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It wasn't until 1998 when young director Bryan Singer, infamous for his outstanding job in the thriller Usual Suspects, signed to direct the movie. In 2000, 20th Century Fox released X-Men, a $75 million film adaptation of the comic book, directed by the innovative young director. The film featured Cyclops (James Marsden), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) as leather-clad X-Men who also serve as teachers of Professor Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) School for the Gifted. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) were two mutant wanderers who crossed their path. The team battles Magneto (Ian McKellen), who created a machine that turned humans into mutants and planned to affect a congregation of world leaders. His Brotherhood of Mutants included Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Sabretooth (Tyler Mane ) and Toad (Ray Park) The film gathered good reviews, approval from fans, and earned $157.3 million at the box office, helping usher in a new era of Marvel movies including 2002's Spider-Man and 2003's Daredevil and Hulk.
In a world with hatred and prejudices, mutants are feared and loathed by people that cannot accept their differences. Mutants (homo superior) are the next evolutionary step in the chain of humanity. Some children are born with an X-Factor (a unique genetic mutation). These usually manifest themselves at puberty and grant individuals special powers. Professor Charles Xavier (the world's most powerful telepath) takes "gifted" individuals and teaches them to control their powers for the good of mankind in his school for gifted youngsters. Opposition to them include United States Senator Robert Kelly, a McCarthyesque politician trying to pass legislation crafted to expose the dangers of mutants, and Erik Lehnsherr, who blames humanity for the death of his family at the hands of the Nazis.
The former friends, Erik Lehnsherr and Professor Charles Xavier, have different aims. Xavier is trying to get humanity to accept mutants and peacefully put an end to humanity's prejudices. Lehnsherr, believing that homo sapiens and homo superior can never coexist, aims to teach humanity that mutants are the heirs to the future. Toward this end, Lehnsherr builds and tests a machine that develops mutations in un-mutated humans. Erik Lehnsherr has Victor Creed (a mutant with immense physical strength and animal-like abilities), Mortimer Toynbee (a mutant with frog-like abilities), and Raven Darkholme (a shapechanger) to fight for his aims. They are the Brotherhood of Mutants. To stop Lehnsherr, Xavier has a group of individuals (the X-Men) possessing great abilities that will fight for him. Scott Summers, whose eyes constantly emit beams of concussive force, Dr. Jean Grey, who has telekinetic and telepathic abilities, and Ororo Munroe, who can manipulate the weather, are part of this team. Xavier also recruits two other individuals, Logan (a mutant who cannot recall his past, who possesses amazing healing powers and an admantium skeleton with retractable claws) and Marie D'Ancanto (a young female mutant with the power to drain one's lifeforce).
- Patrick Stewart - Professor X (Professor Charles Francis Xavier)
- Hugh Jackman - Wolverine (James Logan Howlett)
- Ian McKellen - Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr)
- Halle Berry - Storm (Ororo Munroe)
- Famke Janssen - Doctor Jean Grey
- James Marsden - Cyclops (Scott Summers)
- Bruce Davison - Senator Robert Kelly
- Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - Mystique (Raven Darkholme)
- Ray Park - Toad (Mortimer Toynbee)
- Tyler Mane - Sabretooth (Victor Creed)
- Anna Paquin - Rogue (Marie D'Ancanto)
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