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All 3 films
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X-Men: The Last Stand (2006):
It might seem strange to you, but before the first X-Men film of 2000,
I was never at all an X-Men fan. I still am not fond of the
comics or cartoons. True, some characters have always been cool,
but I could never get into the stories. Then along came the
live-action films which are not at all very faithful to their mediums
of origin, but totally enthralling. Rarely does such a rehashing
of superheroes turn out so favorable. As big of hits as 1, 2, and
now 3 have become, it would look as if a lot of people agree with me.
I am especially surprised with how important of role
Storm has in this film. In the first two movies, she was
basically a throw-away character. In THIS movie, Storm is the
LEADER of the team and truthfully should have had higher billing than
Patrick Stewart (Professor X). I say this not out of disrespect
for Stewart, but for the fact that his Professor X character is "killed
off" so early in the film that he should have been at least three or
four on the list. Storm is the leader of the team, but Wolverine
(Hugh Jackman) is still the star. Wolverine plays a huge part in
all of these films. In this movie, though, he's not finding his
roots (for the first time), but instead is on a mission to save Jean
Grey from herself.
Jean Grey comes back from the dead. This time,
her dual-personality of Phoenix takes over. She's a bad girl now
with occasional good girl Jean moments. Magneto recruits her, but
she turns out to be too powerful for even him to handle. Quite
frankly, she is the most powerful mutant of all time.
A mutant cure has been discovered, which would turn
mutants to humans. Most mutants are apprehensive. Magneto
and his followers are furious. Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) is
turned human and abandoned by Magneto early in the film. On
Magneto's immediate team this time around is Pyro, his lead man, played
by Aaron Stanford. Vinnie Jones as the rampaging Juggernaut is
easily the most interesting new villain. He's awesome!
Jones has a history of playing bad guys, and almost all of them are
funny. Juggernaut is his funniest bad guy role to date! And
he looks a lot cooler than his comic book counterpart.
Heeeeeeeere's Juggy! Callisto, played by Dania Ramirez, is the
bad mutant woman of this flick and does really well.
What I think is funny is that, so perfectly, every
major X-Men hero has their own enemy. Wolverine has Juggernaut,
Storm has Callisto, Iceman has Pyro, Professor X has Magneto...all but
Beast, who has no major rivalry with anyone in particular except
Magneto, who is an enemy to everyone. Kelsey Grammar as Beast is
quite possibly one of the very best things this movie series has
done! He's awesome! Funny, and although furry, is quite
friendly-looking. It matches his character. When you think
about it, Grammar is the only one who could've played this
character. I've always been a bit surprised that Beast wasn't in
the first two films. Beast brings the intelligence and levity to
the series that it really needs from now on.
So what should you expect in this movie?
Here's a quick rundown:
Is introduced, but besides being a cool-looking and interesting
character, serves little importance. Not yet a team member.
She has two major scenes. In one, we get to see her use her
powers in the climactic battle scene. In the other, she is killed
by Phoenix's power. An extra villain.
- Beast: Is introduced
and is certainly one of the major heroes on the team.
- Callisto: Gets a lot
of screen time, but for some reason just doesn't stand out like
Juggernaut or Pyro. You almost always see her with Magneto and
she is primarily a nemesis for Storm.
This cool character finally gets some decent screen time.
is still not a highly important character to the story. Maybe
film. It's good that they finally made him a member of the team.
- Cyclops: You'll see
very little of Cyclops. He's "killed" early in the movie.
- Iceman: Plays a much
bigger part than ever before since he is an
immediate team member. This is the first time we ever get to see
turn completely to ice.
- Jean Grey/Phoenix:
Like Storm, has an unusually large part in this film and is as
important as Magneto or Wolverine or Storm.
- Jubilee: Three films
in a row, and not even close to becoming a bigger character like she
was in the comics or cartoons. Just a cameo. I'm surprised
they haven't used her more. In the 90s she was such a
heavily-marketed character. Now she's just so passe.
- Juggernaut: Gets a
ton of screen time and is a villain that you really enjoy seeing.
Pryde/Shadowcat: A cool character, and she is a team
member now. I
liked the actress a lot, but I somehow wish they would have given her
more importance. She has a crush on Iceman that we see for a few
moments in the film, and she's involved in the heavy action. I
that they started her off in this series as a teenager. Hopefully
will age her to a twenty-something sex siren like in the comics.
- Leech: Is a very
significant character to the plot of this movie.
- Magneto: Is the major
villain and, as always, is as vital to the film as Wolverine.
- Multiple Man: Just an
extra villain. Isn't a big part of the story.
- Mystique: In the
first two films she was such a major villainess. In
this movie, she is turned human early on, dropped from Magneto's team,
and we see little of her after that.
Is not seen or mentioned in any way in this film. I'm surprised
just dropped the character like that. Maybe his disappearance
explained in the next film.
- Professor X: You'll
see little of Professor X. Quite surprisingly, he is "killed"
early in the film. After the credits, you can see how he "came
back" from the dead.
- Psylocke: Like
Jubilee or Siryn, I don't remember even seeing her in the movie.
She doesn't have any standout moments. Not yet a team member.
- Pyro: Has a great
part in this film, bigger than before. He is all-the-way a
villain this time around.
- Quill: Extra
villain. Interesting character and you remember him after you see
him, but besides having quills stick out of his face, he doesn't do
- Rogue: You'll see
little of Rogue. She's pretty much gone for most of the film as
takes the mutant cure. Not a major player on the team.
- Siryn: Like Jubilee,
I don't even remember seeing her in the film the first time
around. She doesn't really stand out. And I like the
character. At least in the previous film we got to see her scream.
- Storm: Has a
significant amount of screen time and importance as the leader of the
- Wolverine: Primary
character, once again.