With “X-Men: Days of Future Past” hitting cinemas, those who’ve stuck through the end credits have been met with an astonishing if frankly confusing standalone scene that hints at what’s to come in “X-Men: Apocalypse”.
Completely standalone from the rest of ‘Days’, the after credits ‘stinger’ bears most similarity to that of the one seen in “Marvel’s The Avengers”. Like that stinger, it’s all about the introduction of an all-powerful villain – in this case the ancient mutant ‘Apocalypse’.
For those who aren’t seeing the film or can’t find a bootleg copy on Youtube, the scene is set in ancient Egypt in a desert where a giant crowd chants ‘En Sabah Nur’ towards a robed figure on a hill with their arms raised.
Said robed figure, a pale Aaron Taylor Johnson-esque looking young man with blue lips and fiery eyes, appears to be rapidly assembling the pyramids using only his mind. As the camera swirls around on him, off to his left sit a group of silhouettes – four horsemen.
The character is young, a lot younger than the far less human looking comic book version. Does that mean the version in the next film will also be a kid? Producer Simon Kinberg tells IGN:
“The post-credit sequence is a tease into what will be the Apocalypse movie. Now the Apocalypse you see – that young boy – may not be the actor who plays the character in our movie. It’s a deep back story glimpse into the character, but our movie doesn’t take place in ancient Egypt and will likely not star a young boy Apocalypse.”