X-MEN: Apocalypse – Who’s who?

“X-Men: Apocalypse” arrives this summer, will you be ready? Only the strong survive.

X-MEN Apocalypse

The latest X-Men outing is a follow-up to First Class and Days of Future Past. To prepare for the coming of Apocalypse, here’s a quick guide to all the mutant heroes and villains appearing in the latest chapter…

APOCALYPSE

Apocalypse (X-Men)

First Appearance: X-Factor #5 (1986)

Apocalypse - Marvel comicsAlternate Identity: En Sabah Nur

Power Set: Apocalypse’s powers are augmented by alien technology. Immortality, control over his own molecular structure, density and size. He also has the ability to absorb and project energy, in addition to telekinetic and telepathic powers. If that’s not enough, Apocalypse also enlists ‘Four Horsemen’ who he imbues with enhanced powers.

Backstory: The first mutant. Apocalypse first appeared in Ancient Egypt where he first gained followers. Over the years he’s used his powers to alter history and was worshiped as a god.

 

PROFESSOR X

Prof X - Apocalypse

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Alternate Identity: Charles Xavier

Power Set: The world’s most powerful telepath.

Backstory: As the founder of the X-Men and the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, Professor X fights a battle on two fronts: protecting his students from a world who hates and fears them, as well as standing in the way of mutants who deem themselves superior to the human race. His greatest adversary however, is his oldest friend…

 

MAGNETO

MagnetoFirst Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Alternate Identity: Erik Lensherr

Power Set: The master of magnetism.

Backstory: During WWII, Erik’s family fell victim to the holocaust. Ever since, he has sworn to never again see his people suffer at the hands of those in power. Erik renounced Charles Xavier’s mission of peaceful coexistence in exchange for a crusade against oppression. As Magneto he formed a terrorist group known as the Brotherhood of Mutants. 

Magneto - Days of Future Past

 

MYSTIQUE

Mystique - comicsFirst Appearance: Ms Marvel #16 (1978)

Alternate Identity: Raven Darkholme

Power Set: Shape-shifter

Backstory: To many, Mystique is an enigma. Her allegiances have been known to shift as often as her identity. Her unique abilities make her one of the deadliest mutants in the world. Mystique once became a leader in the Brotherhood, second only to Magneto but has been known to fight alongside the X-Men.

Mystique

 

PSYLOCKE

PsylockeFirst Appearance: Captain Britain #8 (1976)

Alternate Identity: Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock

Power Set: Telekinesis, psychic, precognition, expert martial artist.

Backstory: Psylocke has one of the most convoluted backstories in all of comics, but she’s also one of the most badass female heroes in Marvel lore. Once a member of The Hand, the formidable psychic warrior fought alongside the X-Men against many an enemy: Vixen, The Hell-fire Club, Shadow King, Dr. Doom, The Abomination, Red Skull, the Sentinels, and Apocalypse.

 

CYCLOPS

Cyclops's optic blastsFirst Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Alternate Identity: Scott Summers

Power Set: Optic Blasts

Backstory: One of Professor Xavier’s first students, Scott would eventually become the leader of the X-Men under the code-name Cyclops. When his powers first manifested, a traumatic event caused him to lose control of his optic blasts. Xavier helped Summers by developing a specialized visor to block the uncontrollable energy blasts from his eyes as well as focusing the beam.

Cyclops

 

JEAN GREY

Jean GreyFirst Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Alternate Identity: Marvel Girl / The Phoenix

Power Set: Telepath and powerful telekenetic.

Backstory: When Professor X first found Jean Grey, he knew he’d discovered an immensely powerful psychic who needed guidance. Jean became Xavier’s protege, fell in love with Scott and later became possessed by the Phoenix Force. As The Phoenix, Jean gained the ability to alter matter on a subatomic level and became one of the most powerful entities in the known universe.

 

STORM

StormFirst Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Alternate Identity: Ororo Monroe

Power Set: The ability to control the weather, flight, wisdom.

Backstory: The heir to an ancient priesthood, Ororo was orphaned during a military conflict. She was forced to turn to thievery to survive on the streets of Cairo where she met Charles Xavier. He helped to hone her abilities and overcome her trauma.

 

ANGEL / ARCHANGEL

Archangel (movie)

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963) / X-Factor #38 (1989)

Alternate Identity: Warren Worthington III

Power Set: Flight / Agility

Backstory: Warren, the former X-Men known as Angel became Arch-angel when the mutant Apocalypse gifted him with enhanced abilities in exchange for serving as one of his horsemen.

 

BEAST

BeastFirst Appearance: X-Men #1 (1963)

Alternate Identity: Dr. Hank McCoy

Power Set: Intelligence / Strength / Acrobatic Prowess

Backstory: Despite his animalistic features, Hank McCoy is a genius-level intellect, doctor and inventor. Hank’s initial mutation gave him enhanced strength and natural athletic prowess, but over the years his appearance has changed significantly from his secondary mutation. As a founding member of the X-Men, Hank would later go on to serve as a political advocate for mutant rights.

 

NIGHTCRAWLER

NightcrawlerFirst Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Alternate Identity: Kurt Wagner

Power Set: Teleportation

Backstory: The son of Mystique and Azazel, Kurt was raised in a German circus where he used his unique teleportation abilities as an expert acrobat and showman. He fell prey to persecution based on his somewhat demonic looks, but was given sanctuary by Xavier and found both acceptance and a family with the X-Men.

 

HAVOK

HavokFirst Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #54 (1969)

Alternate Identity: Alex Summers

Power Set: Plasma projection

Backstory: The brother of Scott Summers, Alex was separated from his brother at an early age.

 

quicksilver-marvel-avengersQUICKSILVER

First Appearance: X-Men #4 (1964)

Alternate Identity: Pietro Maximoff

Power Set: Speedster

Backstory: The son of Magneto and twin brother to Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver gives new meaning to the word fast.

 

WOLVERINE

First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #181 (1974)

Alternate Identity: Logan / James Howlett / Weapon-X

Power Set: Healing-factor, enhanced sense of smell, adamantium-laced skeleton and retractable claws.

Backstory: The mutant known as Logan lost his memory when he underwent experimentation and enhancement in the Weapon-X program and became the Wolverine.

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