20th Century Fox already has one superhero hit on its hands with the X-Men spinoff Deadpool, and later this year, the studio will close out the current mutant trilogy with X-Men: Apocalypse. This adventure will be set in the 1980s, a decade after X-Men: Days of Future Past, which not only introduces fans to the powerful Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), but also to younger versions of beloved mutants, like Alexandra Shipp's Storm. The actress recently spoke with Collider, where she discussed the scene where Storm meets Apocalypse for the first time.
"[You] see me in Cairo, and he's speaking whatever ancient language because he's just woken up and I'm speaking Arabic. I'm trying to communicate with him, and then he has this moment where he figures out where he is, what's happened, what date it is, and he ... Apocalypse doesn't need to say much. All he has to do is just be like, 'I'm here, I'm what you've been looking for.' And you just feel it right in your gut, and you're like, "Right, you are exactly what I've been looking for. You are exactly what I need right now." I think that he can see that, and he could also see the power. I feel like when you're the most powerful, you're also the most self-conscious about it. We kind of find each other. Like though the crowd, it all parts and I see his blue face. Then we kind of just like, 'Ah.' There is a moment."
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. It will be one of the greatest tests these Marvel superheroes have ever faced. Here's what the actress had to say about how Apocalypse enhances the powers of his Four Horsemen.
"For me specifically, well like, what he does is he has the power to enhance your power. So while you're around him, he's got all these mega level mutants. He's able to turn them into crazy-baboom level mutants. For me, he is like, what you can control everything, almost, kind of, sort of. I'm not the Phoenix, but you know what I mean. She's got so many powers, and he's like, but he doesn't even know what her powers are when he meets her. He can just sense the level and that's what attracts him to them. So what he is attracted to is their level and their magnitude of power. I think that his plan for her in the movie is to protect him. Protect him with fog. Protect him with lightening. Blow away a missile. Blow away a plane. There is so much that she can do, and what he's looking for is protection because he just woke up after a couple thousands and thousand years. He's weak and he's alone, and he's been betrayed, you know. He's kind of like a girlfriend who just got cheated on, who wants to date the nerdy guy who can take care of her."
Reprising their roles from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past are Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Rose Byrne (Moira McTaggert), Evan Peters (Quicksilver). New cast members include Oscar Isaac as the villainous Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. What do you think about these new details? Chime in with your thoughts, and visit Collider to read Alexandra Shipp's full interview.