I watched X-men: Apocalypse this week. During the climax scene:

Jean rips him apart whilst he is also being attacked by Magneto, Storm and Cyclops. He looks at Jean, sees the yellow aura around her and says, "All is revealed." Then he is pulverised to death.

The question is why did he say this, did he feel the presence of 'Phoenix' psyche of Jean Grey?


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The question is why did he say this, did he feel the presence of 'Phoenix' psyche of Jean Grey?

Yes, this is why. The reason behind this is because of Apocalypse's entire point of view in life. Survival of the Fittest. That the weak should die while the strong live on. And if that requires the strong to kill the weak, so be it.

The Phoenix is one of the strongest known force in the Marvel universe. While the movie version has been reduced to just being part of Jean's psyche, in the comics, the Phoenix Force is the combined strength of all psionic or life in the universe. Even in the movies, the Phoenix, or it's evil (more like only concerned with it's own self) counterpart, the Dark Phoenix, was restrained by Jean's own morals and old timeline's Xavier's mental blocks.

So Apocalypse's line of "All is Revealed" is a statement that the strongest, i.e. the Phoenix, has defeated the weak, himself. That the strongest is no longer holding back, that the strongest has been forced to attack at full strength. He has admitted defeat in the face of a stronger adversary. It's his goal in life.

More importantly, as he considers all mutant kind his children, he also sees this as the child surpassing the parent.

There is an alternative interpretation. Apocalypse foresees the Earth burning, to force the Survival of the Fittest. When the Phoenix comes forth, he sees that the Earth will burn, by her hands, not his. But that he brings this to happen:

It's the most important line in the movie. But what does it mean?

Let me take you back to the film's beginning. Awakening from her vision, Jean talks to James McAvoy's Charles Xavier about her fears. She feels as though her powers are like a separate entity within her, one that she's afraid to awaken. Xavier dismisses this with far too much ease; and, at the end of the film, he encourages Jean to tap into the fullness of her power and defeat En Sabah Nur. She does so, and manifests a fiery effect that's easily recognizable as the Phoenix halo. In triumphing against En Sabah Nur, she reveals the power within herself. In a telling sequence, her manifestation begins with a door opening and the figure of Jean stepping out of the shadows and into the light. The first trailer even deliberately interwove that scene with Jean's vision!

Now think about that vision of missiles launching (which happened), and ultimately of fire burning across the world. In that moment, En Sabah Nur realizes that all is revealed; he was never the fulfillment of the vision.

The fire that burned across the world? That was Phoenix fire.


Well you answered it yourself.

Jean unleashes her entire power in the end which if you might remember was suppressed by Professor X as mentioned in X-Men: The Last Stand

Also there is an entire post on this here http://moviepilot.com/posts/3933293

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    The new timeline may well not support the suppression of her power by professor X. Also whilst it has been 'revealed' that she is a powerful mutant, this answer does not answer the question at hand 'did he feel the presence of the phoenix'. Also I would summarise the article if you can, link rot could be an issue
    – nickson104
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 8:54
  • @nickson104 If you have a better answer, then please post it.
    – ABcDexter
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 9:48
  • @ABcDexter I do not, I just wanted to point out that there may be more info out there.
    – nickson104
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 10:11
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    @nickson104 I am late but anyways, if you have seen the movie, Apocalypse sees with his own eyes the Phoenix psyche of Jean, and the suppression of her power is a speculation, it may or may not be there.For all I know that could be another question you may ask. Commented May 31, 2016 at 7:16

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