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With the casting of Oscar Issac in the role of Apocalypse in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film, one of the most iconic villains in the X-Men comics will be making his big-screen debut. As is the case with most comic-related movie news, the characters have a tremendous amount of history. While there will surely be mass changes made to his character in the translation from page to screen, here is some things you should know about the deadly X-Men baddie Apocalypse.
1. Apocalypse’s first appearance was in X-Factor #5 in 1986, created by writer Louise Simonson and pencilier Jackson Guice.
2. Apocalypse was not suppose to be in X-Factor originally. The current story arc revolved around a group named the Alliance of Evil. Bob Layton, the original writer for X-Factor, had planned for a reveal of the leader of the Alliance of Evil in issue 5 to be a Daredevil foe named The Owl. However, editor Bob Haras wanted a new villain. After Layton’s departure from the book and replaced by Louise Simonson, with help from Walt Simonson, Apocalypse was born.
3. His ‘real’ name is En Sabah Nur. This translates to “The First One.”
4. He is considered to be the First Mutant in Marvel History having been born 5000 years ago in ancient Egypt.
5. His powers first manifested when he was rebuked by a woman named Nephri for his appearance.
6. The powers of Apocalypse are pretty undefined. His most notable is the ability to control his body’s molecules and change his form at will. He can turn his arms into various weapons and grow to giant size. His powers were further modified when he found a Celestial spaceship in Egypt that enhanced his powers.
7. Apocalypse’s guiding principal is a belief in a twisted form of Darwinism. No matter if someone is a mutant or human, only the strong survive. Apocalypse has waged war through the course of history in hopes of achieving the perfect society populated only by the strongest humans.
8. His arch-nemesis is Cable, a time-traveler from a future where Apocalypse has conquered the earth and popular X-Men character. Cable also happens to be the son of X-Men leader Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone Madelyne Pryor.
9. Keeping true to his namesake, Apocalypse uses his future technology to convert powerful mutants to his cause under the moniker of “The Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Numerous mutants have served under him, including famous X-Men such as Wolverine as War, Gambit as Death, and Sunfire as Famine.
10. His most notable Horseman is Angel who he transformed into Archangel.
11. Apocalypse is also responsible for the creation of another iconic X-Men villain. During his travels, he encountered a scientist obsessed with the mutant gene named Nathanial Essex and the two formed a pact which lead to Essex being turned into Mister Sinister.
12. One of the most notable stories featuring Apocalypse is an alternate universe titled ‘Age of Apocalypse.’ In it, the world was conquered by Apocalypse due to the death of Charles Xavier before he ever founded the school and the X-Men. Magneto took up Xavier’s place and is in opposition to Apocalypse’s reign.
13. Apocalypse was recently killed in the comics, but as the saying goes, no one stays dead in comics. He was resurrected by a cult as a child. After a long and convoluted affair, the young Evan Sabahnur is currently enrolled in Jean Grey’s School for Higher Learning.