Remember when “X-Men: The Last Stand” was supposed to be the last X-Men movie? Yeah, right.
That was way back in 2006. There would be four more to come after that, with the latest, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” opening on Friday. This installment follows the most successful film of the franchise so far, 2014’s “Days of Future Past,” which grossed $748 million worldwide, according to boxofficemojo.com. That’s a lot of mutant moolah!
“Apocalypse,” like “Days,” bounces around in time, taking place in 1983 (the franchise overall has racked up more time travel miles than “The Terminator”). An unrecognizable Oscar Isaac stars as Apocalypse, the world’s first mutant, who wakes up after a thousands-of-years nap. Turns out, he hates humans and is none too happy about how the world has turned out (you know how grumpy mutants get with too little sleep), and vows to wipe out the planet so that mutants can rise to power. It’s good to have a plan.
Everybody returns, and there are lots of fresh faces, too. Here, then, is a guide to help you maneuver through the many mutants (and humans) in “Apocalypse.”
▪ Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) – A mutant pacifist, he’s the founder of the X-Men and Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. In “Apocalypse” we finally get to see him with a bald head (as the character is seen in the Marvel comics).
Powers: Telepathy, mind control, sensing the presence of nearby mutants.
▪ En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) – The world’s first and most powerful mutant. Historical records make reference to his “four horsemen” and how destruction always follows in his wake.
Powers: Numerous, including but not limited to telekinesis, telepathy and super strength.
▪ Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) – After the events in “Future Past,” Erik has left his mutant persona behind and falls in love with a human woman in Poland and tries to live a “normal” life. But tragedy changes his course, and he becomes one of Apocalypse’s new horsemen, known as War.
Power: Ability to control magnetic fields and manipulate metal.
▪ Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) – A mutant who has more of a heroic role in “Apocalypse,” helping mutants who are oppressed or enslaved.
Powers: Shapeshifting – her natural form is with blue skin and yellow eyes.
▪ Psylocke/Elizabeth Braddock (Olivia Munn) – A mutant who becomes the second of Apocalypse’s horsemen, known as Pestilence.
Powers: Telepathy, telekinesis. When she’s using her powers, a butterfly-shaped purple aura appears around her.
▪ Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) – A mutant covered in blue fur, he’s a teacher at Xavier’s school.
Powers: Superhuman physical abilities.
▪ Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) – A mutant who is scared of her powers but emerges as one of Xavier’s most powerful students.
Powers: Telepathy, telekinesis.
▪ Cyclops/Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) – A mutant student at Xavier’s school, he’s angry and a bit misdirected.
Powers: Fires uncontrollable, destructive beams from his eyes; wears a visor or sunglasses to contain them.
▪ Alex Summers/Havok (Lucas Till) – The older brother of Cyclops. Brings him to Xavier’s school to help him control his powers.
Powers: Absorbs energy and releases it with destructive force from his body.
▪ Quicksilver/Peter Maximoff (Evan Peters) – After stealing the show in “Future Past,” he’s now a member of the X-Men and knows that Magneto is his father, so a showdown seems imminent.
Powers: Can move at supersonic speeds.
▪ Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner (Kodi Smit-McPhee) – A German mutant with blue skin who first joins up with fellow blue-skinner Mystique, then the X-Men.
▪ Storm/Ororo Munroe (Alexandra Shipp) – An Egyptian mutant orphan who becomes the first of Apocalypse’s horsemen, known as Famine.
Powers: Can control the weather.
▪ Angel/Archangel/Warren Worthington III (Ben Hardy) – A mutant with bird-like feathered wings, he becomes Apocalypse’s third horseman, known as Death.
Powers: Apocalypse replaces his feather wings with metallic blades; can fly.
▪ Jubilee (Lana Condor) – A Chinese-American mutant student at Xavier’s school.
Powers: Can create pyrotechnic energy plasmoids with her hands.
▪ William Stryker (Josh Helman) – A human military officer who hates mutants and is coming up with his own plan to wipe them out.
▪ Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) – A human CIA agent who met and fell in love with Xavier in “First Class,” although he erased her memories of him.