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X-Men 2 (2003) More at IMDbPro »X2 (original title)

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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for X2 can be found here.

When a mutant named Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) attempts to assassinate the President of the United States (Cotter Smith), the School for Gifted Youngsters is attacked by General William Stryker (Brian Cox), a scientist who is rumored to have experimented on mutants, possibly even Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is kidnapped, the X-Men must band together with Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) to rescue Professor X, stop Stryker from wiping the mutants off the face of the Earth, and quell the new public outcry against the mutants.

X2 (aka X2: X-Men United or internationally as X-Men 2) is the sequel to X-Men (2000), which was based on the Marvel comic book series X-Men, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962. In particular, the film was based on the "God Loves, Man Kills" storyline, written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Brent Anderson, published in 1982. The story and screenplay for X2 were written by David Hayter, Bryan Singer, Zak Penn, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris. It is followed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), X: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Logan (2017); with the Deadpool film series being loosely related.

No, he did not. He used the perception of slowed time to reprimand his students. He shut down minds of everyone in that particular area, as the electronic devices, including the televisions, are still in working order; a technique he later used in the White House.

The majority of people in the mansion shot with the tranquilizer darts were kids, so they're going to feel the effects of the sedatives used much more quickly and more profoundly than adults. In fact, Logan turns out to be the only adult shot by Stryker's men in the mansion, and his metabolism and resistance to injury are much different than that of an average human, much less a child. For a brief moment, Logan does shake his head a bit as if slightly dazed, but the tranquilizer has little effect on him otherwise. Cyclops (James Marsden) is also shot when Stryker captures Prof. Xavier at Magneto's cell. However, the darts might not have affected him because he was wearing his combat uniform, which may have reduced the velocity of the projectiles. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it is explained that, due to Logan's healing abilities, sedatives and other medications would not work for him (which is why he had to volunteer for the adamantium processing back then). Even though Stryker knew about this, he didn't expect to run into Wolverine in the mansion. He even says, "This is certainly the last place I would expect to find you."

Ronny was scared and upset, when learning that his brother is a mutant and witnessing Bobby demonstrating his abilities as a mutant by freezing their mother's cup. So he decided to betray Bobby by calling the police and telling the police that mutants had taken him and his family captive and had wanted Bobby and his friends to leave.

Magneto used his powers to shut down Cerebro first and then forced the door open.

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Stryker works with both Logan and Victor Creed / Sabretooth, but in this film, when Stryker says, "I always thought you were one of a kind. I was wrong," he was referring to Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu).

Adamantium being injected into her body in a mass amount, it is highly likely that this character is dead. However, Kelly Hu signed on to X-Men 3 when Bryan Singer was attached to the project as writer and director. As soon as Fox Studios replaced Singer for Brett Ratner and Zak Penn, Hu was no longer signed on and hasn't appeared in any other X-Men sequel.

He finds out only that his creator was William Stryker, who calls him "an experiment that failed" and "an animal with claws" but gives no details to what he means by that.

As the dam finally bursts, Jean (Famke Janssen) creates a telekinetic wall to hold off the flood waters long enough to lift the X-Jet into the air, saving the children and the rest of the X-Men team. Speaking through Professor X, she bids them goodbye, then releases the water, which crashes around both her and Stryker, presumably killing them both. The scene then cuts to the White House where the President is about to broadcast a message to America to address the growing mutant threat. As he begins his speech, a storm suddenly brews up outside, everything and everyone stops, and the President finds himself facing the X-Men. Professor X gives him a report that was stolen from Stryker's files and offers him an opportunity to encourage mutants and humans alike to work together because, as Xavier puts it, "we're here to stay." After a few more flashes of thunder, the X-Men disappear, and the camera crew resumes where it left off. The President looks down at the report in front of him and then faces the camera. The scene cuts again to the School for Gifted Children, where Xavier is about to address the students in his class. Before he begins, he assures Wolverine and Cyclops that Jean made the choice to sacrifice herself. As Wolverine and Cyclops go out into the hall, Wolverine also mentions that Jean made another choice: she chose him (Cyclops), which seems to somewhat ease his pain. In the final scene, the camera pans over the lake while, in a voiceover, Jean says:

Mutation...it is the key to our evolution. It is how we have evolved from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.
...all while a phoenix silhouette is visible over the lake.


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