‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Concept Art Reveals Magneto Will Be More Powerful Than Ever Before

By December 29, 2015

One of the most interesting things about X-Men: Apocalypse so far, is the mutants that Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and co. decided would make up Apocalypse’s (Oscar Isaac) four horsemen in the film. While Archangel (Ben Hardy) was somewhat of a given considering the two characters’ history in the comics, the inclusion of Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and specifically Magneto (Michael Fassbender) means that the newest onscreen X-Men villain will have one hell of a powerful posse behind him.

Going off of what was teased in both the SDCC and official trailers for the film as well, it looks like Magneto will be in a very different place and mindset than we’ve ever seen him before in Apocalypse, creating a separate life for himself, secluded away in the time between the newest film and last year’s Days of Future Past, so the arrival of Apocalypse in his life means that the original mutant is probably well-aware of Magneto’s power and history in the films.

A new piece of concept art from the film (via EW) also seems to tease the state of Magneto’s powers this time around as well, and it looks like our favorite morally ambiguous mutant anti-hero is going to be more powerful than ever in Apocalypse, thanks to a certain power-up from Oscar Isaac’s villain. Check out the image below:

x-men apocalypse magneto concept art

In addition to the image, director Bryan Singer also commented on Magneto’s powers in the film, revealing how exactly Apocalypse manages to help out Michael Fassbender’s already incredibly strong mutant:

“One of Apocalypse’s many powers is he can imbue other mutants with greater ones. Magneto is demonstrating a small taste of what he can do now. Magneto is already enormously powerful…. Now Apocalypse gives him powers far beyond what we’ve seen before.”

Now, there’s no real way to make out what exactly Magneto is doing in the concept art, or what it is he’s destroying, but it looks to be in a similar vein as the slow-motion action that was featured near the end of the film’s most recent trailer. Considering how powerful and visually compelling of a villain Magneto has already been throughout the franchise too, the idea of him getting to do things onscreen that we’ve never seen before, should be enough to make any X-Men fan out there giddy with excitement.

Fassbender has done an incredible job at stepping into the role ever since Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, playing a younger version of Ian McKellen’s older character from the first Bryan Singer films. Keeping the same methodical tone and Shakespearean complexity as McKellen’s interpretation though with an even more headstrong and bold attitude, and Fassbender has been one of the best parts of the past two films. Here’s to hoping that trend will continue in next year’s Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set to hit theatres on May 27th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable