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Apocalypse (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Apocalypse (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Apocalypse (Marvel Comics) Character Review

Apocalypse is a fictional Character who is an ancient mutant that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in X-Factor (May 1986), created by writer Louise Simonson and designed by artist Walter Simonson. The character is not to be confused with the Marvel Comics villain Harbinger of Apocalypse.

Debuting in the Modern Age of Comic Books, the character has appeared in a number of X-Men titles including spin-offs and several limited series. The character has also featured in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, toys, trading cards, and games. More about Apocalypse (Marvel Comics) Character Review - keep reading !!

In 2008, Apocalypse was ranked #3 at Marvel.com on their list of Top 10 X-Men villains. In 2009, Apocalypse was ranked as IGN's 24th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

Fictional Character Biography


Rise of Apocalypse - Apocalypse is a mutant born 5000 years ago in Akkaba, and was abandoned as an infant due to his unnatural appearance (gray skin and blue lips). He was rescued by Baal of the Sandstormers who saw the child's potential power and decided to raise him as his own, naming him En Sabah Nur. Throughout his life, Baal taught Nur survival of the fittest, the philosophy that the tribe lives and dies by. At the same time, the time-traveller Kang the Conqueror had arrived in Egypt and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, intending to recruit the young Apocalypse. Rama-Tut learned that Nur had been raised by Baal and sent General Ozymandias with his army to destroy the Sandstormers and find Nur. Nur and Baal avoided the battle, having found refuge in a sacred cave before it collapsed. Both were severely injured, and Baal eventually died. Nur survived and vowed to take revenge on Rama-Tut. He traveled to Tut's city where he posed as a slave and drew the attention of Ozymandias's sister, Nephri, who became attracted to the mysterious slave.

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However Nephri rejected Nur upon seeing his inhuman appearance, and turned to her brother for protection in her panic. Heartbroken by this final rejection, En Sabah Nur's prodigious mutant abilities fully emerged in his enraged state, and he renamed himself Apocalypse. Rama-Tut fled the former slave's rampage, while Nur used his advanced technology to enslave and transform his former tormentor, Ozymandias, into a blind seer made of living stone to forever chronicle Apocalypse's future destinies. Fifty years later, Nur revisited Nephri, now an elderly Egyptian Queen on her deathbed, and mocked the loss of her beauty and vitality, in contrast to his own unchanged appearance, despite the passage of time. During this time Nur joined forces with the original Moon Knight and Imhotep to form the first incarnation of S.H.I.E.L.D. and successfully fended off a Brood invasion...

Early History - As the millennia pass, Apocalypse travels around the world to determine if his time of testing has come. He appears throughout history, encouraging civilizations to worship him as a god from several ancient mythologies and testing their strength by manipulating them into fighting wars of conquest, and claiming to have brought "growth, judgment, and destruction." Apocalypse begins to beget progeny, who faithfully followed him as the Clan Akkaba. At some point, Apocalypse discovers advanced alien technology, which he uses to transform and enhance himself. Apocalypse now enters states of suspended animation, while he waits for mutants to become more common, leaving Clan Akkaba and Ozymandias to act in his stead while he sleeps. Apocalypse has some history of having fought the race of godlike immortals known as Eternals, primarily the members Ikaris and Sersi, having been referred to as their "Ancient Nemesis". In the 12th century, Apocalypse would encounter the Eternal Sersi again, when he came across the crusader Bennet du Paris and awakened his latent mutant powers, transforming him into Exodus.

In Victorian London, 1859, Apocalypse encounters Nathaniel Essex, a British scientist, and through him, learns the scientific term for beings like himself – mutant. Coercing Essex and members of the Hellfire Club into working for him, Apocalypse plots the first steps in his quest for global conflict on an unprecedented scale. He uses his advanced technology to transform Nathaniel into Mister Sinister, and commands him to create a plague to ravage and transmute the population of the world. At the same time, the mutant heroes Cyclops and Jean Grey (as Phoenix) had been sent back through time to stop Apocalypse. Close to slaying the British Royal Family, Apocalypse is suddenly greatly weakened, and Cyclops and Phoenix manage to defeat him. It is revealed that Sinister had betrayed Apocalypse, seeing his vision of the future as madness, and had instead created a plague that attacked only Apocalypse, forcing the ancient mutant into his hibernation sanctuary.

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In 1897, Apocalypse is awakened by his followers, in order to deal with Dracula, who is turning members of Clan Akkaba into vampires to battle Apocalypse, as revenge for his earlier defeat centuries ago as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler). Apocalypse, with some assistance from Abraham Van Helsing, kills Dracula. The continuation of the Akkaba line is secured by Ozymandias through a disabled, but powerful, teleporter named Frederick Slade, who conceived with a woman.

Modern Era - Apocalypse spends many years hidden, but awakes from his slumber due to the arrival of the mysterious time-traveling mutant Cable (ironically, Cable had come to the present to prevent the ancient mutant's awakening). Awakened almost a century earlier than he had planned, Apocalypse decides to examine the world and determine its conditions for testing. He grants superhuman powers to the terrorist known as Moses Magnum, who does his bidding by testing the strong and winnowing the weak, battling the X-Men and the Avengers. Apocalypse first crosses paths with the original X-Men team (then organized as the mutant hunting group, X-Factor) when he briefly employs the Alliance of Evil, and orders them to capture the mutant Michael Nowlan. Apocalypse plans to use Nowlan's power-boosting mutation to provide mutantkind with unlimited power. This plan was foiled by the interference of the X-Factor team.

Apocalypse later recruits mutants to serve as his Four Horsemen. Among them is Angel, whom Apocalypse saves from an exploding plane, granting him artificial wings (after he had lost his own natural wings when they were damaged and had to be amputated) in exchange for his servitude. The X-Factor member is reborn as Death, and is made the leader of the Four Horsemen. Apocalypse summons the X-Factor team to his cloaked ship, which floats invisibly above the city. Apocalypse was interested in this group of mutants and had studied them, monitored their activities, and researched their origins and motives after learning of Professor Xavier and the X-Men. Apocalypse explains his scheme to unleash his Horsemen and destroy New York, and offers X-Factor a place at his side. In the end, the Horsemen are defeated by X-Factor, thanks to the help of both the reformed Angel after Iceman fakes his death to bring Angel to his senses, as well as Power Pack. Apocalypse leaves his Celestial Ship for them and in return, takes the willing Morlock Caliban. Afterwards, Apocalypse secretly takes some control over the ship, and it starts to fight X-Factor, but they regain control. Apocalypse escapes with Caliban to one of his bases at Mount Everest.

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During The Evolutionary War, Apocalypse confronts the High Evolutionary, who had embarked on a quest to rid the world of a lesser species that he felt were preventing evolution from moving forward. Believing that the Evolutionary was disrupting the natural order of things, Apocalypse commenced battle with Wyndham. In the end, because of the High Evolutionary's actions, it helped the species evolve and grow stronger which ironically helped Apocalypse's plan of weeding out the weak and forcing the strong to rise. Following the genetic manipulation of Caliban, Apocalypse is confronted by the Norse god Loki, who wants him to join his "Acts of Vengeance", but Apocalypse refuses and the two briefly fight.

Powers and Abilities (Apocalypse)


Apocalypse is an ancient mutant born with a variety of superhuman abilities who further augmented himself after merging with Celestial technology. The character has total control over the molecules of his body, enabling him to alter his form as it suits him, such as allowing his body to become extremely malleable and flexible or change its size, enhance his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons or wings and jets, regenerate from fatal injuries, adapt his body to apparently any disease or hostile environment and give himself virtually any physical superhuman power. The character is also able to project and absorb energy, and has displayed telepathy and telekinesis. Apocalypse is as well capable of technopathy, able to directly interface with the various technologies he has at his disposal. Apocalypse is also immortal, and immune to aging, not needing sustenance of any kind and can survive fatal injuries. Whether this is a separate ability or a result of his shapeshifting powers is unclear.

Aside from his superhuman powers, Apocalypse is extraordinarily intelligent, a scientific genius with knowledge in various areas of science and technology including physics, engineering, genetics and biology, that is far more advanced than conventional science. Apocalypse has knowledge of Celestial technology that he uses for his own applications, such as altering mutants or humans. Apocalypse is also a skilled demagogue and a master strategist.

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Apocalypse's blood can heal other mutants, but is fatal for humans. Apocalypse's blood can also restore his de-powered mutant descendants as is seen when a large dose of Apocalypse's blood regenerates the lost body part of Chamber and gave him a look similar to Apocalypse. It is hinted that this evolved Chamber's power to Omega Level.

In Other Media (Video Games)

  • Apocalypse appears as a boss character in Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge (1992); X-Men (1993); X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (1994); X-Men 2: Game Master's Legacy (1994); X-Men 2: Clone Wars (1995); X-Men vs. Street Fighter (1996); Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter (1997); X-Men: The Ravages of Apocalypse (1997); X-Men: Reign of Apocalypse (2001); X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003); X-Men Legends (2004) and X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (2005), voiced by Richard McGonagle.
  • Diamond Select Toys and Bowen Designs have released mini-busts and statues of the character through Toy Biz.

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