"X-Men: Apocalypse" will feature an elaborate Egyptian set, director Bryan Singer recently revealed via Instagram. He shared a still where he can be seen standing in front of a mammoth statue of Anubis, Egyptian god of the afterlife, which appears to have a long beak and blue and gold armor.
Egyptian figures are inscribed on the walls surrounding the statue. Singer, who is wearing a check shirt and jeans, can be seen peering at the statue. The photo is captioned, "This takes me back to #raidersofthelostark #notallgreenscreen #xmen #xmenapocalypse."
Singer did not reveal the Egyptian set's purpose in the film, but according to Cinema Blend, it may be the resting place of the main villain, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). In the comic book, Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur, is from ancient Egypt. He is the first creature to be born with a mutant X- gene and uses celestial technology to enter periods of suspended animation. He becomes active when he feels the need to test civilization.
In "X-Men: Apocalypse," Sabah Nur/Apocalypse will be worshipped as God. The post-credit scenes of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" showed him building pyramids in Egypt as people were chanting his name. This scene was reportedly included to give the audience a sense of Apocalypse's power.
"Bryan and I just locked into this idea of seeing Apocalypse at the height of his power and glory, which is what we imagined would have been in Egyptian times," screenwriter Simon Kinberg told Cinema Blend. "It was just to give a tease of: This guy is super-powerful, and there was a moment in time when he was essentially treated as a god, and he's going to rise again in 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'"
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is being shot in Montreal. The official storyline of the film has yet to be revealed. The cast also includes of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor and Ben Hardy. It opens May 27, 2016.