X-Men: Apocalypse – Blu-Ray Release Date, Special Features & More Confirmed

We have everything you need to know about X-Men: Apocalypse, including when you can pick up the features-filled Blu-ray!

X-Men: Apocalypse was a movie that had a whole lot to do, not least of which was giving a satisfying conclusion to what is being called the “X-Men: First Class Trilogy” while introducing the fan favorite titular villain, plus a whole new cast of young faces to carry the franchise forward.

Thus there is a lot that went into the making of the mutant opus, and now we know exactly when you’ll get the Blu-ray that spells out how it happened with its loaded special features!

As first announced by EW, the X-Men: Apocalypse Blu-ray, as well as its DVD and 4K Ultra HD disc, will go on sale on Oct. 4. However, if you cannot wait that long, it will also be available for download on Digital HD on Sept. 9.

Special features will include:

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-Deleted and extended scenes with optional introductions by director Bryan Singer

-A gag reel

-A wrap party video

-Audio commentary by Singer and screenwriter Simon Kinberg

-A behind-the-scenes documentary

-A photo gallery

Also, if you pre-order the film, your copy of X-Men: Apocalypse will come with the below slip cover of Dazzler. And it is pretty fabulous.

You can also pre-order your copy of X-Men: Apocalypse right here.

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And the slew of viral videos set in the 1980s continue to great success. The latest bit of X-Men: Apocalypse marketing is the kind of cheeky commercial that students at Greendale Community College could appreciate just as much as those at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. In the below video, Lana Condor shows up as Jubilee as she gives an orientation video and testimonial to the benefits of attending the Xavier school. She doesn’t even have to sell the awesome “game room” in the basement to have us ready to enroll!

X-Men: Apocalypse Story

There have been two official synopses released so far…

Here’s one: 

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Apocalypse takes place a decade after Days of Future Past and is a seamless next step in the story. The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean (Sophie Turner), and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet – an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.

And here’s the other…

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped 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.

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

And if you missed the Super Bowl 50 TV spot, take a gander down below:

X-Men: Apocalypse Villain

Ironically, the X-Men franchise is perhaps the longest running superhero series without a reboot, but has primarily relied on the same main villain for most of its films: Magneto. And it’s a credit to both Sir Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender that it hasn’t mattered much at all, as both interpretations still constitute one of the genre’s most memorable and iconic foes. Yet, there certainly needs to be room for expansion, and the titular Apocalypse offers exactly that.

That spot was filled the week of Thanksgiving 2014 when 20th Century Fox revealed that Oscar Isaac of Inside Llewyn Davisand A Most Violent Year had been cast for the part of Apocalypse in the upcoming film. Isaac has since confirmed that the character will be realized through a combination of digital and practical/make-up effects. Yet, what exactly does that special effect build to?

As we first detailed in our deconstruction of the Days of Future Past post-credit scene, Apocalypse is one of the very first mutants to ever exist in the extensive X-Men canon. That post-credits stinger implies as much when it flashes back to ancient Egypt, depicting the mutant who would become Apocalypse constructing the pyramids with only his mind. We can also expect much more of such imagery, as Bryan Singer revealed when he posted a fraction of the first page to the X-Men: Days of Future Past script online, hinting at an epic prologue taking place during an ancient Egyptian battle, complete with the flying Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

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In many ways, Apocalypse is one of the Type-A comic book villains of such epic and devastating proportions that it causes entire company lines of comic book heroes to team up for a simple K.O.—think Thanos (the perpetually teased but rarely used Marvel Cinematic Universe baddie) or Darkseid.

However, Apocalypse will beat both to the big screen in earnest as a major threat and has his own complex mythology. First introduced in X-Factor #5 in 1986, Apocalypse is a mutant originally named En Sabah Nur. With the power of telekinesis and the ability to reanimate and reconfigure his own molecular structure (essentially making him immortal), En Sabah Nur was a very powerful mutant before he developed a god complex.

From what we saw teased in Days of Future Past, the X-Men: Apocalypse plot will be pulling heavily from “Rise of Apocalypse,” a 1996 miniseries by Terry Kavanagh and Adam Pollina. In that story, En Sabah Nur is an ancient Egyptian who is left out in the middle of the desert to die after he begins demonstrating strange mutations, such as the graying of his skin. He is rescued by another Nomad tribe that instills the young warrior with a pre-Darwin Darwinian extremism about “survival of the fittest.” Soon, En Sabah Nur has developed his aforementioned mutations, which eventually will also include technopathy, not to mention a deity complex.

However, things become dangerous in modern times, because En Sabah Nur soon discovers alien technology (aliens and Egyptian pyramids, get it?) that he spends thousands of years mastering, making him not only invincible, but capable of altering the DNA and psychology of anyone he can capture, causing all to succumb to his will. He essentially wants world domination—removing the moral ambiguity between Xavier and Magneto’s dichotomy (often instilled with an MLK/Malcolm X subtext in modern comics and films)—and to decimate its inhabitants to only the few privileged enough to meet his criteria as “survival fit.”

It is in this vein that Apocalypse has been compared for this film to cult leaders. Much like the Devil in Faust, Apocalypse seduces mutants into being his followers. In that sense, it is murky how much his power involves brainwashing and how much it involves inspiration. Whatever the case might be, he picks four mutants in any age to be his most devoted followers… his “Four Horsemen.” And in the film, those Horsemen have been confirmed to be Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and Archangel (Ben Hardy). And each will have their powers awakened and mutated in ways they have never seen.

Take for example the latest concept art released by Bryan Singer of Michael Fassbender as Magneto. With Magneto appearing in all five of the previous X-Men movies, it’d normally be a good guess to think there is little left of the character’s powers that we have not yet seen. But Bryan Singer has turned to EW to tease that this is just not so. As Magneto is recruited/brainwashed to join Apocalypse’s cult, the mutant anti-hero will have untold power unlocked in him for new visions of metallic destruction. Below is a bit of concept art that teases such devastation.

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“One of Apocalypse’s many powers is he can imbue other mutants with greater ones,” Bryan Singer said. “Magneto is demonstrating a small taste of what he can do now. Magneto is already enormously powerful… Now Apocalypse gives him powers far beyond what we’ve seen before.”

Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg have also since talked to IGN and revealed that they will be taking from a multitude of comic book sources for the character, but for Singer it specifically is exploring the origins of ancient religions and all that entails.

“The way I describe him the most, the best, is he to me is the God of the Old Testament and all that comes with that. If there isn’t the order and the worship, then he’ll open up the Earth and swallow you whole. That was kind of the Old Testament. I started from there. Then, when Oscar and I met, we began discussing — since he isn’t really God. He’s the first mutant, perhaps, but he’s not God necessarily. He’s imbued with certain unique powers. Some of them may or may not be from this Earth. We don’t know. So then we started looking at cults and the nature of cults, because true cult leaders develop god complexes. Then he always traditionally had Four Horsemen, so I thought, ‘Well, you know, a cult traditionally has four factions to it.’ That interested me. As a political faction, I always thought that Magneto could fill those shoes. He has a military faction, so Archangel could fill those shoes as the Guardian. There’s also a youth faction, those that you try to seduce and grow into your cult, the young, whose minds are malleable. And then lastly the sexual component, because cult leaders tend to sexualize their position and have sex with the half the people in their cult. So the Psylocke character, who’s a very bright character in the comic but always looking for guidance and leadership, always trying to find the right guy. So she starts with one, and then she ends up with Apocalypse in this one. So I always thought there was a mixture of ancient religion and cultism combined in the character of Apocalypse.”

Sounds like the Biblical Four Horsemen of Death, War, Pestilence, and Famine will be taking on a more immediate and perverse image…

On this very note, Simon Kinberg spoke with Empire where he promised Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse is unlike anything we’ve seen before and will be the first villain in the franchise to give Magneto a run for his money.

“This one does some things that the franchise hasn’t really done on film,” Kinberg said. “You have a character called Apocalypse, who wants to do a different kind of damage than X-Men movie ever has. It’s the first time we’ve had a villain in an X-Men movie who could compete in terms of physical power and presence with Magneto. It’s an interesting dynamic to create.”

X-Men: Apocalypse Storyline

As mentioned on the first page, the synopsis is vague and pretty succinct.

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Apocalypse takes place a decade after Days of Future Past and is a seamless next step in the story. The altering of time has unleashed a new and uniquely powerful enemy. Charles (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and Hank/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) are joined by young Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jean (Sophie Turner), and others as the X-Men must fight their most formidable foe yet – an ancient unrelenting force determined to cause an apocalypse unlike any in human history.

However, we can dig a little deeper than that:

Over the past summer, Simon Kinberg revealed that the X-Men: Apocalypse setting will be in 1983, which brings it to a full a decade after the past events in X-Men: Days of Future Past. And as we unpacked how important 1973 current events turned out to be for that film, it has caused us to speculate on what from 1983’s backdrop the X-writers could mine. Personally, I wonder if space might be a major factor since 1983 marked Dr. Sally Ride becoming the first woman to go into orbit, as well as the year of U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s failed attempt to put missiles and lasers in space as a nuclear deterrent with his “Star Wars” defense program. Imagine if Apocalypse had a hold of such technology?

Whatever the case may be, we know for certain that the X-Men: Apocalypse plot will feature the largest scale of destruction and spectacle yet seen in an X-film.

Singer said in early interviews that it would have more spectacle than what he has worked on in the past, and Kinberg later said that it would be a bigger movie than even X-Men: Days of Future Past. “There’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply,” says the executive producer.

Bryan Singer also seems to think just because time travel was introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Pastwith an idyllic future that destinies are settled. In fact, Singer claimed to Collider that anyone is at risk, even if they survived to the year 2020 in the new timeline!

“I’ll kill any of those characters any day I want. They’re all fair game. Anything can happen. When two things are happening simultaneously in quantum physics it’s what’s called the Super Position and when the Observer finally observes the outcome that’s called the ‘Collapsing of the Super Position,’ which is what happened when Wolverine woke up and saw all the happiness. So yes, that is the outcome we hope for, that is the outcome we aspire to, and that’s the outcome we are moving towards, but we saw in Days of Future Past another dark world. What says that can’t happen again? What says the awakening of a being that has such power and can acquire the power to destabilize that? So anything is possible. That’s what we’d like to think happens, that’s what Simon would like to think is a good outcome, but to me it’s fair game.”

However, we should say that we suspect this merely means that he wants to keep the stakes raised for his potentially final X-Men film. Presumably, any new character introduced in Apocalypse or not seen at the end of Days of Future Past could be fair game (that means Magneto, Mystique, Quicksilver, Havok, Nightcrawler, Angel, Moira, and Psylocke could all be expendable).

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X-Men: Apocalypse Cast

Despite having the novelty of both the main principals from X-Men: First Class and the X-Men Trilogy both appearing in Days of Future Past, the X-Men: Apocalypse cast seems to be more streamlined. When Singer first confirmed that the new film would be set in the 1980s, it immediately indicated that it would be primarily focused on the continuing (and contracted) First Class cast members who had carried over to Days of Future Past: James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast.

Simon Kinberg recently doubled down on that in October 2014 by revealing that he considered X-Men: Apocalypse as the third part of a “First Class Trilogy.” “[Apocalypse] is definitely the close of a trilogy for those First Class characters, which isn’t to say we won’t see them in future movies; hopefully we will, but it’s a completion of an arc for them,” Kinberg said.

Additionally, Kinberg seems to have a special interest in the role Mystique will play as an expanded member of X-Men mythology in the timeline that was altered by the end of DoFP. Kinberg expects that we’ll have more scenes of Lawrence’s Mystique with Hoult’s Beast (whose scenes together in the previous movie were cut due to pacing issues), but perhaps more importantly, that they will further explore how she is the “child of both Erik and Charles.” Indeed, much of the tension of the last movie was Charles bringing his one-time little sister back to the side of the angels, if only fleetingly, to change the course of history—and possible her arc that once seemed predestined for villainy.

Also, Days of Future Past’s MVP scene-stealer, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, also returns to the X-Men: Apocalypse cast. Peters spoke on the set to JoBlo about how Quicksilver, in addition to having another set-piece meant to surpass his Days of Future Past scene, is now a fully formed X-Man who must deal with the fact that his father is Magneto, a genocidal maniac who tried to kill the president on national television in 1973.

“I have learned that he’s my father at this point and I am trying to … I don’t know what I can say. I’m trying to …” Peters pauses to consider his thoughts, then continues. “Yeah. It’s like an adoptive child or any kind of child who has a strange father trying to … He knows who he is now so he is trying to find him. He’s been searching for him. It’s been 10 years and he hasn’t found him and then something happens.”

However, the line-up is also going to include mutants we have seen before with new, young faces filling the roles. DoFP surely left an open invitation when time traveling Logan told Xavier to find and unite Scott Summers, Jean Grey, and Storm.

We saw as early as March 2014 Singer suggesting that he wanted “familiar characters in a younger time.” However, the names he initially gave in an interview a month later were Gambit and Nightcrawler. We have since confirmed that Gambit will not be in X-Men: Apocalypse, although Channing Tatum has signed on to play the Ragin’ Cajun. Tatum has stated he wants to introduce his version of Remy LeBeau in a standalone film first before a team-up.

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Still, younger versions of Cyclops, Jean, and Storm remained a definite with its 1980s backdrop. This was of course confirmed in January 2015 when Bryan Singer announced that Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) would play Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) would play Scott “Cyclops” Summers, and Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) would be Storm. Assuming, X-Men: Apocalypse is a hit, this is a decade-long boon to stardom for all three young actors.

But fans can expect them to be in different places than we’ve seen in the past. For example, it is well known from the trailer that Storm will be one of Apocalypse’s four Horsemen. But the reasons would make sense, as Alexandra Shipp revealed to JoBlo

“She doesn’t know anything about the X-Men. The only thing she knows is about Mystique when she saved the president, but that’s basically it. Other than Mystique, every other Mutant that she’s known has been bad so, that’s kind of where she’s coming from. I don’t necessarily see her as a bad person, or as a bad mutant. I don’t see her as a villain. She doesn’t know that she’s a villain. That’s just all she’s ever known, is just bad.”

Incidentally, Shipp confirmed her Storm will have a Kenyan accent.

Sophie Turner has also hinted that her Jean Grey has untapped power that she cannot yet fully control. Whether this is a hint of things to come or not in regards to the Phoenix Saga remains to be seen, but Turner did reveal to Digital Spy that her Jean and Professor Charles Xavier have a very unique relationship as psychics.

“Xavier has this thing – not a sexual thing – for these young vulnerable girls who feel alienated and uncomfortable in their own skin, Turner said. “For Jean, he’s like a father figure. They have this unspoken bond because he’s telepathic as well, so he’s gone through the same things.”

While we also are being greeted by a fan favorite character of Nightcrawler again, played by Let Me In’s Kodi Smit-McPhee. Smit-McPhee told us exclusively that he will be playing a more comic book accurate version of Nightcrawler in the upcoming film than has ever been seen on screen before

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It appears that Hugh Jackman will at most cameo as Wolverine in the X-Men: Apocalypse cast. Indeed, he has gone from talking about filming both this and Wolverine 3 back-to-back to no longer doing publicity about the picture. However, it seems likely he’ll still cameo since it was broken that he was in Montreal during the production of Apocalypse. Logan as a Horseman of the Apocalypse seems unlikely at this point, especially since Hardy has all but been confirmed now to play Archangel.

However, it should be noted that when reports of reshoots first surfaced last December in Montreal, it was rumored that Hugh Jackman was on hand to shoot more than one scene for the film.

Olivia Munn will play Psylocke in the film, and she clearly wants fans to know that she is pushing herself to make Psylocke’s martial arts abilities every bit as threatening as her psi-blades. Thus enter the dojo again for Ms. Munn’s third online video that showcases her fighting skills as Psylocke, the telekinetic mutant who will join the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the latest X-Men film!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B90hONU3gWA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SyF5hPsS8o

Ben Hardy is also playing Warren Worthington III, known as the Angel.

X-Men: Apocalypse Production

Remarkably indicating changing attitudes on superhero films at 20th Century Fox, X-Men: Apocalypse, a big budget follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past, was greenlit with seeds sown by Bryan Singer in December 2013—over half a year out from the aforementioned time traveling X-movie. Singer tweeted that revelation with just the words “#Xmen” and “#Apocalypse.” Official announcement soon followed that the movie would be released on May 27, 2016, almost two years to the day after Days of Future Past’s release.

Singer surprised fans several weeks later with a new photo displaying the X-Men: Apocalypse writing team. While Days of Future Past’s screenplay was solely written by the series’ increasingly important executive producer, Simon Kinberg (from a story also co-authored by X-Men: First Class’ Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman), the X-Men: Apocalypse screenplay also has Singer with a writing credit—as well as Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Yep, the two scribes that helped pen Singer’s first X-epic with X2 (as well as Superman Returns) have returned to the genre. Also, for horror geeks, during their absence Dougherty also wrote and directed the once-and-future Halloween cult classic Trick ‘r Treat.

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By March 2014, Singer was already talking up the X-Men: Apocalypse plot in addition to Days of Future Past, feeding fans tantalizing morsels like the next film would be set in the 1980s. After some ambiguity, Bryan Singer was officially confirmed as the X-Men: Apocalypse director in September of 2014, clearing the path to X-Men: Apocalypse filming.

X-Men: Apocalypse Release Date

In case you need reminding, X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016, just in time for Memorial Day. But for everything else to know expect, please use the handy dandy index for the pages below.

X-Men: Apocalypse Photos

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