Superheroes, Movies & Superhero Movies – Episode 051 – X2: X-Men United [2003]

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Bryan Singer’s X-Men film was the beginning of the superhero boom we are still experiencing today. His follow up is considered one of the best of the genre. Wolverine gets a glimpse into his past and we are introduced to William Stryker. Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler steals the show and the X-Men are forced to work alongside their arch nemesis Magneto (hence the name X-Men United, right?) Released 13 years ago, does it stand the test of time? Check it out below.

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5 thoughts on “Superheroes, Movies & Superhero Movies – Episode 051 – X2: X-Men United [2003]

  1. In this episode you guys brought up X-Men: Apocalypse, and it made me wonder if this film, X2 is still canon. A friend told me that the first three are no longer canon, because of Days of Future Past. Could you please clarify this?

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    • It’s my understanding that Days of Future Past erases the timelines that existed in X-Men 1,2 and 3. So I believe your friend is right. Certain characters’ paths are now different. Like Nightcrawler. In Apocalypse he’s a student of Xavier’s but no one knew who he was in X2. Some characters seem to follow the same (or very similar) paths, like Cyclops and Wolverine. I think Days of Future Past was a nice bridge between the original trilogy and the new trilogy while giving themselves a reason to break away from the canon and change things up. Also erasing X-Men 3 was a good choice. 🙂

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      • What was the serum that Mystique used on that guy’s backside in the bathroom of that bar? I know that it affects mutants, but I don’t quite know what it does.

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  2. She was injecting iron in to him. Remember Magneto says to him the next day “Too much iron in your blood” and pulls the iron out. The guard wasn’t a mutant.

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    • Right, that makes much more sense. When I watched it recently I didn’t watch the whole thing, I watched until just after the bar scene.

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