One of the most interesting thing about the X-Men movies is the wide variety of characters, but that can also leave many viewers confused.
I’ve written previously about the characters and timelines of X-Men: Days of Future Past, if you are still unclear on some of those.
Here’s a quick recap of the mutants featured (or even alluded to) in X-Men: Apocalypse and some of the important humans. Where there is a conflict in names between the movies and the comics, I went with the film version.
Apocalypse – One of the oldest and most powerful mutants ever, he has superhuman abilities in virtually every area, which are also augmented with advanced alien technology. He always recruits four horsemen to help him in his attempted conquests of Earth.
Professor X – Charles Xavier lost the use of his legs, but is perhaps the world’s most powerful telepath. He a school to help mutants come to grips with their powers and live together with humans, but comes to realize his students also need to learn to fight and protect others from evil.
Magneto – Friend and foe of Professor X, Magneto can control all types of magnetism and metal. Erik Lehnsherr is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Apocalypse taps into his rage to lure him into becoming one of his horsemen.
Mystique – She is a shapeshifter, who, despite her usual blue appearance, can transform her appearance into that of any other person. After her actions in Days of Future Past, Raven becomes an inspiration to mutants growing up during the time of the film.
Beast – While he takes something to appear normal, usually Hank McCoy is covered in blue skin and blue fur. Regardless of his appearance, he is one of Professor X’s best friends, as well as a brilliant scientist with superhuman strength and animal senses.
Quicksilver – Peter Maximoff moves and thinks at superhuman speeds—fast enough to save people from an exploding building and harmlessly move bullets around. He is also Magneto’s son.
Jean Grey – One of the most powerful telepathic and telekinetic mutants, she can access the Phoenix Force and become much more powerful and dangerous.
Cyclops – The field leader of the X-Men, Scott Summers eyes shoot powerful optic blasts which he can only control with special glasses or visor. It is odd to see him as the raucous, rebellious teenager in this film.
Havok – Alex Summers is the brother of Cyclops, and has the ability to absorb cosmic energy and shoot it from his body. After an explosion at Professor X’s school, he is presumed dead.
Nightcrawler – A Catholic mutant with a blue devilish appearance, Kurt Wagner possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. Mystique helps him escape a cage fight with Angel.
Angel – One of the original members of the X-Men in the comics, Warren Worthington III comes from an extremely wealthy family and has giant mutant wings on his back giving him the power of flight. After becoming a horseman for Apocalypse, he gains metal wings and becomes Archangel.
Storm – An extremely powerful mutant with the ability to control all forms of weather. This also enables her to fly. Apocalypse is the first other mutant she meets, so she joins him until she realizes her hero Mystique is fighting against him.
Psylocke – One of Apocalypse’s four horsemen in the film, Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock is a skilled martial artist who can produce a psychic sword and knife. She also has limited telekinesis, telepathy and precognition.
Jubilee – Jubilation Lee is a stereotypical teenage girl, except for the fact that she can generate pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands.
Caliban – An albino mutant who can track and sense other mutants. In the film, he aids Mystique in helping mutants find a new home, for the right price.
Blob – The super overweight Fred Dukes has extensive bodily mass making him near immovable and superhuman strength. In the film, he loses to Angel in the cage fight before Nightcrawler appears.
Nina – Magneto’s daughter, her film character is based on Anya Eisenhardt from the comics. She demonstrated abilities to control birds before being shot with an arrow.
Wolverine – The most iconic member of the X-men, Logan possess superhuman strength, senses and the ability to quickly heal himself. We meet him in his Weapon X phase, immediately after his bones and claws have been coated with virtually indestructible adamantium.
Moira MacTaggert – In the film, Moira is a CIA agent and expert on mutants. In the comics, she is an expert geneticist. After her involvement with the X-Men in First Class, Professor X erased her memories. In Apocalypse, she discovers the awakening of the title figure.
William Stryker – A long-standing enemy of the X-Men, Stryker hates mutants, but uses the government to experiment on them with the hopes of turning them into military weapons. In Apocalypse, he runs the Weapon X facility.
Magda – She is Magneto’s wife and attempt at living a normal, non-mutant life. Unfortunately, she is killed by police attempting to capture Magneto.
Ms. Maximoff – In the comics, she is the mother of both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. In the X-Men movies, we only know about Quicksilver.
Stan Lee – The man behind many of Marvel’s greatest creations, Lee makes a cameo in every Marvel film. In Apocalypse, he appears with his wife Joan watching in horror as the world’s nuclear weapons launch into the sky.
You can read a breakdown of the post-credit scene that hints at potential upcoming mutants.
Mister Sinister – An evil scientists obsessed with genetics and evolution, Nathaniel Essex gains immense superpowers and near immortality after an encounter with Apocalypse. The post-credit scene has a briefcase featuring “Essex Corp.” He would be a perfect villain to stretch across multiple films.
X-23 – A younger female clone of Wolverine, Laura Kinney or X-23, is similarly to Wolverine, except that she has only two claws in her hands and one that comes out of each foot. The blood vials in the scene could hint at her inclusion in a future movie.
Did I miss anyone significant from X-Men: Apocalypse? Who are you most looking forward to being added to the X-Men Cinematic Universe in the future?