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X2

International film poster
Directed by Bryan Singer
Produced by Tom DeSanto
Avi Arad
Bryan Singer
Ralph Winter
Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by Michael Dougherty
Dan Harris
David Hayter
Bryan Singer
Zak Penn
Stan Lee
(Comic book)
Jack Kirby
(Comic book)
Starring Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen
Famke Janssen
Brian Cox
Alan Cumming
Anna Paquin
Halle Berry
James Marsden
Shawn Ashmore
Aaron Stanford
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Editing by John Ottman
Elliot Graham
Studio 20th Century Fox
Marvel Enterprises
Bad Hat Harry Productions
The Donners' Company
XF2 Canada Productions
XM2 Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) May 2, 2003 (2003-05-02)
Running time 136 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $110 million
Gross revenue $407,711,549[1]
Preceded by X-Men
Followed by X-Men: The Last Stand

X2 (often promoted as X2: X-Men United) is a 2003 superhero film based on the fictional characters the X-Men. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the second film in the X-Men film series. It stars an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Brian Cox, Rebecca Romijn, James Marsden, Halle Berry and Kelly Hu. The plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, pits the X-Men and their enemies, the Brotherhood, against the genocidal Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox). He leads an assault on Professor Xavier's school to build his own version of Xavier's mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth.

Development phase for X2 began shortly after X-Men. David Hayter and Zak Penn wrote separate scripts, combining what they felt to be the best elements of both scripts into one screenplay. Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were eventually hired for rewrite work, changing characterizations of Beast, Angel and Lady Deathstrike. Sentinels and the Danger Room were set to appear before being deleted because of budget concerns. Filming began in June 2002 and ended that November. Most of the filming took place at Vancouver Film Studios, the largest soundstage in North America. Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas adapted similar designs of John Myhre from the previous film. X2 was released in the United States on May 2, 2003 and became both a critical and financial success, earning eight nominations at the Saturn Awards and grossing approximately $407 million worldwide.

Contents

Plot

Nightcrawler, a teleporting mutant, attempts to assassinate the President of the United States in the White House, but he fails and escapes. Wolverine reappears after discovering nothing at Alkali Lake, while Storm and Jean find Nightcrawler with the help of Professor Xavier and Cerebro. Cyclops and the Professor visit Magneto in his plastic prison to see if he had any part in the attack on the president. Reading Magneto's mind, the Professor discovers that a covert government operative, William Stryker, has been extracting information from Magneto. A trap is sprung and Cyclops and the Professor are captured by Stryker and his assistant Yuriko Oyama. A military raid of the X-Mansion begins, with the soldiers sedating every student they find. Wolverine confronts Stryker, who makes several interesting comments on their past together: however, Wolverine is forced to flee before he can gain more information.

Impersonating Senator Robert Kelly and Yuriko, Mystique gains information about Magneto's prison and provides a means for him to escape. She drugs one of magneto's guards with a high concentration of iron, into his blood.(While the guard was unconscious) Upon the guard visiting, magneto forcibly drains the iron out of the guard, giving magneto three smalls silver spheres to escape. With the metal, the prison guards don't stand a chance, as magneto breaks free out into the open world. Wolverine, along with Rogue, Iceman and Pyro, head to Iceman's (Bobby Drake's) parents' home in Boston. After a 9-1-1 call the police arrive just as the group is about to leave. The X-Jet arrives to pick them up and the X-Men team up with Magneto and Mystique. Magneto has learned Stryker orchestrated the attack on the president and has been experimenting on mutants, using a drug injected directly into the back of the neck to control them. Jean reads Nightcrawler's mind and determines that Stryker's base is located at Alkali Lake, inside the dam where he plans to kill the world's mutants by building a second Cerebro.

Through his son, Jason, Stryker gains control over the Professor. His son is able to project powerful visions in the mind, blinding a person to reality and through this the Professor is brainwashed to use Cerebro to find and kill all mutants. Mystique is able to infiltrate Stryker's base by impersonating Wolverine; the X-Men enter and Storm and Nightcrawler search for the kidnapped students. Jean, Magneto and Mystique are attacked by a brainwashed Cyclops while trying to rescue the Professor and in the process cause damage to the generators that keep the dam from collapsing. The force of Jean's telekinetic blast awakens Cyclops from his brainwashing and at the same time Wolverine finds Stryker in an adamantium smelting room along with Deathstrike, who engages him in a furious duel to the death. Wolverine manages to defeat Deathstrike and then finds Stryker on a landing pad, where Stryker attempts to bargain Wolverine for his life with stories of his past. However, Wolverine refuses, and returns to save his friends from the collapsing dam, leaving Stryker chained to the helicopter.

While disguised as Stryker, Mystique uses Jason to convince the Professor to kill all humans and Magneto and Mystique use Stryker's helicopter to escape Alkali Lake, chaining Stryker to concrete rubble. Meanwhile, Nightcrawler teleports Storm inside of Cerebro where she creates a snowstorm to free the Professor from his telepathic illusion. The group flee to safety, and Wolverine encounters Stryker one last time: in spite of Stryker's taunts, Wolverine chooses to stay with the X-Men, and leaves Stryker to die. The dam bursts, flooding the facility and drowning Stryker, but a malfunction aboard the X-Jet prevents it from taking off. As the flood gets stronger, Jean leaves the jet and creates a telekinetic wall in order to stop the wave and raises the jet above the flood waters. Jean activates the X-Jet's primary engines, before releasing the torrent of water down on herself.

The X-Men are able to supply the President with files from Stryker's private offices, and the Professor warns him that humans and mutants must work together to build peace or they will destroy each other through war. The film ends with a voiceover by Jean Grey on the process of evolution (a speech originally made by the Professor in the introduction of the first film). The camera floats over Alkali Lake, showing a vague shape of a Phoenix in the lake.

Cast

  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: A mutant who has no memory of his life before he was grafted with an indestructible adamantium skeleton. Wolverine is a gruff loner, but is in love with Jean Grey and acts as a father figure to Rogue. He wields three blades that come out of each of his fists, has keen animal-like senses, the ability to heal rapidly from virtually any injury, and is a ruthless and aggressive fighter.
  • Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm: An African mutant and teacher at Xavier's School who can control the weather with her mind. Storm befriends Nightcrawler. Berry dropped out of Jennifer Lopez's role in Gigli to reprise the role.[2]
  • Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier: A powerful telepathic mutant confined to a wheelchair who founded a School for "Gifted Youngsters", Xavier is a pacifist who believes humans and mutants can live together in harmony. He uses the Cerebro device, designed by Magneto and himself, to track and locate mutants across the world. A natural genius, Xavier is regarded as an authority on genetic mutation.
  • Sir Ian McKellen as Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto: Once Xavier's ally, Magneto now believes mutants are superior to humans. Magneto wields the ability to manipulate metal magnetically, as well as the power to create magnetic fields and fly. He wears a helmet that renders him immune to Xavier's powers and all related telepathic powers. Imprisoned after his scheme in the first film, he is drugged by William Stryker for information over Cerebro, before making his escape and forming an alliance with the X-Men to stop Stryker. He has demonstrated sophisticated knowledge in matters of genetic manipulation and engineering. The character's helmet was slightly redesigned as McKellen found wearing it uncomfortable in X-Men.[3]
  • Famke Janssen as Dr. Jean Grey: A teacher at Xavier's school and the X-Mansion's doctor, Jean has begun to experience a growth in her telepathy and telekinetic powers since being affected by the radiation from Magneto's machine during the X-Men's battle with him. She is Cyclops' fiancé, even though she is attracted to Wolverine.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops: The field leader of the X-Men, and a teacher at Xavier's Institute, he shoots uncontrollable beams of concussive force from his eyes and wears a visor to control them. He is engaged to Jean. Cyclops is taken prisoner by Stryker.
  • Rebecca Romijn as Mystique: Magneto's henchwoman, she is a shapeshifter. Mystique is blue, naked and covered in scales, and she acts as a spy. She injects a prison guard with metal, with which Magneto makes his escape, and also sexually tempts Wolverine. Romijn's makeup previously took nine hours to apply, however, the make-up department was able to bring it down to six hours for X2.[4]
  • Anna Paquin as Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue: A girl who can absorb any person's memories and abilities by touching them. As she cannot control this power, Rogue can easily kill anyone and thus is unable to be close to people.
  • Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman: Rogue's boyfriend, he can freeze objects and create ice. His family is unaware that he is a mutant and simply believe he is at a boarding school. After returning home, Bobby reveals to them what he actually is, much to his brother's derision.
  • Aaron Stanford as John Allerdyce / Pyro: A friend of Bobby and Rogue, Pyro has anti-social tendencies and has the ability to control (although not create) fire. Magneto tells him that "You are a God amongst insects; never let anyone tell you different." The filmmakers cast Stanford in the role after they were impressed with his performance in Tadpole.[5]
  • Brian Cox as Colonel William Stryker: A human military scientist who plans a worldwide genocide of mutants using Xavier and Cerebro. Stryker has experimented on mutants in the past, including Wolverine, and uses a serum to control them. Singer opted to cast Cox in the role as he was a fan of his performance as Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter.[6]
  • Alan Cumming as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler: A kindly German mutant with a strong Catholic faith, yet ironically he has the appearance of a blue demon. Nightcrawler was used by Stryker in an assassination attempt on the President of the United States and gives help to the X-Men. He is capable of teleporting himself (and others) instantly from one location to another. On his body are many tattoos, one for every sin. Cumming had always been Singer's choice for the role, but Cumming could not accept the part due to scheduling conflicts.[7] Ethan Embry had been reported to be in contention for the role,[8] but the film labored in development long enough for Cumming to accept the part.[7] Singer also felt comfortable in casting Cumming since he is fluent in the German language.[9] The drawings of Adam Kubert were used as inspiration for Nightcrawler's makeup design,[10] which took four hours to apply.[11] For the scene where Nightcrawler has his shirt off, Cumming went through nine hours.[7] To best pose as Nightcrawler, Cumming studied comic books and illustrations of the character.[11]
  • Kelly Hu as Yuriko Oyama / Deathstrike: A female mutant that has a healing ability like Wolverine's, and is controlled by Stryker. She wields long adamantium fingernails. Only her first name is mentioned in dialogue.
  • Michael Reid McKay as Jason Stryker / Mutant 143: William Stryker's son. He was sent to Xavier's school in an attempt to "cure" his ability to create illusions. Returning home, Jason tortured his parents until his mother committed suicide. His father lobotomized him and uses a fluid from his brain to control mutants. Xavier's mind is too strong for the fluid, however, and Jason is instead used in order to manipulate him in Stryker's genocidal scheme.

Although the character of Senator Robert Kelly was killed in the first film, Bruce Davison reprised the role for scenes where Mystique uses his persona to infiltrate the government. In other cameos, Katie Stuart appeared as Kitty Pryde, a girl who can walk through walls, Bryce Hodgson as Artie, Kea Wong as Jubilee and Shauna Kain as Siryn, who is able to emit loud screams that alert the students to Stryker's attack. Also in the final scene with Xavier, a girl is seen dressed in a Native American style jacket, as well as a blond haired boy dressed in blue, played by Layke Anderson. These were confirmed to be Danielle Moonstar and Douglas Ramsey.[5] Daniel Cudmore appeared as Peter Rasputin / Colossus. Cudmore was set to use a Russian accent, but Singer dropped the idea for unknown reasons, and onset rewrites minimized the character's importance to a cameo.[12]

Jubilee, Psylocke and Multiple Man were to have cameos for the scene when Stryker and his troops storm the X-Mansion. Beast, Gambit and Marrow were to have appearances during the Dark Cerebro sequence. Gambit's cameo was actually shot, but the footage was not used in the final cut. Beast's scene was to show Dr. Hank McCoy transforming into his notable blue fur while Marrow was to be seen lying on a ground in New York City.[5] Hank McCoy appears on a television during the scene where Mystique drugs Magneto's prison guard. Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, the film's writers, cameo in scenes of Wolverine's Weapon X flashbacks as surgeons.[13] Shaquille O'Neal wanted a role in the film but was ignored by the filmmakers.[14]

Development

Writing

The financial and critical success of X-Men persuaded 20th Century Fox to commission a sequel instantly. Starting in November 2000,[15] Bryan Singer researched various storylines (one of them being the Legacy Virus) of the X-Men comic book series, choosing God Loves, Man Kills as the premise.[16] Singer wanted to study, "the human perspective, the kind of blind rage that feeds into warmongering and terrorism,"[17] citing a need for a "human villain".[15] Singer and producer Tom DeSanto envisioned X2: X-Men United as the film series' Empire Strikes Back, in that the characters are "all split apart, and then dissected, and revelations occur that are significant... the romance comes to fruition and a lot of things happen."[18] Producer Avi Arad announced a planned November 2002 theatrical release date,[19] while David Hayter and Zak Penn were hired to write separate scripts.[20] Hayter and Penn combined what they felt to be the best elements of both scripts into one screenplay.[21] Singer and Hayter worked on another script, finishing in October 2001.[22]

Concept art of the Danger Room before the setpiece was stored due to budgetary concerns

Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were hired to rewrite Hayter and Penn's script in February 2002,[23] turning down the opportunity to write Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.[24] Angel and Beast appeared in early drafts, but were deleted because there were too many characters. Dr. Hank McCoy, however, can be seen on a television interview in one scene. Beast's appearance was to resemble Jim Lee's 1991 artwork of the character in the series X-Men: Legacy.[10] Angel was to have been a mutant experiment by William Stryker, transforming into Archangel.[5] An homage to Dougherty's and Harris' efforts of Angel remains in the form of an X-ray on display in one of Stryker's labs.[16] Tyler Mane was to reprise as Sabretooth before the character was deleted.[25] In Hayter's script, the role eventually filled by Lady Deathstrike was Anne Reynolds, a character who appeared in God Loves, Man Kills as Stryker's personal assistant/assassin. Singer changed her to Deathstrike, citing a need for "another kick-ass mutant".[15] There was to be more development on Cyclops and Professor X being brainwashed by Stryker. The scenes were shot, but Fox cut them out because of time length and story complications. Hayter was disappointed, feeling that James Marsden deserved more screentime.[5]

Rewrites were commissioned once more, specifically to give Halle Berry more screentime. This was because of her recent popularity in Monster's Ball, earning her the Academy Award for Best Actress.[26] A budget cut meant that the Sentinels[16] and the Danger Room were dropped. Guy Hendrix Dyas and a production crew had already constructed the Danger Room set. In the words of Dyas, "The control room [of the danger room] was a large propeller that actually rotated around the room so that you can sit up [in that control room] and travel around the subject who is in the middle of the control room. The idea for the traveling is that if it's a mutant has some kind of mind control powers they can't connect."[11] Dyas and sculptor James Jones merged several Sentinel designs into a final maquette of an almost hollow robot who could compress into a disk shape. Animating the Sentinel would have cost $7 million.[27]

Production

Producer Lauren Shuler Donner had hoped to start filming in March 2002,[20] but production did not began until June 17, 2002 in Vancouver and ended by November.[28] Over sixty-four sets were used in thirty-eight different locations.[11] The film crew encountered problems when not enough snow was produced in Kananaskis, Alberta. An excessive amount of fake snow was then applied.[29] The idea to have Jean Grey sacrifice herself at the end and to be resurrected in a third installment was highly secretive. Singer did not tell Famke Janssen until midway through filming.[30] Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel and two stunt drivers nearly died when filming the scene in which Pyro has a dispute with police officers.[6]

Michael Kamen, composer of X-Men, offered his services to compose the film score, but Singer opted for fellow collaborator John Ottman, who also assisted in editing the film.[31] Ottman established a new title theme, as well as themes specifically for Magneto, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Mystique and Pyro. Although Ottman tried his best to keep Kamen's basic approach of the previous film, Ottman also found inspiration from X-Men: The Animated Series.[32] Minor compositions of Mozart's Requiem were used for the opening scene with Nightcrawler at the White House.[33]

Design and effects

Nightcrawler's tail was mainly computer-generated, although Alan Cumming sometimes used one made of rubber.[6]

Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel and Singer credited Road to Perdition as a visual influence. Though Sigel filmed X-Men in the anamorphic 2.40:1 format, he opted to shoot X2 in Super 35mm 2.35:1. Sigel felt the recent improvements in film stocks and optics increased the advantages of using spherical lenses, even if the blowup to anamorphic must be accomplished optically instead of digitally. Sigel noted, "If you think about it, every anamorphic lens is simply a spherical lens with an anamorphizer on it. They'll never be as good as the spherical lenses that they emulate."[34] Cameras that were used during filming included two Panaflex Millenniums and a Millennium XL, as well as an Aaton 35mm. Singer also used more zoom lens than he did in his previous films, while Sigel used a Frazier lens specifically for dramatic moments.[34]

The Blackbird was redesigned and increased in virtual size from 60—85 feet.[11] John Myhre served as the production designer on X-Men, but Singer hired Guy Dyas (X2 was Dyas' first film as production designer).[35] For scenes involving Stryker's Alkali Base, Vancouver Film Studios, the largest sound stage in North America, was reserved.[10]

Visual effects supervisor Mike Fink was not satisfied with his work on the previous film, despite the fact it nearly received an Academy Award nomination. Up to 520 shots were created for X-Men, while X2 commissioned roughly 800. A new computer program was created by Rhythm and Hues for the dogfight tornado scene. Cinesite was in charge of scenes concerning Cerebro, enlisting a 20-man crew. The Alkali Lake Dam miniature was 25 ft (7.6 m) high and 28 ft (8.5 m) wide.[36] Cinesite created 300 visual effects shots, focusing on character animation, while Rhythm and Hues created over 100.[37]

Comic book references

One scene depicts Mystique going through files on Yuriko's computer. Bryan Singer purposely included various characters and hints of storylines in the X-Men comic book on Yuriko's computer screen. Singer "finds great difficulty in adapting all this stuff into a two—two and a half hour long movie".[6]

Among the following mutant files are of Gambit, Cannonball, Husk, Silver Samurai, Garrison Kane, Magneto, Artie Maddicks, Multiple Man, Karma, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Proteus, Danielle Moonstar, Storm, Beast, Feral, Banshee, Black Tom Cassidy, Lila Cheney, Sabretooth, Sunspot, Polaris, Psylocke, Iceman, Blob, Skin and Wild Child. There are also folders seen on the desk, including Omega Red, Project Wideawake, Franklin Richards and Cerebro.

Closer inspection reveals that Stryker is keeping files on Pyro, Sabra, Dr. Ceclia Reyes, Synch, Penance, Nightcrawler, Mystique, Lady Deathstrike, Copycat, Deadpool, Cyclops, Dazzler, Fenris, Jamie Braddock, David North, Sunfire, Boom Boom, Mimic, Dr. Nathaniel Essex, Toad, Wolfsbane, Strong Guy, Kitty Pryde, Sauron and Forge. There are also files on Alpha, Beta and Gamma Flights, Weapon X, Project Wide Awake, Dept H, the Brotherhood, Graymalkin, Zero Tolerance, Massachusetts Academy, Blackbird, the Danger Room, Legacy, Morlocks, Xavier's School, Omega Red, Cerebro, the Salem Centre, Franklin Richards, Kevin McTaggart and Trash.

Reception

Release

The first cut of X2 was rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America, due to more violent scenes concerning Wolverine when Stryker's army stormed the X-Mansion. Very few seconds were cut to secure a PG-13 rating.[38]

X2 opened in America on May 2, 2003, accumulating $85,558,731 in its opening weekend in 3,749 theaters. The film grossed $214,949,694 in North America, while earning $192,761,855 worldwide, coming at a total of $407,711,549. X2 was a financial success since it recouped its production budget three times.[1] X2 debuted simultaneously in ninety-three countries, the largest North American and international opening ever at the time.[39] In addition, the film is the fifth highest grossing film based on a Marvel Comic book,[40] and was the sixth highest of 2003,[41] also earning $107 million in its first five days of DVD release.[30]

X2 had a video game tie-in on X2: Wolverine's Revenge, which has nothing to do with the events of the film, although Patrick Stewart voiced Professor X. X-Men: The Official Game bridges the storyline between X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Specifically, it explains Nightcrawler's absence from The Last Stand. Chris Claremont wrote a novelization of the film, which left out its secretive cliffhanger.[42]

Critical response

Based on 217 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, X2 received an average 88 percent overall approval rating;[43] the film was more balanced with Rotten Tomatoes' 37 "Top Critics", receiving an 82 percent approval rating.[44] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of sixty-eight from thirty-eight reviews.[45]

Roger Ebert wrote "the storyline did not live up to its potential" and was critical of plot holes. He was impressed, however, by how Singer was able to handle so many characters in one film. In addition, Ebert wrote that the film's closing was perfect for a future installment, giving X2 three out of four stars.[46] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times wrote that it was rare for a sequel to be better than its predecessor. Turan observed that the film carried emotional themes that are present in the world today and commented that "the acting was better than usual [for a superhero film]".[47] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote that Hugh Jackman heavily improved his performance, concluding "X2 is a summer firecracker. It's also a tribute to outcasts, teens, gays, minorities, even Dixie Chicks."[48]

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle was critical of the storyline, special effects and action scenes.[49] Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal specifically referred to the film as "fast-paced, slow-witted".[50] Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post quoted, "Of the many comic book superhero movies, this is by far the lamest, the loudest, the longest".[51] Richard Corliss of Time argued that Singer depended too much on seriousness and that he did not have enough sensibilities to communicate to an audience.[52] Empire called X2 the best comic book movie of all time in 2006,[53] while Wizard named the film's ending as the twenty-second greatest cliffhanger of all time.[54] In May 2007, Rotten Tomatoes listed X2 as the fifth greatest comic book film of all time.[55]

X2 won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. In addition, Bryan Singer (Direction), Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty (Writing), and John Ottman (Music) all received nominations. It also received nominations with its costumes, makeup, special effects and DVD release, coming to a total of eight nominations.[56] The Political Film Society honored X2 in categories of Human Rights and Peace,[57] while the film was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form).[58]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Minority Report
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
2003
Succeeded by
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Quotes

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From Wikiquote

X2, released in 2003 is the second of a series of three films based on the X-Men comic series. It follows X-Men and preceeds X-Men: The Last Stand In this film, the heroic team of mutants must form an uneasy alliance with former enemy Magneto to stop an obsessed military scientist from exterminating all mutant-kind. Based on characters from Marvel comics.

Directed by Bryan Singer. Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter. Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter and Bryan Singer
The time has come for those who are different to stand united (Taglines)

Contents

Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto

  • Mister Stryker. How kind of you to visit. Have you come back to make sure that the tax payers' dollars are keeping me comfortable?
  • You should have killed me when you had the chance!
  • Too much iron in your blood.
  • You are a god among insects, never let anyone tell you different.
  • Mr. Laurio, never trust a beautiful woman, especially one who's interested in you.
  • What do you intend to do - scratch it with your claws?
  • This is one lovers' quarrel we cannot get involved in, my dear.
  • [To Rogue] We love what you've done with your hair.
  • I'm sorry, Charles. (Refering to his giving Stryker information about the school.)
  • Mr. Stryker. Funny we keep running in to each other. Mark my words; it will never happen again.

Professor Charles Xavier

  • The next time you feel like showing off - don't.
  • You see, Logan? We're not as alone as you think.
  • It is an historical fact. Sharing has never been humanity's defining attribute.
  • We're here to stay, Mr. President. The next move is yours.

Logan/Wolverine

  • You picked the wrong house, Bub.
  • You wanna shoot me? SHOOT ME!
  • [in reaction to Deathstrike extending her claws] Holy shit!
  • [impales Stryker with his claws] How does it feel, Bub?!

Colonel William Stryker

  • I was piloting black-ops missions in the jungles of North Vietnam when you were suckin' on your mama's tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don't lecture me about war. This already is a war.
  • I didn't realize Xavier was taking in animals, even animals as unique as you.
  • The one thing I know better than anyone is my own work. Seal the room. Shoot it.
  • I used to think you were one of a kind, Wolverine. I was wrong.
  • Sergeant, kill anyone who approaches... even if it's me.
  • You were an animal then, you're an animal now. I just gave you claws.
  • One day, someone will finish what I've started, Wolverine! One day!! One day!!!

Jean Grey

  • Mutation it is the key to our evolution. It is how we have evolved from a single celled organism to the most dominant species on the planet. This process is slow. Normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millenia. Eveloution leaps forward
  • I keep feeling something bad is supposed to happen.
  • (trying to stop the missles) :Storm: Jean! :Jean: Oh god (missle hits)
  • (being blasted by Scott but blocking it with force field) Scott don't do this! (Jeans eyes change to red and fire starts to surround her as she blows the force field forward knocking both of them back)

Others

  • Mrs. Drake: Bobby, have you tried... not being a mutant?
  • John Allerdyce/Pyro: You know all those dangerous mutants you hear about on the news? I'm the worst one.
  • Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner, but in the Munich circus I was known as the Incredible Nightcrawler. (several different times)

Dialogue

Colonel William Stryker: I have found evidence of a mutant training facility in upstate New York.
Senator Kelly: This facility is a school.
Colonel William Stryker: Sure it is. [he sets photos on the president's desk]
President McKenna: What the hell is that?
Colonel William Stryker: A jet.
President: What kind of jet?
Colonel William Stryker: We don't know — but it comes up out of the basketball court.

Professor Charles Xavier: [as Wolverine brings his lit cigar into the Cerebro chamber] Logan, my tolerance for your smoking in the mansion notwithstanding, continue smoking that in here and you'll spend the rest of your days under the belief that you're a six-year-old girl.
Logan/Wolverine: You'd do that?
Professor Charles Xavier: I'd have Jean braid your hair.
Logan/Wolverine: [puts out the cigar on the palm of his own hand]

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: You and Miss Grey are schoolteachers?
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Yes. At a school for people like us, where we can be safe.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Safe from what?
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Everyone else.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: You know, outside of the circus, most people were afraid of me. But I did not hate them: I pitied them. Do you know why? Because most people will never know anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes.
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Well, I gave up on pity a long time ago.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Someone so beautiful should not be so angry.
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Sometimes anger can help you survive.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: So can faith.

[Professor Xavier learns that Colonel Stryker has been interrogating Magneto in prison.]
Professor Charles Xavier: Eric, what have you done?
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: I'm sorry, Charles. I couldn't help it.
Professor Charles Xavier: What have you told Stryker?
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: Everything.

Mr. Drake: What exactly are you a professor of, Mr. Logan?
Logan/Wolverine: Art.

[Bobby Drake has just told his family that he's a mutant.]
Mrs. Drake: This is all my fault.
John Allerdyce/Pyro: Actually, they've discovered that males are the ones who carry the mutant gene and pass it on. So— it's his fault. [points at Mr. Drake.]

[The problem with built-in metal claws.]
Police Officer: Drop the knives and put your hands in the air. I said, drop the knives!
Logan/Wolverine: This is just a misunderstanding—
Police Officer: Put the knives DOWN!
Logan/Wolverine: I can't.

Dr. Jean Grey: So who is this Stryker, anyway?
Eric Lensherr/Magneto: He's a military scientist. He spent his whole life trying to solve the 'mutant problem'. If you want a more intimate perspective, why don't you ask Wolverine? [to Wolverine] You don't remember, do you? William Stryker: The only other man I know who can manipulate adamantium. The metal on your bones. It carries his signature.
Logan/Wolverine: But the Professor—
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: The Professor trusted you were smart enough to discover this on your own. He gives you more credit than I do.

Dr. Jean Grey: Girls flirt with the dangerous guy, Logan. They don't take him home. They marry the good guy.
Logan/Wolverine: I could be the good guy.
Dr. Jean Grey: Logan, the good guy sticks around.

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Excuse me. They say you can imitate anyone. Even their voice.
Mystique: [in Nightcrawler's voice and accent] Even their voice.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Then why not stay in disguise all the time? You know— look like everyone else?
Mystique: Because we shouldn't have to.

[Making out with a person he thinks is Jean Grey, Wolverine finds scars from the wound he gave Mystique in the first film.]
Mystique: [returns to her own form] No one's ever left a scar quite like you.
Logan/Wolverine: What do you want, an apology?
Mystique: You know what I want. The question is, what do you want? [She shape-shifts into Storm, Rogue, herself; Wolverine pushes her away and she assumes the form of Stryker.] What do you really want?
Logan/Wolverine: I want you to get out.
[Looking annoyed, Mystique shape-shifts back to herself and leaves]
Logan/Wolverine: [to himself] Jesus...

John Allerdyce/Pyro: So, they say you're the bad guy.
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: Is that what they say?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: That's a dorky-looking helmet. What's it for?
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: This "dorky-looking helmet" is the only thing that's going to protect me from the real bad guys. [grabs Pyro's lighter with his power] What's your name?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: John.
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: What's your real name, John?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: Pyro. [he collects a flame from the lighter and juggles a small fireball.]
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: That's quite a talent you have there, Pyro.
John Allerdyce/Pyro: I can only manipulate the fire. I can't create it. [closes his hand, extinguishing the flames]
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: You are a god among insects. Never let anyone tell you different.

[Mystique has bypassed the security at Stryker's secret base.]
Logan/Wolverine: She's good.
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: You have no idea.

Professor Charles Xavier: Oh, my god, William, this is your son! What have you-
Colonel William Stryker: NO, Charles! My son is dead! Just like the rest of you.

[Professor Xavier has handed the President classified documents detailing Colonel Stryker's activities.]
President McKenna: Where did you get these?
Professor Charles Xavier: Let's just say I know a little girl who can walk through walls.

Wolverine: Who the hell is this?
Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner. But in the Munich circus, I was known as The Incredible Nightcrawler!
Wolverine: Ah, save it.

Scott Summers/Cyclops: Who's this?
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner. But in the Munich circus, I was—
Ororo Munroe/Storm [cutting him off]: He's a teleporter.

[Following a series of loops in the jet during the incident with F-16 fighters:]
John Allerdyce/Pyro: Please don't do that again.
Logan/Wolverine: I agree.
[Yet more evasive movements]
Dr. Jean Grey: Everyone OK?
Logan/Wolverine: No.

[After an F-16 fighter orders them to land:]
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Someone's pretty pissed.
Logan/Wolverine: I wonder why! [glares at Pyro, who has previously blown up some police cars]

[After Nightcrawler teleported out of the crippled X-Jet to save her.]
Rogue: [humble.] Thank you.
Nightcrawler: [surprised.] Bitte schön. ["You're welcome" in German.]

Professor Charles Xavier: [Wakes up in Stryker's chambers] William?
Colonel William Stryker: Please, Xavier, don't get up!

Colossus: I can help you!
Wolverine: Help them. [meaning the other students]

Guy 1: [Talking to John/Pyro] My brother asked you a simple question. Why are you being such a dick?
Guy 2: Yeah, why are you being such a dick?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: Because I can.
Guy 2: Can I have a light?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: [stares at his lighter for a second] Sorry can't help you out.

Wolverine: Got any beer?
Bobby: This is a school.
Wolverine: So that's a no.
Bobby: Yeah, that's a no.

Taglines

  • The time has come for those who are different to stand united.
  • Get ready for the return of the Evolution.
  • Evolution Continues.
  • The ones we fear most, will be all that can save us... again.
  • In this world wide conspiracy the only thing you can count on... Is the X factor.
  • First, they were fighting for acceptance. Now, they're battling for survival.
  • X-Men United.

Cast

Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Hugh Jackman - Logan/Wolverine
Ian McKellen - Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto
Famke Janssen - Dr. Jean Grey
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/Storm
Rebecca Romijn - Mystique (and, briefly, "Grace")
James Marsden - Scott Summers/Cyclops
Brian Cox - Colonel William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Anna Paquin - Rogue
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce/Pyro
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike
Michaal Reid - Mutant 143/Jason Stryker
Bruce Davison - Senator Robert Kelly
Cotter Smith - President McKenna

See also

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article about:
X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men (film), the first film in the franchise.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand, the third film and supposedly final sequel in the franchise.
  • X-Men (comics), the world-famous comics created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the fourth film and first prequel in the franchise.







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