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X-Men 3 Information


Cast: Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Halle Berry (Storm), Daniel Cudmore, Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler), Kelsey Grammer (Beast), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut), James Marsden (Cyclops), Sir Ian McKellen (Magneto), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Aaron Stanford (Pyro), Patrick Stewart (Xavier)

Costumes: Judianna Makovsky, Lisa Tomczeszyn
Director: Brett Ratner
Editors: Mark Goldblatt, Mark Helfrich, Julia Wong

Music: John Powell
Producers: Avi Arad, Lauren Shuler Donner, David Gorder, Kevin Feige, Ross Taylor Fanger, John Palermo, Ralph Winter
Prod. Design: Ed Verreaux
Writers: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn

Mystique ability: Shape-shifts into other people
Nominated: Best Flesh Scene (Spike TV's Scream Awards)
Rating: PG-13
Release date: May 26, 2006
Revenues first weekend: $122,861,157 (USA)
Shot in: Canada
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Time: 104 minutes

Pictures: X-Men 3 Gallery


A pharmaceutical company announces that it has developed an inoculation to suppress the X-gene that gives mutants their powers and makes them different from humans, offering the cure to any mutant who wants it. While some mutants are interested in the cure, including the X-Men's Rogue, many others are horrified by the announcement. In response to the news, the X-Men's adversary Magneto raises an army, warning his followers that the cure will be forcefully used to eradicate all mutant powers.

Cyclops, haunted by the memory of the dead Jean Grey, returns to the place where Jean had sacrificed herself to save the X-Men. Jean appears to Cyclops, and as the two kiss, Jean changes and appears to kill Cyclops. Sensing trouble, Professor Charles Xavier sends Wolverine and Storm to investigate. When they arrive, the two X-Men encounter telekinetically floating rocks, Cyclops' glasses, and an unconscious Jean.

Xavier explains that when Jean sacrificed herself, she unleashed the powerful alternate personality she calls "Phoenix". Wolverine is disgusted to learn that Xavier has kept Jean in check telepathically, but when Jean awakens, he realizes she is not the Jean Grey he knew. Jean pleads with Wolverine to kill her, but when he refuses, the Phoenix surfaces and telekinetically slams Wolverine into a wall. She then escapes to her childhood home.

Magneto, also aware that Jean is now a powerful mutant, meets Xavier at Jean's house. The two men vie for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaces, unleashing her power. She destroys her family's house, disintegrates Xavier, and leaves with Magneto.

Following the loss of Xavier, the X-Men regroup and confront Magneto's army, which is attacking the pharmaceutical company. During the fight, Beast injects Magneto with the cure, nullifying his mutant powers. After the battle, the Phoenix emerges and begins to destroy everything around her. Momentarily gaining control, Jean begs Wolverine to save her. Telling Jean he loves her, Wolverine reluctantly kills her with his claws.

Despite the X-Men's losses, life goes on. Magneto, now an ordinary man, sits at a chessboard and reaches out toward a metal chess piece that trembles slightly, hinting that the cure may not be as permanent as thought. Following the end credits, Dr. Moira MacTaggert checks on a comatose patient who calls out to her with Xavier's voice. Startled, she replies, "Charles?"

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