Trivia: X2: X-Men United

  • Cowboy Bebop at His Computer:
    • In a ridiculously inaccurate negative review by Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post it quickly became clear that he did not bother to watch the movie, or was distracted for most of its length. At one point, he said that Rogue had the power to reverse time, even going so far as to call her "the Mistress of Rewind." He was apparently confused by the scenes in which she extinguishes flames (using Pyro's power) and makes Wolverine's wounds reappear (he let her borrow his Healing Factor. His wounds reappearing is another problem) note .
    • A review in the Irish Times complained that a character who had been killed in the first film was somehow alive in the second... except he wasn't: Mystique the shapeshifter had taken his place. This was not only pointed out explicitly in the first film (for those viewers too sleepy to notice the characteristic flash of yellow eyes) but was a pivotal plot point in the second, which makes you wonder if the reviewer actually bothered to watch the film.
    • One TIME magazine profile of Alan Cumming described him as playing a "mutant villain". As in, Nightcrawler. Granted, it's an easy mistake to make if you only read the Wikipedia article on the movie, in which the first sentence of the plot summary reads, "Nightcrawler, a teleporting mutant, attempts to assassinate the President of the United States," and (as of this writing) doesn't actually explain that he was Brainwashed and Crazy even if you read on from there. Perhaps they should have bypassed the question of which side he was on and just pointed out that he spent up to nine hours getting the makeup put on him, which would be the only interesting part to someone who hadn't seen the movie anyway.
  • Deleted Role: The film was meant to feature brief cameos from Beast and Gambit during the brainwashed Professor X's telepathic attack on the mutants, which would have caused their powers to flare involuntarily, but the sequence was cut. The characters would later appear in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, respectively.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • One early scene has Jubilee wandering off at the museum, looking at an exhibit on evolution and suffering a painful spasm, which two elderly people witness.
    • A major one has part of Jason Stryker's headgames, with him pretending to free the Professor, who then frees Cyclops, with the two escaping in a helicopter to the school, utterly confused as to where everyone went. The Professor goes to check on Cerebro, while "Scott" vanishes, his part in the illusion over. This led directly into the scene where the Professor finds Jason's little girl avatar, explaining what he was doing there. It was removed because test audiences didn't get what was going on.
  • Fake American: The Scottish Brian Cox as Stryker.
  • Fake Nationality: The German Nightcrawler is played by Scotsman Alan Cumming.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Chiara Zanni and David Kaye appeared respectively as the White House tour guide and a TV show host. On X-Men: Evolution, they're the respective voices of Jubilee and Professor Xavier.
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: Brian Cox, who played William Stryker is said by fans to be a very likeable, down to earth laidback guy in real life.
  • The Other Darrin: Pyro, Jubilee, and Shadowcat are played by different people.
  • Referenced by...: The "What If Wes Anderson Directed X-Men?" video contains a joke where Wolverine is identified as the art teacher at Xavier's school.
    Iceman: (watches as Wolverine dramatically runs towards a Sentinel) Who was that?!
    Angel: I think he's the art teacher!
  • Refitted for Sequel: The bathroom set was originally built for a flashback scene Cyclops discovering his powers, that was left before being shot. Also, a scene similar to what they'd intended turns up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Wag the Director: By shooting time for the film, Halle Berry had more clout, and used it to give herself a bigger part (and more money) in the movie, and lo, here comes her conversations with Nightcrawler and strange use of powers against the missiles.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, Magneto would have rescued Professor X from Dark Cerebro instead of trying to Kill All Humans, and escaped with the other X-Men. This was rewritten to give Storm and Nightcrawler something to do and to keep Magneto's ruthlessness.
    • The Sentinels were also supposed to appear as part of Stryker's attack on the school, and concept art of them was included in the movie's DVD release.
    • Originally, Ray Park was to return as Toad and get into a fight with Nightcrawler; however, schedule conflicts prevented this.
    • Hank was supposed to be shown turning into Beast when the "destroy all Mutants" plan was launched toward the end of X-2, showing that his human-looking self was some sort of disguise.

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