X-Men (film)

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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, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.

X-Men is a 2000 Marvel Comics action film about two mutants who come to a private academy for mutants whose resident superhero team must oppose a powerful mutant terrorist organization.

Directed by Bryan Singer. Screenplay by David Hayter. Written by Tom DeSanto and Bryan Singer.
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Professor Charles Francis Xavier[edit]

  • 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, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.
    • Introductory narration


  • Toad has a wicked tongue, Senator. Just like you. Mmmmh...
  • You Homo sapiens and your guns!
  • Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? That is such a strange phrase. I've always thought of God as a teacher — a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding. You see, I think what you really fear is me. Me and my kind: the Brotherhood of Mutants.
  • Welcome to the future, Brother!
  • You'll have to kill me, Charles — and what would that accomplish? Let them pass that law and they'll have you in chains with a number burned into your forehead.
  • Let's just say God works too slowly.
  • We are the future, Charles, not them. They no longer matter.
  • Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answers?
  • A bolt of lightning into a huge copper conductor? I thought you lived at a school.

Wolverine (a.k.a. Logan)[edit]

  • You lost your money. You keep this up, you'll lose something else.
  • [in Cerebro chamber] This certainly is a big, round room.
  • You're so full of shit! If you were really so righteous, it'd be you in that thing.
  • So.... Couldn't wait to get my shirt off again. [smiles at Dr. Grey]
  • [to Rogue] What do you say we give the geeks another chance?
  • [to Professor X] What do they call you, Wheels?

Jean Grey[edit]

  • These mutations manifest at puberty and are often triggered by periods of heightened emotional stress.
  • Mutants are not the ones humanity should fear.


  • Mystique: People like you are the reason I was afraid to go to school as a child.
  • Rogue: The first boy I ever kissed wound up in a coma for three weeks. I can still feel him inside my head.
  • Sabretooth: [To Ororo] Scream for me.
  • Sabretooth: [Later, when Storm is trapped by Magneto] You owe me a scream.
  • Toad: Don't you people ever die?!
  • Toad: Quit playing around.
  • Storm: Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.


Senator Kelly: I have here a list of names of identified mutants living right here in the United States.
Jean Grey: Senator-
Senator Kelly: Here's a girl in Illinois who can walk through walls. Now what's to stop her from walking into a bank vault, or the White House, or [gestures toward the gallery] into their houses?
Jean Grey: Senator, please —
Senator Kelly: And there are even rumors, Miss Grey, of mutants so powerful that they can enter our minds and control our thoughts, taking away our God-given free will. Now I think the American people deserve the right to decide if they want their children to be in school with mutants. To be taught by mutants! Ladies and gentlemen, the truth is that mutants are very real, and that they are among us. We must know who they are, and above all, what they can do!

Wolverine: [after he finds Rouge at the back of his trailer] What the hell are you doing?
Rogue: I'm sorry. I needed a ride. I thought you might help me.
Wolverine: Get out. [throws Rogue's luggage out of his trailer]
Rogue: [jumps out of the trailer] Where am I supposed to go?
Wolverine: I don't know.
Rogue: You don't know, or you don't care?
Wolverine: [harshly] Pick one. [returns to the trailer]
Rogue: I saved your life!
Wolverine: No you didn't. [enters the trailer]
[Logan starts driving off but he decides to stop his trailer for Rouge to enter.]

[In the trailer]
Rogue: You don't have anything to eat do you?
[Wolverine passes her a bag of jerky and she removes her gloves to eat. She takes off the hood of her coat to introduce herself]
Rogue: I'm Rouge. [looks at Wolverine's dog tags] Were you in the army? Doesn't that mean that you're in the army?
[Wolverine hid his dog tags inside his shirt. Rogue then looks at the interior of his trailer.]
Rogue: Whoa.
Wolverine: What?
Rogue: [turns back to Wolverine.] Suddenly, my life doesn't look so bad.
Wolverine: Hey, If you prefer the road —
Rogue: No! No- it looks great. It looks cozy.
[Wolverine notices her hands starting to get cold. He turns on the heater of the air conditioner]
Wolverine: Put your hands on the heater. [tried to grab her hands but Rogue refuses.] I'm not gonna hurt you, kid.
Rogue: It's nothing personal. It's just when people touch my skin, something happens. [wearing her gloves back]
Wolverine: What?
Rogue: I don't know. They just get hurt.
Wolverine: Fair enough.
Rogue: [looks at Wolverine's hands] When they come out, does it hurt?
Wolverine: Every time. [starts to refer Rogue's name.] So what kind of a name is "Rogue"?
Rogue: I don't know. What kind of a name is "Wolverine"?
[Wolverine decide to introduce his real name]
Wolverine: My name's Logan.
Rogue: [introduces her real name] Marie.

[Sabretooth returns to the Brotherhood's HQ without Rogue]
Toad [sarcastically]: Weren't you supposed to bring someone back with you?
Sabretooth: [roars]

Professor Xavier: I'm Charles Xavier. Would you like some breakfast?
Wolverine: Where am I?
Prof. Xavier: Westchester, New York. My people brought you here for medical attention.
Wolverine: I don't need medical attention.
Prof. Xavier: Yes, of course. [Storm, Cyclops, and Jean enter.] Ah — Logan, I'd like you to meet Ororo Munro, also called Storm. This is Scott Summers, also called Cyclops. They saved your life.
[Jean arrives at Xavier's office]:
Prof. Xavier: I believe you've already met Dr. Jean Grey. You are in my School for the Gifted — for mutants. You'll be safe here from Magneto.
Wolverine: What's a Magneto?
Prof. Xavier: A very powerful mutant. He believes that a war is brewing between mutants and the rest of humanity. I've been following his activities for some time. The man who attacked you is an associate of his called Sabretooth.
Wolverine: Sabretooth? [looks at Storm] Storm. [looks at Xavier] What do they call you? Wheels? This is the stupidest thing I ever heard. [looks at Cyclops] And Cyclops, right? [grabs Cyclops] You wanna get outta my way?
Prof. Xavier: Logan, it's been almost fifteen years, hasn't it? Living from day to day, moving from place to place, with no memory of who or what you are.
Wolverine: Shut up.
Prof. Xavier: Give me a chance. I might be able to help you find some answers.
Wolverine: [in shock] How do you know?
Prof. Xavier: [mentally to Wolverine] You're not the only one with special gifts.

[Professor Xavier, Jean, Cyclops, and Storm go over Wolverine's x-ray]
Jean Grey: The metal is an alloy called adamantium. Supposedly indestructible. It's surgically grafted onto his entire skeleton.
Storm: How could he have survived a procedure like that?
Jean Grey: His mutation. He has uncharted regenerative capability, which enable him to heal rapidly. It also makes his age impossible to determine. He could very well be older than you, Professor.
Cyclops: Who did this to him?
Jean Grey: He doesn't know nor can he remember anything about his life before it happened.
Professor Xavier: Experimentation on mutants. It's not unheard of, but I have never seen anything like this before.

Wolverine: You gonna tell me to stay away from your girl?
Cyclops: If I had to do that, she wouldn't be my girl.
Wolverine: Well then, I guess you've got nothing to worry about, do you, Cyclops?
Cyclops: It must burn you up that a boy like me saved your life, huh? Better be careful. I might not be there next time. Oh, and Logan — [grins] stay away from my girl.

[Wolverine confronts Magneto for the first time.]
Magneto: You must be Wolverine. That remarkable metal doesn't run through your entire body, does it?
Wolverine: What the hell do you want with me?
Magneto: My dear boy, who ever said I wanted you?

Magneto: You homo sapiens and your guns.
Sabretooth: [Grabs Magneto's throat] That's enough Erik.
Toad: Let them go.
Magneto: Why not come out where I can see you, Charles?
Xavier: What do you want her for?
Magneto: Can't you read my mind? [tapping his helmet] And what now, save the girl? You'll have to kill me Charles, and what would that accomplish? Let them pass that law and they'll have you in chains with a number burned into your forehead!
Xavier: It won't be that way.
Magneto: Then kill me and find out. No? Then release me.
[Sabertooth doesn't move, Toad starts walking off with Rogue]
Magneto: Fine. [magnetically fires a bullet and stops it just before it goes through a cop's head] Care to press your luck, Charles? I don't think I can stop them all. [Xavier reluctantly releases his control over Toad and Sabretooth] Still unwilling to make sacrifices. That's what makes you weak. Goodbye, Charles.

[Rogue is in the clutches of Magneto.]
Storm: Where are you going?
Wolverine: I'm gonna find her.
Professor Xavier: How?
Wolverine: The traditional way: Look!

Wolverine: Magneto's right: There is a war coming. Are you sure you're on the right side?
Storm: At least I've chosen a side.

Cyclops: Professor, I'm sorry, but he'll endanger the mission.
Wolverine: Hey, I wasn't the one who gave the train station a new sunroof, pal.
Cyclops: No, you were the one who stabbed Rogue through the chest.
Wolverine: Hey, why don't you take your little mission and stick it up your — [is cut off by Storm]
Storm: Senator Kelly is dead.

Cyclops: All right, we can insert here at the George Washington Bridge, come around the bank just off of Manhattan, land on the far side of Liberty Island, here.
Wolverine: What about harbor patrol? Radar?
Cyclops: If they have anything that can pick up our jet, they deserve to catch us.

[Commenting on the X-Men uniforms.]
Wolverine: You actually go outside in these things?
Cyclops: Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?
[The joke is Wolverine's costume in the comics consisted of yellow spandex.]

Wolverine: There's someone here.
Cyclops: Where?
Wolverine: I don't know. Keep your eye open.

[Storm manage to fly out of the elevator shaft.]
Toad: Oh! Don't you people ever die?
[Storm flashes her eyes and uses her powers to blow Toad out of the statue but he grabs the metal bar with his tongue to hold himself on.]
Storm: Do you know what happens to a toad when it is struck by lightning? [casting her lightning and turns back to Toad.] The same thing that happens to everything else. [zaps Toad with her lightning power as his body was thrown in the river.]

["Storm" arrives and walks to Logan.]
Storm: Logan, is that you?
Wolverine: Shhh.
["Storm" stumbles further to Logan.]
Wolverine: [sniffs the air] The other one ain't far away.
Storm: [walks up behind him] Come on. We have to regroup.
Wolverine: I know but there's a problem. [turns and stabs "Storm" with his claws] You're not part of the "group"!
["Storm" attempts to attack Wolverine, who later reveals to be Mystique in disguise and collapses to the ground before shifting back to her original form.]

[Cyclops thinks Wolverine may be the shape-shifting mutant Mystique]
Wolverine: Hey, hey — it's me!
Cyclops: Prove it.
Wolverine: You're a dick.
Cyclops: [pauses, considering] Okay.

Cyclops: Storm, fry him!
Magneto: Oh, yes! A bolt of lightning into a huge copper conductor. I thought you lived at a school.

[Xavier and Magneto play a game of chess at Magneto's cell]
Magneto: Doesn't it ever wake you in the middle of the night? The feeling that someday they will pass that foolish law, or one just like it, and come for you and your children?
Professor Xavier: It does, indeed.
Magneto: What do you do when you wake up to that?
Professor Xavier: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to that school looking for trouble.
Magneto: [halts the game, sighs] Why do you come here, Charles?
Professor Xavier: Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer? [motions the guard to take Xavier away.]
Magneto: Ah yes, your continuing search for hope. [pause] You know this plastic prison of theirs won't hold me forever. The war is still coming, Charles, and I intend to fight it, by any means necessary.
Professor Xavier: And I will always be there, old friend.
[Erik concedes the game, knocking over his king]

About X-Men (film)[edit]

  • There seems to be this embarrassment with superheroes in the culture. If you see the new X-Men movie, they all have to wear black leather because it makes them look cool and tough, because people are afraid to make the characters look like the characters.
    • Craig McCracken [1]
  • It bit me in particular with X-Men, where I was treated sort of shoddily. I was in England, very tired, and some fanzine asked a question, and I went kind of off. Well, of course, that fanzine was a web fanzine, I didn't know about this web thing. I hadn't really gleaned the fact that there wasn't such a thing as a guy with a photocopier handing out sheets of paper anymore. Everything I said got to the Fox executives before I went to bed that night. They were pissed, and they were right. That's not what you do.
    • Joss Whedon [2]


  • Join the Evolution.
  • Protecting Those Who Fear Them.
  • The time is coming when all that we are afraid of will be all that can save us.
  • Trust a few. Fear the rest.
  • We're Not What You Think.
  • The future is here.


Hugh Jackman - Logan/Wolverine
Patrick Stewart - Xavier
Ian McKellen - Magneto
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Cyclops
Halle Berry - Storm
Anna Paquin - Rogue
Tyler Mane - Sabretooth
Ray Park - Toad
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - Mystique
Bruce Davison - Senator Kelly

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