- "This was meant to be the center of the universe before I was betrayed."
- ―Apocalypse, regarding Cairo
Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East, and the 15th-most populous country in the world, with an extensive history spanning nearly 10,000 years up to the present day.
Three-thousand years before the common era, a young En Sabah Nur was summoned to the site of the Great Pyramid of Giza by his followers chanting his name, and, through utilizing his telekinesis, he constructed the Egyptian Pyramids, while his Four Horsemen look on in the distance.
During 3600 BC, En Sabah Nur ("Apocalypse") was about to undergo a transference ritual until he was betrayed by his followers. While the ritual was successful, he remained buried under the rubble of his pyramid for thousands of years.
In 1983, Moira MacTaggert infiltrated a hideout used by En Sabah Nur's devout followers and accidentally awoke the dormant mutant. After being awoken, he wandered through the modern streets of Cairo and encountered Ororo Munroe, a fellow mutant. After learning English as well as catching up on the historical advances mankind had made during his sleep, Apocalypse decided to bestow upon four mutants enhanced powers and to make them his new Horsemen. After appointing Ororo ("Storm") as his first Horseman, the pair left Egypt and to find more powerful mutants that Apocalypse could rally for his cause.