Back by popular demand, (a.k.a my most read article), a sequel to 8 Things You May Not Know About the X-Men Movies, all from my own mind, no outside sources. If you haven't read the original article, I urge you to read it. It's quite good. Here you go: 8 Things You May Not Know About the X-Men Movies.
This article, however, will be more difficult to write. As of right now, I only have 4 facts, but, I promise that by the time this article is published, there will be 8. Fortunately, all of the facts but the final one are my own! And, I will leave this paragraph in, just for giggles. So! Here we go!
1. Toad is Darth Maul AND Snake Eyes
That's right. Ray Park, the actor that plays Toad in X-Men also plays the Insidious monster and the silent visor ninja slicing up CO-BRAAAAAAAAA! Back in the year 2000, he portrayed Mortimer Toynbee, a mild mannered green nuisance, that has good tech skills, for unspecified reasons. However, the year before, he was a fan-favorite Sith with a weapon unlike the fans had ever seen, that "died" before he could suffer the next two prequels. Lucky him.
I remember GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, the 2009 movie. I saw it with my older brother and my dad in the theaters. Some people like GI Joe: Retaliation more because it's more realistic, but I think that the only bad parts of number one was Snake Eyes' lips and Cobra Commander's portrayal as the scarred doctor guy. What I did like was the Ninth doctor's Destro. But, we're getting off topic. So!
2. The are 3 "Summers" children
The forgotten brother of Scott and Alex is Gabriel Summers, an omega-level mutant who was born after Cyclops and Havok's parents went to space. While their mother was pregnant, she was killed, and he was taken from her body to finish growing into a human, similarly to Daken. Marvel really does like that theme, don't they?
Now this guy is CRAZY powerful. He absorbs and redirects solar energy, and generates force fields, and fly, and has superpower replication, a.k.a the ability to copy powers. This dude completely drained Adam Warlock. And, if you come to Moviepilot often, he shows up every other article. So, he's incredibly powerful.
3. Magneto isn't the one who cripples Charles
While the Ultimate universe and X-Men: First Class make Eric put Charles in a wheelchair, in situations with a spear and the other with a bullet, issue #71 of the original five X-Men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Beast, and Angel) tells us that Lucifer drops a stone on Professor X, which makes him unable to walk for the foreseeable future.
4. There was an animation mistake in 'Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends'
Remember this show? Iceman, Firestar, Spidey, and the little dog with their super-tech room? Taking down villains, eating pizza, hiding their double lives from Aunt May. Old style animation, and some pretty cheesy dialogue. Gotta love it.
Well, in the episode titled 'Origin of the Iceman', it tells the story of how ever since he was a baby, little Bobby Drake could generate cold power. It shows instances in his life where he was freezing things, and then makes his way to the ranks of the X-Men. In the first frame where he ices down, it shows this little gem of Marvel animation history: two Cyclopes.
5. There was a secret X-Men lineup
As stated in the previous fact, you may only know of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, and Iceman as the original X-Men. Shortly after those five were stranded on Krakoa , there was a team consisting of Darwin, Vulcan, Sway, and Petra. They went to the island of Krakoa to save 'The 5'. The only difference from the "second genesis" team? Petra and Sway died, and Darwin and Vulcan were thought to be dead. Vulcan took their powers, and later, Darwin's consciousness was taken from Vulcan and re-made.
6. Wolverine once poked one of Cyclops's eye out
During a fight, Wolverine popped his claws and did a real number on Cyclops, making it look like "A Christmas Story". Get it? "You'll poke your eye out?" No? Okay. Cyclops blasted off Wolverine's hand, and Wolverine sliced up Scott's face.
7. The very first gay superhero was a mutant
Jean-Paul Beaubier was also known as Northstar, and, like Wolverine, is both a member of Alpha Flight and the X-Men. In Astonishing X-Men issue 51, he married his fiancee, Kyle Jinadu, being one half of the world's first same-sex marriage in comic books.
8. Joss Whedon had a hand in writing lines for 'X-Men'
Now, this isn't as significant as you think. The only notable lines from the Whedon is Storm's epic "You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else" and the ever-so-blunt Hugh Jackman's comment on James Marsden's Cyclops. Specifically, straight-up calling him a d***.
Well! That concludes this edition of 8 things you may not know about the X-Men! I very much hope that you like it, and if there's any desire for a third edition, or a fact-filled article on another team, please comment!