20th Century Fox unveiled their final installment of the X-Men prequel trilogy this weekend with X-Men: Apocalypse hitting theaters. This superhero adventure is set in the year 1983, 10 years after the events of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past and 20 years after the 2011 adventure X-Men: First Class. As one would expect, there are a slew of Easter Eggs and references to the X-Men comics, cameo appearances such as Wolverine and much more. Before you head to your local theater again, a new video has surfaced which breaks down all of these references. Of course, if you haven't seen X-Men: Apocalypse yet, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Mr. Sunday Movies has put together a seven and a half minute video that explains all of the nods to previous X-Men movies, the Marvel comics, and much more. Some of these references and cameos we already knew about, such as Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) appearance at the Alkali Lake Weapon X facility, which was teased in a previously-released trailer. There are also much more subtle nods, though, such as a scene where Professor X (James McAvoy) is reading from the book The Once and Future King to his students, which happens to be the same book Magneto (Ian McKellen) is seen reading during a prison scene in 2003's X2: X-Men United.
There are also plenty of nods to the Marvel comics as well, including comic-accurate costumes for Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Professor X is also seen in the same wheelchair Patrick Stewart used in the very first X-Men movie. As for the villainous Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), this video mentions that his scene where he talks about rebuilding the world appears to have been taken directly from the 1990s X-Men animated series.
This movie also features plenty of nods to other franchises as well, with the young mutants all seen leaving a screening of the 1983 Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi, along with references to Star Trek and a 1955 movie Land of the Pharaohs. This video also delves into the post credit scene, where we're introduced to a character known in the comics as Mister Sinister. This character is seen collecting Wolverine's blood, with the most prevalent theory being that this blood will be used to create the mutant X23, who has been rumored to appear in Wolverine 3, which is currently in production.
After Wolverine 3 hits theaters next year, we aren't quite sure what X-Men movie will debut next. 20th Century Fox is getting ready to shoot Gambit later this year, with Deadpool 2 also rumored to shoot this fall. The studio is developing The New Mutants, and producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that the next X-Men movie will be set in the 1990s, but there isn't much more we know about the future of this franchise. While we wait for more details to come in, take a look at this video that breaks down all of the Easter Eggs in X-Men: Apocalypse.