In X Men Apocalypse, Jean unleashes her dark powers on En Subah Nur to kill him. In the beginning, En Subah Nur took the healing power from another mutant to live for eternity.

Also Wolverine has the same ability. In order to kill Jean, He used his healing power against her when she unleashed her powers in X Men Last Stand.

Since the healing ability helped Wolverine, then why it did not help En Subah Nur?

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    Are you sure that it is the same kind of healing power, maybe it is about ageing(I did not pay much attention to that scene).Also Jean destroyed En Sabah Nur completely leaving nothing(as far as I remember, I might be wrong). Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 16:48
  • Of course it is. one of the four horsemen cut abdomen of that mutant with a knife and it was healed.
    – A J
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 16:51
  • But still he was completely incinerated as far as I know Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 16:52
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    Even Wolverine can only heal so much... The total destruction of the body can not be healed. With all of the X-Men attacking him, his healing ability was unable to keep up with the damage.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 23:03
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    @catija wolverine has healed from a single cell after being in the epicenter of a nuclear bomb. We haven't seen the extent of his healing. Even in the Wolverine, he heals several feet of bone in seconds. In the comics, he has one of the most powerful healing factors.
    – cde
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 5:44

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The two uses of powers were not similar.

In X3, Jean is reluctant to use her Phoenix powers against Logan. She holds back, out of moral and emotion conflicts. She's spent her entire life trying to snuff out the Phoenix side of her, and in that timeline, Xavier has put mental blocks on her to protect everyone and herself from that power. And all the instability from this lead her to want to die. She let Wolverine live so he could kill her, rather than let the Phoenix power take over.

In Apocalypse, Xavier has not placed any blocks on her in this timeline. She's mentally better than in the original timeline, having grown up in a more forgiving time without widespread and open mutant hate. She's younger, and under attack by someone who just wants her dead. She's being encouraged by Xavier and the life or death situations they are all in. She wants to live, and as the Phoenix hasn't been locked away, she's able to access all of its powers against someone she knows is a threat to everyone. She is not conflicted.

The two situations are a mentally stable person under attack, fight (Apocalypse) vs an unstable person that doesn't want to kill or hurt people she loves, flight (X3).

Also, Apocalypse was under the attack of multiple of the strongest mutants on the planet. He was completely overwhelmed. As far as we know, the Phoenix attacked him on both the Astral plane and the physical one at the same time as well, breaking his concentration.

Also, also, Apocalypse was weakened from being in the same body for a few hundred years. This is related to his comic back story, which is hinted at but never fully disclosed in the movie. Xavier tells Jean this right before she brings out the Phoenix force. The reason he's weakened is that his powers provided and enhanced by the Celestial technology he uses, burns the body out. While he also changes bodies to gain new powers, the main reason is that he needs to in order to live. Like burning a candle on both ends for a brighter light. In the comics, he changes bodies and has to regenerate/hibernate for decades at a time.

So to summarize, a stronger Jean/Phoenix aiming to kill and a highly weakened Opponent, under multiple powerful attacks.

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    Added another reason and a summary.
    – cde
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 6:11

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