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Bryan Singer teases the return of a winged mutant in X-Men: Apocalypse

03.30.2015
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Looks like a favorite X-Men character may be returning to the big screen in a much different form. Warren Worthington III, better known as Angel, was last seen in Brett Ratner's X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, played by Ben Foster. While that iteration of the character played on his heroic side, comic fans know that Angel has a history with Apocalypse, which is why the latest news from director Bryan Singer is so exciting.

Singer shared the below production art via his Instagram. His comment merely references it as production art for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but this seems like the reveal that Angel will in fact be a character in the sequel.

Some production art. #XMEN #XmenApocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

For those unfamiliar, Angel was altered genetically by Apocalypse to become his Horseman of Death which changed him into Archangel. For years, the character has switched between hero and villain, similarly to Jean Grey's transformations into Phoenix. How the character will be incorporated into X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE is unknown at this point. It seems highly unlikely that Ben Foster will return, but with the time travel aspects of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST eliminating the events of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, Singer pretty much has a blank slate to introduce the character the right way.

X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE is slated to hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

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1:21PM on 03/31/2015
I thought Angel/Archangel would be a given for an Apocalypse film. Was always a bit meh on Angel as a character, but really liked his transition to Archangel. Much cooler.
I thought Angel/Archangel would be a given for an Apocalypse film. Was always a bit meh on Angel as a character, but really liked his transition to Archangel. Much cooler.
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10:53PM on 03/30/2015
"with the time travel aspects of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST eliminating the events of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, Singer pretty much has a blank slate to introduce the character the right way."

That's like saying Picard could show up in Star Trek 3 because the first Star Trek movie changed the time line. This can't be the same character from The Last Stand. Indeed, look at the setting and costmes: this looks like the 1920s or 1930s. I'm not sure what Singer is doing here. It looks like
"with the time travel aspects of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST eliminating the events of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, Singer pretty much has a blank slate to introduce the character the right way."

That's like saying Picard could show up in Star Trek 3 because the first Star Trek movie changed the time line. This can't be the same character from The Last Stand. Indeed, look at the setting and costmes: this looks like the 1920s or 1930s. I'm not sure what Singer is doing here. It looks like misdirection to me. I hope people aren't disappointed. I suspected that the horsemen would be Wolverine, Toad, Havok and Ink: it was hinted in DOFP that Ink had the power to make people sick, hence Pestilence. Maybe Apocalypse will simply kill Toad and have Angel become Famine.
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8:52PM on 03/30/2015

As for who's playing Angel...

Ben Hardy. Just take a look at the dude, who was cast in an unspecified role.
Ben Hardy. Just take a look at the dude, who was cast in an unspecified role.
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6:46PM on 03/30/2015
I hope he makes the transition to archangel in the film. Archangel is so much cooler with metal wings and blue/pink suit. Actually I hope Ben foster comes back he is a truly underrated actor.
I hope he makes the transition to archangel in the film. Archangel is so much cooler with metal wings and blue/pink suit. Actually I hope Ben foster comes back he is a truly underrated actor.
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4:31PM on 03/30/2015
Cool that they've gone with a freak show type way to tell his tale, rather than the billionaire, but who knows. It's just art at this point. Interesting nevertheless!
Cool that they've gone with a freak show type way to tell his tale, rather than the billionaire, but who knows. It's just art at this point. Interesting nevertheless!
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3:50PM on 03/30/2015
So this is a new Angel origin after the Future Past continuity wipe?
So this is a new Angel origin after the Future Past continuity wipe?
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3:41PM on 03/30/2015
It's unfortunate that Ben Foster was wasted in Last Stand because he would have been a great Angel under the watchful eye of Singer. And based off numerous past performances, he could handle the duality of the role with ease.
It's unfortunate that Ben Foster was wasted in Last Stand because he would have been a great Angel under the watchful eye of Singer. And based off numerous past performances, he could handle the duality of the role with ease.
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3:30PM on 03/30/2015

Take my money already,

I just came.
I just came.
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