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COMIC LEGEND: Apocalypse was intended to be the brains behind Weapon X in Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X storyline.
Barry Windsor-Smith had worked with Chris Claremont closely on a number of X-Men projects during the 1980s, so when Windsor-Smith was given the chance to write an origin story for Wolverine in the pages of Marvel Comics Presents, he did not want to irk his friend and colleague by messing with anything Claremont had planned. He then talked to Claremont and later relayed that conversation to Wizard for their 1996 Wolverine Tribute issue:
I had a conversation with Chris Claremont in which he told me that he had always intended for Apocalypse to be the villain behind the adamantium experiment. For no reason other than courtesy to Chris, I devised the situation where the professor in the story was taking his orders from a higher-up. Despite this hindrance to my plot, I felt it best to give Chris the chance to eventually fulfill his wish to have Apocalypse be the real villain behind the adamantium experiment. Chris never got the chance to do his ultimate origin for Wolverine, but know that whenever the professor is being belittled by the guy at the other end of the phone in Weapon X, it’s Apocalypse.”
If you noticed, a couple of years earlier, when Wolverine encountered Archangel (who had been given metal wings by Apocalypse) it sure seemed like there was some kind of connection there…
And in a 1990 Graphic Novel by Walter Simonson and Mike Mignola…
So Windsor-Smith had all the reason to believe that this was going to be the ultimate reveal.
Here is one of the aforementioned phone calls in Weapon X…
However, like many X-Men subplots before it, Apocalypse being behind Weapon X never actually became a reality.
Thanks to reader Brent R. for asking about this one a few years back!
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