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10 Things You Might Not Know About X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)

Bubbling with 80s nostalgia, the X-Men franchise delivered "Apocalypse" to our eager screens in 2016. It brought forth an age-old villain, showcased dramatic mutations, and layered the narrative with complexities that went beyond the obvious. The young X-Men faced a formidable opponent, but the movie itself was filled with delightful tidbits that might have flown below the radar for even the most eagle-eyed viewers. So, whether you're a die-hard fan of the mutants or just passing through, here

Apocalypse Then... And Now: The menacing villain Apocalypse has been both a huge and tiny presence in the X-Men universe. This formidable foe is also sometimes seen as a Smurf-sized antagonist in some comic versions. Let's be glad they decided to supersize him for the film, shall we?

Return of the Phoenix: Remember Jean Grey's flaming climax? That wasn't just for show. It's a nod to her dark alter-ego, the Phoenix, teasing us with the iconic "Dark Phoenix" saga. Foreshadowing much?

Not-So-Secret Stan Lee Cameo: It wouldn't be a Marvel movie without our favorite mustachioed creator making an appearance. Stan Lee's cameo during the missile scene gives the movie that Marvel stamp of authenticity.

Bald and Bold Choices: James McAvoy had previously worn a bald cap to play Professor X. But for "Apocalypse", he took the plunge and shaved his head. Talk about method acting!

Mutant Mall Trip: A deleted scene featured Jean Grey, Cyclops, Jubilee, and Nightcrawler visiting a mall. It's an 80s fest with arcade games and even a "Return of the Jedi" mention. How very retro!

Dazzler's Almost-Debut: Speaking of that mall scene, a record store glimpse shows an album cover featuring Dazzler, a mutant pop star. Alas, we didn't get to see her sing on screen. Maybe next time?

Magneto's Melancholy: Michael Fassbender gave a heart-wrenching performance when his family met a tragic end. Director Bryan Singer revealed that the actor was genuinely crying during takes. Now that’s dedication.

The Super Bowl Teaser: The first teaser for "Apocalypse" aired during Super Bowl 50. The cost? A casual $5 million. Chump change when you're dealing with the end of the world, right?

Return of Alkali Lake: Fans of the X-Men films will recognize the Alkali Lake facility. "Apocalypse" gives a nod to the previous movies, especially "X2", with the reappearance of this clandestine facility. Nostalgia alert!

Mockumentary Madness: To promote the film, 20th Century Fox released an "In the Footsteps of... En Sabah Nur" mockumentary. It's a faux 80s-style TV documentary about Apocalypse. If you missed it, it's an absolute gem and a fun easter egg for fans.

And there you have it! "X-Men: Apocalypse" isn’t just mutants and mayhem. It’s an ensemble of cinematic gems, deep dives, and a bald McAvoy. Till the next mutant adventure!

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