Oscar Isaac Says His 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Villain Is Positively Biblical

Actor says the character is "the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of God."
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If the title of next year's sequel to X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Apocalypse sounds a little grandiose, just wait. In a new interview, Oscar Isaac — who plays the movie's villain — has suggested the movie will operate on a scale beyond anything glimpsed yet in the superhero series.

"I’ve been reading the script a lot and trying to come at — for me — a interesting angle," Isaac explained on the Monkeys Fighting Robots podcast. He said that he was "definitely focusing on the fact [that his character] is the embodiment of the second coming of the judgments of God and that energy going in. We're playing with that."

Isaac will play Apocalypse, a character whose comic book incarnation was the first human ever to display the X-gene that makes mutants. Born in Ancient Egypt, he has been revealed to be immortal and has used alien technology to create followers, that he refers to as horsemen (as in the Biblical Horsemen of the Apocalypse), to do his bidding. Despite that terminology, however, the comic book incarnation of the character hasn't traditionally been closely tied to a religious reading, nor represented the judgment of God.

The actor went on to say that he, producer Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer were "trying to ... make his philosophy and [mission] one that is both simple but also holds water, that really makes sense throughout the whole movie," promising that the three have "come up with something very cool" as a result.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, will be released May 27, 2016.