Now the X-Men movies aren't necessarily my favorite superhero movie franchise (by a long shot), but nevertheless, there's much that I know about these movies that I need to get out of my head and onto the web. So, without further ado, 10 facts that you may not know about the X-Men movies, X 1 through Days of Future Past.
1. Mariko Is Related to Sunfire (The Wolverine)
Wolverine's love interest in the movie "The Wolverine" was a Japanese woman named Mariko, who was the granddaughter of The Silver Samurai. This was the first and only movie we saw that included Mariko. But the comics held a different story.
In X-Men #64, we're introduced to one Emperor Shiro, who had the mutant ability to generate superheated plasma, which looks a heck of a lot like fire. In the comics, Mariko is the cousin of the Japanese horseman of Famine.
BONUS: Mariko was once known as "Sunpyre" on the multiversal super "hero" team called "The Exiles."
2. The Old Couple Who Helped Wolverine Is Known in the Comic Books (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
After the experience at Weapon X that gave Wolverine his adamantium claws, Wolverine jumps off a waterfall, and doesn't stop running until he's in the Canadian countryside. Just then, an old couple is driving home from... somewhere not really specified.
And then there it is. A buck-naked Hugh Jackman, streaking across the street. The old man then goes into the barn to find a terminator-crouching posed Wolverine.
Well, the man's name is Travis Hudson, and his wife's name is Heather Hudson. Well, in the movie, those are their names. The two were heavily based on James MacDonald and Heather Hudson, also known as the founders of the Canadian team "Alpha Flight," Guardian and Vindicator.
3. Peter Dinklage Isn't the Only Man to Have Played Bolivar Trask (X3, Days of Future Past)
Now you may know the mutant-hating owner of Trask Industries as Tyrion Lannister, as would most, being as his role in the most recent X-Men film Days of Future Past was much larger than that of the previous film that he was in, X3: The Last Stand.
Instead of the small, facial haired Trask we had in Days Of Future Past, X3 featured a large, bald, black man as Bolivar Trask.
4. There Was Supposed to Be Another Member of Charles & Erik's X-Men (X-Men: First Class)
Before the movie X-Men: First Class came out, there was supposed to be another member of the mid 1900s X-Men, a man by the name of Roberto De Costa. However, you may know him better as Sunspot. He was cut from the film for unspecified reasons.
I guess we got to see Sunspot on the big screen after all, after his appearance in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, even though he looked less like a black hole and more like Chris Evan's Human Torch, but that kind of goes along with Destroyer armor- esque future Sentinels.
5. Someone Else Was Going to Help Break Erik Out of Prison (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
When the awesome, possibly game-changing, wall running scene was thought up by the writers of DOFP, they were sold. Here's the catch: they had to replace the Unstoppable Juggernaut with the Silver Speedster (Do people call him that? Or is it just me?).
That's right. Evan Peter's part replaced Cain Marko. And while we now understand that the whole point of DOFP was to replace the mistakes of the previous movies, of which there were many, many to erase, one which I personally felt necessary to switch up was the horribly-helmeted juggernaut.
While it isn't the comic-book helmet that we've wanted to see since we've heard he would be in X3: The Last Stand, I personally like it. It's neat.
According to X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg, the original idea was to have the character fly up in a jet with Xavier, Wolverine and Beast and hover 20,000 feet above the Pentagon. From there, Juggernaut would have leapt out of the plane and used his special abilities to blast himself through the ground to access Magneto’s prison cell.
6. There Have Been Three Different Actresses Playing ShadowCat (X-Men, X2: United, and X-Men: The Last Stand)
The actress you (probably) think of when asked about Katherine "Kitty" Pryde, also known as ShadowCat, is Ellen Page, as would I, as she's the only actress who's portrays Kitty Pryde in multiple movies.
In the First X-Men movie, Wolverine wakes up in the X-Mansion and finds himself interrupting a class taught by Professor Xavier, which is getting wrapped up just as "Logan" enters. One of the students was ShadowCat herself. And while she didn't have speaking roles, you could tell that it was Kitty because she phased through a door to get to class quicker.
The second appearance of Kitty Pryde was during the siege of the X-Mansion by William Stryker's men. Again, no speaking roles, and again, you could only notice that it was her because of her use of her mutant abilities. In this instance, she phased through a wall, and the darts shot at her, which missed, though I supposed that goes without saying.
And then there's the man-stealing Ellen Page. She's a great actress, I loved her in Whip It, the roller-derby movie, I highly recommend it. She was the first Kitty Pryde of the movie series to have a speaking role, but you probably already knew that.
7. Hugh Jackman Is a Record-holding Hero (Every X-Men film)
Now, I'm not just saying he's won awards, because he obviously has, I'm saying that Hugh Jackman is currently the actor who has been featured in more superhero movies, as the same role, in widely release movies. The runners up are Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Stewart, who have both been in their respective leadership positions, as Nick Fury and Professor X.
8. Quicksilver Has Been in Two X-Men Movies (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Now, between scarecrow-looking Deadpool and the walking, yet bald Professor X (a timeline hiccup), I think we can all agree that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was one of the worst of the X-Men movies. But, I think it's fair to say that the Sabertooth in this movie was incredibly better compared to the one from X-Men.
Another redeeming quality of that movie is the first cinematic appearance of Quicksilver. Though he had no lines in this movie, he was noticeable due to his chrome-white hair and his containment unit. Now, most of the prisoners had specialized units. There was Banshee with a metal covering over his mouth, that one icy kid with the temperature controlled cell, cyclops had a metal covering over his eyes. Well, Quicksilver was attached to rubber bands, so whenever he tried to gain speed, he just snapped back into place.
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