Angel will return in the upcoming X-Men sequel… as Ben Hardy is confirmed for the role in X-Men: Apocalypse.
In an interview with Empire Magazine, director Bryan Singer explained that the former ‘Eastenders’ star will be getting his wings in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. But he might not be as wholesome as we hoped…
“Ben Hardy is Angel – I shall confirm it for you!” said Singer. “But he’s not a very nice Angel! And that’s all I’ll say…”
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And if you’re wondering what Angel will look like, he also unveiled some cool concept art.
Of course, Ben Hardy has been linked to the role of Angel – otherwise known as Warren Worthington III – ever since the press got wind of his upcoming Hollywood debut. And while fans were keen to see him don those Angel wings, it looks as though the rumours were right all along.
But what kind of Angel can we expect?
Back in the 1960s, Angel was part of the original X-Men line-up. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he was known for his enormous angel-like wings which granted him the power of flight. Of course, that’s not all – he also possessed great strength and agility, and was able to use his wings offensively to knock opponents off their feet.
All in all, a pretty formidable mutant.
But by the 1980s, Apocalypse had managed to make him even more powerful…
Transporting Angel to safety before a life-threatening explosion, Apocalypse offers Angel a Faustian deal – become the Horseman Death and he will give him his wings back. Of course, Angel can’t help but agree… and finds his angel-like wings replaced with hulking organic-metal versions. And he can even fire metallic feathers at his enemies.
Unfortunately, Apocalypse has quite the hold over him… and it’s not long before he’s forced to go head-to-head with his former allies. And it sounds as though this is the version of Angel that we’ll see in X-Men: Apocalypse.
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Obviously, this won’t be Angel’s first big screen appearance – having starred in X-Men: The Last Stand with Ben Foster as the winged hero. But this seems to be a very different version of Angel… and it’s a far cry from what we’ll likely see in Apocalypse.
But will Angel become the Horseman Death? And if so, will we see the rest of the Horseman as they are in the comic books? For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
X-Men: Apocalypse heads to cinemas on 12 February 2016.
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