X-Men: Apocalypse

Following the universal success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returned with the long-awaited X-Men: Apocalypse.

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In terms of storyline, X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the biggest X-Men movies to date. The powers of Apocalypse (aka En Sabah Nur) are greater than any other mutant, which means the stakes are much higher this time around. The question is, can Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique (aka Raven) lead the young X-Men to help save mankind from complete destruction?

$178m

The budget for the production of X-Men: Apocalypse

$543.6m

The amount the film made at box office

1983

The year X-Men: Apocalypse was set

X-Men: Apocalypse

A fantasy science fiction film, featuring X-Men characters who appear in the Marvel Comics, X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth installment in the film series and a sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Like its predecessors, it combines extraordinary special effects with cartoon-inspired depictions of the characters.

Who is Apocalypse?

Apocalypse is the very first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, who amasses the powers of many other mutants, to become immortal and invincible. After ruling ancient Egypt, he was betrayed by his worshippers, who entombed him alive.

Upon awakening after thousands of years, Apocalypse is disappointed with what he finds. He believes humanity has lost its way without his presence, so he recruits a team of powerful mutants to 'cleanse' mankind and create a new world, over which he will reign.

Saving mankind from complete destruction

As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, with the help of James McAvoy as ‘Professor X’, Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mystique’ leads a team of young X-Men to try to defeat their greatest enemy yet and save mankind from complete destruction.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

After a lengthy absence from the franchise that he helped launch back in 2000, Director Bryan Singer made his return to the superhero series two years ago, with X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Although it went on to achieve overwhelming box office success (grossing $748 million worldwide), before the film’s release there were already plans in place for its sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse.

The X-Men franchise

There was a time when sequels were a bonus rather than a given. However, it's increasingly common for studios to enter into long-term contracts with actors, directors and writers to plan out entire storylines across multiple films, rather than produce self-contained hit movies.

Spanning over 16 years and nine films, the X-Men franchise is one of the most successful film series of all-time, with a loyal fan base that situated all around the world.

Is this a franchise that could just keep on giving?

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