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X-Men (movie)

X-Men : Join the Evolution is an action movie released in 2000 about the X-Men, who are popular comic book superheroes with super powers.

The movie was directed by Bryan Singer and explores the ideas of prejudice and discrimination in the United States.

Singer, Bryan. "X-Men (2000)". Twentieth Century Fox. ASIN B000050GBF [ IMDB ] - Rated: PG-13

Starring - Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Francis Xavier / Professor X), Hugh Jackman (James Logan Howlett / Wolverine), Ian McKellen (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto), Halle Berry (Ororo Munroe / Storm), Famke Janssen (Doctor Jean Grey), James Marsden (Scott Summers / Cyclops), Bruce Davison (Senator Robert Kelly), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Raven Darkholme / Mystique), Ray Park (Mortimer Toynbee / Toad), Tyler Mane (Victor Creed / Sabretooth), and Anna Paquin (Marie D'Ancanto / Rogue).

A sequel, X2, was released in 2003.

In the world with hatred and prejudices, mutants are feared and loathed by people that cannot accept their differences. Mutants (homo superior) are the next evolution in the chain of humanity. Some children are born with an X-Factor (a unique genetic mutation). These usually manifest themselves at puberty and grant individuals special powers. Professor Charles Xavier (the world's most powerful telepath) takes "gifted" individuals and teaches them to control their powers for the good of mankind in his school for gifted youngsters. Opposition to them include United States Senator Robert Kelly, a McCarthyesque politican tryin to pass legislation crafted to expose the dangers of mutants, and Erik Lehnsherr, who blames humanity for the death of his family at the hands of the Nazis.

The former friends, Erik Lehnsherr and Professor Charles Xavier, have different aims. Xavier is trying to get humanity to accept mutants and peacefully put an end to humanity's prejudices. Lehnsherr, believing that homo sapiens and homo superiors can never coexist, aims to teach humanity that mutants are the heirs to the future. Toward this ends, Lehnsherr build and tests a machine that develops mutations in all humans. Erik Lehnsherr has Victor Creed (a mutant with immense physical strength and animal-like offenses), Mortimer Toynbee (a mutant with frog-like abilities), and Raven Darkholme (a shapechanger) to fight for his aims. They are the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. To stop Lehnsherr, Xavier has a group of individuals (the X-men) possessing great abilities that will fight for him. Scott Summers, whose eyes constantly emit beams of concussive force, Dr. Jean Grey, who has telekinetic and telepathic abilities, and Ororo Munroe, who can manipulate the weather, are part of this team. Xavier also recruits two other individuals, Logan (a mutant who cannot recall his past, who possesses amazing healing powers and an admantium skeleton with retractable claws) and Marie D'Ancanto (a young female mutant with the power to drain one's lifeforce).

See also: List of X-Men, Marvel Comics, Marvel Universe, X-Men, X-Men (animated series), X2: X-Men United

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