enters Cairo.
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The film released on May 25, birthday of Sir Ian McKellen who originated Magneto's role.
Bryan Singer has described X-Men: Apocalypse as "A big monster of a movie."
Kodi Smit-McPhee wore a prosthetic tail as Nightcrawler. However, the tail is CGI when Nightcrawler wraps it around Angel in a fight.
Psylocke and Angel's nationalities are swapped. British character Psylocke is portrayed as American, whilst American character Angel is portrayed as British.
Bryan Singer compared this film to Game of Thrones (2011), saying: "It's a younger generation finding their powers and finding out who they are and their place in the world. They don't even know if that's the right goal. Everyone's miserable, but they want to get that power."
Released 10 years after the release of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Tuesday Knight launched a failed campaign via social media, in an attempt to be cast as the mutant Dazzler.
During the missile launching scene, one of the men uses the call sign "Polaris". Polaris (Lorna Dane) is a mutant who has electromagnetic control and magnetic field generation, and who is also Magneto's daughter.
Fourth Marvel movie to feature a Star Wars reference, after Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Deadpool (2016) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). This is not including the right-hand references.
Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) are enemies in this film. Fassbender and Smit-McPhee had previously worked together on Slow West (2015), where they played allies.
Jamie Chung was interested for the role of Psylocke.
Marks the shortest gap between the release of two X-Men films, being released just 3 months after Deadpool (2016). While not an official X-Movie, the Deadpool film takes place in the same universe, references the cast of the X-Men films, and features two X-Men (Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead) as supporting characters.
The film features the younger X-Men discussing Star Wars. This film not only contains "Star Wars" actors Rose Byrne and Oscar Isaac, but is released on the 39th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
Nicholas Hoult and Tye Sheridan previously starred together in Dark Places (2015).
Nicholas Hoult (Hank) and Josh Helman (Stryker) both appeared together in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
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Ben Hardy is the second actor with the first name Ben to portray Angel in the franchise, the first one being Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
On-screen brothers Lucas Till and Tye Sheridan both come from Texas.
The program playing on the TV at Ororo Munroe / Storm's home which Apocalypse watches is the 1967 Star Trek episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" which also features the return of a godlike being.
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1980's Up the Academy (1980) is playing at the mall in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) even though it is set in 1983 and UTA was released in 1980. It is an inside joke because Oliver in UTA was played by 16 year old actor J. Hutchison. J. Hutchison is now known as Hutch Parker and is a Fox executive. He was one of the producers of X-Men Apocalypse and its inclusion at the movie theatre is a nod to Hutch and his influence on the X-Men franchise.
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Lowest grossing X-Men film to date.
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The unnamed mutant whom Apocalypse transfers into at the beginning of the film is the seventh mutant in the film series to date with accelerated healing abilities: Wolverine, lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth, Deadpool and Viper are the other six.
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Both Lucas Till and Evan Peters appeared on the fifth season of House M.D. (2004).
The film is set in 1983. Ally Sheedy appears as Scott Summers' teacher. In 1983, Ally Sheedy starred in WarGames (1983). In this film, the screens of the United States military command are very reminiscent of the screens in NORAD seen in WarGames.
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The "Scott Summers and Jean Grey" romance is hinted at when he bumps into her, knocking her books out of her hands.
Nightcrawler and Cyclops' heights are almost opposite heights to their comic counterparts. Kodi Smit-McPhee is 6'1" tall, whilst his character Nightcrawler is 5'9". Tye Sheridan is 5'8" tall whilst his character Cyclops is 6'2". Ironically Alan Cumming and James Marsden who played the adult Nightcrawler and adult Cyclops in the original timeline are both 5'10" tall.
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It was revealed that Carter Jenkins and Kaya Scodelario were cast as Northstar and Aurora which turned out to be an April's Fool Day joke.
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Second Oscar Isaac movie to have "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)". The first, Sucker Punch (2011), has a cover version.
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Stan Lee: creator of the X-Men, appears as a civilian during the missile launch sequence. This is Lee's fourth cameo in an X-Men film, and he appears with his wife Joan Lee.
John Ottman: composer and editor on the X-Films, appears as a soldier during the missile launch sequence.
Ally Sheedy: as the teacher at the school where Scott's powers manifest.

Director Cameo 

Bryan Singer: a soldier Weapon X kills during his rampage.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Quicksilver's X-Mansion run lasts three minutes, but took 20 days to film; Evan Peters stated this in multiple interviews (usually alongside Sophie Turner.
Jennifer Lawrence has revealed this is her last appearance as Mystique. At the time of release, she's less than two years younger than Rebecca Romijn was when she first originated the role for X-Men (2000). X-Men: Apocalypse is also, at the time of release, the last contracted film for James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult, but all expressed interest in doing more, if the scripts were good.
Simon Kinberg explains that, thanks to the time-travelling consequences of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), history has been altered so that some mutants have turned out differently than in the previous films. This has enabled new versions of old characters to potentially exist and appear in these films (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Angel, Nightcrawler, Blob, William Stryker, Wolverine).
In the final battle scene, Jean Grey is shown in a flaming image representing her Phoenix status just as Apocalypse is defeated. His final words are potentially referential to the future of the comic book time-lines where Phoenix is responsible for the destruction of mankind. Ultimately Phoenix would be responsible for fulfilling Apocalypse's goals.
The appearance of Psylocke in this film is intended to lead into X-Force. Psylocke is a member of the X-Force team.
According to Simon Kinberg, this is the final film in the First Class story arc, which also consisted of X: First Class (2011) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Kinberg calls this film the culmination of Xavier and Lensherr's relationship: "First Class was about Erik becoming empowered, the origin story of a man's power. Days of Future Past was about Charles becoming empowered, a guy who is a mess but masterminds the end of a massive event. This film has them both at their peak and finally going at each other!"
The after-credit scene references the Essex Group and Weapon X, setting up Nathaniel Essex / Mister Sinister as the antagonist for Logan (2017).

Logan's blood sample is also taken by Sinister (known for conducting genetic experiments). This might also lead to an on screen appearance for X23 in the Wolverine 3 film
Jean Grey uses her telepathic powers to calm down Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and get some of his memories back. In X-Men (2000) she did essentially the same thing for him.
When Wolverine escapes from his cell and starts rampaging through the military complex, he meets up with Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler, but they don't recognize one another (simply because they have never met before in this timeline). Ironically, Hank McCoy/Beast, Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver and Raven/Mystique would have recognized Wolverine (during X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Beast and Quicksilver worked with him, and Mystique delivered him into the hands of the military), but they only hear him raging from their holding cell, and never get to see him.
Erik and Charles have a conversation at the end of this movie which is very similar to the one they had at the end of X-Men (2000) in the plastic prison.
In order to explain Wolverine's cameo, Bryan Singer compared the X-Men timeline to a river and stated that even if you throw rocks into the current, the river still flows. In other words, even though the timeline was reset by X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) certain events would still occur as they should. Even though Wolverine was saved by Mystique, who posed as William Stryker, in 1973 he would still be taken into the Weapon X program, be given his Adamantium claws, and lose his memory sometime prior to 1983.
According to Simon Kinberg, this film contains more mass destruction than any of the previous X-Men films. Kinberg states: "We've spent the most time talking about creating a character that's the most powerful mutant villain that we've seen in the X-Men movies so far, more powerful than Magneto or the Phoenix! The kind of scope and scale we're talking about is like a disaster movie featuring an extinction-level event. We're talking Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich-style movie making, which you've never seen in an X-Men movie, or any superhero movie."
The film ends with the X-Men practicing on Sentinel robots in the Danger Room - the way X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) began.
When Jean Grey unleashes her powers, Apocalypse's armor is destroyed exposing his body. His body resembles his appearance in X-Men: Evolution (2000).
Angel is presented in a blue light when he first gets his metal wings, which makes his skin look blue. In the comics, Angel was given metal wings and blue skin by Apocalypse.
The psychic battle between Xavier and Apocalypse was based on a concept from X: First Class (2011) where Xavier and Emma Frost would have battled on a psychic plane. However, at the time the idea was considered too similar to the film Inception (2010).
The Four Horsemen that Apocalypse recruits in this film are: Storm (Famine), Magneto (War), Archangel (Death) and Psylocke (Pestilence). Archangel and Psylocke had been Horsemen in the comics (Angel was an original member, and Psylocke became a Horseman in the "Uncanny X-Force" comic), and Storm and Magneto were Horsemen in X-Men: Evolution (2000).
Apocalypse is shown to have some connection to The Phoenix Force, a cosmic entity inside Jean Grey as he states "All is revealed" before he is disintegrated.
The film redoes the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009):
  • Blob makes an appearance as a fighter

  • William Stryker creates Weapon X

Wolverine gets his adamantium claws and escapes being trapped as Weapon X.
Psylocke and Angel appear to know each other before they become horsemen. Psylocke suggests to Apocalypse that he recruits Angel and during their fight with the X-Men, Archangel calls out to Psylocke so they can attack as a team. In the comics Psylocke and Angel are a couple and both join the ranks of X-Force.
The post-credit scene reveals that Essex Corp is getting a sample of the Weapon X. In the comics, Essex is Mister Sinister, who in "X-Cutioner's Song" comic line, impersonates Apocalypse.
Apocalypse's last line is "All is revealed." Apocalypse is actually Greek for "Revelation," and is in fact the Greek title of the Biblical Book of Revelation.
Apocalypse has the power to move between bodies. This is not his traditional power in the comics, but is based on the X-Men storyline "The Twelve", where he attempted to transfer his consciousness into an all-powerful mutant to achieve godhood.
Jean's method of defeating Apocalypse as the Phoenix is taken from the "Ultimate X-Men" comics.
In William Stryker's base, the alarm is the same from Aliens (1986).
Magneto has a wife and daughter, named Magda and Nina, who are killed by a soldier. This was taken from the X-Men comics; however Nina was named Anya and she was the first child Erik ever had, while in the films Magneto has already had Peter Maximoff.
Storm becomes a Horseman of Apocalypse, akin to a goddess. In the comics, she was at one point worshipped as a goddess in Africa.
In Deadpool (2016), part of the X-Men film franchise, Negasonic Teenage Warhead remarks to Colossus that some of the perks to being an X-Man are "a house that blows up every few years" and "matching unitards." In "X-Men: Apocalypse," set 30 years before "Deadpool" but debuting in theaters 3 months later, the house/school blows up, and the mutants wear matching "unitards" (flight suits) for the final battle.
When Apocalypse goes into Storm's apartment, the TV is showing an episode of Star Trek where the crew rebels against an entity who believes itself to be one of the ancient gods of Olympia and must defeat it.
The ship that is magnetically lifted off the seafloor is the USS Indianapolis, from Jaws (1975).
Apocalypse is mainly based on his comics incarnation (a blue-skinned and all-powerful mutant who believes in purging the world), but is also based on the Shadow King, an ancient Egyptian psychic who transfers bodies and who confronted a young Charles Xavier and inspired him to create the X-Men.
A young Storm is seen in X: First Class (2011) with white hair during the Cerebro scene while her hair turns white by Apocalypse in this film to further enhance her mutant abilities.
Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver is the son of Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto. In real life, Evan Peters is only 10 years younger than Michael Fassbender.
When VFX supervisor Lou Pecora was working on the destruction of Auschwitz someone told him: "I don't want anything left of that damn camp by the time we are done with this sequence."
In the shot of Magneto's powers destroying New York, the Twin Towers can be seen in the background.
Both Nicholas Hoult and the dog Tauntaun get high-speed shots of them being taken out of the X-Mansion. Hoult's face was sprayed with air hoses to get the vibrating feel of high-speed movement, but Tauntaun's face was done with computer-generated imagery.
40th anniversary of the Phoenix story and the first appearance of Psylocke (1976), and 30th for Apocalypse (1986).
Archangels death is a reference to his false death in the comics. The film version dies in the plane crash, whilst in the comics Angel was suffering from depression after losing his wings and it is believed he sabotaged his own jet to explode. This event was pioneered by Sinister and Apocalypse to convince Angel to become Archangel
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Angel possesses many similarities to Wolverine in this film.
  • Both are involved in Cage fighting and are extremely successful. Angel beating 10 mutants in a row, whilst Wolverine is the hailing champion in Alberta.

  • Both defeat the obese and immensely strong Blob

  • Both have slashing weapons, Wolverine possesses Bone Claws, Angel possesses Taloned Wings

  • Both are heavy drinkers

  • Both are extremely profane to people that try to recruit them, in X: First Class (2011); Wolverine tells Magneto and Professor X to "go fuck yourselves", in Apocalypse; Angel tells Apocalypse, Storm and Psylocke to "Piss off" in both German and English.

Professor X offers Magneto a chance to stay at the school, which he declines. In the comics, Magneto accepted this offer and became a mentor to the New Mutants, and X-Men: The New Mutants is the next X-Film planned after this one.
Actors Josh Helman (William Stryker) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast) are enemies in this film. Helman and Hoult previously worked together on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) as brief allies, before also turning into adversaries.
In the movie, set in 1983, shows a total nuclear missiles launch caused by Apocalypse. In this year was released The Day After (1983), a TV movie about a total nuclear missiles launch and the consequences by it.
The three First Class films each have a part of Xavier's origin: becoming crippled (shot during the first xmen mission), opening the school (family inheritance), and losing his hair (a side effect when attacked by apocalypse). None of these occur even remotely similarly to how they happened in the comics. He is crippled during a psychic battle with the shadow king long before he creates the xmen, the school has been funded by Angel's Worthington Industries since the 70s, and he had early hair loss since his 20s and 30s possibly because of his powers.
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In the right light, are various Christianity-related religious elements can be seen in the film:
  • Apocalypse was worshiped as a pagan god, while some may see Charles Xavier in the Christ role.

  • Apocalypse has a voice made out of many voices, akin to the Legion demon.

  • Apocalypse recruits four loyal followers, which in the comics are called his Four Horsemen. (It's stated in the film that the writers of the Bible may have gotten the name from his followers, rather than the other way around.)

  • The light-haired, handsome horseman Angel is paired against the demonic-looking hero Nightcrawler.

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