Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
If you’re heading off to see X-Men: Apocalypse at your local multiplex this weekend, be sure to stick around until all the credits have rolled by because there’s a special scene at the end of the movie that hints at what’s next for the X-Men franchise. However, unless you’re a fan of the comics, there’s a chance you might not know what the scene means at all. After the jump, we explain the meaning of the X-Men Apocalypse credits scene and what it might mean for future X-Men movies.
Beware of spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse from here on out.
Setting the Stage
The scene in question takes place at the Alkali Lake base that we first saw in X2: X-Men United. In that film, we learned this was the place where Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) was turned into the adamantium clad mutant known as Weapon X. This base returns to the big screen for a great action sequence in X-Men: Apocalypse after William Stryker and his men show up at the crumbled remains of Professor Xavier’s School for the Gifted to apprehend some of the older, more powerful mutants such as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and even human Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne).
In the key action sequence, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are the only older mutants who weren’t captured who are able to stowaway to the base in order to help save our captured heroes. While sneaking around the base, they stumble upon an enclosure that at first seems to be housing a growling animal, but it actually turns out to be Wolverine, looking more like Weapon X than we’ve ever seen before. They unleash Wolverine on the facility and before he runs off into the mountains, Jean Grey helps restore some of his memory that had been taken from him.
For the X-Men: Apocalypse credits scene, we return to the Alkali Lake base where there’s a clean-up crew mopping up blood and vacuuming up bullets. Along with this crew, a man in a suit heads into the room where Wolverine was being held, checks out some of the mutant’s x-rays, and walks over to a case containing vials of some kind. The unknown man pulls out one large vile that has the DNA of Weapon X, aka Wolverine. He takes that vial and puts it in a briefcase that have a few more containers just like it inside. Once he situates the vial in the case, he closes it, and that’s when we see the briefcase label that says “Essex Corp” on the outside. Cut to black.
What Is Essex Corp?
So what is Essex Corp. in the X-Men universe? That’s a company owned by Nathan Essex, who eventually becomes the super villain known as Mr. Sinister (seen above). In the comics, Essex is a scientist from 19th century Victorian London who is obsessed with self-improvement and evolution without any regards for moral questions. In order to extend his own life and make himself more powerful, he experiments on mutants, even going so far as to create stronger and more powerful ones by any means necessary. This includes cloning and even manipulating other characters to give birth to more powerful mutants.
Therefore, it would make sense as to why Essex Corp. would want the Weapon X DNA vial for their own plans. However, the question is just what does this mean for the future of the X-Men franchise.
Where Is This Going?
There are multiple ways this revelation from the X-Men: Apocalypse credits scene could have an impact on future X-Men movies. It could be set up for the next X-Men sequel that’s meant to be set in the 90s and will redo the Dark Phoenix storyline, this time with the space element intact. It could also be leading into the third Wolverine movie, which will mark the last outing for Hugh Jackman as the character. And it could also have some ties to whatever may be in store for Deadpool 2.
Let’s dive into the possibilities on the next page.