Can we all just take a moment and reflect on how weird it is that the X-Men film continuity is still moving along after 15 years? Even after watching so much of the original cast from the first film back in 2000 reuniting during "Days of Future Past" was almost too much for me to wrap my brain around.
And then there's this video of Hugh Jackman's audition tape for Wolverine...in 1999.
15 years later, Hugh is Wolverine for the seventh time onscreen with more movies to come.
To put this blast from the past in perspective, we decided it would be only fitting to give you a rundown on a few things that have happened since Jackman donned his steel claws and eyed Jean Grey for the first time in 2000.
#1 Spider-Man debuted...and was rebooted
The first Spider-Man film premiered in 2002, which was just a couple of years following Fox's X-Men. Since then, the franchise has had a trilogy and a reboot with two entries.
#2 There have been 5 Scary Movies
Another massive franchise that came and (pretty much) went came out with its first film just a week before the first X-Men. Since then, dozens of parody films have tried to replicate its success and carry on today via Redbox queues.
#3 Texting became a thing.
Not only that, but when the first X-Men came out, most people didn't even have cellphones.
#4 "Thefacebook" was invented.
Back in 2003, Mark Zuckerberg came out with "Thefacebook" (later changed to Facebook), which would go on to have 800 million users...and all of our private information, of course.
#5 DVR and TiVo
Technically, this technology existed in 1999, but the ability to record TV and fast forward through commercials wouldn't go on to become a worldwide staple until years later.
Remember when we had to use maps to get everywhere? Me neither. We've also become quite spoiled thanks to the arrival of Google Earth and Street View, which make it pretty impossible to get lost (unless your battery dies).
#7 The First iPod
iPhone who? The first iPod was launched in 2001 and became the device that established MP3's as the definitive way to listen to music.
#8 'N Sync's Bye Bye Bye was nominated for a Grammy
Other songs that year include:
- "Say My Name" - Destiny's Child
- "Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down
- "What a Girl Wants" - Christina Aguilera
- "I Try" - Macy Gray
- "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely" - Backstreet Boys
#9 Over 20,000 Starbucks Cafes have opened
There are currently over 23,000 in 64 countries. Now do you understand why there seems to be one on every street corner?
#10 The Flat Screen TV replaced the BOX
It's hard to believe we ever had TV's that weren't LCD, LED, Plasma or some other nonsense, let alone HD. As you can see in the image above, Samsung is attempting to implement "curved" flat screen TV's as the next big thing.
#11 Wikipedia was invented
In 2001, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger started what would become the ire of English teachers and encyclopedia salesmen everywhere.
#12 Streaming Video
The early 2000's gave rise to the capacity for streaming video, which would eventually be mastered by YouTube. The image above is a look at YouTube on the day it launched in 2005, though this was before its first video was actually uploaded.
#13 The first episode of "CSI"
In October of 2000, the popular investigation procedural told "Law and Order" to move on over. Other TV shows that have come and gone include:
- "Desperate Housewives"
- "Grey's Anatomy"
- "How I Met Your Mother"
- "American Idol" (which is still around for some reason)
#14 Airport terminals became "passenger only"
Some of you may not even realize that before 9/11, you could wait outside of the gate when someone would get off of a flight because you didn't need a boarding pass to go through security.
#15 The idea of "Red" and "Blue" states was introduced
The idea to categorize the political electorate for different states based on party was coined by Tim Russert during the Gore/Bush election. From that point on, living in a "red" or "blue" state became another way for us to argue with each other here in the U.S.
#16 "Crocs" began showing up in 2002
#17 Kanye West came out with his first album
Has it been that long since 2004? The notoriously egoistic rapper introduced the world to his first hits, "All Falls Down" and "Slow Jamz." Since then, he's gone to get tons of people to severely dislike him, save for that one girl he married not too long ago who is famous for being famous.
#18 Listerine Breath Strips first came out
Honestly, most of us just called them "tape mints." OK, I did.
#19 Satellite Radio was invented
Sirius didn't come out until 2001. We're still waiting for it to fully take over radio as we know it.
#20 eHarmony was launched
And singles throughout the entire world who don't like bars rejoiced.
#21 The rollout of Gmail
Speaking of Google, it pretty much took over the Internet since 2000, creeping into every form of ecommerce there is.
I used to be so skeptical about people flocking to tablets for their daily reading. Now, I'm using Oyster to read mystery novels on my iPhone any chance I get.
#23 The Euro
Yeah, that's right. An effing currency was invented.
#24 The Da Vinci Code was released
Along with two crappy movies.
#25 Willow Smith was born
The 13 year old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith was born on October 31, 2000.
#26 The entire Harry Potter franchise happened
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone came out in 2001, and the franchise didn't conclude until 2011.
#27 The first Twilight book was written
Need we say more?
#28 Superman was rebooted twice
Before there was Man of Steel, Warner Bros. gave it the old college try with Superman Returns in 2006.
#29 The entire War in Iraq
I guess you could argue it never really ended, but this American war (along with the War in Afghanistan) first changed the landscape of conflict in the Middle East some time after the first X-Men.
#30 Moviepilot was launched
You've probably heard of this German-based movie website that was launched back in 2007, Moviepilot.de.
...and then its English-language, sister site we all know and love today that was launched in 2012, Moviepilot.com