X-Men: Apocalypse (2016 Movies)
En Sabah Nur, a powerful mutant believed to be the first of his kind, rules ancient Egypt until he is betrayed by his worshippers, who entomb him alive. His four lieutenants die preserving him. Awakening in 1983, he believes humanity has lost its way without his presence. Aiming to destroy and remake the world, he recruits Cairo pickpocket Ororo Munroe, who can control the weather, and upgrades her power.
In East Berlin, shape-shifting mutant Raven investigates an underground fight club and discovers mutant champion Angel, who possesses large feathered wings on his back, and Kurt Wagner, who can teleport. Raven rescues Kurt and requests black marketeer Caliban to transport him to America. En Sabah Nur recruits Caliban’s enforcer, Psylocke, who leads him to Angel. En Sabah Nur enhances both of their powers, transforming Angel’s wings into metal.
Alex Summers discovers that his younger brother Scott is manifesting a mutation for shooting optic beams. Alex takes Scott to Professor Charles Xavier‘s educational institute in Westchester County, New York, hoping that Xavier and Hank McCoy will teach him to control his abilities. Scott meets the telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey, and the two develop an attraction. Raven brings Kurt to the institute. En Sabah Nur’s powers cause disturbances around the world, leading Xavier and Alex to consult with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, who has been researching the legend of Nur.
In Communist Poland, the metal-controlling mutant Erik Lehnsherr lives with his wife and their young daughter, Nina. When En Sabah Nur’s resurrection causes a worldwide earthquake, he uses his powers to save a coworker, prompting the militia to capture him. When they accidentally kill Erik’s family, he retaliates by executing them. En Sabah Nur later approaches the devastated Erik and takes him to Auschwitz, where Erik’s power first manifested. Persuaded by En Sabah’s philosophy, Erik’s powers are enhanced and he destroys the camp, joining En Sabah Nur. En Sabah Nur remotely accesses Cerebro, a brainwave-amplifying device Xavier uses to locate mutants and forces the telepathic Xavier to make the global superpowers launch their entire nuclear arsenals into space to prevent interference with En Sabah Nur’s plan. He and his new Four Horsemen arrive at the mansion and kidnap Xavier. Attempting to stop them, Alex accidentally causes an explosion that destroys the mansion. Peter Maximoff, having realized that he is Erik’s biological son and hoping that Xavier can help to find him, arrives just in time; he uses his super-speed to evacuate the students and teachers before the explosion destroys the building, but fails to save Alex, who dies in the process. Colonel William Stryker‘s forces subsequently capture Hank, Raven, Peter, and Moira, and take them to a military facility for interrogation. Scott, Jean, and Kurt follow covertly, and liberate their comrades using Stryker’s mind-controlled and brainwashed experiment Weapon X, whose memories Jean partially restores.
At En Sabah Nur’s behest, Erik uses his powers to control the Earth’s magnetic poles, causing destruction across the planet. Sabah Nur plans to transfer his consciousness into Xavier’s body, and use Xavier’s power to enslave every person on Earth. Xavier secretly sends a telepathic distress call to Jean, and the others travel to Cairo to battle Sabah Nur and his horsemen. They rescue Xavier, but he loses his hair as the process nears completion. Angel is defeated, and Erik and Ororo are persuaded to turn on En Sabah Nur and, with the help of Scott, they keep him occupied physically while Xavier fights him telepathically in the astral plane. Finally, Xavier encourages Jean to unleash the full extent of her powers, incinerating En Sabah Nur, killing him for good, while Psylocke escapes. Xavier and Moira rekindle their relationship. Erik and Jean help reconstruct the school, but Erik refuses Xavier’s offer to stay and help teach. Peter decides not to tell Erik yet that he is Erik’s son. Using confiscated Sentinels, Hank and Raven train new X-Men recruits: Scott, Jean, Ororo, Kurt, and Peter.
In a post-credits scene, men in black suits visit the Weapon X facility to retrieve data on Stryker’s mutant research, including an X-ray and a blood sample marked “Weapon X”, on behalf of the Essex Corporation.
- A pacifist and the world’s most powerful telepath, who founds Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and leads the team of powerful skilled mutants known as the X-Men in order to protect the humankind and battle against the deadly enemy within. McAvoy shaved his head for the role.
- A Auschwitz survivor with the ability to control magnetic fields and manipulate metal, who was once Xavier’s closest ally and best friend until his belief that mankind and mutantkind would never coexist led to their separation. He is globally infamous for attempting to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon on live broadcast 10 years prior. Bill Milner appears in archival footage as a Young Erik.
- A mutant with shapeshifting abilities, globally renowned for saving Nixon’s life 10 years prior. She is also Xavier’s once closest ally and his adopted sister. Lawrence said, “she hears about what happened to Erik and she wants to seek him out and help him.”
- An ancient tyrant presumably born as the world’s first mutant, with a variety of destructive mutant abilities such as telekinesis, cyberpathy, teleportation, and augmentation of other mutants’ abilities. Isaac described Apocalypse as the “creative-slash-destructive force of the Earth.” He added, “When things start to go awry, or when things seem like they’re not moving towards evolution, [Apocalypse] destroys those civilizations.” Isaac had to go through extensive makeup and prosthetics applications, and wore high-heeled boots to appear taller and a 40-pound suit. The full costume, which Isaac described as “basically doing Kabuki theater”, was uncomfortable, particularly in the humid environment of the outdoor scenes, which forced Isaac to go to a cooling tent between takes. Apocalypse’s previous old-form (seen at the beginning of the film) was played by Berdj Garabedian, a 70-year-old Canadian real estate agent in his first credited film role.
- A mutant with leonine attributes, prehensile feet and superhuman physical abilities. Hank acts as a teacher in Xavier’s school and he builds inventions for troubled students. He also built the X-Jet.
- A CIA agent who first met and fell in love with Xavier in X-Men: First Class, where he wiped portions of her memories of him and the X-Men at the end. Simon Kinberg said they are “essentially, strangers” when they meet in this film.
- A mutant who can move, think, and perceive at supersonic speeds, and the son of Magneto. Describing the relationship between Quicksilver and Magneto, Peters stated, “I have learned that he’s my father at this point and I am trying to … I don’t know what I can say. I’m trying to … Yeah. It’s like an adoptive child or any kind of child who has a strange father trying to … He knows who he is now so he is trying to find him. He’s been searching for him. It’s been 10 years and he hasn’t found him and then something happens.”
- A mutant who fires destructive optic beams and wears a visor or sunglasses to stabilize and contain them, and who is the younger brother of Havok. Sheridan describes Cyclops as “angry and a bit lost.” He added, “He’s now learning about being a mutant and trying to handle his powers.”
- A mutant who is scared of her telepathic and telekinetic power, and one of Charles Xavier’s most prized students.Turner states that she was cast in the film because of the “dark side” of her character Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. She compared Jean to Sansa and described being an outcast in the human world, who struggles with her power and gift, the same way Sansa, who wanted to live a normal life, felt. Turner learned archery in preparation for the role.
- A mutant with telepathic, telekinetic and psionic abilities. Her abilities also include projecting purple psychic energy, usually into the form of an energy blade that can burn through metal. Munn described Psylocke as “very lethal, very powerful and very strong.” She practiced sword fighting in preparation for the role.
- A German teleporting mutant and one of Charles Xavier’s new students. Singer said Nightcrawler is a source of comic relief.
- A young mutant orphan who can control weather. Storm is discovered by Apocalypse in Cairo. Shipp shaved her head partially, and sported a Mohawk for the role.
- A mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and release it with destructive force from his body, and the older brother of Cyclops.
- A military officer who hates mutants and has, in the ten years since Days of Future Past, been developing his own plans for resolving “the mutant problem”.
- A mutant with bird-like feathered wings, gaining metallic wings which can also be used as razor sharp projectiles as a result, similar to his Archangel counterpart in the comics. Hardy practiced indoor skydiving in preparation for his role.
- A mutant student at Charles’s school who has the ability to create psionic energy plasmoids. Discussing her first day on X-Men: Apocalypse, Condor says: “I was very new and it was my first role. I’d never been on a set before or in front of a camera, so I didn’t know what to expect. The first day we shot scenes in an 80s-themed mall with hundreds of extras in 80s gear, plus crew and cameras. It was surreal.” She also discussed the character of Jubilee and how she became the mutant: “It’s a lot easier when you have the costume, as that helps bring everything to life. She has her iconic yellow jacket, which is a staple. It’s very bold and confident, like her. A lot of her costumes are super 80s. I also listened to music from the 80s and that helped.”
Director:- Bryan Singer
- James McAvoy
- Michael Fassbender
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Oscar Isaac
- Nicholas Hoult
- Rose Byrne
- Tye Sheridan
- Sophie Turner
- Olivia Munn
- Lucas Till
Music by:- John Ottman
- May 9, 2016 (London)
- May 27, 2016 (United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $178 Million
Box office:- $543.9 Million
On March 2, 2015, it was announced that John Ottman, who composed the scores for X2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, would return to write and compose the score for Apocalypse. On May 20, 2016, the official soundtrack was released as a digital download. In addition to Ottman’s score, the film features a remix of the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s seventh symphony entitled “Beethoven Havok” and two songs contemporary to the film’s 1983 setting, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics and “The Four Horsemen” by Metallica.
Billboards in Los Angeles and New York City promoting the film garnered controversy for showing an image of Apocalypse choking Mystique, with critics saying the ad advocates violence against women. Among those opposed to the material was actress Rose McGowan, who told The Hollywood Reporter “There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film. There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and frankly, stupid.” In apologizing for the billboard, Fox said it intended to remove the image from circulation.
X-Men: Apocalypse grossed $155.4 million in the U.S. and Canada and $388.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $543.9 million against a budget of $178 million. The film is the fourth-highest-grossing film in the X-Men series (without adjusting for inflation), behind Deadpool, Logan and X-Men: Days of Future Past. It made 27% less than Days of Future Past.
X-Men: Apocalypse opened in the United States on May 27, 2016 alongside Alice Through the Looking Glass and was projected to gross around $80 million from 4,150 theaters in its opening weekend, and up to $100 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend. It made $8.2 million from Thursday previews at 3,565 theaters (better than its predecessor at $8.1 million). On its opening day it earned $26.4 million (including previews), the fourth-lowest opening day amount of the franchise. In its opening weekend, it grossed $65.8 million. Over the four-day Memorial weekend it earned $79.8 million, including $9 million from 480 premium large format screens and $19 million from RealD screens. In its second weekend the film grossed $22.3 million (a drop of 66.1%), finishing second at the box office behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Elsewhere, X-Men: Apocalypse was released one week before the United States in 76 markets, and grossed $101.5 million from 20,796 screens over the May 18 weekend. It debuted at No. 1 in 71 of those markets, with IMAX contributing $5 million from 246 screens in 57 markets, while RealD took in $18.4 million. It broke opening records for Fox in the Philippines ($4.9 million), India ($3.4 million), Indonesia ($3.1 million), Singapore ($2.8 million), Thailand ($2.7 million) and Colombia ($1.9 million), and had the biggest opening in the X-Men franchise in 33 markets, including Russia ($6.5 million). Its top openings were the United Kingdom ($10.5 million), Mexico ($8.6 million), Brazil ($6.6 million), Russia ($6.5 million) and France ($5.9 million). It opened in China on June 3 and brought in $59 million, the second-largest Fox opening in China and $20 million more than Days of Future Past. It opened next in Japan on August 11.
|List of awards and nominations|
|2016||AACTA Awards||Best Visual Effects or Animation||John Dykstra, Matt Sloan, Blondel Aidoo, Stephen Hamilton, Tim Crosbie and Dennis Jones||Nominated|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||Best Original Score – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film||John Ottman||Nominated|
|Spike Guys’ Choice Awards||Jean-Claude Gahd Dam||Olivia Munn||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Movie||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Hissy Fit||Hugh Jackman||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Scene Stealer||Evan Peters||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Breakout Star||Alexandra Shipp||Nominated|
|2017||Golden Tomato Awards||Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel Movie 2016||X-Men: Apocalypse||4th Place|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Jennifer Lawrence||Won|
|Favorite Action Movie Actress||Nominated|
|Favorite Action Movie||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture||X-Men: Apocalypse||Nominated|
|Best Director||Bryan Singer||Nominated|
|Best Make-up||Charles Carter, Rita Ciccozzi and Rosalina Da Silva||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature||“Quicksilver Rescue” – Jess Burnheim, Alana Newell, Andy Peel and Matthew Shaw||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Squad||James McAvoy, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn||Nominated|
In May 2016, Simon Kinberg said the next X-Men film would be set in the 1990s. He separately said the post-credits scene mentioning the Essex Corporation was related to Logan, and that it could have ties to Gambit as well as the following X-Men film. Bryan Singer said he would be interested in having the villain Proteus in an X-Men film. He also said he will be stepping away from the franchise but could envision returning to it at a later date in some capacity. In February 2017, Sophie Turner said production on the next film would begin soon. On April 22, 2017, 20th Century Fox announced that the film’s sequel, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, is scheduled for release on November 2, 2018. In June 2017, it was announced that Kinberg had signed on as director and that Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy, Hoult, Shipp, Turner, Sheridan, Smit-McPhee, and Peters would all be reprising their roles.