Singapore’s biggest fans enjoyed 540 minutes of mutant movie magic in the X-Men: Apocalypse movie marathon last week (18 May), in addition to trivia games, lucky draws, and even a costume contest!

The movie marathon lasted almost 11 hours as X-Men enthusiasts watched X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, then X-Men: Apocalypse consecutively! But don’t worry, they had breaks in between – even mutants wouldn’t have such superhuman bladders.

Cosplayers. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Cosplayers. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Colourful spandex heroes

The event kicked off at 4.30pm with a photo booth near the registration counter. Fans came dressed as fan favourite characters Wolverine, Psylocke, and Gambit (two of whom appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse!). Their characters carried special significance, because each of the characters have been part of Apocalypse’s Horsemen in the comics. In fact, they’ve all been his Horseman of War at one point!

The Horsemen are the minions of Apocalypse. In the film, Magneto, Psylocke, Storm, and Angel/Archangel serve that role after Apocalypse increases their mutant powers.

Fans of the X-Men. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Fans of the X-Men.

Q&A segment

How do you know you’ve got the greatest fans in Singapore? By listening to them answer the insanely difficult Q&A segment. Just before X-Men: Apocalypse, a short Q&A had X-fans demonstrating their encyclopaedic knowledge of the X-Men universe.

Try out these two questions (taken straight from the Q&A) yourself!

1)When did Mystique first kill a person (in the movies)?

2)Who are the four Horsemen and what do they represent (in the movies)?

Answers are at the end of the article.

Marvelites. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Marvelites.

Fans from young

Many fans at the screening were lifelong enthusiasts, with personal favourites that they were rooting for.

“I like Warpath, the one who detected the Sentinels in X-Men: Days of Future Past. I liked his look, but they didn’t really make good use of him in the film,” said Delfinn Tan, 31, student. She started on X-Men comics from young, and they were the only comics that she read.

“I always liked Mystique, mainly for her powers,” said Clarissa Wee, 21, production assistant. “But it’s so weird, the relationship she has with Charles.”

For several of them, it was a good catch-up session and refresher for the rebooted X-Men universe.

“It’s the first movie marathon I’ve ever done. I’m looking forward to all the new mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse,” said James Lai, 38, a freelancer.

X-Men Apocalypse. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

X-Men Apocalypse. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

So what’s X-Men: Apocalypse all about?

X-Men: Apocalypse sees the X-Men battling the first mutant, Apocalypse, who is one of the most powerful foes they’ve ever met. New characters include Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Archangel and Nightcrawler, with Magneto, Professor X, Beast, Mystique, and Moira MacTaggert returning to help (or hinder) them.

If you missed the X-Men: Apocalypse movie marathon, you can still catch X-Men: Apocalypse, out in cinemas now! Don’t forget to stay behind for the post-credits scene, and if you’re a true X-fan, you’ll know who the next movie’s villain is.

Bonus: Who’s who?

As a bonus, we’ve also included a write up on all the cosplayed characters at the event!

Wolverine. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Wolverine. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Wolverine

This is the classic Wolverine costume, and also his first one. He used a brown costume for a while in the 70s, before reverting to his original yellow threads and then later adopting a sleeker black costume.

If you didn’t already know, Wolverine’s mutant powers include super senses and a healing factor, plus his bones are coated with adamantium (the hardest metal in the Marvel Universe). He’s got claws, too! Sadly, even his healing powers weren’t enough to prevent his death in the comics in 2014.

But don’t fret! A Wolverine movie is slated for March next year, with the Reavers, an evil mutant cyborg group, as his enemy. It’ll be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the character.

Psylocke. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Psylocke. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Psylocke

This is the black and white version of her costume (distinctly different from her purple and red sashed one she’s more recognised for), which is more fitting given her ninja backstory in the comics. Most importantly, she’s got the famous purple locks that are such a defining trait of the character!

Psylocke’s backstory in the comics is complicated. She used to be an average psychic – reading minds and levitating objects – until she got mind swapped with a ninja named Kwannon. When they swapped back, Psylocke retained the ninja abilities of Kwannon, and also the ability to manifest a psychic knife. This way, she can stab as many people as she wants and still have her comic be child friendly!

Gambit. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Gambit. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Gambit

This is Gambit’s classic costume – pink shirt with brown trenchcoat, headband, and his everpresent staff. His costumes are easy, since he’s either wearing this or nothing.

Gambit can make anything explode if he touches it long enough, but he’s also a competent hand-to-hand fighter. If you’ve watched X-Men: Apocalypse, then you’ll be glad to hear that he has particularly strong ties to the next villain in the franchise.

Sadly, Gambit’s solo film has been delayed indefinitely…

Answers (highlight the text to see the answer)

1)When did Mystique first kill a person (in the movies)?

1973

2)Who are the four Horsemen and what do they represent (in the movies)?

Magneto (War), Storm (Famine), Archangel/Angel (Death), and Psylocke (Pestilence).

 

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas