In Hall H of Comic-Con 2015, the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” had presented the teaser of the movie which revealed the identity of the mutants who will be by Apocalypse’s side as his Four Horsemen. Screenrant had an opportunity to speak with them and Director Bryan Singer during a visit to the set of “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
In the comics, the four Horsemen take up the destructive roles of Famine, War, Pestilence and Death. For the cinematic adaptation, the Four Horsemen will be Storm, Psylocke, Angel and Magneto. They are played by actors Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy and Michael Fassbender, respectively.
In the comics, the Four Horsemen are mutants who have been brainwashed and manipulated by Apocalypse aka En Sabah Nur in order to serve his purpose and act as his personal guards.
To choose the proper mutants, Bryan Singer and writer Simon Kinberg researched about cults. “We started looking at cults and the nature of cults, because cult leaders, true cult leaders, develop god complexes and he [En Sabah Nur] always traditionally had four horsemen, so I thought a cult has traditionally four factions to it that interest me.”
“It has a political faction, and I’d always felt Magneto could fill those shoes. It always has a military faction, so Archangel could fill those shoes as the guardian. There’s also a youth faction, those that you’re trying to seduce and grow into your cult, the young whose minds are malleable, and lastly the sexual component because cult leaders tend to sexualize their position and have sex with half the people in their cult,” Singer further elaborated.
Storm and Psylocke fill the youth and sexual quotas, maintaining the tradition that Apocalypse’s four followers would be two male and two female.
First to meet Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) when he wakes up after a millennia is Ororo Munroe aka Storm who is played by Alexandra Shipp. “It’s just pure love. I feel like when someone joins a cult, they end up becoming kindred spirits. “They all have the same goal which is Apocalypse … 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,” Shipp said.
Olivia Munn’s Psylocke is supposed to fill the sexual aspect of the cult, seeing as her costume is quite revealing. Munn had previously pointed out in her Instagram post that Psylocke is “a telekinetic telepath who chooses to kill with a sword because she wants to do it up close and intimate because killing from afar just seems too easy and no fun.”
Munn also explained how Apocalypse, like most powerful cult leaders, realizes that his four chosen mutants are lost and needs guidance. He capitalizes on that and exploits their weakness.
As for Magneto (Michael Fassbender), he already suffered a public defeat and humiliation at the end of “Days of Future Past.” He seeks sanctuary in Poland, trying to settle down with a family, only for everything to be taken away from him again. It is at this point that Apocalypse extends his hand to him.
Fassbender says Apocalypse has “caught him at a very low, vulnerable point where he doesn’t really care anymore whether he dies or not or what happens, so he’s like, ‘Yeah I’ll join this guy. I’ll go on this path of judgment'”.
For Warren Worthington III aka Angel (Ben Hardy), Screenrant got to watch a scene being filmed where Apocalypse recruits him and transforms his wings into metallic blades and like a ceremony in a cult, Psylocke, Magneto and Storm were all part of the scene, watching the transformation occur.
However, it is obvious that Apocalypse will somehow be defeated and these four mutants may not stay as villains for long. At least not Storm, as we have seen her side with Professor X in Singer’s earlier “X-Men” movies, where she was portrayed by Halle Berry.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” releases in cinemas worldwide beginning May 18 this year.