X2: X-Men United
X2 - X-Men United (2003)
Title: X2: X-Men United
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Written by: Zak Penn; David Hayter; Bryan Singer; Michael Dougherty; Dan Harris
Produced by: Avi Arad; Tom DeSanto; Ross Fanger; Kevin Feige; David Gorder; Stan Lee; Lauren Shuler Donner; Bryan Singer; Ralph Winter
Music by: John Ottman
Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel
Edited by: Elliot Graham; John Ottman
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Marvel Enterprises
Bad Hat Harry Productions
Released: May 2nd, 2003
Rating: PG-13
Running time: 133 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $110,000,000 [1]
$191,450,819 (Foreign) [1]
Gross: $214,948,780 (US)
Previous: X-Men (2000)
Next: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X2: X-Men United is an American feature film of the action, sci-fi and superhero fantasy genres. It is the second installment in the original three-movie X-Men film series and follows the 2000 blockbuster X-Men. It is succeeded by the 2006 sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand. X2: X-Men United was directed by Bryan Singer, who also directed the original film, with a script written by Michael Doughtery, Dan Harris and David Hayter based on a story treatment by Zak Penn, David Hayter and Bryan Singer. The film was produced by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in cooperation with Marvel Enterprises and Bryan Singer's production studio Bad Hat Harry Productions. It was released theatrically in the United States on May 2nd, 2003. The X-Men are based on the popular comic book family of titles published by Marvel Comics as first envisioned by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby back in September, 1963.

X2: X-Men United brings back the entire cast of protagonists from the first film as the mutant superhero team, the X-Men. The film stars Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Halle Berry as Storm, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, James Marsden as Cyclops, Shawn Ashmore as Iceman and Anna Paquin as Rogue. On the super-baddies side of town, actor Ian McKellen reprises the role of "Master of Magnetism" Magneto with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos returning as the mutant shapeshifter Mystique. Joining the X-universe with this film is Alan Cumming as the mutant hero Nightcrawler, Brian Cox as the militant leader William Stryker and Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike.

The premise of the film involves William Stryker, who is a rabid anti-mutant military figure who uses his resources to stage an assassination attempt on the President of the United States in order to blame it on mutants. Once he discovers the location of the X-Men's school, he sends a squad of soldiers to kill every mutant they come across, forcing both staff and students to flee. During this, XMF|Wolverine confronts his past as he returns to the very facility that gave him his Adamantium skeleton in order to fight another clawed assassin - Lady Deathstrike.

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