The current X-Men trilogy that includes 2011's X-Men: First Class and last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past will come to an end next year with X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in the 1980s and centers on the title villain, played by Oscar Isaac. With production slated to begin later this month in Montreal, Oscar Isaac shed some more light on this superhero sequel while doing press with IGN for his sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which expands nationwide on April 24. We reported earlier this month that British actor Ben Hardy will play Angel, who, in the comic books, transforms into Archangel and becomes one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen. When asked about the Angel character, who the actor is a big fan of, Oscar Isaac teased that the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is "very cool."
"Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It's very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of - the way that cult leaders do - they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them - as it relates to every one of the Horseman."
In the comic books, Apocalypse has the ability to manipulate molecules, which allows him to take multiple forms. When asked about the possibility of playing several different versions of Apocalypse, the actor had this to say.
"Absolutely. And at the same time figuring out what the limits are and how it relates to how he moves and what it costs him. That's always a fun thing. So to be able to sit with [writer/producer] Simon Kinberg and - as a fan - just go through it and be like, 'Well what about this!?! You know, this is something that he does in the comics and is there a way to incorporate this? Or if he has this power suddenly how do we make that not come out of nowhere?' So it's really fun to map that thing out. But yes, the nature of how his powers manifest themselves is to a certain extent quite open to interpretation. Because there are so many and they are so vast."
We first saw a much younger version of Apocalypse during an end credits sequence of X-Men: Days of Future Past, where he is seen using his incredible powers to create the Egyptian pyramids through telekinesis. When asked about what sorts of things he draws inspiration from to play such an all-powerful character, the actor mentioned a specific Johnny Cash song.
"I think for me it's much more about the biblical Apocalypse. Have you heard the Johnny Cash song 'When the Man Comes Around'? That's what I think we're trying to channel with Apocalypse. We associate so strongly with destruction, but it actually means to lift back the curtains."
He also added that Apocalypse coming into power really reveals how "weak" the world has become.
"On an individual level he's able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what's true to them. And I think to reveal the weakness - how weak we've become. Because this is an ancient entity. So to come to - I think 1983 - and say, 'How did the world become so weak? How did we allow ourselves to become to weak and to enslave ourselves.' I think that's where he's coming from."
While it seems that Archangel will surely be one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen, it isn't known what other characters will make up this villainous quartet. Hopefully we'll get confirmation on the rest of these Horsemen soon as director Bryan Singer gets ready to start principal photography. What do you think about these new details?