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Jean is generally a polite and well-spoken member of the X-Men. X-Men: The Last Stand After years of attending Xavier's school together, she began a relationship with her With Magneto in jail, the Brotherhood disbanded, and the Mutant . Wolverine stabs Jean Grey, killing her and putting an end to the destruction. Firstly, the post-credits scene from X-Men 3 hints at his survival. his telepathy was so massive that he essentially stole his brothers brain waves. Also in the end-credit scenes of The Wolverine, he and Magneto confront. How 'X-Men: The Last Stand' Nearly Destroyed the Comic Book Film Franchise . Magneto regains his powers at the end of the film, implying that the mutant cure does . In X2 (), she struggles to build a romantic relationship with Iceman.
All questions were answered in X-Factor 45, when the two friends officially became more than friends. After a sudden breakup with a female teammate, Rictor was feeling a little vulnerable. The scandal surrounding their friendship was finally put to bed when the world was shown that there was always a little more subtext going on between the two men. He marries said clone, has a baby, but then abandons both wife and baby for work.
The wife goes crazy, and demons are involved, but eventually she fights her husband and his team. Evil clone wife dies. Somehow, through all of this, Cyclops actually comes out looking good. There are so many layers to this scandalous relationship between Scott and Madelyne. It never ends well. The Mystique you get in that relationship is scared, melodramatic, and a baby killer.
One such woman was Mystique. After leading Mystique on and impregnating her, Azazel decided to leave Earth. During the delivery, Mystique turned into her blue self and is chased out of town. Distraught after Azazel abandons her with a newborn, Mystique thought it would be best to throw little Nightcrawler off a cliff.
Thankfully, he was teleported to safety, but it shows readers how ridiculously out of character Mystique truly was. Both characters are damaged and broken people, with troubled and mysterious pasts, but together they always seem to click.
Then through the years, these two have been together, then apart, then together, then apart. The main reason that Gambit and Rogue grace this list is the fact that these two characters are bad for each other. Rogue and Gambit being a couple creates drama and scandal.
If they would be able to leave each other alone, they could have become greater heroes. Look at the modern Rogue. All these two did for each other was drag everyone else into their drama. For years, Storm and Wolverine have been flirtatious. When Xavier confronts her, she kills him and joins Magneto's Brotherhood. She then stands around for the rest of the film until the very end. The major battle between Magneto and the X-Men on Alcatraz Island was the climax to the cure story, then there is an additional climax to the Phoenix story.
Jean goes out of control, forcing Wolverine to kill her and end the threat. A lot is wrong with the handling of this storyline. Xavier, for one, seems completely out of character.
I appreciate the desire to give such a saintly character a bit more depth, but his heel turn with Jean is not treated with any subtlety or grace.
It seems as if the filmmakers needed to make Xavier just bad enough, quickly enough, to justify killing him off. The storyline also hampers Wolverine. I never bought into his love for Jean in the previous films as anything but a lusty flirtation. In The Last Stand, however, his crush has developed into full-blown love, and becomes the entire basis for his character arc.
Like Xavier, Wolverine feels completely out of character as he struggles with trying to save Jean, the one he loves so deeply.
Since the romance always seemed so shallow and superficial, however, his torment never seems honest. Characters say again and again that she has unlimited power, but what does that really mean? Whatever her powers, the character is done no favours by being cowed as Magneto's secret weapon for much of the film, and sidelined from the action. By the time she lets loose, it feels like an extra ending, tacked on and anticlimactic.
None of the story really resonates, with everyone acting out of character and Jean being so underdeveloped as a threat. Xavier's death and Wolverine killing Jean are good scenes on their own merits, but the film does not earn them. And thus, perhaps the greatest X-Men story ever is wasted on-screen. At least, hopefully, until X-Men: Dark Phoenix Kinberg, Magneto, of course, is the figurehead of the group, and the most developed character thanks to previous films.
In this film, however, he's a reactionary. He doesn't seem to have a grand scheme or plan besides recruit mutants and rail against the cure. He's yet another character that feels inconsistent from previous films, as he does not seem to do much and keeps making mistakes. The rest of the Brotherhood consists of anonymous characters whose names you can only learn from the credits.
The Last Stand just parades out a bunch of mutants that fans will recognize from the comics, but have almost no impact.Chess Scenes in the X-Men Films
During the climax, Magneto allows many of the faceless "pawns" in his army to fall in the first attack, holding back his just-recruited inner circle. How is it possible that Magneto's long-running movement does not have more senior members than the relatively new Pyro or brand-new Juggernaut? We are also treated to the sequence in which Magneto transports his army to Alcatraz Island by moving the Golden Gate Bridge with them on board.
This concept was left over from an earlier draft of the script where Magneto rescued mutant prisoners from Alcatraz. Not only would that have been more proactive, but it would have justified moving the bridge.
How else would hundreds of mutants escape the island? They could have travelled on any large piece of metal.
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The bridge gives the Island access to mainland San Francisco, and could be used by military reinforcements to stop him. The plan does not make sense, and the Bridge sequence seems to exist solely for the interesting visual effect. Many studio blockbusters in the mid-'00s featured similarly shallow sequences with no purpose other than looking cool, so that I cannot fault The Last Stand completely for following the trend.
But looking back, it's just so unnecessary. With Xavier and Cyclops killed, Rogue getting the cure, and Jean joining Magneto, there were a lot of spots on the team. Two spots are filled by Iceman, who earns a promotion after two films, and newcomer Beast, a perfectly cast Kelsey Grammer.
Two other spots are filled by Ellen Page's Kitty Pryde, who we barely meet as a student before she is upgraded to X-Man, and Colossus, who I do not think has a line of dialogue in the film. As for leader, it is ostensibly Storm, in a nice nod to her status in the comics. And yet, Wolverine gives the pep talks and battle plans, undermining Storm and making him the real leader of the team.
Is it any surprise that Brett Ratner could not allow a woman to have a leadership role in his film? Cyclops Poor James Marsden, and poor Cyclops. Cyclops was relegated to a supporting role in X-Men to make room for Wolverine.
In X2the character disappears in the first act and does not reappear until the climax. The Last Stand, he appears for about four minutes. He mourns the death of Jean, goes to the spot where she dies, encounters the Phoenix and is killed off-screen. Cyclops is one of the most important characters in all of X-Men comics, and he was never given his due in the films. In a film where Beast finally appears, it is fitting that Angel appears as well.
The character is hilariously underused, however. He appears in a pre-credits sequence as a boy, tragically cutting off his wings so as not to disappoint his father. He then refuses his father's cure as an adult and flies away. Next he is spotted arriving at Xavier's school briefly. Then he appears in the climax only to save his father's life.
It feels like there is a separate film happening parallel to The Last Stand starring Angel, and we only see glimpses of it when the two films intersect.
I have already discussed the character too much, given his zero impact, but I find it really funny how wasted he was in The Last Stand. Rogue After developing her character so nicely in the first two X-Men films, this film destroys Rogue.
In X-Menshe learns to open herself up to society again even though direct contact with her can hurt people. In X2she struggles to build a romantic relationship with Iceman despite her limitations. In The Last Stand, she grows angry with Iceman because she believes he is unhappy and wants to be with Kitty.
This becomes her motivation for taking the cure. She returns to the Mansion at the end, no longer a mutant, and embraces Iceman. The lesson is, of course, do not be happy with who you are or embrace your differences. And girls, change any fundamental parts of yourself to please a boy. Even if he does not ask you to, do it anyway. Anna Paquin was reportedly one of many members of the cast who disagreed with Rogue's decision to take the cure, yet it happened anyway.
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Superficial Fan Service X-Men: The Last Stand is also chock full of elements or moments that are clearly meant to elicit positive reactions from X-Men fans, despite seeming perfunctory or out of place.
The X-Men are introduced in an apocalyptic action scene featuring a sentinel robot with Wolverine disables using a Fastball Special a maneuver where Colossus throws Wolverine at an enemybut the sequence is shown to be a Danger Room training simulation. It's a huge sequence that turns out to be meaningless, which, in a way, foreshadows the rest of the film.
As I said, characters like Callisto, Multiple Man and Juggernaut are trotted out and their powers are explained, then they fade into the background. Beast says his trademark line "oh my stars and garters!
Iceman turns into his fully iced form. All of these moment are pure fan service and are not organic to the plot in any way.
My favourite gag in the film has Kitty Pryde using her powers to "phase" through walls while being chased by the Juggernaut, who simply bursts through the walls. This great sequence is hampered by such lines as "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!
I was ready to criticize it for being generic and unmemorable, but it's fine. It was based around a main theme that I simply adore. Comic book films are often criticized these days for being so-called "destruction porn", destroying whole cities in an effort to continually up the stakes, and giving little thought to the innocent lives that would be lost in superhero battles.
In an effort to go bigger than previous films, X-Men: The Last Stand certainly began that trend, but it cannot be blamed for the most egregious offenders in the years to come.
Ultimately, the first X-Men trilogy ended on a creative low-note. The X-Men films and Fox comic book films were going through a rough patch in It was a pretty substantial hit, but it weakened the franchise and the genre. Many of the filmmakers have subsequently distanced themselves from it or apologized for it. It was considered such a disaster that X-Men: Days of Future Past Singer, was conceived, at least in part, as a way to undo many of the effects of The Last Stand, removing it from the continuity of the X-Men Cinematic Universe.
But its impact was still felt in Hollywood. Studios still meddled to protect their enormous investments and valued release dates and mainstream appeal over satisfying creative decisions. In a way, the success of comic book films had caused this, and it would still be several years until they would escape this trend.
Stan Lee Cameo Corner: Stan appears as one of Jean Grey's childhood neighbours, along with Dark Phoenix Saga writer Chris Claremont, at the opening of the film.
That is 7 Stan Lee cameos in 13 films. After the credits, Xavier awakens in the body of a formerly brain-dead man, in the care of Dr. Apparently the plan was for the man to be Xavier's identical twin brother, brain-dead since birth. I am so glad that this was never explained, as it would have made an already gutless decision to immediately undo Xavier's death devolve into soap opera ridiculousness.
Days of Future Past Next Time: