The second X-Men film makes its debut in my Marvel watch-through. This movie really highlights the relationship struggle between Humans and Mutants, it literally starts a war.
This movie also really starts to dig into Wolverine’s past, with the introduction of Stryker, one of the people responsible for Wolverine’s transformation.
At the beginning we get a good introduction to Nightcrawler and we also get a sneak peak at Colossus as a teenager during the invasion of the school scene.
This movie does have some decent plot holes. For starters, there is the ever-obvious one of why the X-Men should be in their own universe. If they’re having this much trouble with Mutants then why are non-Mutant superheros (like Spider-Man) not a problem in this universe (yet).
Additionally, the acid-like substance poured into the back of Mutants’ necks. What is it, where did it come from and why is it so powerful?
As we continue through the movie we get introduced to another villain although no real name or backstory is given, comic nerds would know her as Lady Deathstrike. Not very well known or popular, also with long powerful fingernails doesn’t exactly come off as super intimidating. Where did she come from and why does she have powers like Wolverine? Before she gets the chance to say anything Wolverine fills her with the remaining liquid Adamantium (that I guess we’re supposed to assume was just chilling there since Wolverine’s transformation).
A major overlooked point I feel is that Professor X essentially killed (or basically mentally tortured) every Mutant and then every Human on the planet and everybody just kinda lets it go. Talk about evil.
Finally, the end with Jean Grey going out and killing herself so that they could escape seems very unneeded. She easily could’ve helped fix the ship from the inside and even if not, you’re telling me this super advanced jet can’t keep them safe from a bunch of water? I like how they had the faint outline of a phoenix at the end rising out of the water obviously hinting to her importance in the next movie.