About the X-Men Movies

The X-Men film series is a series of superhero films based on the fictional Marvel Comics team of the same name. It comprises the films X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). A spin-off, titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was released in 2009. Another spin-off, X-Men: First Class is set for release on June 3rd, 2011. The series boasts an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, Ian McKellan as Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Halle Berry as Storm, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey (Phoenix), James Marsden as Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.

20th Century Fox earned the film rights to the characters in 1994, and after numerous drafts, Bryan Singer was hired to direct the first two movies in the series. Brett Ratner directed the last film in the trilogy as Singer went on to direct other projects. Critics praised Singer’s films for their dark, realistic tone, and subtexts dealing with discrimination and intolerance, but Ratner’s film was met with mixed reviews. Nevertheless, each film outgrossed the last and Fox began developing spin-off prequels, one involving the backstory of Wolverine and the other of the development of Xavier’s mutant school.


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The first film introduced Wolverine and Rogue (Anna Paquin) into the conflict between Professor Xavier’s X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto. Magneto intends to mutate world leaders at a United Nations summit with a machine he has built, so he can bring about acceptance of mutantkind. However Xavier realises this forced mutation will only result in their deaths, thus the X-Men must go out and stop him before it’s too late.

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X2
Also known as X2: X-Men United, in the film Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox) brainwashes and questions the imprisoned Magneto about Professor Xavier’s mutant-locating machine, called Cerebro. Stryker attacks the X-Mansion and then brainwashes Xavier into locating every mutant on the planet, in order to kill them. The X-Men must team up with the Brotherhood and prevent Stryker’s worldwide genocide. X2 has more of a focus on the students of Xavier’s school than in the previous film, such as Rogue, Bobby “Iceman” Drake (Shawn Ashmore) and Pyro, played by Aaron Stanford.

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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND
In X3 a pharmaceutical company has developed an antidote to the mutant gene, provoking controversy in the mutant community. Magneto declares war on the humans and retrieves his own weapon: the telekinetic and telepathic Phoenix, who is the resurrected former X-Man, Jean Grey. After Phoenix kills Cyclops and Xavier, a final battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood ensues, and Wolverine must accept that in order to save Jean from her second personality, he will have to kill her. Along with the usual cast from the previous films the film stars Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, Kelsey Grammer as Beast, Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, and a small cameo by Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III (Angel).

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X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
X-Men Origins: Wolverine again stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and is a prequel to the other X-films. Directed by Gavin Hood, it focusses on Jackman’s character and his time with Team X, before and shortly after his skeleton was bonded with the indestructible metal adamantium. The film reveals Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) to be his half-brother. It also introduces Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) to the franchise.

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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
X-Men: First Class is due to be released on the 3rd of June, 2011. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn, and stars James McAvoy as the young Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr. It is a prequel focussing on “the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where their relationship took a wrong turn”. The villains of the film will be the Hellfire Club, featuring Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw and January Jones as Emma Frost. Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-movies, returned to the franchise to become a producer for the film.

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