X2 (film)

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X2, released in 2003 is the second of a series of three films based on the X-Men comic series. It follows X-Men and precedes X-Men: The Last Stand In this film, the heroic team of mutants must form an uneasy alliance with former enemy Magneto to stop an obsessed military scientist from exterminating all mutant-kind. Based on characters from Marvel comics.

Directed by Bryan Singer. Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter. Story by Zak Penn, David Hayter and Bryan Singer
The time has come for those who are different to stand united (Taglines)

Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto[edit]

  • Mr. Stryker. Funny we keep running in to each other. Mark my words: it will never happen again.

Professor Charles Xavier[edit]

  • It is an historical fact. Sharing has never been humanity's defining attribute.

Jean Grey[edit]

  • I keep feeling something bad is supposed to happen.


[first lines]
Professor Charles Xavier: Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity's defining attribute.

[After John uses his power to ignite the teenager on fire and Bobby manage to stop the fire with his cryokinesis, the people in the museum suddenly freeze.]
Rogue: Bobby, what did you do?
Iceman: I didn't do this.
Professor Xavier: No. I did.
[Professor X shows up in the museum.]
Professor Xavier: [to John] And the next time you feel like showing off, don't.

Wolverine: Who's this guy?
Rogue: This is Bobby, he's my...
Iceman: I'm her boyfriend. [shakes Wolverine's hand and nearly freezes it.] Call me Iceman.
Wolverine: Boyfriend? So how do you guys...?
Iceman: Well, we're still working on that.

Colonel William Stryker: We developed the technology that built his plastic prison.
Senator Kelly: This facility is a school.
Colonel William Stryker: Sure it is. [he sets photos on the president's desk]
President McKenna: What the hell is that?
Colonel William Stryker: A jet.
President: What kind of jet?
Colonel William Stryker: We don't know — but it comes up out of the basketball court.

Professor Charles Xavier: [as Wolverine brings has lit his cigar into the Cerebro chamber] Logan, my tolerance for your smoking in the mansion notwithstanding, continue smoking that in here and you'll spend the rest of your days under the belief that you're a six-year-old girl.
Wolverine: Can you do that?
Professor Charles Xavier: I'd have Jean braid your hair.
Wolverine: [puts out the cigar on the palm of his own hand]

Wolverine: Got any beer?
Iceman: This is a school.
Wolverine: So that's a no.
Iceman: Yeah, that's a no.
Wolverine: Got anything stronger than chocolate milk?
Iceman: There's some sodas in the cabinet.
Wolvering: [handing a warm soda to Bobby who uses his abilities to chill it] Thanks!
Iceman: No problem.

[Professor Xavier learns that Colonel Stryker has been interrogating Magneto in prison.]
Professor Charles Xavier: Erik, what have you done?
Magneto: I'm sorry, Charles. I couldn't help it.
Professor Charles Xavier: What have you told Stryker?
Magneto: Everything.

Colossus: I can help you!
Wolverine: Help them. [meaning the other students]

[After Bobby's younger brother, Ronny discover about his brother being a mutant and goes upstairs]
Mrs. Drake: This is all my fault.
Pyro: Actually, they've discovered that males are the ones who carry the mutant gene and pass it on. So— it's his fault. [points at Mr. Drake.]

[While Kurt was praying, Ororo stumbles to him and look at Kurt's markings in his face]
Storm: So... what... are they?
Nightcrawler: They are angelic symbols passed on to mankind by the Archangel Gabriel.
Storm: They're beautiful. How many do you have?
Nightcrawler: One for every sin. So quite a few.
[Storm smiles]
Nightcrawler: You and Miss Grey are schoolteachers?
Storm: Yes. At a school for people like us, where we can be safe.
Nightcrawler: Safe from what?
Storm: Everyone else.
Nightcrawler: You know, outside of the circus, most people were afraid of me. But I did not hate them: I pitied them. Do you know why? Because most people will never know anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes.
Storm: Well, I gave up on pity a long time ago.
Nightcrawler: Someone so beautiful should not be so angry.
Storm: Sometimes anger can help you survive.
Nightcrawler: So can faith.

[The problem with built-in metal claws.]
Police Officer: Drop the knives and put your hands in the air. I said, drop the knives!
Wolverine: This is just a misunderstanding—
Police Officer: Put the knives DOWN!
Wolverine: I can't.

Wolverine: Who the hell is this?
Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner. But in the Munich circus, I was known as The Incredible Nightcrawler!
Wolverine: Ah, save it.

[After an F-16 fighter orders them to land:]
Storm: Someone's pretty pissed.
Wolverine: I wonder why! [glares at Pyro, who has previously blown up some police cars]

[Following a series of loops in the jet during the incident with F-16 fighters]
Pyro: Please don't do that again.
Wolverine: I agree.
[Yet more evasive movements]
Jean Grey: Everyone OK?
Logan/Wolverine: No.

Jean Grey: Girls flirt with the dangerous guy, Logan. They don't take him home. They marry the good guy.
Wolverine: I could be the good guy.
Jean Grey: Logan, the good guy sticks around.

Nightcrawler: Excuse me. They say you can imitate anybody. Even their voice.
Mystique: [in Nightcrawler's voice and accent] Even their voice.
Nightcrawler: Then why not stay in disguise all the time? You know— look like everyone else?
Mystique: [in her normal voice] Because we shouldn't have to.

[Making out with a person he thinks is Jean Grey, Wolverine finds scars from the wound he gave Mystique in the first film.]
Mystique: [returns to her own form] No one's ever left a scar quite like you.
Wolverine: What do you want, an apology?
Mystique: You know what I want. The question is, what do you want? [She shape-shifts into Storm, Rogue and Jean; Wolverine pushes her away and she assumes the form of Stryker.] What do you really want?
Logan/Wolverine: I want you to get out.
[Looking annoyed, Mystique shape-shifts back to herself and leaves]
Logan/Wolverine: [to himself] Jesus...

Pyro: So, they say you're the bad guy.
Magneto: Is that what they say?
Pyro: That's a dorky-looking helmet. What's it for?
Magneto: This "dorky-looking helmet" is the only thing that's going to protect me from the real bad guys. [grabs Pyro's lighter with his power] What's your name?
Pyro: John.
Magneto: What's your real name, John?
Pyro: [collects a flame from the lighter and juggles a small fireball.] Pyro.
Magneto: That's quite a talent you have there, Pyro.
Pyro: I can only manipulate the fire. I can't create it. [closes his hand, extinguishing the flames]
Magneto: You are a god among insects. Never let anyone tell you different.

[While Stryker attempted to escape with his helicopter, Wolverine arrives and punches him. He then shoves Stryker to the helicopter and stabs him with his claws, screaming in pain.]
Logan/Wolverine: How does it feel, bub?!
Colonel William Stryker: [groans in pain] Why did you come back?
Logan/Wolverine: You cut me open. You took my life!
Colonel William Stryker: You make it sound as if I stole something from you? As I recall, it was you who volunteered for the procedure.
Logan/Wolverine: Who am I?
Colonel William Stryker: You... are just a failed experiment.
[Wolverine stabs Stryker further.]
Colonel William Stryker: ...If you really knew about your past, what kind of person you were? The work we did together? People don't change, Wolverine. You were an animal then. You're an animal now. I just gave you claws!
[The sound alarms the dam has began to collapse.]
Logan/Wolverine: What the hell is that? What is it?!
Colonel William Stryker: The dam's ruptured. It's gonna flood water into the spillway. It's trying to relieve the pressure. It's too late. In a few minutes, we'll all be underwater. Come with me, and I'll tell you everything you want to know. You can't help your friends. They're as good as dead, Wolverine. You're a survivor, always have been.
Logan/Wolverine: Well. I thought I was just an animal... with claws. [extends his claws further to Stryker's face] If we die, you die! [grabs Stryker and chains him in the helicopter's landing gear.]
[Wolverine runs off.]
Colonel William Stryker: There are no exits that way, Wolverine!!!

Cyclops: Storm, who is this guy? Who are you?
Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner. But in the Munich circus, I was—
Storm [cutting him off]: He's a teleporter.

[Wolverine approaches Stryker, who was chained to the chunk of the dam by Magneto earlier, while carrying Artie in his arms.]
Colonel William Stryker: Who has the answers, Wolverine? Those people or that creature in your arms?
[Logan doesn't respond and turns to Artie then turns back to Stryker]
Colonel William Stryker: Huh? Huh?!
[Wolverine puts down Artie, then takes off his dog and throws it at Stryker's feet]
Wolverine: [picks up Artie] I'll take my chances with him. [walks away]
Colonel William Stryker: One day! Someone will finish what I've started, Wolverine! One day!
[While Wolverine was walking away, Artie turns to Stryker, and sticks out his lizard tongue at him]
Colonel William Stryker: [shouts] ONE DAY!!!

[Professor Xavier has handed the President classified documents detailing Colonel Stryker's activities.]
President McKenna: Where did you get these?
Professor Charles Xavier: Let's just say I know a little girl who can walk through walls.

[last lines]
Jean Grey: 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 normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.


  • The time has come for those who are different to stand united.
  • Get ready for the return of the Evolution.
  • Evolution Continues.
  • The ones we fear most, will be all that can save us... again.
  • In this world wide conspiracy the only thing you can count on... Is the X factor.
  • First, they were fighting for acceptance. Now, they're battling for survival.
  • X-Men United.


Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Hugh Jackman - Logan/Wolverine
Ian McKellen - Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/Storm
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers/Cyclops
Anna Paquin - Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Raven Darkholme/Mystique
Brian Cox - William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Bruce Davison - Senator Kelly
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce/Pyro
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake/Iceman
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike
Katie Stuart - Kitty Pryde
Kea Wong - Jubilation Lee/Jubilee


  • On the first film, the studio was worried about the lead character stabbing people. We were like, “Yeah, okay, but he has nine inch blades that come out of his fists. People are going to get stabbed.” You can’t do what they do in the cartoons having him open doors or be the world’s most dangerous can opener. When we started to do X2 one of the first things I said to Bryan [Singer] was we needed to see Wolverine cut loose and just go on a rampage. We also knew we want the mansion be invaded. I think it was Bryan who said the others should be out of town and it should just be Wolverine watching the mansion, then you can see him tear into those people. We made sure the soldiers he was attacking were faceless. They got masks on, so you can stay in a PG-13 relm and murder a bunch of people. That’s what my 15-year-old self wanted to see from Wolverine.
  • David Hayter [1]

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