Throughout X-Men villain Apocalypse’s vast history in the comic book world, he was always accompanied by his Four Horsemen, who served to help fulfill his evil deeds. In the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse, his Four Horsemen consist of Magneto, Storm, Archangel, and Psylocke. While these four mutants may differ vastly from those from the comics, particularly Psylocke and Storm, the early drafts of the film offered an even more different ensemble of mutants.
During a recent interview with Simon Kinberg, the Apocalypse producer revealed details concerning the early stages of the film, in which the Horsemen differed than those seen in the final product. Kinberg mentioned one character who almost served the titular villain to replace Psylocke, who would have shocked many viewers:
“The one person we didn’t know was Psylocke, and the reason why is because originally in the script we sort of… I don’t know why we made this decision, but we knew that Professor X was abducted in the middle of the movie, and we thought that almost counted as a fourth Horseman. And so that’s the way we constructed the original draft of the script. There wasn’t going to be a fourth one. The ‘surprise’ was that Xavier was the fourth Horseman. And then when we were working on the script, Bryan and I at one particular point – pretty late in the process – said, ‘He’s not really a Horseman – he’s not doing anything in the third act of the movie.’”
Professor X has served as one of the most prevalent heroes throughout the many years of X-Men comics, so seeing him play a villainous role would have been a very bold decision by the film’s writers. However, to the content of many X-Men fans, Psylocke ultimately replaced him as the fourth Horsemen.
X-Men Apocalypse will premiere in theaters May 27th.
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