37 Uncanny Facts About The X-Men Franchise

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1Magneto

X-Men: First Class was originally written to be the prequel film for Magneto in the same vein as 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. It would have featured Magneto's early years fighting Nazis as a concentration camp prisoner, described by the writer as 'X-Men' meets 'The Pianist'.


2. Hugh Jackman only agreed to cameo as Wolverine in 'X-Men: First Class' because he got to say, "Go f*ck yourself."


3. Wolverine's first appearance in Marvel Comics was as an antagonist in 'The Incredible Hulk', where he was sent by the Canadian government to kill Bruce Banner.


4. The 'X-Men' comic series was originally considered a second-tier title by Marvel and was even canceled in 1969. The series didn't gain popularity until after it was rebooted in 1976, featuring a mostly new team that included Storm and Wolverine.


5. Deadpool once killed a man just because he believed the Star Wars prequels were better than the original trilogy.


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6Patrick Stewart chair

According to Sir Patrick Stewart, the new levitating chair that Professor Xavier uses in the film "X-Men: Days of the Future Past" actually worked. It only levitated a few inches off the ground and while Stewart would not reveal how it worked, it's believed magnets were used.


7. Contrary to her depiction in most movies and TV series, Mystique is not Magneto's second-in-command in the 'X-Men' comics and rarely works with him. In fact, she once even leads a team whose specific mission was to arrest Magento.


8. Wolverine's claws were thought to be completely metal until the mid-1990s, when Magneto used his power to yank all of the adamantium out of Wolverine's body, revealing bone claws underneath. He used his bone claws in the comics for 5 years afterward, until adamantium was eventually rebounded to his skeleton.


9. At one point, Mystique was intended to reveal she used her shape-shifting powers to father Nightcrawler with Destiny. However, Marvel didn't think that would be appropriate for children, so Azazel became Nightcrawler's father and Mystique his mother.


10. In Marvel's Earth-616 continuity alone, Jean Grey, a founding member of the X-Men, has died several times.


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11Beast

Twilight actor Taylor Lautner was the first actor to be considered to play Beast in X-Men: First Class. However, Lautner's filming schedule was too full for him to take the role.


12. Nightcrawler, one of the most popular members of Marvel's X-Men, was originally pitched to DC comics, but the character was rejected for being "too weird looking."


13. Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza, both fans of the 'Teen titans' comic series, created Deadpool for "New Mutants #98" while acknowledging his resemblance to the DC villain Deathstroke. They even named him Wade Wilson as an in-joke to Deathstroke's alter ego, Slade Wilson.


14. Director Bryan Singer constantly fought with Storm actress Halle Berry while filming X2. At one point, after shooting had run late, Berry marched off set, telling Singer, "You can watch my black a*s while i walk out of here."


15. The famously immortal and violent anti-hero Deadpool is afraid of cows.


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16Professor X and Magneto

As the original 'X-Men' comic series was created in the 1960s, when the civil rights movement was at its peak, Professor X and Magneto were modeled after Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, respectively.


17. Tim Miller came up with an idea to have a scene at the end of the credit for Deadpool to have Beast being caught taking a dump on Deadpool's lawn. Nicholas Hoult was ready to shoot the scene but they couldn't find time to shoot it.


18. Deadpool occasionally wears yellow panties underneath his uniform that were once a part of Jean Grey's former 'X-Men' costume.


19. While many X-Men characters were considered to play Colossus’ partner in Deadpool, the writers initially settled on Negasonic Teenage Warhead just because they liked her name.


20. Nightcrawler is unaware of being in the Brimstone Dimension because of how fast he enters and exits. He guides himself through the Brimstone Dimension by an unconsious, natural direction-finding sense.


21Domino

In comics, Domino is a skilled, mutant, mercenary, who possesses, the ability to manipulate probability in her favor, giving the effect of incredible luck. After joining with the X-Men, she is currently a member of Cable's new X-Force team.


22. In "Cable & Deadpool #2", released in January 2007, Deadpool claims that his unmasked face looks like a cross between Ryan Reynolds and a Shar-Pei. Two years later, Reynolds would portray Wade Wilson in the film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."


23. Northstar, one of the X-Men, came out in "Alpha Flight No.106" in 1992, becoming the first openly gay superhero.


24. As long as Wolverine's DNA is intact, he can regenerate using his enhanced healing factor. In fact, in "The Uncanny X-Men Annual #11", Wolverine regenerated from a single drop of blood.


25. X-men was the first comic to feature a gay wedding.

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