X2: X-Men United

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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 preceeds 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)

Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto

  • Mister Stryker. How kind of you to visit. Have you come back to make sure that the tax payers' dollars are keeping me comfortable?
  • You should have killed me when you had the chance!
  • Too much iron in your blood.
  • You are a god among insects, never let anyone tell you different.
  • Mr. Laurio, never trust a beautiful woman, especially one who's interested in you.
  • What do you intend to do - scratch it with your claws?
  • This is one lovers' quarrel we cannot get involved in, my dear.
  • [To Rogue] We love what you've done with your hair.
  • I'm sorry, Charles. (Refering to his giving Stryker information about the school.)
  • Mr. Striker. Funny we keep running in to each other. Mark my words; it will never happen again.

Professor Charles Xavier

  • "The next time you feel like showing off - don't.
  • "You see, Logan? We're not as alone as you think.
  • "It is an historical fact. Sharing has never been humanity's defining attribute.


  • "You picked the wrong house, Bub.
  • "You wanna shoot me? SHOOT ME!
  • [in reaction to Deathstrike extending her claws] Holy shit.

Colonel William Stryker

  • "I was piloting black-ops missions in the jungles of North Vietnam when you were suckin' on your mama's tit at Woodstock, Kelly. Don't lecture me about war. This already is a war.
  • "I didn't realize Xavier was taking in animals, even animals as unique as you.
  • "The one thing I know better than anyone is my own work. Seal the room. Shoot it.
  • " I used to think you were one of a kind, Wolverine. I was wrong.
  • "Sergeant, kill anyone who approaches... even if it's me.
  • "You were an animal then, you're an animal now. I just gave you claws.


  • Mrs. Drake: Bobby, have you tried... not being a mutant?
  • John Allerdyce/Pyro: You know all those dangerous mutants you hear about on the news? I'm the worst one.
  • Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner, but in the Munich circus I was known as the Incredible Nightcrawler. (several different times)


Colonel William Stryker: I have found evidence of a mutant training facility in upstate New York.
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 his lit 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.
Logan/Wolverine: You'd do that?
Professor Charles Xavier: I'd have Jean braid your hair.
Logan/Wolverine: [puts out the cigar on the palm of his own hand]

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: You and Miss Grey are schoolteachers?
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Yes. At a school for people like us, where we can be safe.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Safe from what?
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Everyone else.
Kurt Wagner/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.
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Well, I gave up on pity a long time ago.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Someone so beautiful should not be so angry.
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Sometimes anger can help you survive.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: So can faith.

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

Mr. Drake: What exactly are you a professor of, Mr. Logan?
Logan/Wolverine: Art.

[Bobby Drake has just told his family that he's a mutant.]
Mrs. Drake: This is all my fault.
John Allerdyce/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.]

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

Dr. Jean Grey: So who is this Stryker, anyway?
Eric Lensherr/Magneto: He's a military scientist. He spent his whole life trying to solve the 'mutant problem'. If you want a more intimate perspective, why don't you ask Wolverine? [to Wolverine] You don't remember, do you? William Stryker: The only other man I know who can manipulate adamantium. The metal on your bones. It carries his signature.
Logan/Wolverine: But the Professor—
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: The Professor trusted you were smart enough to discover this on your own. He gives you more credit than I do.

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

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Excuse me. They say you can imitate anyone. Even their voice.
Mystique: [in Nightcrawler's voice and accent] Even their voice.
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Then why not stay in disguise all the time? You know— look like everyone else?
Mystique: 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: No one's ever left a scar quite like you.
Logan/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, herself; Wolverine pushes her away and she assumes the form of Stryker.] What do you really want?
Logan/Wolverine: I want you to get out.

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

[Mystique has bypassed the security at Stryker's secret base.]
Logan/Wolverine: She's good.
Eric Lehnsherr/Magneto: You have no idea.

Professor Charles Xavier: Oh, my God, William, this is your son! What have you-
Colonel William Stryker: NO, Charles! My son is dead! Just like the rest of you.

[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.

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.

Scott Summers/Cyclops: Who's this?
Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: My name is Kurt Wagner. But in the Munich circus, I was—
Ororo Munroe/Storm [cutting him off]: He's a teleporter.

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

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

[After Nightcrawler teleported out of the crippled X-Jet to save her.]
Rogue: [humble.] Thank you.
Nightcrawler: [surprised.] Bitte schön. ["You're welcome" in German.]

Professor Charles Xavier: [Wakes up in Stryker's chambers] William?
Colonel William Stryker: Please, Xavier, don't get up!

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

Guy 1: [Talking to John/Pyro] My brother asked you a simple question. Why are you being such a jerk?
Guy 2: Yeah, why are you being such a jerk.
John Allerdyce/Pyro: Because I can.
Guy 2: Can I have a light?
John Allerdyce/Pyro: [stares at his lighter for a second] Sorry can't help you out.

Wolverine: Got any beer?
Bobby: This is a school.
Wolverine: So that's a no.
Bobby: Yeah, that's a no.


  • 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
Famke Janssen - Dr. Jean Grey
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/Storm
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - Mystique (and, briefly, "Grace")
James Marsden - Scott Summers/Cyclops
Brian Cox - Colonel William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Anna Paquin - Rogue
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce/Pyro
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike
Michaal Reid - Mutant 143/Jason Stryker
Bruce Davison - Senator Robert Kelly
Cotter Smith - President McKenna

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