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Who's That Guy in the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Credits Scene?

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May 23, 2014

Apocalypse

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.

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.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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?

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  • Xerxexx
    Some two-bit whack-job. Wears a cheap purple suit and make- up. I want to see Apoclypse and Colossus go toe to toe.
    • Scared S#!tless
      wouldn't be much of a fight, bro. Colossus could not even beat the Sentinels in this flick.
      • Xerxexx
        La la la la I can't hear you!
        • Fantastic Mr Hank
          LMAO!
    • ieyke
      Colossus would get MURDERED....
      • Xerxexx
        Still can't hear you!
    • mooreworthy
      Maybe they will water Apocalypse down, not make him at his full potential as they recently did making him still very young in the comics. If they destroy him in AoA, where would you go from there?
  • DAVIDPD
    I initially thought it was going to be Dark Phoenix, and was like, "NOOO!!!" But when I realised it was Apocalpyse I calmed down significantly. Thank Ethan for this write up, I am sure it will be helpful for the layman.
  • Astroboy3000
    I don't like the 80's setting. too many chances for further continuity mistakes.
  • Victoria Luevano
    (Spoiler Alert) I was excited to see all the xmen @ the end of Days of Future Past bcuz it meant X3 never happened and finally an xmen movie with all my favorite characters including Gambit and Cable would be in the next film! but now that its set with the days of future past cast i feel like I'll nvr really see collosus, rogue, cable, storm, jean, cyclops, wolverine, ect all fighting together against apocalypse. I love Mcavoy & Fassbender tho but they're all i like from 1st class.....i hope this next movie works out!
  • Dominic
    yeah people in my theatre didn't understand the chant . Heard a few discussing the 4 Horseman but not sure of who it portended . Shoulda said "Don't you go to First Showing ! Lol We all know what the next movie is .. Tho that figure looked moer female than male ..
  • Mike Trewin
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Selene Gallio considered the first human mutant on earth?
    • ieyke
      Yup. Either her or one of the other Externals.
  • mooreworthy
    Wolverine was also a horseman of Apocalypse, Death. Maybe he will give Wolvie his claws as he did in the comics.
    • Zutanito
      Nah, if they will introduce the four horseman in the next movie, I prefer Gambit being Death that Wolverine. Remy was one of the best horseman in whole story, plus I want Logan in the good side.
      • ASFan
        I have a hunch, though, that we won't be seeing Angel. DOFP seemed to consider Last Stand as canon and therefore Angel would only exist in the present/future. And this takes place in the past. Has it been discussed why Mystique posed as Stryker to get Wolverine out of the water?
        • mooreworthy
          With the timeline reset the possibilities are endless and intriguing with her in control of what Logan becomes in the present (AoA). The question I have is will this be an alternate timeline from that of what we saw at the end of DoFP because if not, we already know that they survived.
        • Leroy Stewart
          Good damn question that didnt make sense it just should of been stryker
          • kavon
            Also where was the older mystique in the future? Did she die or still alive?
      • mooreworthy
        Whoever they are, I hope they will be badass.
  • D.O.C.
    It is Saoirse Ronan in final credits she will be apocsplyse!
    • Eric Thomas
      No girl will be apocalypse.
    • Fantastic Mr Hank
      That's what I thought too! I thought I was imagining things! LOL! Very exciting twist indeed, waiting to see Apocalypse with extreme anticipation!
  • kikuko
    En Sabah Nur doesn't mean the first one... AT ALL. It's not even close. It'd be more something like The Gleam of the Dawn. Sooooo.... I don't know what to say...
  • mooreworthy
    Bolivar Trask was also in X3 Last Stand and he was African-American. Explain that Singer.
    • Maxx
      Yeah...we don't talk about that...
  • Leroy Stewart
    Why is mr sinister at the end credit instead of apocalypse
  • Don João II
    How about Jubilee? is the only character that didnt appeared yet, i would love to see some firework there

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