Who's That Guy in the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Credits Scene?
by Ethan Anderton
May 23, 2014
Now that you've seen X-Men: Days of Future Past, we're betting that some of you have questions about the scene that plays at the very end of the credits. For those who have been paying attention to the development of the sequel X-Men: Apocalypse that 20th Century Fox has already slated for release on May 27th, 2016, you might already have an idea. But for those who aren't as engrained in the comic book world of X-Men, we have some answers. Director Bryan Singer has already teased mass destruction on a scale that we haven't seen yet, which is impressive since Days of Future Past got pretty brutal and destructive. And once we dive into the history of this character teased in the credits, you will know why.
First, let's just recap what we saw. There are thousands of people chanting at a singular figure standing above them on a sand dune as pieces of the ancient pyramids being built swirl around by way of telekinetic energy. As the camera swirls around the figure, we see that he has blue skin, red eyes, and four men on horseback standing nearby. And that's it. Not much of an indicator has to who that might be, and no other X-Men characters appeared. But we do see that mutants have influenced history much further back than we've seen in the new X-Men: First Class timeline. So lets dig into who this guy is.
Thankfully, explaining this credits scene isn't nearly as complicated as the credits scene from Thor: The Dark World. Let's begin with something that only more experienced X-Men fans will know. Those Egyptians are chanting “En Sabah Nur,” which means "The First One." En Sabah Nur is better known as Apocalypse, the first mutant to ever exist on Earth, which is why people are worshiping him as he uses his impressive abilities to build the pyramids. This film version of Apocalypse is a little more scrawny than you might have anticipated, but he seems to still be young, so expect him to look much different in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Through his years, Apocalypse inherits some alien technology from cosmic beings known as Celestials. This combined with his immortality, and menacing abilities nearly makes him invincible. His powers include the standard super strength and whatnot, but he also has the ability to control his body at a molecular level, which means he's infinitely stronger than other superheroes, and he can actually form parts of his body into weapons and heal. That's in addition to his telekinesis and mastery of technology and genetics, the latter of which allows him to alter mutant and human physiology.
And that last part is where those four men on horses come into play. Apocalypse is known for creating a super villain team that does his bidding. Those who are forced into these roles aren't always the same, but they represent Death, Famine, Pestilence, and War. Other mutants have been transformed to become these villains like Angel (turned into Archangel) and another recognizable bad guy, Mr. Sinister. At one time, Hulk was turned into one of these horseman, but due to character rights, that's certainly not going to happen this time. But you can probably count on a couple of our X-Men going dark because of Apocalypse.
That brings us to acknowledging the discrepancies between the scene everyone is seeing at the end of the credits, and what we reported would be shown with our scoop last year. Funnily enough, the credits scene we learned of also took place in the desert, but it included Apocalypse encountering Magneto, and seemingly taking over his body. Obviously, the scene has been changed, but still involves Apocalypse. We're thinking that maybe the initial credits scene written in the script might have given too much away about the potential plot of X-Men: Apocalypse and Bryan Singer decided to hold back and be more subtle.
This argument is further supported by the fact that Apocalypse also believes in mutant superiority, and would likely find Magneto and his similar viewpoints on humanity useful for awhile. However, he also believes in superiority among other mutants, destroying those who are weaker than him. This gives an opportunity for Magneto and Professor X to team up in order to defeat a more immediate and lethal threat to both mutants and humankind.
The question that remains is how Apocalypse comes to interact with the mutants we've come to know. X-Men: Apocalypse will take place in the 80s, so the villain will have had thousands of years to get stronger and evolve, and we can only imagine what kind of devastation he can bring to Earth. But what has he been doing this whole time? In the comics, Apocalypse hibernates for a very long time, but ends up awakened by the mutant Cable, after he time travels. Considering the ripple that Wolverine just created by having his consciousness sent back time to alter the past, I think we can see where this is going.
So there you go. Apocalypse has been on Earth for thousands of years, and in 2016, he's going to give the X-Men: First Class cast, now with the addition of Wolverine, a run for their money. Of course, we're still wondering how his story will unfold since Mystique was shown to be standing in place of William Stryker. Since everyone's favorite mutant still hasn't been given his adamantium skeleton and claws, that will have to happen somehow if he's going to stand a chance at fighting Apocalypse. But we won't see how that happens until May 27th, 2016. Stay tuned for all the latest updates on the X-Men franchise. Thoughts?