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What is the movie about?

An antibody that supresses the mutant gene has been found using the DNA of a young mutant boy named Jimmy/Leech (Cameron Bright), and those mutants who don't want to be 'cured' find themselves lining with either Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the integration-friendly X-Men or with the human-hating Brotherhood, led by Xavier's former ally, Magneto (Ian McKellen). Meanwhile, Jean Gray (Famke Janssen), the only Level 5 mutant known, has re-appeared (after being killed in X2), but is she the same Jean Grey and whose side will she be on?

X-Men: The Last Stand is the third movie in the X-Men film series, which is based on the Marvel comic book series X-Men created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, preceded by X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003) and followed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and X-Men: First Class (2011). The film's script is loosely based on two X-Men comic books stories: 'The Dark Phoenix Saga' and 'Gifted'. The screenplay was written by American screenwriters Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled for release in 2014.

Xavier explains that the only way she could have survived was that her powers wrapped her in a cocoon of telekinetic energy. Unfortunately, it comes with a price. It appears to have awakened her subconscious mind and unleashed the uncontrolled, instinctual side of her called the Phoenix.

Scott Summers/Cyclops (James Marsden) can't control his optic blasts when his eyes are open. The original history of the character, according to Marvel canon, has always maintained that Summers lost the ability to control the beams when he and his brother survived a fall - the impact somehow permanently disrupted the control he would have had. When he was young, a doctor/scientist developed "ruby quartz" lenses that contain the beams, and Scott was required to wear them continuously. In the 1st film and in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, when his eyewear was forcibly removed from his face, his eyes let loose an uncontrolled blast; a similar incident happens in the train station in the first X-Men film when Toad does the same thing. He was afraid the same thing would happen when he faced Jean. Already experiencing the power of the Phoenix, however, Jean neutralized Scott's power permanently.

It may refer to this full quote: "To every man there comes a time in his lifetime, that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered that chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents. What a challenge if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that work."

The film explains that the weapons used against mutants are made entirely of plastic, including the needles. The US military developed plastic weapons specifically to do battle with Magneto. Also, many objects that are usually made of metal such as knives and needles can also be made of ceramic materials, so this may have been the case as well.

Jean would have destroyed it and would have killed Wolverine in the attempt. Proof that the cure wouldn't have worked is evident when she vaporizes the entire squad of troops that arrives after Magneto is cured. Phoenix easily stops the cure projectiles in mid-air and destroys them. Also, if Jean had lost her mutant powers instead of dying, she no doubt would have suffered psychological effects to her dual personalities. More importantly, Logan knows from their experience at Alkali Lake that Jean wants to die. She is equally confused, as are the other X-Men, when she miraculously survived the flood. She pleaded with Logan to kill her "before she kills someone else." Wolverine simply put her out of her misery.

Multiple Man (Eric Dane) does not die in the final battle. He doesn't even participate. He is captured by authorities in the Brotherhood camp in the woods. Magneto used him as a diversion to make it appear as if the mutants were still at the camp. In reality, Magneto and his band of mutants were long gone, heading for Alcatraz Island. Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones) is last seen chasing Shadowcat through the Alcatraz facility when she rescues Leech. Kitty's ability to phase through matter gets her to Leech, but Juggernaut soon catches up. Juggernaut tries to kill both, but Leech's ability of nullifying mutant powers ultimately saves them from death. The impact against the wall renders Juggernaut unconscious. His fate is also unknown but, again, it is assumed he lives however, he could still be out cold if the authorities found him. He could then be put back into the same sort of custody he was in when Magneto freed him. Pyro (Aaron Stanford) is seen in the final battle facing off with Iceman. He seems to have the upper hand until Iceman (for the first time) turns his whole body into ice, then subsequently freezes Pyro's hands, disabling the devices that create fire. Iceman then headbutts Pyro, knocking him out. His fate is unknown but the novelization describes Drake carrying him to safety as the facility around them collapses.

How does the movie end?

Wolverine injects Magneto with the mutant "cure", stripping him of his powers. As the Phoenix destroys the Alcatraz compound all around her, Wolverine attempts to crawl towards her, knowing that he's the only one who can regenerate fast enough to get close to Jean. They face each other, and Phoenix asks him whether he would die for 'them'. Wolverine replies, 'Not for them...for you.' At that moment, Jean's real persona takes over and, with tears in her eyes, asks Wolverine to save her. 'I love you,' he says as he stabs her with his claws. Jean dies in his arms, and all the destruction ceases. The scene then changes, and the camera pans over Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat (Ellen Page) and Storm looking over the graves of Jean Grey, Scott Summers, and Charles Xavier, casualties of the Mutant War. Inside the school, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) sees that Rogue (Anna Paquin) has returned...'cured' but now able to to hold his hand. In another room, Wolverine watches the President on TV, giving a White House Press Conference to introduce the new ambassador to the United Nations and representative to the world for all U.S. citizens both human and mutant...Doctor Hank McCoy (Kelsey Grammer). In the final scene, the now human Eric Lensherr, once known as Magneto, sits alone in a park staring at his chess board. He manages to move one of the metal pieces very slightly, suggesting that his powers may not be totally gone after all.

Yes, Dr. Moira MacTaggert (Olivia Williams) checks on the brain-dead patient Xavier had spoken about previously. He greets her with Xavier's voice. Startled, she replies, "Charles?"

Alan Cumming was reportedly uncomfortable with the long hours he had to take with the Nightcrawler makeup in X-Men 2, but still planned to return for X-Men: The Last Stand when Bryan Singer was attached. When Brett Ratner took on the role as director, Alan Cumming (along with Kelly Hu) left the project. Thoughts of replacing Alan Cumming were considered, but the part for Nightcrawler was so minimal that the studio felt it was not worthwhile to go through the long and costly makeup process, so the character was cut. Nightcrawler's absence was explained in X-Men: The Official Game. At some part of the story of the game, Nightcrawler tells Xavier he does not want to be an X-Man, for their lives are too violent and he is a peaceful man. Xavier tells him he is always welcome in the Mansion, and Kurt leaves.

In the first film, she was played by Sumela Kay, in the second by Katie Stuart, and in the third by Ellen Page. In the first and second, her appearances were very brief and did not require very experienced actors. However, her role was bigger in X-Men: The Last Stand, so a more experienced actor was needed.

They were in the original treatment written by Bryan Singer. When he left the project, his treatment was disregarded. However, they do make a cameo, as a Sentinel's head is seen in the opening sequence, having been cut off by Wolverine during the simulation in the Danger Room.

At the end of X2, Stryker (Brian Cox) implies that Logan was a very different character before his amnesia; someone who did many questionable things. As can be seen in X-Men: Wolverine, Logan was indeed drafted into a team of mutant commandos, doing dirty work for the army. Stryker tries to compel Logan to save him with the promises of helping him discover his past and get his memory back. This prompts Logan to throw his dog tags away and tells Stryker he chooses the X-Men over his past. In this film, we don't see anymore of Logan's flashbacks because he is at peace with not knowing everything about his past; he is simply moving on and not trying to remember. Also the previous films introduced and developed all the characters, this film was more about the war brewing and Jean Grey becoming The Phoenix, so there was no need for continued development on all the characters. For a few characters, this is where their story ends.

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