The se­cret history of mu­tant-kind is about to be un­earthed…

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“We got the band back to­gether again!” Hav­ing co-writ­ten 2003’s X-Men 2, it felt like a kind of home­com­ing for screen­writer Michael Dougherty when Bryan Singer in­vited him and fel­low X-Men 2 vet­eran Dan Har­ris to con­trib­ute to X-Men: Apoc­a­lypse.

“I got to re­turn to the X-Man­sion for a bit,” he laughs. “We worked with Brian and Si­mon Kin­berg to crack the story. It really was a team ef­fort, and it was fun to work with peo­ple that you really click with.”

With sin­is­ter ori­gins dat­ing back to An­cient Egypt, the 5,000-year-old Apoc­a­lypse makes for a very dif­fer­ent breed of X-vil­lain. “With the ex­cep­tion of Mag­neto, he’s one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters to de­velop for the big screen,” Dougherty tells SFX. “He really opens up and deep­ens the X-Men uni­verse be­cause for the most part we’ve been told that mu­tants are a rel­a­tively re­cent phe­nom­e­non, hav­ing only really sur­faced in the ’40s. But Apoc­a­lypse es­tab­lishes that mu­tants are ac­tu­ally much older and that they’ve been con­fused with an­cient deities and gods. It sort of crosses over with the an­cient aliens no­tion, that at some point in hu­man history, we were guided by some beings, who were wiser and stronger than us, and that they helped nur­ture the hu­man race.” Stephen Jewell

Looks like there’s a Storm on the way…

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