QUEZON City, Philippines (June 5) – Who is your favorite X-Men villain?
If you haven’t guessed it yet, my favorite X-men villain is Apocalypse. Let me list the reasons why:
- He is the first. The first mutant that is. And he was born during the time of Ancient Egypt. His real name is En Sabah Nur, which in the Marvel universe means “The First One”.
- He discovered advanced alien technology that crash-landed on Earth. As such no one is quite sure where his innate power ends and where advance technology begins.
- Speaking of powers, his is one of the most formidable in the Marvel universe. He can manipulate the molecular structure of things. Which simply means that he can transform himself and others into anything that he wants.
- He is always accompanied by a group of cool henchmen, the Four Horsemen.
- He ruled the world before and he will rule the world again. No kidding. He was able to rule Ancient Egypt thousands of years ago and in the future, he was again able to dominate the world.
Imagine my excitement when it was announced that the third installment of the new X-Men franchise will feature Apocalypse.
The trailers hyped how super-powered Apocalypse is. One of the most memorable quotes attributed to the X-men villain still resounds to my ears: “I am far beyond mutants as they are far beyond you”. And he proves that epic boast.
Apocalypse’s philosophy is simple – survival of the fittest. And for him, mutants are the fittest of them all. And as he pursue his plan for world domination, it is up to angst-filled teenagers who don’t even know how to use their powers to stop him.
Of course, you don’t really watch movies like the X-Men for the plot. I mean, it’s all there, in the comics. We watch for the action scenes and the effects and X-Men: Apocalypse does not disappoint.
If you want overloaded action and at the same time, something to ponder on after watching the movie – political issues and the like – then this is the movie for you.
As for me, I only watched it for the villain.
(written by Jay Paul Carlos, additional research by Vince Alvin Villarin)