4 Moments That Made Us Freak Out in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET THEN STOP READING NOW. As a die hard X-Men fan, I was highly anticipating the release of Apocalypse for quite some time. I’ve found all of the previous movies to be enjoyable and I was hoping that Apocalypse could live up to it’s predecessors. It did. I was completely blown away by the awesomeness of this film and it has left me looking forward to the next instalment in the franchise. In fact, there are so many amazing moments in Apocalypse that I couldn’t just pick one – here are five freak out moments from X-Men: Apocalypse.1. Quicksilver saves the day!A moment when things couldn’t appear more dire for our beloved mutants – Charles had been taken, Cerebro had been destroyed, Eric was on the run and the school had erupted in flames. Just as we’d let the tears stream down our faces – Quicksilver appears outside the mansion. In a brilliantly timed and well edited scene that featured the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams, the montage conveyed Quicksilver saving the entire population of the school from their impending death. It was a bright and brilliant sequence that gave the movie exactly what it needed – a bit of humour. Quicksilver, just like with Days of Future Past, proved that he is an asset that not only Charles Xavier would benefit from, but an asset that also the X-Men franchise benefits from greatly. 2. Wolverine’s surprise appearanceI had no idea that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was going to be appear in Apocalypse! As Jean, Scott and Kurt all hid from Striker and his crew, they hear an “animal” locked in a cage. Jean uses her powers to set this animal free just as the security arrive to take them out. A Terminator-esque exit from the cage reveals an angry Wolverine, who doesn’t take too kindly to being locked away. He goes on a killing spree – a scene that is arguably the most graphic violence the X-Men franchise has ever indulged (perhaps because the third Wolverine film will allegedly be R-rated). A young Jean and Logan share a moment, perhaps foreshadowing the future, as the mutants allow Logan to escape his captivity. It was one of the best kept secrets of the film and I was overjoyed to see Logan – Freak outs don’t come much bigger than this!3. Magneto revisits his pastArguably the most difficult character to place into a category of either hero or villain, Erik Lehnsherr AKA Magneto has a pretty rough journey in Apocalypse. He’s settled into a new life at the beginning of the film – living in a remote location with a wife and a daughter, but after using his powers to save one of his co-workers the community turn on him and, in the battle, his wife and daughter are killed. Now that he is on the run, he resorts back to his evil ways and joins forces with Apocalypse. Apocalypse makes Eric revisit his past – Auschwitz. Apocalypse teaches Erik the lengths of his own powers and thus Magneto is fully brought back to life but now he is more powerful than ever. In an incredible scene, Magneto realises the strength of his power and causes the entire camp at Auschwitz to crumble. 4. Jean realises the extent of her powerAt this stage, the viewing audience know the extent of Jean Grey’s powers. However, in the film Jean (played incredibly well by Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner) is still learning. In the epic final battle, Charles is about to lose as he battles Apocalypse in his mind but Jean comes to his rescue. Charles orders her to use her powers – telling her that she’s ready. Jean releases her energy on both the real-life Apocalypse and the one in Charles’ head which resulted in one of the greatest scenes in the entire X-Men franchise. Together, the team destroy Apocalypse, realising in the process that the world may always need the X-Men. The scene was spectacularly done, with outstanding performances from James McAvoy and Sophie Turner. Apocalypse is an outstanding addition to the X-Men franchise that I will most definitely be purchasing upon release. The entire cast were incredible and together they were even better – Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan and Evan Peters and EastEnders alumni Ben Hardy were all amazing. Sophie Turner and James McAvoy were the star performers of this instalment and I hope that they return in the future. I find myself looking forward to the next instalment, because as Apocalypse proves, the franchise appears to be getting better with each film.