‘X-Men Apocalypse’: The Villains

Olivia Munn plays Psylocke in "X-Men Apocalypse." / The Associated Press

By Jordan Carey
Times-News correspondent

   “X-Men: Apocalypse” has many characters, some of which follow the footsteps of Apocalypse, the first mutant. Wherever he went, he always had four Horsemen.
   The first Horseman, Magneto, has appeared in multiple X-Men movies, the most recent one being “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” His mutation is to control metal. With that capability, he is able to fly using a suit of metal armor. Many fans have trouble figuring out Magneto’s character. In most films, he appears as a villain; however, in the last X-Men installment, he was part villain, part hero. His part to play in “X-Men: Apocalypse” remains to be seen. Whether he stays a villain and helps Apocalypse destroy the world, or if he helps Prof. Charles Xavier defeat the first mutant, fans must wait until the film is released.
The second Horseman on the scene is Psylocke. Her powers from her mutation have a vast expanse. She has telepathy, can project thoughts from long distances, and can control her astral self as well as others. She can scan through the minds of others, sometimes entire cities, as well as teleport herself and other people. For reasons unknown, she joined Apocalypse in his path of destruction. As powerful as she is, Psylocke would be an asset to each side, which is probably why Apocalypse wants her as a horseman.
The third Horseman, known as Angel or Archangel, is one of the X-Men characters fans haven’t seen in a movie since “X-Men: Last Stand.” He has, however, been in two X-Men TV series since then; “Wolverine and the X-Men” and “Uncanny X-Men.” His mutation caused him to grow feathered wings on his back which enables him to fly and support weight. However, in one movie his wings were destroyed, but it appears as if “X-Men: Apocalypse” discards that story line and lets him keep his wings. It is not yet clear how he came to be a horseman, but it is sure to be explained when the film is released.
The last Horseman is Storm. Her mutation is to control all types of weather, though her specialty is thunderstorms as her name suggests. When the mutant was last seen, in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” she was fighting along side Professor Xavier as one of the heroes. However, in this movie, she is shown as a younger version of herself, fighting with the X-Men antagonist Apocalypse. Many people have theories that at some point during this film, Storm will change sides and work with the X-Men as a hero.
And the last villain is Apocalypse. The ancient mutant was born more than 5,000 years ago. His power is complete control over his body and over energy. In the ancient times, the first mutant was worshiped as a god with his supernatural powers. Over the years, he always kept four horsemen as an elite team of killers and assassins. For a long time, he was a bane of the X-Men, who were forced to fight him in order to slow his path of destruction. He not only can control matter and energy, but also has an extensive knowledge in the field of science. He is shown to have studied physics, biology, and genetics as well as engineering and technology.
With an enemy this daunting, the X-Men will have to bring every bit of power they have to defeat Apocalypse and his Horsemen.

Jordan Carey is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.

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