"X-Men: Apocalypse" will open on May 27. Fans of the mutant superheroes have long waited for it. He was the ultimate villain in the animated series, but the comics would portray a rather complicated character. He was an immortal from Ancient Egypt, who was disillusioned by the conflicts in the Libyan Desert. And the constant struggle for power made him want to control anything and change everything.
It was hard to judge mutants as heroes or villains, as they could be classified as dissatisfied individuals. They have powers, which would raise them above the majority of the populace. But they would be feared. The human side could scare them, even hide from the public. Gambit, for instance, has the ability to create, control, and manipulate kinetic energy. He was a member of the "X-Men", which was founded by Charles Xavier. They were the good guys, but the comics revealed Gambit's checkered past. He was one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Simon Kinberg, the screenwriter for "X-Men: Apocalypse", rewrote that part of the script. And director Bryan Singer won't reconsider it. (The four horsemen would include Storm and Magneto. Some hardcore fans might object to it.)
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" was arguably one of the best episodes of the X-Men Comics. It was simple and straightforward in its approach, as an old mutant traveled back to the past to save the mutants from the Sentinels. (A Sentinel is a mutant-hunting robot.) She was the least-expected choice, but it turned out to be worth the gamble. What happened along the way would leave readers hanging in suspense. This unpredictability was what made the entire X-Men series a must read, but it could confuse moviegoers. (Adapting a reading material to the big screen could be a tricky task.) To illustrate this point further, let's have a look at some intriguing tales in the comics. Brace yourself:
Nightcrawler's Inferno. Nightcrawler, who was played by Alan Cumming in "X2: X-Men United", had the ability to teleport and move quickly. In this tale, he had an unexpected birthday gift. Dante Alighieri. The supposed poet brought him and the entire X-Men into Inferno, where Nightcrawler's past slowly unfolded. It was a fascinating journey, but appearance could be deceiving.
Guess What Just Came Down the Chimney. Kitty Pryde was left alone at the X-Men Academy during the Christmas holiday, unaware of an unexpected visitor. It was an N'Garai, whom Storm vanquished not long ago. She (and the other members of the X-Men) made sure that the portal that connected their world to man's would be broken. But one was buried in the rubble. This was the young mutant's baptism of fire, which was unplanned. It was a night to remember, which would leave souvenirs all over the academy. Not for the nervous reader.
The Rage. Diehard fans would only be familiar with Sabretooth, considered to be Wolverine's archenemy. He made a surprise appearance in this series, which would put Nightcrawler out of balance. What followed was a fight that comic fans would go back to.
How would Singer and Kinberg adapt these stories? They may have to consider Wolverine. Your guess is as good as anyone else's.