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X-Men: The Last Stand
The X-Men walk towards the viewer. In front, Wolverine with his claws unsheathed, Storm and Angel. In the back are Kitty Pryde, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Beast and Professor X. Atop the image is written "Whose Side Will You Be On?". Below are the film's title and credits.
Theatrical poster
Directed by Brett Ratner
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Avi Arad
Associate Producer:
David Gorder
Co-Producer:
Ross Fanger
Lee Cleary
James M. Freitag
Kurt Williams
Executive Producer:
Kevin Feige
Stan Lee
John Palermo
Written by Screenplay:
Simon Kinberg
Zak Penn
Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Starring Hugh Jackman
Halle Berry
Ian McKellen
Patrick Stewart
Famke Janssen
Anna Paquin
Kelsey Grammer
James Marsden
Rebecca Romijn
Shawn Ashmore
Aaron Stanford
Vinnie Jones
Ellen Page
Ben Foster
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Editing by Mark Helfrich
Mark Goldblatt
Julia Wong
Studio 20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment
The Donners' Company
Ingenious Film Partners
Dune Entertainment
Major Studio Partners
X3 Canada Productions
X3 U.S. Productions
XM3 Service
THINKFilm
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 26, 2006
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $210 million[1]
Gross revenue $459,359,555[2]
Preceded by X2
Followed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film and the third in the X-Men series. It is directed by Brett Ratner, who took over when Bryan Singer dropped out to direct Superman Returns. The movie revolves around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the mysterious resurrection of Jean Grey, who appeared to have died in X2. The film is loosely based on two X-Men comic book story arcs: writer Chris Claremont's and artist John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga" in The Uncanny X-Men and writer Joss Whedon's and artist John Cassaday's six-issue "Gifted" arc in Astonishing X-Men.

The film was released on May 26, 2006 in the United States and Canada. Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, the film became successful at the box office. Its opening-day gross of $45.5 million is the fourth-highest on record while its opening weekend gross of $103 million is the fifth highest ever.

Contents

Plot

The film opens 20 years ago with Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier visiting a young Jean Grey where they convince her parents to let her join Xavier's School: however, the pair seem wary of her potentially great power. Back in the present, Xavier worries about Cyclops, who is still heartbroken about the loss of Jean Grey. Mystique is captured by government agents while trying to steal confidential files for Magneto, leading Hank "Beast" McCoy to discover that a mutant cure has been invented from the DNA of a mutant boy called Jimmy, who is being held in a facility in Alcatraz Island.

Cyclops returns to Alkali Lake, where Jean appears to him. As they kiss, she appears to kill Cyclops. Sensing trouble, Xavier sends Wolverine and Storm to investigate but when they arrive they encounter telekinetically floating rocks, Cyclops' glasses, and an unconscious Jean. Meanwhile, Magneto ambushes a military transport and frees Mystique, Juggernaut, and Multiple Man. Mystique blocks a shot of the mutant cure aimed at Magneto, losing her mutant ability and being abandoned by Magneto, who sadly states she is no longer one of them.

Back at the mansion, Xavier explains to Wolverine that when Jean was a little girl, she was so powerful that he had to put telepathic blocks on her mind to help keep her powers under control. Her bottled up powers manifested themselves as an alternate personality called the Phoenix — a purely instinctual creature, ruled only by its own violent desires. Initially skeptical, Wolverine becomes more convinced when Jean reawakens, as she is extremely aggressive sexually and tries to seduce him. Realising he is facing the Phoenix, he asks Jean about Cyclops, but she cannot remember and fears she killed him. Jean pleads with Wolverine to kill her before she harms anybody else, but when he refuses and offers to have Xavier help her, the Phoenix resurfaces and Jean flees to her childhood home, with Xavier, Wolverine and Storm in pursuit. Magneto, also aware that Jean's powers are loose, meets Xavier at Jean's house. The two men plead for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaces, unleashing her devastating power. Furious at being caged within Jean's subconscious for twenty years, she lifts and destroys her family's house and engages in a psychic battle with Xavier whom she eventually overpowers and telekinetically tears apart before leaving with Magneto.

Following the losses of Xavier and Cyclops, Xavier's students are left despondent and overcome by his death. Rogue leaves to take the cure after seeing her boyfriend, Iceman, ice-skating with Kitty Pryde. Wolverine leaves the school to find Jean and finds out that Magneto and his army plan to attack Alcatraz and goes back to the school, leading the X-Men to assemble and head there. Meanwhile, the troops guarding Alcatraz are armed with cure weapons while Magneto moves the Golden Gate Bridge to allow his army to reach the island.

The Brotherhood's first charge is ineffective and the first wave of mutants are hit with the cure cartridges and overpowered: Magneto initially tries to magnetically destroy the weapons, but fails with the words:"Plastic. They've learned". However, Magneto's minion Arclight is able to take out the cure weapons, leaving the soldiers defenseless. The X-Men arrive as another attack is about to begin, and while they confront the Brotherhood, Kitty Pryde goes inside the facility to save Jimmy, cleverly defeating Juggernaut in the process. Near the end of the battle, Iceman and Pyro have a one-on-one showdown. During that battle, Iceman finally transforms his body into organic ice, which gave him the form of his counterpart in the comics. As Pyro gains the upper hand, saying, "You're in over your head, Bobby. Maybe you should go back to school."

Iceman stands up and headbutts him in the face, knocking him out, and retorts, "You never should have left."

With the help of Colossus, Wolverine distracts Magneto to enable Beast to inject him with the mutant cure. After this, Wolverine nearly coaxes Jean back to sanity; however, more soldiers arrive and fire upon Jean. The Phoenix quickly resurfaces and, in her rage, begins to destroy everything and everyone around her, unleashing her abilities with such power and fury that she can disintegrate matter at will. While the X-Men, soldiers and the remnants of the Brotherhood flee from the terrible wrath of the Phoenix, Wolverine fights his way to Jean, relying upon his healing abilities to save himself from her destructive power. When he reaches her, the Phoenix coldly sneers at Wolverine being willing to die for the others, to which he retorts that he would only die for her. Momentarily stunned at this reply, Jean regains control of herself and begs him to save her. Wolverine confesses his love for Jean, and reluctantly puts her out of her misery.

Despite the X-Men's losses, life goes on. The school continues without Xavier, with Storm now as leader; the President appoints Beast as the United States ambassador to the United Nations; Rogue returns, telling Iceman she has taken the "cure." While Iceman says that wasn't what he wanted, Rogue replies it was what she wanted; and the depowered Magneto sits at a chessboard in a park and reaches out toward a metal chess piece that moves slightly, indicating that the mutant cure may inadvertently be temporary.

In a scene following the credits, Dr. Moira MacTaggert checks on a comatose patient who greets her with Xavier's voice. This is a reference to a statement Xavier made earlier on in the film while teaching a class, saying that it would be possible to transfer one's consciousness into the body of another, who, in this case, had no consciousness to speak of, although all organs and circulation were functioning normally. Shock is displayed on Moira's face as she whispers, "Charles?"

Cast

The X-Men

The X-Men are a special ops team from The Xavier Institute, charged with protecting both humans and mutants and trying to prevent a war between the two.

  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: Logan can regenerate spontaneously, a talent which allowed the painful implantation of a adamantium metal coating on his bones and metal claws that emerge from each hand.
  • Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm: One of Xavier's original students, Storm can influence the weather around her with her mind. Halle Berry stated during interviews for X2 that she would not return as Storm in the third film unless the character had a significant presence comparable to the comic-book version. Brett Ratner also felt Storm required a larger role and there was little difficulty reaching an agreement.[3]
  • Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier: The founder of The Xavier Institute For Gifted Youngsters who has uncharted telepathic powers and uses a wheelchair. He is an authority on genetic mutation as well as an advocate of peaceful relations between human and mutant kind. He is destroyed by Phoenix. After the credits of the movie commence, Dr. Moira MacTaggert is shown with a body whose face you cannot see. The body speaks, and Dr. MacTaggert says "Charles" indicating that there is a slight possibility that Professor Charles Xavier may somehow still be alive, though they do not show his face, it is his voice. His grave is seen next to Cyclops's and Jean's.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops: The X-Men's field leader. He emits powerful energy blasts from his eyes, and has to keep them in check with a ruby-quartz visor or sunglasses. He is killed by Phoenix, though his body is never shown. His grave can be seen, next to Jean's and Xavier's. Despite appearing in his X-Men leather uniform and battle visor in the film's promotional posters, Cyclops is never seen wearing it in the actual film.
  • Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast: A former student of Xavier's School who became the Secretary Of Mutant Affairs in The U.S. Government. Beast is covered in blue fur and has a genius level I.Q., as well as heightened strength and agility. He is a brilliant scientist and researcher with vast intelligence and insight into mutant genetics.
  • Anna Paquin as Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue: A teenage runaway mutant who has found a home at Xavier's school and falls in love with Bobby Drake. When she touches someone she absorbs their life force, their powers (if they are a mutant) and, if she holds on too long, she ends their life. She only uses her powers one time in the film, when she absorbs Colossus' power to protect herself from the Sentinel.
  • Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman: He can control the temperature of the moisture in the air around him to create constructs of ice or blasts of cold. Under extreme conditions his body may take on many of the characteristics of ice in addition to those of a human.
  • Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III / Angel: He has feathered wings which allow him to fly. Cayden Boyd plays Warren as a child. Although seen in the leather X-Men uniform in promotional posters, Warren does not wear it and is seen in civilian clothes most of the time.
  • Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus: He can transform his skin into an organic steel, granting superhuman strength and a resistance to damage and temperature. He has only one line in the movie.

The Brotherhood of Mutants

The Brotherhood is Magneto's personal strike force, whose goal is to ensure mutant supremacy.

  • Sir Ian McKellen as Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto: Leader and founder of The Brotherhood, this incredibly powerful mutant can manipulate any form of metal. He is a Holocaust survivor who wages war against humanity in the name of mutant superiority, a goal that often pits him against his old friend Charles Xavier. Has very little interest in or regard for non-mutant human life. He has sophisticated knowledge in matters of genetic manipulation and engineering and has used radiation to mutate humans.
  • Famke Janssen as Jean Grey / Phoenix: A former member of The X-Men who sacrificed herself to save her comrades, her former self, Jean Grey, died when she did this. She is resurrected as the Phoenix, a Class 5 mutant and possesses limitless telepathic powers as well as limitless telekinetic powers (that even surpasses of Magneto's and Xavier's) that can be used at a sub-atomic level, making her the most powerful and most dangerous mutant in the film. It is revealed that when she was young Xavier locked away a large portion of her power, which created two personalities within her, and that after the incident at the end of X2: X-Men United, the dark side of Jean's persona known as The Phoenix is unleashed, and combined with her lack of control over her powers means she can disintegrate people and objects at will.
  • Rebecca Romijn as Raven Darkholme / Mystique: Magneto's blue-skinned right-hand woman can shapeshift to match anyone's appearance and can fight with incredible agility and strength. She saves Magneto from a cure dart, loses her powers and is subsequently abandoned by The Brotherhood, later choosing to inform on them.
  • Aaron Stanford as John Allerdyce / Pyro: Former Xavier Institute student Pyro can manipulate fire, although he cannot start it (he carries a lighter — attached to a cuff on his wrist — with him at all times). He holds a grudge against his former friend Bobby Drake.
  • Vinnie Jones as Cain Marko / Juggernaut: The Juggernaut is a new recruit to The Brotherhood. He is incredibly strong, fast, and once he gains momentum, he becomes next to unstoppable. Despite being the stepbrother of Xavier in the comics, there is no mention of his relation in the film. Also in the comics he is an enchanted human as opposed to a mutant. He is responsible for what was perhaps the most well known line in the film, "Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!", which was actually inspired by an internet meme which came to fruition prior to the films release.

The Omegas

A group of mutant outcasts which exists as part of an underground network that stretches across the nation[4].

  • Dania Ramirez as Callisto: Callisto is the leader of The Omegas, a group of mutant outcasts. In the comics and 90's cartoon, she led a similar group called The Morlocks. She possesses superhuman speed, strength, reflexes, agility and senses. She can detect electrical energy spikes from miles away, and can sense the presence, locations, and powers of other mutants. Throughout the film she is constantly battling Storm. In the comic book storyline Storm and Callisto had to battle to see who was the true leader of The Morlocks, where Storm was victorious.
  • Ken Leung as Kid Omega: This character resembles the comic books' character Quill; however, the official cast credits read "Kid Omega".
  • Omahyra Mota as Arclight: Arclight has the power to create and generate seismic energies that cause shockwaves and earth tremors of concussive force by clapping her super-strong hands at once and use them for different frequencies to locate and target specific materials.
  • Meiling Melançon as Psylocke: Psylocke has the ability to teleport herself through shadows at will. Her primary ability of creating psionic blades was oddly left out in the film.

Other Characters

  • Cameron Bright as Jimmy / Leech: A mutant boy whose power neutralizes the powers of nearby mutants. His DNA is the basis for the "cure". After being rescued, he is admitted to The Xavier Institute.
  • Michael Murphy as Warren Worthington II: The head of Worthington Labs, the corporation developing the "cure". He is Archangel's father, and wants to rid his son of his mutant abilities.
  • Bill Duke as Bolivar Trask: The Head Of The Department Of Homeland Security, he aids The President during The Mutant War. Unlike his counterpart in the comics he has no connections with the creation of The Sentinels.

Production

Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films, left the project during preproduction in order to direct the film Superman Returns. He was joined by X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty and composer / editor John Ottman. Though Singer, Harris and Dougherty had yet to complete a script, the director has revealed that at the time of his departure they had partially completed a story treatment for the film which would have focused exclusively on Jean Grey's resurrection[5] with the new villain Emma Frost, a role intended for Sigourney Weaver.[6] Frost was an empath manipulating Jean's emotions in the treatment, and like the finished film Magneto desires to control her. Overwhelmed by her powers, Jean kills herself, but Jean's spirit survives and becomes a god-like creature, which Dougherty compared to the star child in A Space Odyssey.[7]

Simon Kinberg was hired as writer soon after Singer's departure, and speculation arose to Joss Whedon directing the film.[8] Whedon turned down the offer because he was working on a Wonder Woman film.[9] Rob Bowman[10] and Alex Proyas[11] were also rumored, though Proyas personally turned it down.[12] Zack Snyder was also approached, though he turned it down due to his commitment to 300.[13] Despite the controversy over Singer's departure, the cast and producers were still clearly keen to return.[14] Matthew Vaughn was hired as the new director for the project. He cast Kelsey Grammer as Beast and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, but family issues reportedly led Vaughn to withdraw before shooting began.[15] Vaughn was replaced by Singer's friend Brett Ratner.[16] Ratner had coincidentally been set to direct Superman: Flyby.

On June 13, 2005, a review of an incomplete early draft of the screenplay posted by Drew McWeeny from Ain't It Cool News sparked controversy from fans, due to certain main characters' storylines;[17] however, that was the very first of over two dozen drafts of the script. Most notably the Golden Gate Bridge sequence was originally in the middle of the film, but Ratner decided it would create a more dramatic climax if moved to the end,[18] which was originally to take place in Washington, D.C.[19]

X-Men: The Last Stand began shooting in August 2005 and ended in January 2006. Much of X-Men: The Last Stand was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to associate producer Dave Gordon, "This is the biggest production ever filmed in Canada. It used to be X2, now it's X3."[20]

The visual effects crew started working on April 2005, before the director had even been announced.[1] Special effects supervisor John Bruno estimates one sixth of the effects budget was spent on the Golden Gate Bridge scene, which employed both computer-generated imagery and a miniature of the bridge.[1] Other notable effect was "digital skin-grafting", which "de-aged" the faces of senior actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen by complex keyframing, though CGI was not used.[21]

The film has extensive wirework, where many of the actors performed some of their own stunts. The whirlwind wire-stunt performed by Halle Berry during one fight scene reportedly caused Berry to become so nauseated that she vomited, with the crew bringing in buckets for her before shooting her scenes. Angel's wings were initially too heavy for Ben Foster, and were remade from foam.[22] Despite his fear of heights, Foster performed a single second-unit stunt where he escapes Worthington's facility by jumping from the tall building.[23] The shot was completed by flying a stuntman swooping from the window using a crane rig, with the harness and wires removed and wings added digitally.

Reception

X-Men: The Last Stand grossed $45.1 million domestically for the seventh-highest opening day after The Dark Knight ($68.7 million), Spider-Man 3 ($59 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($55.8 million), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($50 million).[2] (All figures here not adjusted for inflation.) It is ranked fourth among film debuts having generated an estimated $122.9 million domestically during its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend and the number one Memorial Day movie of all time until the record was broken by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End which earned $142 million during its four-day Memorial Day opening. The website The Numbers notes that the film's weekend gross "equals the record for the fewest number of days taken to earn $100 million, joining four other movies that achieved the feat in three days."[24] However, the film suffered a significant drop of 66.9% in its second weekend, when its box office take fell to $34.0 million.[25] Nevertheless, the film has grossed over $234 million in North America (fourth-highest of 2006) and over $459 million globally (fifth-highest of 2006).[2] It is the fifth-highest-grossing comic book adaptation, and the highest grossing of the X-Men series.[2] It became the first film of 2006, and the 67th film on record, to pass the $200 million mark at the North American box office, which it accomplished on the weekend of June 9, 2006. It is the first X-Men movie to surpass $200 million outside the United States. X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the few third installments in a series to outgross its predecessors, Spider-Man 3 and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King being examples.

Reviews of the film have been generally mixed, with the film-review website Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 56% approval rating.[26] The film review aggregate site Metacritic also reported mixed reviews with a score of 58/100.[27] Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "two thumbs up" rating, with Ebert stating "I liked the action, I liked the absurdity, I liked the incongruous use and misuse of mutant powers, and I especially liked the way it introduces all of those political issues and lets them fight it out with the special effects." [28] Some film critics did however consider the third film to be of lesser quality than the previous two. Justin Chang from Variety said the film is "a wham-bam sequel noticeably lacking in the pop gravitas, moody atmospherics and emotional weight that made the first two Marvel comicbook adaptations so rousingly successful."[29] Frank Lovece of Film Journal International said, "A risk-taking script with genuine consequences elevates this ... above the lackluster direction of Brett Ratner, whose competent mechanics move the story efficiently but with very little soul."[30] At the 2007 Saturn Awards, Famke Janssen won the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Jean Grey.[31] Also impressed with Janssen's performance were Total Film, who said, "playing the super-freaky mind-control goddess like GoldenEye’s Xenia Onatopp’s all-powerful psycho sister, her scenes – particularly that one with the house – crackle with energy and tragedy. If only the rest of X3 had followed suit."[32] Halle Berry received a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female Action Star" for her role as Storm. During her acceptance speech, she asked all fans who wanted to see an "X-Men 4" to write letters to producer Tom Rothman asking for another movie.[33] Matthew Vaughn, who was once set to direct the film, heavily responded with negative feedback to Ratner's direction.[34]

Adaptations

Novelization

The novelization of the film, written by comic book writer Chris Claremont, was released on May 16, 2006.[35]

The novelization of the movie differs in some areas from the film. In the novel, young Jean Grey discovers her powers after an accident that takes her best friend's life (taken directly from the comic book incarnation's origin). Angel officially joins the X-Men and travels with them to Alcatraz Island instead of going on his own. Storm spares Callisto's life, and Rogue decides to keep her powers in the end, and Beast stays at the school as a teacher, the latter two of which were alternate versions of the film. Iceman takes an unconscious Pyro away from Alcatraz. The attack on Alcatraz is referred to as M-Day, a reference to the "Decimation of mutantkind" storyline in the comic books. Moira MacTaggert visits Magneto in the park, presumably offering an antidote to the "cure", which he refuses because as the book says: "He couldn't go back. That path had brought nothing but grief, to those he cared for, those who trusted him, to himself." Unlike the film, the novel does not allude to Xavier's resurrection. In the end of the novel Wolverine is in the basement of the Institute training the new X-Men, which includes Gambit, Sage, Danielle Moonstar and Cannonball.

The novel also makes a reference to X3 scriptwriter Zak Penn, whose name is given to a sergeant in the middle of the novel, and to the X-Men co-creator and writer Stan Lee as Mr. Lee, one of Jean's neighbours portrayed by Stan Lee in the film. The president's name in the novelization is David Cockrum, a reference to comics artist Dave Cockrum. McCoy asks the president about his wife Paty, who in real life is David Cockrum's wife who used to work at Marvel. Two other references are made towards the end of the book, the first is Hollywood planning a film about the Battle of Alcatraz (a possible reference to the actual movie) along with a British Shakespearean actor, who is also a Knight playing Magneto (a possible reference to Sir Ian McKellen who played Magneto in all three films). Other references include the mutant Bishop as police officer after Pyro attacks a cure facility, and Rogue mentions Dust.

The book also briefly references Kitty Pryde's political ambitions when she is shown hanging up a homemade "Pryde for President" poster. In a few possible futures seen in the comics, Pryde has ended up President (X-Men: The End) and her plans to run for office were a sub-plot during the X-Treme X-Men series.

Video games

Games publisher Activision released X-Men: The Official Game, the official video game tie-in to the film across all major video game platforms on May 16, 2006. The various editions of the game bridge the events of the films X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand and feature many of both films' prominent characters. Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane, Shawn Ashmore and Tyler Mane reprise their film roles in this game. Sentinels, Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth and Silver Samurai also appear in the game. It also provides an explanation of Nightcrawler's absence from the film. An X-Men: The Last Stand game was also released for mobile phones.

Home media

X-Men: The Last Stand was released in the United States and Canada on DVD in both standard and collector's edition formats on October 3, 2006. The single-disc standard DVD, in either widescreen or fullscreen, features two menu settings: "Join The Brotherhood" and "Take A Stand". These choices change the menu's design and the deleted scenes available. The DVD also features commentaries featuring the director, writers, and producers; 10 deleted scenes; three alternate endings; and two easter eggs. On the first day of its release, errors were reported with the DVD. About 60% of the DVDs currently in circulation have errors in them. Some DVDs come with only 10 deleted scenes while others come with 21, amongst other errors.[36]

The "Stan Lee Collector's Edition" DVD is a widescreen standard DVD that was packaged in a slipcase with a 100-page booklet featuring a completely new X-Men comic by Stan Lee. The Hollywood Reporter announced that 20th Century Fox will make films available to buy online the same day as the DVD, through Direct2Drive, with X-Men: The Last Stand among the first such available. Also, Wal-Mart stores included a special exclusive DVD titled "X-Men Revealed" with 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the X-Men franchise. The Wal-Mart exclusive DVD disc is not what it seems however. From the information of the exclusive DVD front and back cover, it is supposed to be a behind-the-scenes look of the X-Men movie franchise but instead it is a brief history of the X-Men comics. Target also has an exclusive that comes in a tin case with the single-disc DVD plus a reprint of Giant-Size X-Men #1 and four collectible cards from the movie. There are also other versions.

The DVD sold 5 million copies in its first week in stores.[37] In other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, the DVD package is a 2-Disc Special Edition and has a bonus disc containing three documentaries (Brett Ratner's Production Diary, X-Men: Evolution Of A Trilogy, and X-Men: The Excitement Continues) as well as various featurettes, character guides and pre-visualization sequences. This version is not planned for a Region 1 release.

X-Men: The Last Stand has also been released on Blu-ray Disc. The video was encoded in 1080p with 6.1 DTS ES HD Master Audio. The film was released on Universal Media Disc as well.

Soundtrack

X-Men: The Last Stand Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by John Powell
Released May 23, 2006
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Length 60:26
Label Varese Sarabande
Producer John Powell
Professional reviews
Marvel Comics film series soundtrack chronology
Fantastic 4: The Album
(2005)
X-Men: The Last Stand Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
(2006)
Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 3
(2007)

X-Men: The Last Stand Soundtrack has received generally positive reviews.

  1. "20 Years Ago" (1:10)
  2. "Bathroom Titles" (1:09)
  3. "The Church of Magneto, Raven is My Slave Name" (2:40)
  4. "Meet Leech, Then off to the Lake" (2:37)
  5. "Whirlpool of Love" (2:04)
  6. "Examining Jean" (1:12)
  7. "Dark Phoenix" (1:28)
  8. "Angel's Cure" (2:34)
  9. "Jean and Logan" (1:39)
  10. "Dark Phoenix Awakes" (1:45)
  11. "Rejection is Never Easy" (1:09)
  12. "Magneto Plots" (2:05)
  13. "Entering the House" (1:18)
  14. "Dark Phoenix's Tragedy" (3:18)
  15. "Farewell to X" (0:30)
  16. "The Funeral" (2:52)
  17. "Skating on the Pond" (1:12)
  18. "Cure Wars" (2:57)
  19. "Fight in the Woods" (3:06)
  20. "St. Lupus Day" (3:03)
  21. "Building Bridges" (1:16)
  22. "Shock and No Oars" (1:15)
  23. "Attack on Alcatraz" (4:36)
  24. "Massacre" (0:31)
  25. "The Battle of the Cure" (4:21)
  26. "Phoenix Rises" (4:21)
  27. "The Last Stand" (5:29)

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X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 film and the third in a series of films based on the Marvel Comics series X-Men following X-Men and X2. It focuses on two storylines: A mutant antigen is created, which the government exploits and uses against the mutant population, resulting in a war between humanity and the Brotherhood of Mutants. The X-Men become the third side of this war. The story behind Jean Grey's powers as the Phoenix and her effects on the X-Men and humanity.

Directed by: Brett Ratner, Written by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn
Take a Stand (Taglines)

Contents

Logan/Wolverine

  • [Watching McCoy's nomination as Ambassador to the United Nations] Way to go, Furball.
  • [To Colossus - who is recovering from a power drain due to touching Rogue] The whole world's going to hell, you gonna just sit there?
  • [Kicks Arm-Replacement Man in the groin] Grow those back.
  • [After Storm shoves Logan out of the way of a Sentinel attack - Logan loses his cigar] That was my last cigar.
  • [to Rogue] Hey, I'm not your father. I'm your friend.
  • Oh, don't get your panties in a bunch.
  • I'm the only one who can stop her.
  • [To Colossus in the danger room] Hey "tin man", come here.
  • [To Storm] Can't you see they're trying to kill us? Why do you waste your time trying to save them?

Ororo Munroe/Storm

  • Since when did we become a disease?
  • [To Logan] She made her choice. It's time we make ours. If you're with us, then be with us!
  • [During Xavier's funeral, Storm's eulogy] We live in an age of darkness. A world full of fear, hate and intolerance. But in every age, there are those who fight against it. Charles Xavier was born into a world divided. A world he tried to heal. A mission he never saw accomplished. It seems it’s the destiny of great men to see their goals unfulfilled. Charles was more than a leader, more than a teacher. He was a friend. When we were afraid, he gave us strength. When we were alone, he gave us a family. He may be gone, but his teachings live on through us. His students. Wherever we may go, we must carry on his vision. And that is a vision of a world united.

Eric Lensherr/Magneto

  • [first lines] I still don't know why I'm here.
  • [Rallying the mutants]They wish to cure us. But I say, we are the cure.
  • [After moving the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz] Charles always wanted to build bridges.
  • [Regarding Mystique - after she is depowered] It's a shame. She was so beautiful.
  • [holds back Juggernaut and Pyro] In chess, the pawns go first.
    [The humans start shooting. Magneto tries to take control of the guns]
    Humans and their guns.
    [His efforts are useless on the plastic weapons]
    Plastic. They've learned.
    [Seeing his first wave depowered by the Army's "cure" weapons] That's why the pawns go first.
  • [The X-Men stand with the troops at Alcatraz] Traitors to their own cause.
  • [Seeing Jean Grey out of control on Alcatraz] What have I done?
  • It's time to end this war [Begins tossing vehicles at the troops and X-Men as Pyro ignites them]
  • [To Jean - as he reacts to the cure] This is what they wanted for all of us.
  • Charles Xavier did more for mutants than you will ever know. My single greatest regret is that he had to die for our dream to live.
  • [To Xavier as Jean shows off her powers] I like this one.
  • [Talking to the mutant gathering] Nobody ever talks about it. They just do it. And one day when the air is still and the night has fallen, they will come for you...

Dr. Jean Grey/Phoenix

  • [To Xavier] Stay out of my head!
  • [To Logan] Logan, you're making me blush.
  • [Lying on a medbed with Logan watching over her] Back where we first met - only I'm in your place, and you're in mine.
  • [To Logan] I don't want to fix it! [Blasts Logan with her telekinesis up against the wall]

Cain Marko/Juggernaut

  • [After Kitty Pryde phases him into the ground] Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
  • [After he bursts into the room where Kitty and Leech are hiding] I'm not the guy to play hide and seek with!
  • [After being released from solitary confinement for an undisclosed, presumably large amount of time] Could you let me out, I gotta pee!

Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast

  • Not all of us can fit in so easily, you don't shed on the furniture!
  • A major pharmaceutical company has developed a way to suppress the mutant X-Gene, permanently. They're calling it a cure.
  • Oh my stars and garters.
  • [to Wolverine] You saw Magneto?

Raven Darkholme/Mystique

  • [To an official questioning her] I don't answer to my slave name.
  • [To the same official] My family tried to kill me, you pathetic meat sack!
  • [To a guard on mobile prison, with the appearance of an innocent, little girl] When I get out of here, I will kill you myself.
  • [After Magneto ambushes the convoy, Mystique kills the same guard] Told you so.
  • [Magneto opens Multiple Man's cell revealing several men] This guy robbed several banks- [The men merge into one] -at the same time.
  • [After she has been cured and lying naked, defenseless and Magneto says "You saved me", she whispers sadly with tears in her eyes] Eric!

Professor Charles Xavier

  • [From trailer - Narration] Since the dawn of existence, there have always been moments when the course of history shifted. Such a turning point is upon us now. The conflict between the better and worst angels of our very nature, whose outcome will change our world so greatly, there will be no going back. I do not know if victory is possible. I only know that great sacrifice will be required. And because the fate of many will depend on a few, we must make the last stand.
  • Something woke her. But she has to be controlled.
  • [to Ororo Munroe] You of all people know how fast the weather can change.
  • [about Jean] You have no idea. You have no idea of what she is capable.
  • [his last words before disintegrating] Don't let it control you.
  • When an individual acquires great power, the use or misuse of that power is everything. Will it be used for the greater good or will it be used for personal or destructive ends? Now this is a question we must all ask ourselves. Why? Because we are mutants.

Others

  • Prison Truck Guard [to Mystique, who was impersonating a sobbing child]: Keep it up and I'll spray you in the face, bitch.
  • John Allerdyce/Pyro: Come on, Iceman. Make a move.
  • Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man: [After the covert tactical squad ambushes Magneto's camp, Multiple Man phases back into one] Okay. I give up!
  • The President: [responding to de-powered Mystique's confessing the Brotherhood camp] Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
  • Young Angel: [after he cuts feathers off his back] Dad, I'm sorry.

Dialogue

Wolverine: It's okay, the professor can help, he can fix it.
Jean Grey: I don't want to fix it! [Jean blasts Logan against the wall and walks away]

Warren Worthington, Sr.: [as Psylocke and Arclight dangle him from a rooftop] I was only trying to help you people!
Quill: Do we look like we need your help?

Mutant Theatre Organizer: This cure is voluntary. Nobody's talking about extermination.
Magneto: No one ever talks about it. They just do it. And you go on with your lives, ignoring the signs all around you. And then one day, when the air is still and the night is fallen, they come for you.
Mutant Theatre Organizer: [interrupting] Excuse me-
Magneto: Only then do you realize that while you're talking about organizing and committees, the extermination has already begun. Make no mistake, my brothers, they will draw first blood. They will force their cure upon us. There is only one question you must answer: Who will you stand with, the humans or us?

Cyclops: Jean?
Jean Grey: Scott?
Cyclops: How?
Jean Grey: I don't know.

Interrogator: Raven? [pauses] Raven, I asked you a question.
Mystique: I don't answer to my slave name.
Interrogator: Raven Darkholme? That's your real name, isn't it? Or has he convinced you that you don't have any family anymore?
Mystique: My family tried to kill me, you pathetic meatsack.
Interrogator: All right then, Mystique. Where is he?
Mystique: [transforms into Magneto] In here, with us.
Interrogator: I don't want to play games with you.
Mystique: [transforms into the interrogator] You don't want to play games with me?
Interrogator: Stop that! I want answers! Where is Magneto?
Mystique: You want to know where he is?
[Mystique attacks the interrogator]
Mystique: [while strangling the interrogator] Homo sapiens!

Jean Grey: You would die for them?
Wolverine: No, not for them. For you. For you.
Jean Grey: Save me!
Wolverine: I love you.
[Logan stabs Jean through the chest and kills her, then cries out.]

Quill: [to Magneto] You talk pretty tough for a guy in a cape.
Pyro: [ignites a fireball] Back off.
Callisto: You're so proud of being a mutant, where's your mark?
Magneto: I have been marked once, my dear and let me assure you, no needle shall ever touch my skin again. [pulls up sleeve to reveal tattoos from his time in a Nazi Concentration Camp]
Pyro: Do you know who you're talking to?
Quill: [spikes protrude from his face] Do you?
[Pyro smiles]
Magneto: [to Callisto] And what can you do? [Callisto moves to three separate locations at near light-speed.]
Magneto: So, you have talents.
Callisto: That and more, I know that you control metal, and I know there are eighty-seven mutants in here and none above a Class Three, other than you two.
Magneto: You can sense other mutants and their powers?
Callisto: Mm-hmm.
Magneto: Could you locate one for me?

Iceman: You don't seem fine; you seem like you're avoiding me. I mean, something's wrong.
Rogue: What's wrong is I can't touch my boyfriend without killing him. Other than that, I'm wonderful.
Iceman: Hey, I don't think that's fair. Have I ever put any pressure on you?
Rogue: You're a guy, Bobby. Your mind's only on one thing.

Warren Worthington, Sr.: Warren, it's a better life. It's what we all want.
Warren Worthington III/Angel: No, it's what you want. [proceeds to jump out the window and fly away]

Kitty Pryde: [Responding to Professor X's previous statement] But Einstein said that ethics are an exclusive human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.
Charles Xavier: Yes, but Einstein was not a mutant. As far as we know.

Pyro: [engulfs Iceman with a firestorm] You're in over your head, Bobby. Maybe you should go back to school.
Iceman: [covers his entire body with ice and grabs Pyro's wrists -extinguishing the firestorm- then headbutts him] You never should have left.

Rogue: I'm sorry, I had to-
Iceman: This isn't what I wanted.
Rogue: I know. It's what I want.

Wolverine: [to Colossus] This is it! Let's make it a strike.
[Colossus throws Wolverine at Magneto (The Fastball Special) who stops Wolverine with his powers]
Magneto: You never learn, do you?
Wolverine: Actually, I do.
[Beast approaches from behind and injects a triple dose of "the cure" into Magneto]
Magneto: I'm-
Wolverine: [gets up after Magneto's power releases him] One of them?

Wolverine: Look at me, Jean. We can help you. We can fix it. We can make it like it was. Stay with me!
Jean Grey: Please.... kill me.

Wolverine: Who's the furball?
Beast: Hank McCoy, Secretary of Mutant Affairs.
Wolverine: Right, right. The secretary. Nice suit.
Xavier: Henry, this is Logan. He's, uh-
Beast: Wolverine. I hear you're quite an animal.
Wolverine: Look who's talking.

Storm: We're supposed to be a team!
Wolverine: Yeah, good luck with that!

[While under siege from Magneto and Pyro, in a situation resembling the opening of the film in the not to distant future, with an ironic switch of lines]
Wolverine: We work as a team.
Storm: Best defense is a good offense.

Wolverine: [about Iceman, Colossus and Kitty] They're ready.
Storm: Yeah, I know, but are you ready to do what you need to do when the time comes?

[talking about "The Cure"]
Wolverine: Well, for all we know, the government helped cook this up.
Beast: I can assure you, the government had nothing to do with this.
Wolverine I've heard that before.
Beast: My boy, I was fighting for mutant rights before you had claws.
Wolverine: [to the Professor] Did he just call me "boy"?

Wolverine: This isn't you.
Jean: No, it is me.
Wolverine: No, it isn't. Maybe you should take it easy. The professor said you might be.... different.
Jean: He would know, wouldn't he? What, you didn't think he's in your mind too? Look at you, Logan. He's tamed you.

Mystique: [as the President of the United States] Let me out of here! I demand that you release me! Do you know who I am? I'm the President of the United States.
Prison Truck Guard: Oh, Mr. President.... Shut up!
Mystique:[as a little girl] Why are you doing this?! Let me down! I'll be a good girl! Please!
Prison Truck Guard: Keep it up and I'll spray you in the face, bitch.
Mystique: [still as a little girl] When I get out of here, I'm gonna kill you myself.
Prison Truck Guard: Yeah, right!

Mystique: 'bout time.
Magneto: I've been busy. Did you find what you were looking for?
Mystique: The source of the cure is a mutant, a child at Worthington labs. Without him, they have nothing.

[Magneto takes control of Wolverine's adamantium skeleton and forcefully pushes to a tree]
Magneto: I know the smell of your adamantium from a mile away.
Wolverine: I didn't come here to fight you.
Magneto: Smart boy.
Wolverine: I came for Jean.
Magneto: You think I'm keeping her against her will? [Drags Wolverine towards him and stops] She's here because she wants to be.
Wolverine: You have no idea what you're dealing with.
Magneto: I know full well. I saw what she did to Charles.
Wolverine: And you just stood there and let him die. I'm not leaving here without her!
Magneto: Yes, you are! [hurls Logan through the trees]

Wolverine: Hey, Scott, we were looking for you downstairs and you didn't show.
Cyclops: What do you care?
Wolverine: Well for starters, I had to cover your ass.
Cyclops: I didn't ask you to.
Wolverine: No, you didn't. The Professor did. I was just passing through.
Cyclops: So pass through, Logan.
[He turns away. Logan grabs his arm]
Wolverine: Hey, look. I know how you feel.
Cyclops: Don't.
Wolverine: When Jean died-
Cyclops: I said don't.
Wolverine: Maybe it's time for us to move on.
[Scott walks away, then turns back to Logan]
Cyclops: Not everybody heals as fast as you, Logan.

Storm: I love what you've done with your hair.
Beast: You too.

Juggernaut: I'm the wrong guy to play hide and seek with!
Kitty Pryde: Who's hiding [pause] dickhead?

Pyro: Aw, check this out- "Prisoner is to be kept immobile at all times. If he gets any momentum, no object can stop him."
Magneto: What do they call you?
Juggernaut: Juggernaut.
Magneto: I can't imagine why.
Juggernaut: Let me out of here. I gotta pee!

Pyro: Nice helmet.
Juggernaut: Keeps my face pretty.
Magneto:[to Juggernaut] I think you'll make a fine addition to our team.

[last lines]
Charles Xavier [after credits] Hello, Moira.
Moira MacTaggart: Charles?

Wolverine: [to Beast while fighting at base] I thought you were a diplomat!
Beast: [still fighting] As Churchill said, "There comes a time where all men must-" [stops to punch someone] Oh, you get the point!

Charles Xavier: We are mutants like you, Jean.
Young Jean Grey: Really? I doubt that. [lifts all the cars outside with her mind]

Taglines

  • Take a Stand
  • Whose Side Will You Be On?

Cast

See Also

  • X-Men (film), the first film in the franchise.
  • X2, the second film in the franchise.
  • X-Men (comics), the comics created by Stan Lee and jack Kirby, which the film series is based on.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the fourth film and first prequel in the franchise.

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X-Men: The Last Stand
Directed by Brett Ratner
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Avi Arad
Written by Simon Kinberg
Zak Penn
Starring Hugh Jackman
Halle Berry
Ian McKellen
Famke Janssen
Anna Paquin
Kelsey Grammer
James Marsden
Rebecca Romijn
Shawn Ashmore
Aaron Stanford
Vinnie Jones
Patrick Stewart
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Editing by Mark Helfrich
Mark Goldblatt
Julia Wong
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 26, 2006
Running time 104 min.
Country
Language English
Budget $210,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $459,256,008
Preceded by X2
Followed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 movie. It is the third movie based on the Marvel Comics' X-Men superhero comic books. The story takes place after X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003). Brett Ratner directed the movie. He took over when Bryan Singer decided to direct Superman Returns. The movie is about a "mutant cure" and the resurrection of Jean Grey, who seemed to have died in X2. The movie is partially based on two X-Men comic book stories: writer Chris Claremont's and artist John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga" in The Uncanny X-Men (1980) and writer Joss Whedon's and artist John Cassaday's six-issue "Gifted" story in Astonishing X-Men (2004).

The movie was released May 26, 2006 in the United States and Canada. It was released one or two days earlier in more than 20 other countries. The movie did well at theaters. It earned $45.1 million on its first day. This is the fourth-highest opening day gross. Its opening weekend gross of $103 million is the eighth highest ever[1].

The movie is sometimes called X3, XIII, X-Men 3, or X-Men 3: The Last Stand.

Contents

Plot

The movei begins with a very sad Cyclops. He is still very sad because he lost his girlfriend Jean Grey at the end of the last movie. He goes out to the lake, where he sees Jean Grey, who is somehow not dead. She has a lot more powers now. She kills Cyclops and then leaves. Wolverine and Storm find Cyclops' visor in the water when they go looking for him. They also find Jean Grey and put her inside the Xavier Institute.

Meanwhile, a large company working at Alcatraz Island has found a way to erase the gene that is the cause for mutation. This discovery splits the mutants apart. Some believe that their mutation helps society and do not want a cure for it and start protesting. Other mutants do not like their mutation and begin lining up at Alcatraz Island to get the cure. At the Xavier Institute, Rogue, who longs to touch people but cannot, is interested in the cure.

Professor Xavier tracks down Jean Grey. He and Wolverine and Storm go Jean's old house to try to talk to her. Early on, he found that Jean Grey had a very powerful side called the Phoenix. To make sure that side never came out, he put up a mind barrier. During the talk, the Phoenix comes out and he and Jean Grey have a mind battle. It ends when the Phoenix overpowers the Professor and the Professor dies.

The villain Magneto has started to put his Brotherhood of Mutants together. While freeing his right-hand man Mystique from jail, a guard fires a "cure dart" at him to try to remove his mutation. Mystique jumps in the way and is cured of her mutation. Magneto leaves her. As a result, she tells the government where Magneto will be. The Brotherhood meets in a forest. Wolverine, who has gone out there, sees that the Phoenix has teamed up with the Brotherhood and will not leave when Wolverine asks her to. The government then raids the forest, but Magneto has already left and all the agents find is many copies of the mutant Multiple Man.

At the Xavier Institute, Bobby Drake (Iceman) has begun to like another girl named Kitty Pryde. One night, the two of them go out skating in the fountain. Iceman's girlfriend, Rogue, becomes very jealous when she sees him with Kitty and leaves the next day to go to Alcatraz Island. Bobby goes out there but cannot find her.

In the final battle, Magneto walks out onto the San Francisco Bridge, moving cars out of the way. He then lifts the bridge up and rips it apart and makes a bridge to Alcatraz Island. The X-Men drop down from their plane and defend the mutant cure building against attack. The X-Men's plot to stop Magneto. To do this, Wolverine runs at Magneto. Magneto easily stops Wolverine. Another mutant named Beast comes from behind him and sticks a bunch of cure darts into Magneto, curing him of the mutation.

The U.S Army comes over the top at this point and starts to fire darts. This causes Phoenix to very angry and she starts to use her powers to begin destroying everything. With great effort, Wolverine reaches Phoenix and sticks his claws into her to stop her, killing her but saving the soldiers. Back at the Xavier Institute, they mourn the Jean Grey's death. Rogue, who has been cured, touchs Bobby's hand for the first time.

Cast

X-Men

The X-Men are a team of superheroes from the "Xavier Institute", a school for mutants. They protect both humans and mutants and try to prevent a war between the two.

  • Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier: The founder of the Xavier Institute. He has great telepathic powers. Xavier's legs are damaged and he must use a wheelchair. He has great knowledge on genetic mutation. Xavier want peace between humans and mutants.
  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: Logan can heal very quickly. This allowed a very strong metal coating to be placed on his bones. He also has metal claws that come out from each of his hands.
  • Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm: She can control the weather with her mind.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops: The X-Men's leader when they fight. He shoots energy from his eyes.
  • Anna Paquin as Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue: When she touches someone she absorbs their life force. If they are a mutant, she absorbs their powers. She can kill someone if she touches them for too long.
  • Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast: A former student of Xavier's School. He is now the Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government. The Beast's body is covered in blue fur. He is very smart and has great strength and agility. He is a scientist and researcher with great intelligence and understanding about mutant genetics.
  • Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman: He can control the temperature of the moisture in the air. He can create items of ice or blasts of cold. His body can change into ice.
  • Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde: She can "phase" through objects, which allows her to walk through solid objects.
  • Daniel Cudmore as Piotr "Peter" Rasputin / Colossus: He can change his skin into an organic metal. This gives him superhuman strength. It also makes it hard to hurt him.

Brotherhood of Mutants

The Brotherhood is a group of mutants who think mutants should be in charge of the world.

  • Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto: An very powerful mutant who can control any form of metal. He is a Holocaust victim who thinks that mutants are better than humans. This often cause problems between him and his old friend Charles Xavier. He does not care about non-mutant human life.
  • Famke Janssen as Jean Grey / Phoenix: A former member of the X-Men died saving her friends. She is one of the most powerful mutants. She has limitless telepathic and telekinetic. powers that can be used at a sub-atomic level. Following the end of X2, the dark side of Jean's persona took control. This caused her to become more powerful. Her lack of control over her powers means she can destroy people by just thinking about doing it.
  • Rebecca Romijn as Raven Darkholme / Mystique: Magneto's blue-skinned right-hand woman can shapeshift to look like anyone. She can fight with great agility and strength.
  • Aaron Stanford as John Allerdyce / Pyro: Former Xavier Institute student Pyro can control fire. He can not create fire so he carries a lighterwith him at all times). He holds a grudge against his former friend Bobby Drake.
  • Vinnie Jones as Cain Marko / Juggernaut: The Juggernaut is incredibly strong and fast. Once he starts moving, nothing can stop him.
  • Eric Dane as Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man: Multiple Man can split himself into multiple copies. He is a criminal who joins the Brotherhood after they release him.

The Omegas

A group of mutant which are part of an underground network across the nation.

  • Dania Ramirez as Callisto: Callisto is the leader of The Omegas, a group of mutant outcasts. She has superhuman speed, reflexes, and agility. She can also sense other mutants.
  • Omahyra Mota as Arclight: Arclight can create seismic energies that cause shockwaves.
  • Ken Leung as Kid Omega: Has porcupine-like spines he can extend or retract at will. This character looks like the comic books' character Quill; however, the official cast credits say "Kid Omega".
  • Mei Melançon as Psylocke: Psylocke has the ability to teleport herself through shadows.

Other characters

  • Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III / Angel: He has bird-like wings which allow him to fly. Cayden Boyd plays Warren as a child.
  • Michael Murphy as Warren Worthington II: The head of Worthington Labs, the corporation creating the "cure". He is Angel's father. He wants to take his son's mutant abilities away.
  • Cameron Bright as Jimmy / Leech: A mutant boy whose power stops the powers of nearby mutants. His DNA is the basis for the "cure".
  • Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr. Kavita Rao: Rao is a scientist working at Worthington Labs on the mutant cure.

Production

Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies left early in the production of the movie to direct the movie Superman Returns. Screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty and composer John Ottman left with him. Singer has said that, at the time he left, they had partially written a story for the movie which would have been only about Jean Grey's resurrection[2]. The story would also have a new villain Emma Frost, played by Sigourney Weaver.[3]

Simon Kinberg was hired as writer soon after Singer left. There were rumors about Joss Whedon directing the movie.[4] Rob Bowman[5] and Alex Proyas[6] were also rumoured. Zack Snyder was also asked to be the director, but he turned it down because he was directing 300.[7] Even with Singer leaving, the cast and producers wante to return to make the third movie.[8] Matthew Vaughn was hired as the new director for the project. He cast Kelsey Grammer as Beast and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut. Family problems were said to cause him to withdraw before shooting began.[9] Vaughn was replaced by Singer's friend Brett Ratner,[10] who was among the people considered to direct the first movie. He was also considered by Warner Brothers to direct the 2006 Superman project before it changed into Superman Returns.

X-Men: The Last Stand began shooting in August 2005 and ended in January 2006. Much of X-Men: The Last Stand was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Associate producer Dave Gordon said, "This is the biggest production ever filmed in Canada. It used to be X2, now it's X3."[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "BoxOfficeMojo - X-Men: The Last Stand". http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=x3.htm. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  2. "Quint" (2006-07-22). "Quint on Superman Returns gag reel & sequel talk with Singer". Ain't It Cool News. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/23943. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  3. Franklin, Garth (2006-09-14). "Sigourney was considered for "X3"". DarkHorizons.com. http://www.darkhorizons.com/news04/040916e.php. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 
  4. Stax (2004-08-12). "Whedon wants X-Men 3". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/538/538233p1.html. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  5. Stax (2006-10-12). "Three for X3?". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/556/556650p1.html. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  6. Stax (2006-10-13). "X3 Director Update". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/556/556859p1.html. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  7. Robert Sanchez (2007-02-13). "Exclusive Interview: Zack Snyder Is Kickin' Ass With 300 and Watchmen!". IESB. http://iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1883&Itemid=99. Retrieved 2007-02-14. 
  8. Stax (2004-09-28). "The Status of X-Men 3". IGN. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/552/552000p1.html. Retrieved 2006-10-11. 
  9. "Director quits X-Men 3 for family". bbc.co.uk. June 1, 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4600291.stm. Retrieved 2006. 
  10. Scott Bowles (May 24, 2005). "Franchise's fans reverse stand on new director". usatoday.com. USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2006-05-24-xmen-ratner_x.htm. Retrieved 2006. 
  11. George A. Tramountanas (February 23, 2006). ""X-Men: The Last Stand"–Dave Gorder - The Super-Associate Producer". comicbookresources.com. Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=6747. Retrieved 2006. 

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