Curiosities of X-Men (2000). The start of the superhero cinema boom

The start of the mutant saga of Marvel, X-Men turns 20 years of its premiere in theaters and we must celebrate

Marvel had gone through a time of bad adaptations of its characters, in the 80s and 90s they had been released Captain America, movie directed by Albert Pyun, a well-known director of series B movies and The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren in the role of Frank Castle, but all that changed on July 14, 2000 with the premiere of the first film of the X-men for adaptations doomed to become meat of a video store.

The X-men saga came from FOX that had acquired the rights in 1994 after having bought them from Orion Pictures (Robocop, Excalibur) and had a then unknown Bryan Singer to direct the first film, the director came with a good handful of good reviews for his work on Usual suspects. The company also wagered a strong and destined $ 75 million budget, a modest amount if we take into account the figures with which superhero movies are currently handled, but important at that time.

The film starring a cast with no big stars or hardly known as Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn, Ray Park, Tyler Mane and Anna Paquin, was a complete success. both critics and audiences raising just over $ 296 million, elevated its protagonists to the top of Hollywood, and encouraged the studio to create the mutant film universe with several more sequels and spin-offs of its characters for both cinema and for television. This success was also the beginning of a new life for the Marvel characters whose rights were distributed by several companies, Sony released in 2002, the first Spider-man film with Tobey Maguire as the wall-climber and whose sequel would come two years later, Universal in 2003 did the same with the Hulk with the director of Tiger and Dragon, Ang Lee, to direct it. Also from FOX would come the adaptation of The Fantastic Four in 2005 and its sequel in 2007. Movies that in one way or another paved the way to Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe with the premiere of Iron man in 2008.

As you can see for X-men fans of superhero movies and Marvel characters we have to be deeply grateful to this movie and just pay tribute by revealing some of the curiosities that you did not know about the movie. Let's start!

1. Film rights

The writers and editors-in-chief of Marvel Comics; Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas wrote a first script for the film in 1984 when Orion Pictures obtained the film rights, but development stalled when Orion began to face financial problems. In the late 1980s, Carolco Pictures (Rambo, Terminator 2) bought the rights to Marvel Comics to make the first X-Men movie. James Cameron was hired to produce and direct the film. Stan Lee and screenwriter Chris Claremont were present in the creative process of the script. Eventually Cameron cut himself off the project to make an adaptation of Spiderman that never came to fruition and Carolco Pictures went bankrupt leaving the adaptation rights free, which were purchased by 20th Century Fox.

2. The stories we never saw

The first 1994 script written by Andrew Kevin Walker counted how the original X-Men (made up of Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Gray, The Iceman, Angel, Beast, and a new member named Wolverine) were facing the brotherhood of Mutants of Magneto while being attacked by sentries. The mutation issue would be dealt with from the nearby Chernobyl accident. The second script from 1998 written by Michael Chabon focused on two new members of the X-Men: Jubilo and Wolverine, while leaving the threat of the Brotherhood in the shadows to discover their identity in a hypothetical second part.

3. Reflection of American society

Stan Lee created the X-Men as a reflection of society in the 60s inspired by the movement that African-Americans carried out in the fight for their civil rights that over time, have come to represent all those minorities that in Today they are persecuted and it is the base on which the plot of the entire mutant saga unfolds.

4. Generation-X. The first movie in the mutant universe

Generation-x movie

Although people think 2000's X-Men was the first movie in the Marvel Mutants franchise, in 1996 a Generation-X series television movie was released, based on a comic book series of the same name. The film starred young mutants who were studying the use of their powers to be the next generation of the X-Men. The film was a pilot for a possible television series, but the results were so bad that the project did not go ahead.

5. The fans were very clear who Charles Xavier had to be

Since the start of negotiations for the adaptation of the X-Men in the 90s, Patrick Stewart, actor who was very popular for his role as Jean Luc-Picard in Star Trek, was the preferred candidate by fans and producers for play Professor Xavier from the beginning.

6. Gladiator was about to be Wolverine

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Russell Crowe was the leading candidate to play Wolverine, but he eventually turned down the role not earlier without recommending a friend of his, then-unknown Hugh Jackman, for a role that Jean Claude Van Damme, Edward Norton, and Keanu Reaves. For Pícara also thought of Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci or Sarah Michelle Gellar.

7. Wolverine's Freezing Showers

Hugh Jackman took freezing showers every day of filming to step into the role of Wolverine. The tradition started one morning at 5:00 AM when Hugh Jackman discovered that the hot water didn't work and he had to put up with the scream and the rage not to wake up every morning. Hugh Jackman appreciated that this energy and contained rage were favorable for the character, so he has repeated this tradition in all the filming where he has played the character.

8. The Lord of the Rings

Bryan Singer had to modify the entire filming plan for Ian McKellen's character (Magneto) so that he could go to the highly anticipated filming of The Lord of the Rings.

9. Damn contact lenses

X-men storm

The use of contact lenses in makeup caused several problems for the cast. Rebecca Romijn could only wear her yellow lenses for 1 hour a day, and during that hour she only saw 10% of her vision. The Saber-Toothed actor wore his lenses too long and went blind for a full day. Halle Berry, meanwhile, wore her lenses for only a little while and found them unbearable, asking to have her eyes whitened with CGI.

10. Characterizing Mystique

Rebecca Romijn (Mystic)

Turning Rebecca Romjin-Stamos into Mysticism in addition to forcing the actress to have to put on those uncomfortable lenses, also involved a long process of makeup and characterization that lasted between 7 and 10 hours. Since the body had to be completely transformed, paint it blue and add plastic scales. While wearing Mystic's skin, she was totally prohibited from consuming alcohol, since it could provoke a chemical reaction in her.

11. Cyclops's glasses

The glasses that Cyclops wears in X-men are from the Oakley brand, and the design that the actor wore was put on sale in his online store as a limited edition. As for the characteristic red color of the crystals, this is because in the Cyclops comics he wears glasses made of ruby.

12. Professor X's chair

After the filming of the X-Men film was finished, some objects were auctioned, including Professor Xavier's chair. So for the filming of the sequel, the studio had no choice but to rent it.

13. The only movie in which Wolverine doesn't kill anyone

X-Men 2000 only Wolverine movie in which he kills no one

The character of Wolverine has always been characterized by his wild personality and never leaving prisoners, but in the first X-Men movie he is the only one in which he does not kill anyone.

14. Stan Lee's first cameo

stan lee cameo x-men

Before his death, it was unimaginable to think of a Marvel movie without Stan Lee's characteristic cameo, 2000's X-men was also the first movie in which the famous Marvel editor started with the tradition that has been repeated in every Later adaptations of Marvel comics until Avengers: Endgame.

15. The first film could be directed by …

Robert Rodriguez, Brett Ratner (X-men 3), Tim Burton, Richard Donner, John McTiernan, Danny Boyle, Irvin Kershner, and Joel Schumacher, but they were eventually decided by director of Usual Suspects, Bryan Singer, to direct it.

16. Bryan Singer banned comics from reading to the cast

Singer has always claimed to have based himself on the 90s X-men animation series, using it as the basis for his movie, disregarding the comics, and forbidding the entire cast to read even a single X-men comic. Still, some of them managed to bypass the ban.

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17. Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jackson X-men fans

Athlete Shaquille O’Neal and singer Michael Jackson were part of the lobby that financed the first film. Both tried by all means to appear in the film as it was, even as a cameo, but ultimately it was not possible.

18. A Wolverine taller than the one in the comics

Wolverine

Although since Hugh Jackman played him in the movies we have gotten the idea of ​​a rather tall and quite attractive Wolverine, they called him in the comics they called him "dwarf" and he was rather rough and sullen looking. And it is that Wolverine does not measure more than 1.60 meters. This makes him a small but leathery type, according to the animal from which he takes his name. Also due to the height of Hugh Jackman they had to put some increases on the actor James Marsden who played Cyclops.

19. Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was released in Sam Raimi's Spider-man

Hugh Jackman was about to appear in the first Spider-Man movie by Sam Raimi in a cameo, as the actor was in New York during filming and was highly popular with the Wolverine character. Theoretically, he would have appeared disguised as the character in a certain sequence. But it was not because Fox vetoed the cameo. It was because they couldn't find a Wolverine costume in time for the Australian. However, in the extras of the first X-men movie, it was possible to see a cameo from the wall-climber. During filming A team member took the opportunity to get a Spidey costume, and make a joke, drawing the laughter from the entire production team, and from James Mardsen, Famke Janssen and Halle Berry.

20. Darth Maul in the X-men

Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Although many of you may already know it, the Ray Park actor who plays Toad in X-men is the same one who plays Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, a character who has a small tribute in the film.

21. Joss Whedon was the script curator for the first movie.

If you wonder why in the first X-men movie Wolverine called Cyclops a cocoon, or the joke of the Toad that makes Storm, it's because Joss Whedon, director The Avengers, was the one who introduced them in the original script.

22. The first African American superhero

Storm was the first African American woman to be a superhero, with impressive powers and significant relevance in the comics. This superheroine first appeared in the Giant-Size X-Men No. 1 comic in May 1975, and was created by screenwriter Len Wein and cartoonist Dave Cockrum.

23. Inspiration from Malcolm X and Martin Luther King

Magneto and Charles Xavier's characters are inspired by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Magneto represents those more radical measures in the fight for the rights of the mutants, while Xavier represents the conciliatory measures.

24. Rugged taxiing

Performing the action scenes yourself always carries some risk, but ask Hugh Jackman. The actor during the filming of the sequence in the Statue of Liberty had to jump from a height of 6 meters. But he had the bad luck that his testicles were hooked to the harness.

25. The chess game

chess game

The final scene of the film in which Erik Lehnsherr and Charle Xavier play a game of chess in the plastic jail had the odd setback. And it is that neither of the two actors knew how to play chess. So the studio had to hire a professional player to teach them the basic moves.

X Men

X Men

Publication date : 2000-07-14Synopsis: In the near future, humanity begins to see a new race appear; the mutants. Endowed with strange and varied powers, they are grouped into two camps: those who advocate integration and understanding with humanity, led by Dr. Charles Xavier, and those who seek confrontation with a race they consider inferior and who hates them, led by Magnus, aka Magneto, a dangerous mutant with extraordinary powers.Director (s): Bryan SingerCast: Hugh Jackman,
Patrick Stewart,
Ian McKellen,
Anna Paquin,
Halle Berry,
Famke Janssen,
Bruce Davison,
James Marsden,
Rebecca Romijn,
Tyler Mane,
Ray Park,
Sumela Kay,
Shawn Ashmore,
Katrina Flourishes, Alex Burton,
Shawn Roberts,
Stan LeeGender : Superheroes, Marvel, Fantastic


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