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X2

X2 theatrical poster
Directed by Bryan Singer
Produced by Stan Lee
Tom DeSanto
Avi Arad
Bryan Singer
Ralph Winter
Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by Comic Book:
Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Story:
David Hayter
Bryan Singer
Zak Penn
Screenplay:
Michael Dougherty
Dan Harris
David Hayter
Starring Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Ian McKellen
Famke Janssen
Brian Cox
Alan Cumming
Anna Paquin
Halle Berry
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Newton Thomas Sigel
Editing by John Ottman
Elliot Graham
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) May 2, 2003
Running time 133 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $110 million
Gross revenue $407,557,613
Preceded by X-Men
Followed by X-Men: The Last Stand
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

X2 is a 2003 superhero film based on the fictional characters the X-Men. It is also called variously in promotional materials X2: X-Men United, X-Men 2: X-Men United and X-Men 2. The film is the second part of the trilogy; following X-Men (2000), and preceding X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). It was directed by Bryan Singer, and starred an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Shawn Ashmore, Kelly Hu and Alan Cumming. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1015x1500, 315 KB) Summary Promotional poster for X2: X-Men United. ... Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. ... For the fictional character of this name, see Stan Lee (Judge Dredd character). ... Tom DeSanto (born in Edison, New Jersey, 1968) is an American film producer and screenwriter. ... Avi Arad (Hebrew: אבי ארד) is an Israeli-American businessman. ... 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Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ... Michael Dougherty is a promising young screenwriter who has so far collaborated with director Bryan Singer (of X-Men and The Usual Suspects fame) on two of his movies- X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns. Hes also one of the guest stars in some of the bunny shorts... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian film producer, and film, television and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and for his Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway in The Boy from Oz. ... Patrick Stewart OBE (born July 13, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated English film, television and stage actor. ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE (born May 25, 1939) is an English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Famke Beumer Janssen (born November 5, 1965) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. ... Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish actor, notable for being the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter, a role he took in the Michael Mann film Manhunter (in which the characters surname was spelled Lecktor). Image:Http://www. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated New Zealand actress who was born in Canada. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... John Ottman (born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American film editor, composer and director. ... John Ottman (born July 6, 1964 in San Diego, California) is an American film editor, composer and director. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... X-Men is a 2000 superhero film, based upon the fictional characters the X-Men. ... 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Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE (born May 25, 1939) is an English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... Rebecca Alie Romijn (born November 6, 1972) is an American film and television actress and former fashion model. ... Famke Beumer Janssen (born November 5, 1965) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. ... James Paul Marsden (born September 18, 1973) is an American actor, perhaps best known for playing Scott Cyclops Summers in all three X-Men films. ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated New Zealand actress who was born in Canada. ... Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish actor, notable for being the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter, a role he took in the Michael Mann film Manhunter (in which the characters surname was spelled Lecktor). Image:Http://www. ... 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The film is loosely based on the 1982 X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills. In the film, William Stryker is a high-ranking army colonel who leads an assault into Professor Xavier's school to build his own version of Xavier's mutant-tracking computer Cerebro in order to destroy every mutant on Earth. The X-Men are forced to ally with Magneto and Mystique to defeat Stryker. X2: X-Men United, which introduced Nightcrawler to filmgoers, surpassed the initial film at the box office, earning approx. $215 million in North America compared to $157.3 million for X-Men, making the sequel one of the top ten movies of 2003. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... God Loves, Man Kills (more fully, Marvel Graphic Novel #5: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills) is a graphic novel published in 1982 by Marvel Comics, starring their popular superhero team the X-Men. ... Reverend William Stryker is a fictional character appearing in the X-Men series of comic books; more specifically, in the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills and its sequel, God Loves, Man Kills II. In the Comics Stryker is a fundamentalist religious fanatic, with a military history which may have... Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero, known as the leader and founder of the X-Men. ... In the Marvel Comics universe, Cerebro (Spanish and Portuguese for brain) is a device that the X-Men (in particular, their leader, Professor Charles Xavier) use to detect mutants. ... Magneto (Eric Magnus Lensherr) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men franchise. ... This article is about the comic character. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

Contents

Plot

A mutant named Nightcrawler attempts to assassinate President McKenna, but he fails when he seems to come to his senses. Jean is confronted by Cyclops, where she admits she has been having bad feelings about the future. Wolverine reappears after discovering nothing at Alkali Lake and is immediately asked to look after the children of the school. After some difficulty, Professor Xavier locates Nightcrawler with Cerebro and sends Storm and Jean to retrieve him. They find Nightcrawler who willingly leaves with them, explaining that he had no control over his actions in the White House. Cyclops and Professor X visit Magneto in his plastic prison to see if he had any part in the attack on the President. Reading Magneto's mind, Professor X discovers that a covert government operative, William Stryker, has been extracting information from Magneto. A trap is sprung and Cyclops and Professor X are captured via Stryker and Lady Deathstrike. A military invasion of the school begins, with the soldiers sedating every mutant they find. Siryn wakes everybody up with one of her sonic screams and Colossus and Wolverine round up a number of the students. Wolverine stays behind to confront the attackers, and finds them led by William Stryker. Stryker offers Wolverine the truth about his past, but before Wolverine answers, Iceman is able to create a thick wall of ice between them. In Marvel comic books, particularly those of the X-Men mythos, a human being who is born with genetic alterations that allow them to naturally develop abilities not possessed by regular humans is commonly called a mutant. ... This article is about the comic character. ... For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Jean Grey-Summers (born Jean Grey) is a fictional superheroine who lives in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ... William Stryker is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, an enemy of the X-Men. ... Siryn (Theresa Rourke Cassidy) is a Marvel Comics superhero, associated with the X-Men. ... Black Canarys superpower is the sonic scream, which allows her to send out a piercing sonic pulse in either a localized or wide-ranged blast. ... Colossus (Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero in the X-Men. ...

The X-Men join with Magneto and Mystique to stop Stryker.

Impersonating Senator Robert Kelly, and Stryker's assistant Yuriko Oyama, Mystique gains information about Magneto's prison and provides a means for him to escape. Mystique tricks one of Magneto's Security Guards, implanting large amounts of iron in his body which was later on extracted by Magneto via force of magnetism. Wolverine, along with Pyro, Iceman and Rogue, heads to Iceman's home in Boston. The police arrive just as the group is about to leave. After a policeman shoots Wolverine in the head, Pyro begins using his abilities to attack the officers and destroy their cars. Rogue manages to stop him just as the X-Jet arrives to pick them all up. The X-Jet is targeted by two Air Force fighter jets who attempt to force a landing. After the X-Jet refuses to land, the pilots fire missiles. Storm tries to distract the pilots with several tornadoes but the last pilot fires two missiles. Jean is able to destroy one of the missiles, but the other detonates directly behind the jet. The jet, en route to a crash landing, is stopped at the last moment by Magneto, who is standing on the ground. Magneto has learned that Stryker orchestrated the attack on the President, and has been experimenting on mutants. Jean Grey reads Nightcrawler's mind and determines that Stryker's base is located at Alkali Lake, inside the dam. Stryker has been using a drug, injected directly into the back of the neck, to control mutants. He has also stolen enough equipment from Xavier's own Cerebro unit to build a second Cerebro; he plans to use Professor X to kill all of the mutants in the world. The X-Men and Magneto join together in an effort to stop Stryker. On the way to Alkali Lake, Pyro has a conversation with Magneto about how the world perceives them. Image File history File links Mutantgroup. ... Image File history File links Mutantgroup. ... Robert Kelly is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Lady Deathstrike (real name Yuriko Oyama) is a Marvel Comics supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Wolverine. ... Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men franchise. ... For other senses of this word, see magnetism (disambiguation). ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... One of the three original proof-of-concept prototypes of the Williams X-Jet, on display at the Seattle Museum of Flight. ...


Stryker gains control over Professor Xavier through his son, Jason Stryker, who is able to project powerful visions in the mind, blinding a person to reality. Professor X is instructed to use Cerebro to find and kill all existing mutants. Mystique infiltrates the base disguised as Wolverine. Mystique manages to take over the control room, opening up the main gates for the X-Men. Storm and Nightcrawler pair off, searching for the kidnapped students. Jean, Magneto, and Mystique are attacked by a brainwashed Cyclops on their way to rescue Professor X. Cyclops' optic blast causes damage to the generators that keep the dam from collapsing. Jean gets Cyclops to return to his normal self by telling him she loves him. Wolverine finds Stryker in an adamantium smelting room along with Lady Deathstrike. Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike begin fighting, which ends with Wolverine pumping Deathstrike full of molten adamantium metal, killing her. Wolverine finds Stryker on a landing pad and stabs him in the stomach. Stryker attempts to bargain with Wolverine, telling him that if he comes with him he can tell him about his past. Wolverine refuses and straps the wounded Stryker to the helicopter wheel. Mystique, disguised as Stryker, uses Jason to convince Professor X to kill all humans. Magneto and Mystique escape on the helicopter, alongside with Pyro who has decided to join them. Meanwhile, Nightcrawler teleports Storm inside of Cerebro, from where she frees the Professor from his telepathic illusion. A malfunction aboard the X-Jet prevents it from taking off and the dam finally bursts. The flood gets stronger, drowning Stryker. Jean leaves the jet and creates a telekinetic wall in order to stop the wave, and at the same time raises the jet above the flood waters; all the while surrounded by a corona of fire. Jean activates the X-Jet's primary engines, before releasing the torrent of water down on herself. Lady Deathstrike (real name Yuriko Oyama) is a Marvel Comics supervillain, a foe of the X-Men, especially Wolverine. ...


Back at the White House, the President prepares to address the country on the perceived mutant threat. Just as he begins his speech the X-Men appear before him. Rogue gives him the files from Stryker's private offices while Professor X tells him about the events of the last few days. Then Professor X warns him that humans and mutants must work together to build peace, or they will destroy each other through war. Back at the mansion, Xavier states that Jean Grey always felt left behind compared to others. Wolverine then reveals to Cyclops that Jean Grey truly loved Scott, and chose to be with him. The film ends with a voiceover by Jean Grey, on the process of evolution. The camera floats over Alkali Lake, showing a vague shape of a Phoenix in the lake. VoiceOver is a feature built into Apple Computers Mac OS X v10. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Cast

The cast of X2. Left to right: Professor Xavier, Rogue, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine
  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: A mutant who lost memory of his life before he was grafted with an indestructable adamantium skeleton. Wolverine is a loner, but is in love with Jean Grey and acts as a father figure to Rogue. He wields three blades that come out of his fists, has a keen sense of smell and the ability to heal from any injury.
  • 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.
  • 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 and wears a helmet that renders him immune to Xavier's 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.
  • 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.
  • Alan Cumming as Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler: A kindly German mutant with a strong Christian 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.
  • 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 anybody and thus is unable to be close to anyone.
  • 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, and 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."
  • Famke Janssen as 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 the X-Men's battle with Magneto. She is in love with Cyclops, even though she is attracted to Wolverine.
  • Rebecca Romijn as Mystique: Magneto's henchwoman, she is a shapeshifter. Mystique is blue, naked and covered in scales, and acts as a spy. She injects a prison guard with metal for Magneto to make his escape with, and also sexually tempts Wolverine.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops: Jean's fiance, field leader of the X-Men, and a teacher at Xavier's Institute, he shoots uncontrollable beams of light from his eyes and wears a visor to control them. Cyclops is taken prisoner by Stryker and saved by Jean.
  • Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm: An African mutant and teacher at Xavier's School who can manipulate the weather. Storm befriends Nightcrawler.
  • Kelly Hu as Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike: A woman, who like Wolverine, has a healing ability, and is controlled by Stryker. She wields talons in her fingernails.
  • Michael Reid McKay as Jason Stryker / Jason 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 used instead 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, Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus, who can transform his skin into metal and aides Wolverine, 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 in a Native American style jacket. This was confirmed in the commentary to be Dani Moonstar. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian film producer, and film, television and stage actor, known for playing Wolverine in X-Men and its sequels, and for his Tony Award-winning performance on Broadway in The Boy from Oz. ... For other uses, see Wolverine (disambiguation). ... Adamantium is a fictional chemical substance, often a metal. ... Patrick Stewart OBE (born July 13, 1940) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated English film, television and stage actor. ... Charles Francis Xavier, also known as Professor X, is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero, known as the leader and founder of the X-Men. ... Telepathy from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the supposed ability to communicate information from one mind to another, and is one form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. ... Pacifist may mean: an advocate of pacifism. ... In the Marvel Comics universe, Cerebro (Spanish and Portuguese for brain) is a device that the X-Men (in particular, their leader, Professor Charles Xavier) use to detect mutants. ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE (born May 25, 1939) is an English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Magneto (Eric Magnus Lensherr) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland) is a Scottish actor, notable for being the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter, a role he took in the Michael Mann film Manhunter (in which the characters surname was spelled Lecktor). Image:Http://www. ... William Stryker is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, an enemy of the X-Men. ... Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic or national group. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... This article is about the comic character. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... Anna Helene Paquin (born July 24, 1982) is an Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated New Zealand actress who was born in Canada. ... Rogue (Anna Marie) is a Marvel Comics superheroine, a member of the X-Men. ... Shawn Ashmore (born October 7, 1979) is a Canadian film and television actor. ... For other meanings, see: Iceman Iceman (Robert Bobby Louis Drake) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero, a member of the X-Men. ... Aaron Stanford (born December 27, 1976) is an American actor. ... Pyro (St. ... Famke Beumer Janssen (born November 5, 1965) is a Dutch actress and former fashion model. ... Jean Grey-Summers (born Jean Grey) is a fictional superheroine who lives in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ... Psychokinesis (literally mind-movement) or PK is the more commonly used term today for what in the past was known as telekinesis (literally distant-movement). It refers to the psi ability to influence the behavior of matter by mental intention (or possibly some other aspect of mental activity) alone. ... Rebecca Alie Romijn (born November 6, 1972) is an American film and television actress and former fashion model. ... Mystique (Raven Darkholme) is a Marvel Comics character associated with the X-Men franchise. ... Shapeshifter was a program wich would allow you to edit and make your own themes for the mac computers but this is now out of date ... James Paul Marsden (born September 18, 1973) is an American actor, perhaps best known for playing Scott Cyclops Summers in all three X-Men films. ... For other uses, see Cyclops (disambiguation). ... Halle Maria Berry (born August 14, 1966[1]) is an American actress. ... Storm (real name Ororo Munroe) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero. ... Kelly Ann Hu (Chinese: 胡凱麗 Pinyin: Hú KÇŽilì) (born February 13, 1968) is an American actress and former fashion model from HawaiÊ»i. ... Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine. ... For other uses, see Mastermind. ... Robert Kelly is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Davison as Senator Robert Kelly in X-Men Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Katie Stuart in the film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. ... Katherine Kitty Pryde, also commonly known by the codename Shadowcat, is a Marvel Comics mutant superhero and a member of the X-Men. ... Artie (real name Arthur Maddicks) is a minor character in Marvel Comics X-Men superhero mythos. ... Wong as Jubilee in X2 Kea Wong is a Canadian actress arguably best known for her role as Jubilee in X2: X-Men United, which she will reprise in X-Men: The Last Stand. ... Jubilee (Jubilation Lee) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superheroine associated with the X-Men. ... Daniel Cudmore is a Canadian actor best known for his role as the Russian mutant Colossus in the X-Men movies. ... Colossus (Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero in the X-Men. ... Kain as Siryn in X2 Shauna Kain (full name; Shauna Nicole Kain) is an Irish actress. ... Siryn (Theresa Rourke Cassidy) is a Marvel Comics superhero, associated with the X-Men. ... Danielle Moonstar is a fictional character, a superhero from Marvel Comics. ...


Production

Before the release of X-Men, director Bryan Singer confirmed interest in directing a sequel, with humans as the villain, and with Nightcrawler as a new character.[1] Singer felt he wanted to study, "the human perspective, the kind of blind rage that feeds into warmongering and terrorism."[2] 20th Century Fox hired David Hayter and Zak Penn to write two different scripts for the film, with an aim to release the film in December 2002.[1] X-Men is a 2000 superhero film, based upon the fictional characters the X-Men. ... Bryan Singer (born September 17, 1965) is an American film director. ... This article is about the comic character. ... Militarism (military+-ism) is an ideology which claims that the military is the foundation of a societys security, and thereby claims to be its most important aspect. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Zak Penn Zak Penn (born 1968) is a screenwriter and director who is known for writing and directing Incident at Loch Ness and co-writing the script for X-Men: The Last Stand. ...


Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were hired to re-write the script in February 2002, writing around 26 drafts and 150 on set.[3] Production began on June 17, 2002 in Vancouver and wrapped by November.[1] Cinesite created 300 visual effects shots, focusing on character animation. Rhythm and Hues created over 100.[4] Michael Dougherty is a promising young screenwriter who has so far collaborated with director Bryan Singer (of X-Men and The Usual Suspects fame) on two of his movies- X2: X-Men United and Superman Returns. Hes also one of the guest stars in some of the bunny shorts... This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Rhythm & Hues Studios is an Academy Award winning Visual effects studio, founded in 1987 by six former employees of Robert Abel and Associates. ...


Marketing

X2 had a game tie-in on X2: Wolverine's Revenge which has nothing to do with the events of the movie.


There is also another game, X-Men: The Official Game which bridges the gap between X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Specifically, it explains Nightcrawler's absence from the third X-Men movie. However, X-Men: The Official Game is not truly X2's game, but the third X-Men movie, as this game came around in the same year as the third film.


The comic adaptation of the film was written without its writers knowing the actual ending of X2 as it was kept under wraps and therefore the comic's ending is different from the finished film.


Response

As with the original film, X2 garnered praise from critics and won over most of the comic book community, and it earned more money at the box office, totaling $214.9M for North America and $407.5M worldwide[1]. Empire magazine called it the best comic book movie of all time in 2006.[5] Wizard named the film's ending as the twenty-second greatest cliffhanger of all time.[6] The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Emap Consumer Media since July 1989. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wizard or Wizard: The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture (originally titled Wizard: The Guide to Comics and Wizard: The Comics Magazine) is a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States by Wizard Entertainment. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ a b c Greg Dean Schmitz. Greg's Preview - X2: X-Men United. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2007-04-15.
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  3. ^ Martin A. Grove. "Fox's 'X2' marks spot as presummer starts May 2", The Hollywood Reporter, 2003-04-11. Retrieved on 2007-04-15. 
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X2: X-Men United (2003): Reviews (1418 words)
Visually, X2 is a sight to behold, with impressive special effects and a dynamic sense of place.
Singer's approach to X2 is very much of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" school, resulting in a movie that, even at its best -- a thrilling jailbreak scene that's the closest thing in either X movie to a rousing set piece -- seems tame and unmemorable.
All the same, X2 and recent action adventures like it constitute a mutation in their own right: fast-paced, slow-witted movies in which the impact is the message; impersonal movies that deny any need for characterization; disjointed movies that make no apologies -- and pay no penalties -- for making no sense.
X2 (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4215 words)
X2 is an action movie, first released in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2003, and in the United States on May 2, 2003.
In the film, his military background is moved to the foreground, and the religious aspect of the character is eliminated.
In the film, Jason is mute, lobotomized and wheelchair-bound; his brain secretes a powerful chemical which is extracted through a tap in his spine and used by his father as a mind control agent on Nightcrawler, Deathstrike, Magneto and Cyclops.
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