So, let’s talk about next May’s X-Men: Apocalypse for a moment.
When the last X-Men movie went off, and they showed him in the after-credits scene, I freaked out. Every adult in the theater freaked out! Every kid was like… whaaaa? Kids, please, do your geeky research. Sheesh.
Who Is He
Now, director Bryan Singer has revealed that we’ll be see another “new” mutant, meaning new to the big screen, Caliban. Gather round kiddies, let me spin you a yarn.
Caliban is a mutant named after a character in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (read a book, darn you!). Just to give you an idea here, Shakespeare’s Caliban is the son of a witch and a devil (I believe) and described as “A freckled whelp, hag-born — not honoured with / A human shape”, “less than human” and a “moon-calf, a deformed creature”. A moon-calf is a term meaning that some one is “a dullard, fool or otherwise not particularly bright or sharp”, so they basically called him slow and ugly. The mutant Caliban is basically albino who had the ability to track other mutants across several miles. All caught up? Okay, here we go.
The New Guy
If we are going by the comic book universe’s way of how Caliban and Apocalypse got involved, it was a deal of sorts. Caliban was a rather pathetic creature. His mutation is simply physical, and doesn’t give him anything to defend himself against people who might want to hurt him. And you know how humans are, they want to hurt him. He basically lived in the sewers underneath Manhattan, hiding with the other mutants whose mutations meant that they couldn’t pass for human. Until he met Mister Apocalypse .
Apocalypse tells him that he’ll give him abilities making him more capable of defending himself if he becomes his servant, Caliban says yes. Apocalypse uses uses genetic engineering to increase Caliban’s size and strength and renames him “Hellhound”, at which point he becomes a horseman. Eventually, he begins first going by the name “Death”, and even later, “Pestilence”.
Later in the story, the former Caliban and his fellow horsemen actually end up deciding that they like Mister Sinister better than Apocalypse and going to work for him, then he’s an X-Man for a while and all, but that’s another story all together. This is about the beginning of Caliban. Or, I assume it is because Caliban hasn’t been in any other of the movies.
No Concrete Evidence, Though…
The Instagram post from Mister Singer doesn’t give us any inkling as to where in Caliban’s story we’re going to come into contact with him, only that we are. Either way, that’s exciting though. I love seeing how they bring these characters to life, considering I was one of those kids that grew up watching the weekly cartoon series. I was in love with Gambit, he’s still one of my favorites. Don’t judge me.
So there you have it. A new mutant, one of the most difficult mutants that the X-Men ever take on, and a year to wait. Oh, and an Instagram post showing you the business end of Caliban’s place of “business”.