'X-Men: Apocalypse' Concept Art Reveals a Darker, More Brooding Villain

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Concept Art Reveals a Darker, More Brooding Villain

Jun 24, 2016

Costumes in comic book movies are always hard to pull off. What looks great and iconic as a 2D sketch on a piece of paper may not translate very well to a live-action world. That said, Bryan Singer's X-Men movies have had a consistently harder go of cracking the comic's colorful costumes than other franchises. That's partly due to the very first X-Men coming out after The Matrix, when black leather was all the rage and color was uncool. 

Matthew Vaughn started to bring in some splashes of color with the '60s-set First Class, and those designs have survived somewhat into its sequels, with the most recent Apocalypse having the most funky, playful costumes yet in an X-Men movie. One of the funkiest elements is Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse himself, who looks kind of like a Power Rangers bad guy accidentally stumbled into another movie. He almost didn't look like that, though.

As seen by these proposed designs from concept artist Jerad Marantz, there was at least one version of Apocalypse that wasn't quite so rubbery. He still has the bulky suit of armor and a bald head, but the overall aesthetic feels closer to what Singer was going for in the early days of his movies. The lines are cleaner, the color more desaturated, and the actor's face less obscured. Would it have ultimately made for a better movie? It's hard to say, but if you're the type who thinks a movie can only be as good as its villain, then maybe this more serious design really would have helped.

If you like Marantz's work, you can also see his recently unveiled alternate designs for Black Panther. And as a reminder, here's what Apocalypse ended up looking like in the final movie.


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