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** Creator/AngelaBassett was considered for the role of ComicBook/Storm, one of ComicBook/BlackPanther's most notable love interests. She would go on to play Ramonda, his mother, in Film/BlackPanther2018.


** Likewise the scene where Mystique impersonating Iceman convinces Rogue to leave the school because everyone hates her. Considering her defection in the prequel trilogy over feeling she won't be accepted, it's likely she knew exactly how Rogue was feeling and what buttons to press.



** Mystique kidnapping Senator Kelly is a serious scene, but her using her feet to threateningly grab his face causes it to lose some impact. Kelly looks like he is more disgusted at having a blue mutant's bare feet on his face, and Mystique looks more like a mistress dominating a slave with a foot fetish rather than an experienced agent kidnapping a politician.

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** Mystique kidnapping Senator Kelly is a serious scene, but her using her feet to threateningly grab his face causes it to lose some impact. Kelly looks like he is more disgusted at having a blue mutant's bare feet on his face, and Mystique looks more like a mistress dominating a slave with a foot fetish rather than an experienced agent kidnapping a politician.[[note]]Part of this is due to Rebecca Romijn having her vision almost completely obscured by the yellow contacts she had to wear, and in one shot she actually kicked Bruce Davison for real because she couldn't see.[[/note]]



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Sabretooth is fairly non-descript in this film, despite his animosity towards Wolverine being one of the most famous rivalries in comic book history. Sure, the two have a couple of fight scenes together, but the only significant interaction Creed has with any member of the X-Men is his creepy lust towards Storm.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Sabretooth is fairly non-descript in this film, despite his animosity towards Wolverine being one of the most famous rivalries in comic book history. Sure, the two have a couple of fight scenes together, but the only significant interaction Creed has with any member of the X-Men is his creepy lust towards Storm. Understandably ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' would attempt to fix this by giving him a larger role in Logan's backstory.



* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/HughJackman as Wolverine, but only to those who grew up on the comics and animated series. The character is famous for being a 5'2" PintSizedPowerhouse, while Jackman is a 6'2" MrFanservice. He made up for it by totally owning the role.

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Creator/HughJackman as Wolverine, but only to those who grew up on the comics and animated series. The character is famous for being a 5'2" PintSizedPowerhouse, while Jackman is a 6'2" MrFanservice. He made up for it by totally owning the role.role.
** Creator/HalleBerry got lots of backlash for being too light-skinned to play Storm, who is fully Kenyan in the comics, and the actress is mixed-race. She too eventually won people over (her "do you know what happens to a toad" line notwithstanding).

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** The film went through a lot of trouble to double Creator/ShawnAshmore on screen through visual effects because he hadn't told anyone he had an ''identical-twin brother''. Creator/AaronAshmore would be hired as his brother's camera and stunt double in future X-Men films.

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** The theatrical trailer for this film features music from ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' by Mark Snow, who would later score ''Film/TheNewMutants'', a horror film spinoff of the film franchise that this film would spawn.


* JerkassWoobie: Magneto, given his tragic backstory of being sent to a concentration camp during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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* JerkassWoobie: Magneto, given JerkassWoobie:
** Magneto is the film's main villain and is willing to sacrifice an innocent young woman in order to further his goal of mutating mankind, but
his tragic backstory of being sent to a concentration camp during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII makes it impossible not to feel at least some sympathy for him.



* MemeticMutation: "Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? ...Same thing that happens to everything else."

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** Senator Kelly is an [[FantasticRacism anti mutant racist]] but he gets kidnapped by Magneto and turned into a mutant himself, which causes him a ton of pain throughout the movie. By the end of the movie it's hard not feel bad for him since even though a group of mutants helped him, another made his life a living hell until his horrific end.


** Magneto playing with a bullet he's pushing into a policeman's forehead is a very similar to how he [[spoiler:killed Shaw with a coin]] back in 1962...

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** Magneto playing with a bullet he's pushing into a policeman's forehead is a very similar to how he [[spoiler:killed Shaw with a coin]] back in 1962...


* AndTheFandomRejoiced: Casting Creator/PatrickStewart as Professor X was widely praised by the fandom and moviegoers. Ever since talk of an X-Men movie began in the 90's, he was always everyone's first choice to play Xavier and pretty much the only thing the X-Men fandom has ever universally agreed upon.

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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: Casting Creator/PatrickStewart as Professor X was widely praised by the fandom and moviegoers. Ever since talk of an X-Men movie began in the 90's, he was always everyone's first choice to play Xavier and pretty much the only thing the X-Men fandom has ever universally agreed upon.


** Storm's PreMortemOneLiner to Toad, see MemeticMutation. Might qualify as NarmCharm for some though.
** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster. Even the Film/Deadpool2016 film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead wears a comic-accurate yellow spandex underneath her leather jacket, and nobody batted an eyelid at its apparent goofiness when it appears in the final act (largely because it didn't look that goofy).

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** Storm's PreMortemOneLiner to Toad, see MemeticMutation. Might qualify as NarmCharm for some though.
** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with
Toad. Throughout the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster. Even the Film/Deadpool2016 film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead wears Toad was supposed to keep bragging about things a comic-accurate yellow spandex underneath her leather jacket, toad can do, but the lines were cut during production. As a result, Storm's quip lost all of its impact and nobody batted an eyelid at its apparent goofiness when it appears in the final act (largely because it didn't look that goofy).instead sounded like a specially silly one-liner.


** The first movie is widely considered as Creator/HughJackman and Creator/JamesMarsden's {{Star Making Role}}s--but what's interesting is that [[RealMenWearPink Jackman was already an established star of stage and screen musicals]], while Marsden would find newfound fame in [[Film/{{Enchanted}} musical]] [[Film/{{Hairspray}} roles]] ''after X-Men''. Similarly, as Marsden's later roles tend to be more comedic and, at times, CrazyAwesome, its quite amusing to find him in later roles and know that he got started playing TheStoic Cyclops. Of course, his take on Cyclops ''does'' have more of a sense of humor than most versions.



** Creator/AngelaBassett declined to play Storm, but years later, wound up playing the mother of Storm's old flame in ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''.
** ''Everything'' about the Spider-Man blooper now that Marvel had reacquired Fox's rights to their characters.

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** Creator/AngelaBassett declined to play Storm, but years later, wound up playing the mother of Storm's old flame in ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}''.
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%%** ''Everything'' about the Spider-Man blooper now that Marvel had reacquired Fox's rights to their characters.


** Mystique sabotages Cerebro to put Xavier into a coma, possibly with the intent of killing him. Since ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' is part of the same continuity, this means Mystique tried to kill a man whom she grew up with and loved as a brother and did not part with on hateful terms--and she did it all just to further an agenda.

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** Mystique sabotages Cerebro to put Xavier into a coma, possibly with the intent of killing him.coma. Since ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' is part of the same continuity, this means Mystique tried to kill a man whom she grew up with and loved as a brother and did not part with on hateful terms--and she did it all just to further an agenda.


* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: At the time of its release, both critics and mainstream audiences highly praised the film for bringing comic book movies back into a positive light. With its grounded and realistic look and gritty tone, it helped give the previously dead genre a jolt of life. Nowadays, many modern audiences criticize it for having clunky dialogue, a rushed pace, and rather dull fight scenes in comparison to many of today's more polished and epic superhero movies. Still, the film at least deserves to be admired and respected for its bold take on a genre that was then considered to be box office and critical poison.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: At the time of its release, both critics and mainstream audiences highly praised the film for bringing comic book movies back into a positive light. With its grounded and realistic look and gritty tone, it helped give the previously dead genre a jolt of life. Nowadays, many modern audiences criticize it for having clunky dialogue, a rushed pace, bland production design, and rather dull fight scenes in comparison to many of today's more polished and epic superhero movies. Still, the film at least deserves to be admired and respected for its bold take on a genre that was then considered to be box office and critical poison.


** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster.

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** Cyclops' line "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?" has not aged well ''at all'', with the success of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse leading to a huge backlash against MovieSuperheroesWearBlack, causing him to now come off as an obnoxious hipster. Even the Film/Deadpool2016 film, Negasonic Teenage Warhead wears a comic-accurate yellow spandex underneath her leather jacket, and nobody batted an eyelid at its apparent goofiness when it appears in the final act (largely because it didn't look that goofy).


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Senator Kelly is right that mutants with nearly godlike powers are a great potential threat to national security. While humanity certainly has the potential to go down a dark path in protecting itself from the possibility of mutant attack, it can't be argued that humanity has to put ''something'' in place. Simply registering mutants' powers doesn't seem like a very extreme step. The only reason that it sounds so questionable to the audience is that ''we'' know that Professor Xavier and the X-Men are a perfectly benign protective force who will regulate mutant threats, but how can humanity trust that?

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