X-Men Apocalypse: Character Review

We’ve all seen characters come and go in the X-men franchise, there have been some constants though, whom you’ll be seeing in this edition as well. Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Although, there are a lot of new additions to the team. The team has called in Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner as the new Jean Gray, Landa Condor as Jubliee and Star Wars star Oscar Issac as the supervillain Apocalypse.


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Jennifer Lawrence is seen all over the movie, which makes sense, as her take on Raven/Mystique has been a major component of the latest trilogy. Except, in all of the scenes in the new trailer, Lawrence lacks the blue makeup.

It was revealed that the film would touch upon her relationship with Beast, and it was reported that theromance between her and Magneto would also be explored.

Mystique’s character development has progressed over multiple films. First Class showed her struggling with her mutation, she fought the urge to become a killer in Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse might see her finally figuring out the person she’s meant to be.

James McAvoy – Professor X

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When movie audiences were first introduced to Professor Charles Xavier in 2000’s X-Men he was bald, just as he is in both the comics and cartoons. Portrayed by Patrick Stewart – an actor famous for his striking baldness, having lost his hair as a teenager – the leader of the X-Men was a bald man in a wheelchair with incredible psychic abilities.

In the comics, Xavier loses his hair at an early age as side effect of his mutant powers, but with McAvoy playing a roughly 40-year-old Xavier in Apocalypse, the event that makes him bald must be a traumatic one. Perhaps the film sees him stretching his abilities to their limit? Or maybe he has his psychic powers put the test, but they fail, resulting in the hair loss.

James McAvoy has done a truly spectacular job establishing himself within the X-Men franchise as the younger version of Professor Charles Xavier – even under the pressure of living up to the performances of the great Patrick Stewart.


Michael Fasbender – Magneto

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Magneto, he’s already wondering about his character’s future beyond the 2016 superheroblockbuster.

To say that Magneto is one of the most powerful mutants in the X-Men universe would be an understatement. Throughout the original movies and the “First Class entries,” we’ve seen him show off his abilities in a number of astounding ways, including lifting the Golden Gate Bridge, a submarine, and a baseball stadium. So for Apocalypse to take those existing powers and boost them to even higher levels will make him almost unstoppable, though I imagine this will eventually backfire on Erik. It’s been said that Apocalypse will find Magneto when he’s “disheartened” so these enhanced powers, combined with Apocalypse’s control, will allow him to strike back at a world that’s been cruel to him his whole life.

Michael Fassbender will soon be reprising his role as (young) Magneto in the new X-Men film out later this year, but rather than taking on the role of the big bad, as he has in the past, this movie will see him serving a new master in the form of Apocalypse.

Sophie Turner – Jean Gray


Oscar Issac – Apocalypse

Olivia Munn – Psylocke

Alexandra Shipp – Storm

Tye Sheridan – Cyclops

Nicholas Hoult – Beast

Kochi Smit-McPhil – Nightcrawler

Evan Peters – Quicksilver

Lana Condor – Jubilee

Channing Tatum – Gambit

Lucas Till – Havok

Monique Ganderton – Death

Rose Bynne – Moira MacTaggert




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