En Sabah Nur aka Apocalypse, the very first mutant, will be the main villain in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and that much is clear from the numerous trailers that have been released till now. However, apart from those acquainted with the “X-Men” comics, details about the character remains mostly a mystery. Audiences were treated to an end-credits sequence at the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” showing En Sabah Nur creating the ancient Egyptian pyramids by levitating the heavy boulders in the air as his four horsemen watch. Now, in a viral video, George Takei (“Star Trek”) explores the legend of the elusive Apocalypse.
The viral video from 20th Century Fox which has been created to resemble a trailer for a documentary from the late 1970s and 1980s, has Takei narrating the origins of En Sabah Nur. “Almost ten years ago the world first learned of the existence of mutants,” he begins. Then he starts talking about Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). “But what if the world’s first mutant actually appeared thousands of years ago?” Takei narrates while we are treated to the 16mm footages from “X-Men: Days of Future past,” some stills of Apocalypse trying to conjure up something, and stock footage of the Pyramids of Egypt.
George Takei tells us that relics discovered back in the 1980s near Giza point to En Sabah Nur having caused widespread devastation to mankind. “But how could this apocalyptic being just vanish from history?” Takei teases us. “And does his symbol hold the key to unlocking secrets long buried beneath the Egyptian sands?” Takei asks. The narrator then asks the viewers to “Join us on May 27 as we explore this mystery and follow in the footsteps of En Sabah Nur.” May 27 is the movie’s release date in the United States.
En Sabah Nur is a fictional supervillain of the X-Men created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Jackson Guice. The antagonist first appeared in Marvel comics’ “X-Factor” issue 5 (May 1986). The immortal villain with an unlimited number of super powers poses an immensely tough challenge for the X-Men in the comics. Whether the movie is faithful to the portrayal of the character in the comics or not will become clear once “X-Men: Apocalypse” releases in theatres worldwide.