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X-Men: The Last Stand


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X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 (15 years ago) superhero movie and the third in the X-Men series. It is directed by Brett Ratner, who took over when Bryan Singer dropped out to direct Superman Returns. The movie revolves around a "mutant cure" that causes serious repercussions among mutants and humans, and on the mysterious resurrection of Jean Grey, who appeared to have died in X2. The movie is loosely based on two X-Men comic book story arcs: writer Chris Claremont's and artist John Byrne's "Dark Phoenix Saga" in The Uncanny X-Men and writer Joss Whedon's and artist John Cassaday's six-issue "Gifted" arc in Astonishing X-Men.

The movie was released on May 26, 2006 (15 years ago) in the United States and Canada. Despite mixed reviews from critics and fans, the movie did well at the box office. Its opening-day gross of $45.5 million is the fourth-highest on record while its opening weekend gross of $103 million is the fifth highest ever.



The movie opens 20 years ago with Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier visiting a young Jean Grey where they convince her parents to let her join Xavier's School. Fast forward ten years later where a young Angel is seen cutting off his wings. Back in the present, Xavier worries about Cyclops, who is still heartbroken about the loss of Jean Grey. Mystique is captured by the government and Beast watches her being questioned. Visiting the X-Men, Beast tells them that a mutant cure has been invented.

Cyclops returns to Alkali Lake and hears Jean's voice, begging for it to stop. Jean then appears to Cyclops, and as they kiss, appears to kill Cyclops. Sensing trouble, Xavier sends Wolverine and Storm to investigate but when they arrive they encounter telekinetically floating rocks, Cyclops' glasses, and an unconscious Jean.

The next scene is of an older Angel who is to be the first mutant to take the cure, but he refuses and flees. Meanwhile Magneto ambushes a military transport and frees Mystique, Juggernaut and Multiple Man, during which Mystique blocks a shot of the mutant cure aimed at Magneto losing her mutant ability and she is abandoned by Magneto. Shortly after, Beast resigns his position as Secretary of Mutant Affairs and Xavier explains to Wolverine that when Jean was a little girl she was so powerful that he had to put telepathic blocks on her mind to help keep her powers under control. Her bottled up powers manifested themselves as an alternate personality called the Phoenix — a purely instinctual creature, ruled only by its own violent desires. Initially skeptical, Wolverine becomes more convinced when Jean reawakens and she seduces him. He asks about Cyclops, but she cannot remember and fears she killed him. Jean pleads with Wolverine to kill her before she harms anybody else, but when he refuses and offers to have Xavier help her, the Phoenix resurfaces and Jean flees to her childhood home, with Xavier, Wolverine and Storm in pursuit. Magneto, also aware that Jean's powers are loose, meets Xavier at Jean's house. The two men plead for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaces, unleashing her devastating power. Furious at being caged within Jean's subconscious for twenty years, she lifts and destroys her family's house and engages in a psychic battle with Xavier whom she eventually overpowers.

Wolverine leaves the school to find Jean and finds out that Magneto and his army plan to attack Alcatraz Island and goes back to the school. The President is also aware of Magneto's plan and orders an army attack on Alctaraz. The X-Men regroup and confront Magneto's army on Alcatraz. The Brotherhood's first charge is ineffective and the first group of mutants are hit with the cure cartridges and overpowered. As the X-Men arrive, Magneto derides them as traitors and orders his army to attack as the X-Men confront them to give Kitty Pryde time to save Jimmy, narrowly defeating Juggernaut. Iceman goes one-on-one with his rival Pyro and defeats him. With the help of Colossus, Wolverine distracts Magneto to enable Beast to inject him with the mutant cure. After this, Wolverine nearly coaxes Jean back to sanity; however, more soldiers arrive and fire upon Jean. The Phoenix quickly resurfaces and, in her rage, begins to disintegrate everything and everyone around her. While the other X-Men, soldiers and the remnants of Magneto's army flee to safety, Wolverine fights his way to Jean, relying upon his healing abilities to save himself from her destructive power. When he reaches her, the Phoenix coldly sneers at Wolverine being willing to die for the others, to which he retorts that he would only die for her. Momentarily regaining control, Jean begs Wolverine to save her. Wolverine confesses his love for Jean, and reluctantly stabs her with his claws, killing her.

Despite the X-Men's losses, life goes on. The school continues without Xavier, with Storm now in control. The President appoints Beast to the United Nations to represent the entire United States: human and mutant. Rogue returns, telling Iceman she has taken the "cure". Magneto, now without mutant powers, sits at a chessboard in a yard and reaches out toward a metal chess piece that moves slightly, indicating that the mutant cure may not be permanent. Following the closing credits, the scene cuts to Dr. Moira MacTaggert checking on a comatose patient who greets her with Xavier's voice.


  • Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: Logan can regenerate spontaneously, a talent which allowed the painful implantation of a metal coating on his bones and metal claws that emerge from each hand.
  • Halle Berry (24 walls) as Ororo Munroe / Storm: She can control the weather with her mind. Halle Berry (24 walls) stated during interviews for X2 that she would not return as Storm in the third movie unless the character had a significant presence comparable to the comic-book version. Brett Ratner also felt Storm required a larger role and there was little difficulty reaching an agreement.
  • Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier: The founder of the Xavier Institute who has uncharted telepathic powers and is confined to a wheelchair. He is an authority on genetic mutation as well as an advocate of peaceful relations between human and mutant kind. He is destroyed by Phoenix. After the credits of the movie commence, a doctor is with a body where you cannot see the head. The body speaks, and the doctor says "Charles" indicating that there is a slight possibility somehow that Professor Charles Xavier may somehow still be alive, though they do not show his face, it is his voice. His grave is seen next to Cyclops's and Jean's.
  • Anna Paquin (15 walls) as Marie / Rogue: A teenage runaway mutant who has found a home at Xavier's school and falls in love with Bobby Drake. When she touches someone she absorbs their life force, their powers (if they are a mutant) and, if she holds on too long, she ends their life. She never uses her powers in the film.
  • Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast: A former student of Xavier's School who is now the Secretary of Mutant Affairs in the U.S. government. Beast is covered in blue fur and has a genius level I.Q., as well as heightened strength and agility. He is a brilliant scientist and researcher with vast intelligence and insight into mutant genetics.
  • James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops: The X-Men's field leader. He emits powerful energy blasts from his eyes, and has to keep them in check with a ruby-quartz visor or sunglasses. He is presumably killed by Phoenix, though his body is never shown. His grave can be seen, next to Jean's and Xavier's. Despite appearing in his X-Men leather uniform and battle visor in the film's promotional posters, Cyclops is never seen wearing it in the actual film.
  • Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman: He can control the temperature of the moisture in the air around him to create constructs of ice or blasts of cold. Under extreme conditions his body may take on many of the characteristics of ice in addition to those of a human.
  • Ellen Page (12 walls) as Kitty Pryde: She can "phase" through matter which allows her to walk through solid objects.
  • Ben Foster as Warren Worthington III / Angel: He has feathered wings which allow him to fly. Cayden Boyd plays Warren as a child. Although seen in the leather X-Men uniform in promotional posters, Warren does not wear it and is seen in civilian clothes most of the time.
  • Daniel Cudmore as Peter Rasputin / Colossus: He can transform his skin into an organic steel, granting superhuman strength and a resistance to damage and temperature. He has only one line in the movie.


Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men films, left the project during preproduction in order to direct the movie Superman Returns. He was joined by X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty and composer / editor John Ottman. Though Singer, Harris and Dougherty had yet to complete a script, the director has revealed that at the time of his departure they had partially completed a story treatment for the movie which would have focused exclusively on Jean Grey's resurrection with the new villain Emma Frost, a role intended for Sigourney Weaver. Frost was an empath manipulating Jean's emotions in the treatment, and like the finished movie Magneto desires to control her. Overwhelmed by her powers, Jean makes Cyclops kill her, but her spirit survives and becomes a god-like creature, which Dougherty compared to the star child in A Space Odyssey.

Simon Kinberg was hired as writer soon after Singer's departure, and speculation arose to Joss Whedon directing the film. Whedon turned down the offer because he was working on a Wonder Woman film. Rob Bowman and Alex Proyas were also rumored, though Proyas personally turned it down. Zack Snyder was also approached, though he turned it down due to his commitment to 300. Despite the controversy over Singer's departure, the cast and producers were still clearly keen to return. Matthew Vaughn was hired as the new director for the project. He cast Kelsey Grammer as Beast and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, but family issues reportedly led Vaughn to withdraw before shooting began. Vaughn was replaced by Singer's friend Brett Ratner. Ratner had coincidentally been set to direct Superman: Flyby.

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were made to look 20 years younger through "digital skin grafting".On Jun. 13, 2005 (16 years ago), a review of an incomplete early draft of the screenplay posted by Drew McWeeny from Ain't It Cool News sparked controversy from fans, due to certain main characters' storylines; however, that was the very first of over two dozen drafts of the script. Most notably the Golden Gate Bridge (10 walls) sequence was originally in the middle of the film, but Ratner decided it would create a more dramatic climax if moved to the end, which was originally to take place in Washington, D.C.

X-Men: The Last Stand began shooting in Aug. 2005 (16 years ago) and ended in Jan. 2006 (15 years ago). Much of X-Men: The Last Stand was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. According to associate producer Dave Gordon, "This is the biggest production ever filmed in Canada. It used to be X2, now it's X3."

Senior actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had their faces completely "de-aged" by complex keyframing, though computer-generated imagery was not used. A technique called "digital skin-grafting" was employed to make them look 20 years younger in the first-scene flashback.

The movie has extensive wirework, where many of the actors performed some of their own stunts. The whirlwind wire-stunt performed by Halle Berry (24 walls) during one fight scene reportedly caused Berry to become so nauseated that she vomited, with the crew bringing in buckets for her before shooting her scenes. Angel's wings were initially too heavy for Ben Foster, and were remade from foam. Despite his fear of heights, Foster performed a single second-unit stunt where he escapes Worthington's facility by jumping from the tall building. The shot was completed by flying a stuntman swooping from the window using a crane rig, with the harness and wires removed and wings added digitally.


X-Men: The Last Stand grossed $45.1 million domestically for the seventh-highest opening day after The Dark Knight (13 walls) ($68.7 million), Spider-Man 3 (7 walls) ($59 million), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (10 walls) ($55.8 million), and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($50 million). (All figures here not adjusted for inflation.) It is ranked fourth among movie debuts having generated an estimated $122.9 million domestically during its four-day Memorial Day opening weekend and the number one Memorial Day movie of all time until the record was broken by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (27 walls) which earned $142 million during its four-day Memorial Day opening. The website The Numbers notes that the film's weekend gross "equals the record for the fewest number of days taken to earn $100 million, joining four other movies that achieved the feat in three days." However, the movie suffered a significant drop of 66.9% in its second weekend, when its box office take fell to $34.0 million. Nevertheless, the movie has grossed over $234 million in North America (fourth-highest of 2006 (15 years ago)) and over $459 million globally (fifth-highest of 2006 (15 years ago)). It is the fifth-highest-grossing comic book adaptation, and the highest grossing of the X-Men series. It became the first movie of 2006 (15 years ago), and the 67th movie on record, to pass the $200 million mark at the North American box office, which it accomplished on the weekend of Jun. 9, 2006 (15 years ago). It is the first X-Men movie to surpass $200 million outside the United States. X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the few third installments in a series to outgross its predecessors, Spider-Man 3 (7 walls) and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King being examples.

Reviews of the movie have been generally mixed, with the film-review website Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie a 57% approval rating. The movie review aggregate site Metacritic also reported mixed reviews with a score of 58/100. Ebert and Roeper gave the movie a "two thumbs up" rating, with Ebert stating "I liked the action, I liked the absurdity, I liked the incongruous use and misuse of mutant powers, and I especially liked the way it introduces all of those political issues and lets them fight it out with the special effects." Some movie critics did however consider the third movie to be of lesser quality than the previous two. Justin Chang from Variety said the movie is "a wham-bam sequel noticeably lacking in the pop gravitas, moody atmospherics and emotional weight that made the first two Marvel (19 walls) comicbook adaptations so rousingly successful." Frank Lovece of movie Journal International said, "A risk-taking script with genuine consequences elevates this... above the lackluster direction of Brett Ratner, whose competent mechanics move the story efficiently but with very little soul." At the 2007 (14 years ago) Saturn Awards, Famke Janssen (10 walls) won the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Jean Grey. Also impressed with Janssen's performance were Total Film, who said, "playing the super-freaky mind-control goddess like GoldenEye’s Xenia Onatopp’s all-powerful psycho sister, her scenes – particularly that one with the house – crackle with energy and tragedy. If only the rest of X3 had followed suit." Halle Berry (24 walls) received a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female Action Star" for her role as Storm. During her acceptance speech, she asked all fans who wanted to see an "X-Men 4" to write letters to producer Tom Rothman asking for another movie. Matthew Vaughn, who was once set to direct the film, heavily responded with negative feedback to Ratner's direction.


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