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.