‘X-Men Apocalypse’: 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

Viewers who waited through the credits of X-Men: Apocalypse were treated to a cryptic scene that probably didn’t make much sense to fans who don’t read the comics.

The short scene showed a group of people wading through Wolverine’s victims before placing a sample of his blood and several other things in briefcases labeled “Essex Corp.” So what was the purpose of this scene? And what is Essex Corp.? Here are five things we know about Essex Corp. and what it means for the future of the franchise.

1. Essex Corp. means Mr. Sinister is the next villain

'X-Men Apocalypse': 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

Mr. Sinister | Source: Marvel

The most obvious thing the post-credit scene does is set up the series’ next villain, Mr. Sinister, whose real name is Nathaniel Essex. One of the most popular villains in the Marvel canon, Mr. Sinister was born in Victorian England as Nathaniel Essex and began to push Darwin’s theories of evolution to its breaking point after the loss of his son.

He was later granted superpowers through genetic alterations that, besides allowing him immortality, gave him telepathy, superhuman speed and strength, and the abilities to shapeshift and regenerate. Aside from Mr. Sinister’s superpowers, he possesses genius level intellect and possesses a mastery of genetics, surgery, and engineering. Mister Sinister was the primary villain in Logan, played by Richard E. Grant.

2. Mr. Sinister has connections to Apocalypse

'X-Men Apocalypse': 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

Oscar Isaac in X-Men: Apocalypse | Source: 20th Century Fox

If the post-credits scene wasn’t enough to suggest Mr. Sinister is the next villain, there’s also the fact that the villain’s origin has direct connections to Apocalypse. Working with the Marauders, a villainous mutant team, Essex encountered Apocalypse, who promised him power in exchange for his help.

As Apocalypse corrupted him more and more, Mr. Sinister’s wife died during childbirth but not before saying that he had become “sinister.” This event triggered Essex to ask Apocalypse for the genetic mutation allowing for all his superpowers along with the inability to feel morality and remorse. His new name would be what his wife called him with his last breath: sinister.

3. Cable is coming

'X-Men Apocalypse': 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

Cable | Source: Marvel Comics

We already knew Cable was slated to appear in Deadpool 2 after the first film’s end-credit scene, but Mr. Sinister’s appearance means that Cable might also find his way into X-Men. In the comics, Cable is the son of Cyclops and the clone of Jean Grey, all of this having been orchestrated by Mr. Sinister.

Given the ages of Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some details change, but there’s also been confirmation that the next X-Men film will take place in the ’90s, putting the timeline in the right ballpark. Additionally, time travel is a key component to Cable’s character, meaning that there’s a ton of creative liberties available in the canon.

4. Deadpool might be integrated more directly into X-Men

'X-Men Apocalypse': 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

Deadpool and Cable | Source: Marvel Comics

By far the most intriguing possibility to come about is this: If Cable comes to X-Men and Cable is being introduced in Deadpool 2, does that mean Deadpool could eventually find himself in an X-Men film? Sure, there’s a ton of problems that come to mind — tone, rating, etc. — but this experiment would be very interesting.

Deadpool already saw Colossus come into the mix — making a crossover not unheard of — and X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer commented on the idea and isn’t opposed to it.

“If you take a character as irreverent and meta as Deadpool and connect him to something as grounded and serious as X-Men, you have to do it carefully and gently,” Singer told Variety. “When you drop them all in together it can be a disaster. That has to be done delicately, but there’s plenty of room to do it.”

5. Mr. Sinister could be relevant to several of the upcoming X-Men films

'X-Men Apocalypse': 5 Things We Know About Essex Corp

X-Men: Apocalypse | Source: 20th Century Fox

In early May, X-Men: Apocalypse’s writer/producer Simon Kinberg commented on the existence of a post-credit sequence in the film before anyone had seen it. In retrospect, it feels telling for X-Men’s future. He told Collider:

It’s a nod toward potentially a lot of different movies. I mean certainly the Wolverine movie is related to what happens at the end of it, but there’s also another character that’s introduced, at least in name, in the tag and he could show up in any host of different X-Men films. Maybe a Gambit movie, maybe another X-Men movie.

The “character that’s introduced” is presumably Mr. Sinister, and there are couple of interesting things here. First of all, the Gambit film is name-dropped,meaning that despite all the problems we can probably expect it in the near future, and with Mr. Sinister involved somehow.

Kinberg also said that Logan is definitely using Mr. Sinister as a villain. But the biggest thing it seems to suggest is that after a couple of successful X-Men films that more or less felt like standalones, the franchise might be moving toward a more connected universe akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Thanos.

Either way, it seems like X-Men might make some riskier decisions in the near future, which could definitely pay off for fans.

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