X-Men: Apocalypse writer and director Bryan Singer is never too far away from his ultimate publicity machine: his Instagram account. He’s always previewing the set with behind-the-scenes photos, introducing old and new cast and characters and doing countless other things with his highly popular social media site. On Tuesday, he did the same with the above photo of a set he describes as “ruined Cairo, 1983.”
Your first reaction might be, “Of course they’re in Cairo! The movie’s subtitle is Apocalypse, after all, since it’s named for Oscar Isaac’s big baddie.” However, The Hollywood Reporter, other outlets and comic book aficionados have pointed out the set’s more likely connection to Storm, played in this film by Alexandra Shipp:
In Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men comic book series, that city was established as the place where Storm was first discovered by Professor Xavier, when she was living as a street thief, some years before she became a member of the X-Men. It’s also the city that she returns to on more than one occasion while on hiatus from the team; in many ways, it’s her home away from home — somewhat unusually for a character born in the U.S. to American and Kenyan parents.
Perhaps the ruins of Cairo are where moviegoers will first meet Storm. Yet seeing as how Singer is adapting several comics and his own original story line for the film (per usual practice), then maybe it won’t be the Professor who finds Storm. Maybe it’s where Apocalypse finds his first horseman.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)