I actually suspect there is cut footage of Apocalypse that played up the god stuff more. For example, we know in the teaser he compares himself to Yaweh (original Hebrew word for God), but in the finished film he didn't after a lot of complaints hit that trailer. I think it's actually a flaw of that movie. If they went into the religious stuff more, Apocalypse would have been more unique and had more of a motive. The only major scene that really keeps it is also his best scene (the nuclear launch code where he starts going all Old Testament on modern governments and, with an assist from Beethoven, it's kind of great). The rest though is generic comic book movie villain cliches. Mind you that also applies to plenty of MCU villains, but they get a pass because they're in the MCU. Anyway, my point is that even if Disney wouldn't attempt the "god stuff," Fox at least chickened out some and undercut what was already a "problematic" villain. Just out of curiosity, how so? I only ask because I see what you mean about it being super fan service-y and sequel/spinoff-baiting. But I just wonder if you mean more by that?