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A Guide to “X-Men: Apocalypse,” from A to X

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A Guide to “X-Men: Apocalypse,” from A to X

After years of waiting, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is just about ready to take over theaters across the country. The film is the third in a time-tossed trilogy started back in 2011 with “X-Men: First Class,” and it’s the sixth “X-Men” team film overall. Not only does the movie mark what could be the end of the story of Magneto, Mystique and Professor X, it also sets up a whole new generation of mutants — ones with very familiar names.

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Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler are all back in the mix, and prominent mutant villain Apocalypse is making his big screen debut as well. With so many mutants — good and evil — appearing in director Bryan Singer’s newest X-movie, CBR has put together a quick guide to catch you up on where we last saw all these characters and what we know about the movie so far. Here’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” A to X.

A is for Angel

Considering how closely the two characters are tied in the comics, you can’t have a movie about Apocalypse without Archangel. Thankfully, Ben Hardy has stepped into the role as the razor-winged Horseman. We last saw Angel back in the original — and now out of continuity — X-Men film trilogy; Ben Foster played the feather winged Warren Worthington III in 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand.” This time around, though, it’s Angel’s more dangerous, Archangel persona that’s onscreen; Apocalypse outfits the mutant with deadly razor wings capable of shooting sharp flechettes.

B is for Beast

Nicholas Hoult’s brilliant and sometimes blue Beast has been one of the mainstays of the latest trilogy of X-Men films, which concludes with “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Hoult previously appeared as Hank McCoy in 2011’s “First Class” and 2014’s “Days of Future Past,” where he served as the team’s big brain. This time around, it looks like Beast will show off more of his brawn, as trailers have shown the furry and furious mutant going up against the Horseman Psylocke. And yes, B is also for Beast Mode.

C is for Cyclops

Set in 1983, “X-Men: Apocalypse” will reintroduce a number of characters into the X-Men franchise — albeit this time as teenagers. Tye Sheridan’s Cyclops is among the film’s new recruits, and this Scott Summers is considerably younger than the adult played by James Marsden in the original trilogy. The film will also explore the relationship between Scott and Jean Grey, which might evolve over multiple pictures. Yep, Sheridan’s signed on to do more than one “X-Men” movie.

D is for Director

“X-Men: Apocalypse” marks Bryan Singer’s fourth outing as director of an X-Men movie. Singer kicked off the franchise with 2000’s “X-Men” and followed that up with 2003’s “X2: X-Men United.” After stepping away for two installments (“Last Stand” and “First Class”), Singer returned with 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Singer’s gone all-in on the film’s religious aspects, describing Xavier as a “Christ figure” and Apocalypse as a “false god.” Whether or not Singer will return for another film is still TBD, but if he does, he’s hinted that he wouldn’t mind going to space.

E is for En Sabah Nur

Oscar Isaac’s following up his fan-favorite role as “Star Wars'” Poe Dameron with a completely different character: the all-powerful Ancient Egyptian mutant known as En Sabah Nur, or Apocalypse. This villain, who has amassed a powerful arsenal of mutant powers over the centuries, has left his mark on history with some even believing him to be the Biblical god of the Old Testament. This time around, the X-Men aren’t facing bigoted humans or giant robots; they’re facing a seemingly immortal mutant with unheard of power levels and a desire to bring about, appropriately enough, the Apocalypse.

F is for Fassbender

Michael Fassbender returns for his third film as Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Unlike the previous two films, though, “X-Men: Apocalypse” finds Erik Lehnsherr doing someone else’s dirty work. Magneto suits up as one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen, interrupting what looks like a reclusive period for the future champion of mutantkind. That period of hiding comes to an end, however, when Erik reveals himself as a mutant and gets a power upgrade from Apocalypse.

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