New Photos and Details on Magneto and Psylocke in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
A couple new photos of Michael Fassbender's Magneto and Olivia Munn's Psylocke from X-Men: Apocalypse have found their way online, along with some additional details about the characters.
In the story, these two characters end up being recruited by the villain Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) to help him accomplish his diabolical mission. Both characters come to him at low points in their lives. They join Apocalypse because they feel they have nothing else going for them.
Apocalypse enlists Psylocke's kickass fighting skills. She's someone you'd want to have by your side in battle. I did find it interesting that Magneto joined up with this ancient mutant because he's not really one to follow anyone else. Magento has always been a leader, but it's explained that when Apocalypse comes to him, he is at a point in his life where he's lost all hope. Magneto sees Apocalypse as someone who can finish what he wasn't able to.
While talking to IGN about her character, Munn said:
“[Apocalypse] first meets her and she's a bodyguard [for the mutant Caliban] and she's got this amazing skill and she has zero fear when she goes up against him, so he needs her. What he sees in her is that she is someone who can protect and has no fear and is an amazing fighter, has these amazing abilities. So with her, she's just a very powerful weapon for him. That's the role that Psylocke plays in the Horsemen.”
She went on to talk about the possibility of her own spinoff movie, and what she would like to see from that.
“I think if Psylocke had a chance to tell her story, it would be great to start with the genesis and having an understanding, maybe right as she's getting out of university and we jump in right before all of her family is taken out, and we have an understanding of what she had to lose, and then her figuring out her powers and how powerful she is. I think that that's something that I always loved about her. She came from a good family and lost everything. I would like to tell that story."
Munn described her character in a separate interview with JoBlo, saying:
“She’s methodical and very loyal and she's very calm and she's fearless. Her aggression is below the surface, but it's like, it's bubbling ... It's right there at any moment to access. She's a very calm, easygoing, kind of person within this world of insanity, but she's so powerful and strong. That feeling of whendid anything where you're learning a skill. Once you learn it, you feel really powerful. She's very comfortable in her skin.”
Also in that interview, Fassbender discussed what's going on with his character in the story.
"I start off in Poland. Erik is basically living a normal life, has a family, has fallen in love, and has basically disappeared for the last eight years or so. He doesn’t use his powers, has left that life behind and lives a sort of simple life."
He explained why Magneto decides to team up with Apocalypse, saying:
"He [Apocalypse] arrives and it’s like, 'Okay well something much more powerful than me has arrived,' in a way kind of like a god; he’s the original mutant. And...Magneto doesn’t really follow anyone, so it was kind of a hard thing like, well how does he just become one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen, and is he cool with that? But he appreciates that this guy is going to do what he couldn’t do. He’s got just so much more power than him, he’s such an immense force. In a way, it’s like that classic thing of joining any cult or radical group, he’s 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.’ Apocalypse is sort of bringing judgment to the Earth.”
We've heard so much about this new X-Men film and how epic and big it's going to be. I'm excited to see how exactly Bryan Singer tells this story and where it will take these characters that we've come to know. You can read some more great information on other characters in the film right here, and I highly recommend it! There's info on Storm, Quicksilver, Beast, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Jubilee, and more!