Happy 20th Anniversary, X-Men Cinematic Universe!
It’s hard to believe that today marks the X-Men Cinematic Universe’s 20th anniversary! X-Men was first released in theaters on July 14, 2000. Featuring an impressive ensemble cast, the film introduced a world filled with mutants who possess superhuman powers.
A Star-Studded Cast
Hugh Jackman stars as Logan/Wolverine, with the mutant ability to sense others, undergo accelerated healing and wield three claws through each knuckle. Anna Paquin appears as Rogue, a 17-year-old girl who absorbs life force through physical touch.
Acclaimed British actor Patrick Stewart portrays Professor Xavier (Professor X), founder of the X-Men and Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. He believes in co-existence between mankind and mutantkind. Professor X possesses the power of telepathy amplified by Cerebro, a supercomputer he created with Mangeto.
Magneto is played by Ian McKellen. Magneto is able to manipulate metal and generate powerful magnetic fields. Once close friends, Magneto’s beliefs are the oppposite of Professor X. He is convinced that humans and mutants can never co-exist. Magneto uses his knowledge of genetic manipulation to transform world leaders in order to encourage mutant prosperity.
Additionally, the film stars Halle Berry as Storm, who can manipulate weather and cause lightening storms. Rebecca Romain-Stamos appears as Mystique, Magneto’s second in command who can alter her shape and appearance to depict any other human or mutant. James Marsden is Cyclops, who can produce a powerful beam of optic energy from his eye. Famke Janssen stars as Jean Grey, Cylcop’s fiancee who possesses the powers of telekinesis and telepathy.
An Epic Plot
The film centers around two groups – Professor X’s X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants. Each group possesses radically different approaches to achieving acceptance for mutants.
Every mutant was born with a unique genetic mutation which manifests in extraordinary powers. These mutants are feared by those who will not accept their differences.
Once close friends, Professor X and Magneto have very different ideas of overcoming this universal misunderstanding. Over the course of the action-packed film, their armies of mutants face off against one another to achieve what each believes is right.
Wolverine Celebrates the Anniversary
Hugh Jackman joined in on the fun to pay homage to the X-Men’s 20th anniversary. Below is the post he shared on his Instagram account today.
The Future of X-Men
The first X-Men film gave way to several sequels and even some prequels. Marvel recently acquired the rights to X-Men and Keven Feige plans to reboot the series. Fans have noted several teasers about its possible inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
No one is certain how this will happen, but fans are excited about the possibility. For now, we wish X-Men Cinematic Universe a very Happy 20th Anniversary!
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