In X-Men Apocalypse, Apocalypse permanently enhances any mutant he chooses.

In order of appearance Apocalypse increases the powers of

  • Storm
  • Psylocke
  • Angel
  • Magneto

By all accounts every one of them seems to keep their enhanced power, but what drew me to this question is that Storm, Psylocke and a short lived Angel seem to keep their powers.

Now this is where I get a little fuzzy, does Charles Xavier have his powers increased permanently and does Magneto have his powers increased permanently?

Being that X-Men is now on a different timeline, it is very much possible that Charles will now not need to use Cerebro to locate and contact anyone all over the world. But from what I can see, Charles did not have his powers permanently enhanced. Because if he did, he may have been able to overpower Apocalypse and that is obviously not what Apocalypse had in mind, so he seems to have only increased his powers for conveying the message to the world.

That leaves Eric (Magneto), after Apocalypse increases his power he is able to literally move dirt because of all the minor traces of metal residing within in it, which would make him far more powerful than anything we have seen from Magneto thus far.

But the question is, did Magneto keep this power?

Any answer correcting my summation of the the above events, as well as clarifying what actually happened will obviously be accepted, as I am not confident that I actually have everything correct in my question. This is just my take on what happened.

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    While I hope you get a good answer to your question, I have to say that Apocalypse is one of the worst films in the franchise (maybe even worse than X3 or Origins: Wolverine) and I'd prefer to pretend that it doesn't exist rather than analyze it....
    – Praxis
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 14:37
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    @Praxis, Really? I did not find it that bad, but then again, I just keep on playing the Quicksilver scene over and over. I really want to see more of him.
    – KyloRen
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 14:39
  • I agree that's the one good part of the film, but it kind if takes me out of the film (maybe that's a good thing). At the same time, the Quicksilver scene in Days was much better.
    – Praxis
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 14:58
  • I don't think any of them kept their upgraded levels.
    – Adamant
    Commented May 21, 2017 at 19:14
  • @Praxis: The opening scene in Ancient Egypt is awesome. Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 23:53

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Except for a few of his abilities such as accelerated regenerative healing, shielding others from telepaths, detecting a telepath in his own head, and teleporting, Apocalypse's pupils and irises have been consistently seen going white while using any of his other abilities in the movie. If you look at the scenes wherein he makes Storm, Angel, and Psylocke reach their full potentials closely, you'd see that his eyes going white matches the exact duration of their transformations, no more, no less. I'd also like to stress that Apocalypse isn't just giving them new/additional abilities, he's just manifesting the full potential of their respective X-genes, which the individuals in question might've unlocked eventually over time by constantly pushing themselves, they might've not. This version of Apocalypse doesn't have the ability to give others powers, unlike the comic book's Earth-616 version who can do exactly that using the technology of the Celestials that he happens to own. So he did not give Angel metallic wings per se, he just unlocked the full potential of the X-gene that Angel had which resulted in a secondary mutation of metallic wings also getting expressed. I'd also like to point out that he hasn't necessarily made them Omega level mutants either. For a mutant to be an Omega level mutant:

  1. The X-gene that they happen to have should provide them with an ability which theoretically has the capacity to be an Omega level ability if exhibited at an extreme level. So if a mutant just has the ability to make their body parts go blue, the most extreme version of that ability would be to make their entire body blue, this ability, even at its most extreme capacity, wouldn't qualify as Omega level.
  2. The X-gene itself should have the propensity for the Omega level expression of itself native to it. Even though the example in the previous point already fails to qualify as an Omega level ability, assume, for this point, that it does. So the X-gene would have to have the potential of making the mutant's body go entirely blue if the mutant is to go Omega level at any point in the future, if the X-gene only provides the ability to make your hands turn blue and maxes out at that, if that's the expression of the X-gene to its full potential, you can't become an Omega level mutant.
  3. The potential being talked about in the point above needs to be expressed fully. The movie version of Apocalypse can obviously only do this.

While it's true that he did use his powers to unlock the full potentials of Storm, Psylocke, and Angel, one can also notice that his eyes never go white while Magneto uncovers the full extent of his own abilities. All Magneto gets from Apocalypse is the villain's version of a pep talk. Magneto had an X-gene with the propensity for an Omega level ability since day one which had genotypically expressed itself to its full potential, it was just a matter of motivation for him to exhibit the exact extent of his phenotype, of his ability, of his powers. This makes the question of Magneto "retaining" that extent of his powers moot altogether. Moreover, we know for a fact that Storm also retained her abilities cause before the helping hand from Apocalypse, all she could do is make minor gales, but after that she displayed weather manipulation techniques that allowed her to conjure up bolts of lightning intense enough to render Apocalypse unable to teleport. This degree of weather manipulation is consistent with the kind of weather manipulation we've seen from Storm in the original trilogy. Even if Apocalypse never woke up in the original timeline and the new timeline which coalesced due to the Days of Future Past is where Apocalypse awakens, that still doesn't change the fact that Logan wakes up in a future which is identical to the original trilogy's timeline (with the exception of The Last Stand) at the end of Days of Future Past; complete with Halle Berry's Storm with her same grey-white hair look. We have no reason to believe that everything was like the original timeline at the end of Days of Future Past but Storm's abilities weren't.

Coming to Charles now, Charles's full potential wasn't unlocked by Apocalypse. Apocalypse just replaced Cerebro in that process, that's it. Why else would Apocalypse's eyes going white only last until the relaying of the message, why was there no discrepancy in their respective durations? Besides, if he wanted to permanently amp Charles, would it not make sense for him to get it done and dusted beforehand instead of doing it at the same time as he's having Charles relay the message? Moreover, it is also known that Apocalypse usually only has 4 horsemen at once, something that the movie explicitly foreshadowed as well. He already had his 4 horsemen by his side at that point, none of them had defected yet and they hadn't even disappointed him in any other way. He only unlocks the potential of his prospective co-conspirators that he'd recruit as his horesemen thereafter. Besides, Apocalypse also wanted to transfer his own consciousness to Charles's body, so it wouldn't make sense for him to unlock Charles's full potential beforehand when he can make Charles's body go through it once his consciousness resides within it. Not to mention that making Charles that powerful before the transference would just lend itself to further hindrances in him transferring his consciousness into Charles's body, something that Apocalypse would've obviously considered.

  • However, what I still can't do is reconcile the end of Dark Phoenix with the end of DoFP. 😜 Commented Aug 29, 2020 at 7:30

The mutants had their power upgraded while Apocalypse was with them. Since he was gone, their powers come back to normal.

BUT, and there is a big BUT here, after those events, all the afected mutants now have some knowing about their own potential, so they can come back to that power level and even bigger(Exemple: Magneto).

That is based on what happen in the future of the X-Men universe in this timeline.

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    Do you have a source for this?
    – amflare
    Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 20:24
  • I think Storm had her powers permanently enhanced. Commented Mar 7, 2018 at 5:43

To me Magneto never got a power boost, he always had it but just surpessed it. In the movie you can see that all he did was told Magneto to release it by taking him back to the place of his anger/torment. That was it, afterwards Magneto just didnt give a rats ass anymore and unlesh what has always been there.

  • Gratuitous swearing isn’t usually accepted here.
    – Obsidia
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 17:18
  • To Jerry Lor - What does this answer have to do with Charles' abilites? @Bellatrix - I feel like I am missing the joke?...
    – Odin1806
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 17:29
  • @Odin1806 There isn’t a joke - I’m saying rat’s behinds shouldn’t be in answers.
    – Obsidia
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 18:52
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    Unless the question is about Scabbers...
    – Verdan
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 19:42

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