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Professor Charles Xavier was the leader of the X-Men, a group of mutants who were trying to seek peace with the human race, educate young mutants in the responsible use of their powers, and stop Magneto from starting a war with humanity. The team is based at a Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, run from Xavier's Westchester mansion. The base included subterranean medical labs, a training facility called "The Danger Room," an aircraft hanger, and Cerebro.

X-Men: First Class


Original team (l-r) Charles Xavier, Sean Cassidy, Alex Summers, Erik Lehnsherr, & Raven Darkholme (Beast is absent.)

Prior to the formation of the X-Men, Professor Charles Xavier and his associate, Raven Darkholme, were contacted by agents of the CIA to help investigate the Hellfire Club, a clandestine organisation of mutants with suspected criminal operations. The association with the CIA soon brought Xavier into contact with other mutants, including Erik Lensherr, Havok, Darwin, Beast and Banshee.

Xavier's mutant group then came into conflict with the Hellfire Club, which led to the murder of Darwin at the hand of the Hellfire Club's leader. Xavier resolved to stop the Hellfire Club and began training his young group in preparation for conflicts to come. During subsequent confrontations with the Hellfire Club, Erik and Charles' views regarding the path of the emerging mutant race diverged, resulting in the end of their friendship and the fracturing of their emerging team. Erik, now going by the name "Magneto", left to form the Brotherhood of Mutants, with Darkholme following him, while Xavier continued to shape the others into a team with a higher purpose: the X-Men.


Not long after Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters opens, the war in Vietnam starts and intensifies, causing many of the school's students and faculty to leave. Xavier eventually shut down the school, and he and Hank isolated themselves within the mansion.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

William Stryker sent his son Jason to Xavier's school in hopes of ridding his mutation, regarding it as a disease that he believed needed be cured. Xavier had no interest or belief in 'curing' mutants, which angered Stryker. Later, Xavier helped liberate the mutant children held prisoner by Stryker at Three Mile Island. He took them in an flew off in his helicopter with Scott Summers and Emma Silverfox. Summers would go on to lead the X-Men.

After finding Jean Grey, Xavier began controlling her with telepathic blocks because he believed her class 5 powers were too much for her to handle. Her bottled up powers manifested themselves as an id-like alternate personality called the "Phoenix" — a purely instinctual creature, ruled only by its own violent desires.

At some point he recruited Ororo Munroe who also became X-Man.

The Sentinel Program

During the early 1970's, the CEO of Trask Industries, Bolivar Trask, created the Sentinel program. The project involved the creation of several robotic weapons designed to hunt down and kill any and all mutants, before they can try to rise up and exterminate all normal human beings. Despite Trask's strong determination, the program was rejected by the government. Regardless, his genocidal plans, as well as his inhumane treatment of the mutants he experimented on, had already earned him hatred from Raven Darkholme, who was now fighting for mutant rights in illegal ways. She eventually ended up assassinating Trask during the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Ironically, his own death is what convinced people that Trask's beliefs were correct. President Richard Nixon, now believing mutants to be highly dangerous, quickly changed his decision and approved the Sentinel program. For decades, the program focused on perfecting the designs for their mutant-killing robots, and on analyzing Raven's DNA, as she was captured immediately after Trask's assassination.


Years later, at the turn of the century, in Canada, Cyclops and Storm saved Wolverine and the young runaway Rogue from the Brotherhood's Sabretooth and brought them to the X-Mansion. Xavier offered to help Wolverine learn the secrets of his forgotten past.

Mystique, having somehow escaped from Trask Industries years before, infiltrated the school and sabotaged Cerebro. When Xavier used Cerebro he fell into a coma. Despite his absence Wolverine and the X-Men prevented Magneto from mutating the leaders at the World Summit on Liberty Island. Magneto intended to use Rogue's ability to absorb other mutant's abilities on himself so that Rogue could power his machine. Placing his hand to her face, Wolverine succeeded in transferring his regenerative abilities to a dying Rogue, saving her. Professor Xavier recovered from his coma and Magneto was taken into custody.

Later, Xavier visited Magneto in his plastic prison cell, and the two played chess. Magneto warned his friend that he would continue his fight, to which Xavier promised that he and the X-Men would always be there to stop him.

X2: X-Men United

William Stryker began experimenting on mutants, using a drug injected directly into the back of the neck to control them. He used Nightcrawler, a teleporting mutant, to orchestrated an attack on the President in the White House, but Nightcrawler failed and escaped. Storm and Jean tracked Nightcrawler down.

Cyclops and Professor X were captured by Stryker and his assistant Yuriko Oyama. Stryker had his troops raid the X-Mansion with the soldiers sedating every student they could find. Some were taken to Stryker's base located at Alkali Lake, inside the dam, while others escaped. Wolverine, along with Rogue, Iceman and Pyro, escaped to Iceman's home in Boston. After a 9-1-1 call by Bobby's brother Ronnie, the police arrived leading a dispute with Pyro. Jean and Storm arrived in the X-Jet to pick them all up. The X-Men teamed with Magneto and Mystique to stop Stryker.

Stryker had stolen enough equipment from Xavier's own Cerebro unit to build a second Cerebro, with which he planned use to kill all of the world's mutants. Stryker gained control over Professor Xavier through his son, Jason Stryker, who was able to project powerful visions in the mind, blinding a person to reality. Professor X was instructed to use Cerebro to find and kill all existing mutants. Mystique, disguised as Stryker, used Jason to convince Professor X to kill all humans. Nightcrawler teleported Storm inside of Cerebro, where she freed the Professor from his telepathic illusion.

Jean, Magneto, and Mystique were attacked by a brainwashed Cyclops on their way to rescue Professor X, causing damage to the generators that kept the dam from collapsing. The force of Jean's telekinetic blast awakened Cyclops from his brainwashing. Wolverine found Stryker in an adamantium smelting room along with Lady Deathstrike. Wolverine and Deathstrike fought. Wolverine was forced to kill her. Magneto and Mystique used Stryker's helicopter to escape Alkali Lake, chaining Stryker to concrete rubble. Wolverine found Stryker on a landing pad, where Stryker attempted to bargain for his life Wolverine. Wolverine left him for dead.

A malfunction aboard the X-Jet prevented it from taking off, and the dam finally burst. The flood got stronger, drowning Stryker. Jean left the jet and created a telekinetic wall in order to stop the wave, and at the same time raised the jet above the flood waters, all the while surrounded by a corona of fire. Jean activated the X-Jet's primary engines before releasing the torrent of water down on herself.

The X-Men were able to supply the President with files from Stryker's private offices. Professor X warned him that humans and mutants would have to work together to build peace, or they would destroy each other through war. Rogue and Iceman were promoted to X-Men.

X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men (Earth-10005) from X-Men The Last Stand 0001

Logan's team (l-r) Iceman, Beast, Wolverine, Storm, Angel, Shadowcat, & Colossus

Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin were promoted to the X-Men.

A pharmaceutical company called Worthington Labs announced that it had developed an inoculation to permanently suppress the X-gene that gives mutants their powers, offering the so-called "cure" to any mutant who wanted it. The cure was derived from a mutant boy named Jimmy. While some mutants were interested in the cure, including Rogue, many others were horrified by the announcement.

In response to the news, Magneto decided to raise an army, warning his followers that the cure would be used to exterminate the mutant race. Magneto ambushed a military transport and freed Juggernaut, Mystique and Multiple Man, during which Mystique blocked a shot of the mutant cure aimed at Magneto, only to be left behind because she was not "one of them" anymore.

Cyclops, still heartbroken about the loss of Jean Grey, returned to Alkali Lake. Jean appeared to Cyclops, and as the two kissed, Jean changed killed Cyclops. Sensing trouble, Professor Charles Xavier sent Wolverine and Storm to investigate. When they arrived, the two X-Men encountered an unconscious Jean. The majority of Jean's power was seated in her unconscious mind and her powers were largely fueled by instinct, and not under her complete control.

Jean pleaded with Wolverine to kill her before she could harm anybody else, but when he refused the Phoenix surfaced and fled to her childhood home. Magneto, also aware that Jean's powers were loose, met Xavier at Jean's house. The two men pled for Jean's loyalty until the Phoenix resurfaced, unleashing her devastating power. Furious at being caged within Jean's subconscious for twenty years, she destroyed her family's house and engaged in a psychic battle with Xavier. She eventually overpowered and disintegrated Xavier, then left with Magneto, temporarily weakened.

The X-Men regrouped and confronted Magneto's army, which was attacking the pharmaceutical company's laboratory on Alcatraz Island, which was being guarded only by a company of soldiers. During the battle, Kitty Pryde saved Jimmy, Iceman went one-on-one with Pyro, and Beast injected Magneto with the cure, nullifying his mutant powers. Wolverine nearly coaxed Jean back to sanity. However, after the soldiers fired upon Jean the Phoenix quickly emerged and began to disintegrate everything and everyone around her. Wolverine fought his way to Jean, relying upon his healing abilities to save him from her destructive power. Momentarily gaining control, Jean begged Wolverine to save her. Telling Jean he loved her, Wolverine reluctantly killed her with his claws.

Despite the X-Men's losses, life went on. The school continued, even without Xavier. Pained by her inability to get physically close to her boyfriend, Rogue decided to take the mutant cure. Magneto, now an ordinary man, sat at a chessboard and reached out toward a metal chess piece that trembles slightly — indicating that the cure might not be as permanent as originally thought.

Dr. Moira MacTaggert checked on a comatose patient who greeted her with Xavier's voice. Xavier had transferred his mind into this new body.

The Wolverine

Not long after the events on Alcatraz Island, the X-Men disbanded due to their few numbers (though the school remained active).[1] However, Magneto and the restored Professor X soon realized that the team needed to re-assemble for a problem with ramifications on all mutants. Together they gathered many of their pupils, though only Wolverine was shown being recruited.

Days of Future Past

Later, at some point in the near future, the Sentinel program had finally come to fruition. By studying and experimenting with their sample of Mystique's blood, the scientists had discovered that her unstable DNA was the key to replicating mutant powers. Eventually, they were able to create a type of Sentinel that was actually capable of adapting to, and copying, all mutant abilities. Later, in prior to the year 2023, these Sentinels were used to conquer the Earth, and to imprison and/or kill almost all mutants, along with any humans who may have supported them. Sometime after this apocalyptic event, former X-Men Kitty Pryde, Iceman, and Colossus teamed up with Sunspot, Bishop, Blink, and Warpath to help survive against the Sentinels. This group managed to survive surprisingly long compared to the other mutants, due to a specific strategy that allows them to keep alive. As Warpath can detect Sentinels, once the robots finally hunt them down, Warpath alerts the rest of the group to hold off the robots for as long as possible. At the same time, Kitty uses her powers to project Bishop's consciousness backwards in time by a few days. With Bishop's mind in his past body, he warns the group to move before the Sentinels get there. Blink uses her teleportation powers to locate a new hiding place, and the group leaves long before the robots have even arrived. The mutants are eventually tracked down again, and the cycle contnues. This goes for an unknown amount of time, until they are telepathically contacted by Charles Xavier, who wishes to meet with them.

Kitty's group travels to a Chinese monastery, where they reunite with Xavier and his own group of survivors (Wolverine, Storm, and Magneto). Xavier reveals that he has a plan: to use Kitty's powers to send his consciousness back in time all the way to 1973, so he can change the timeline and prevent the creation of the Sentinels. However, as sending any mind that far back in time would lead to devastating brain damage, Wolverine offers to go instead, as he can heal from it. With the world at stake, Kitty sends Wolverine's mind all the way back to 1973. Knowing that she must have complete focus to keep Wolverine's mind anchored to the past, the rest of the group agrees to protect Kitty at any cost, in order to ensure that their horrific future is prevented. Some time later, Warpath detects 12 Sentinel ships headed their way, which the group immediately starts attacking. Storm manages to destroy a few of those ships with a powerful storm, and sends a lightning bolt at Bishop to power him, as he gets his powers from absorbing energy. Blink opens a portal towards the Sentinels and Bishop fires an energy bolt into it, destroying several of the Sentinels. As even more continue steadily flying toward them, Magneto lifts the X-jet into the air, and after breaking it apart, launches the pieces at his attackers. Storm helps by hitting the jet's fuel cell with a lightning bolt. The resulting explosion destroys thousands of Sentinels. However, debris rains down, and while Magneto is able to stop most of it, he doesn't react fast enough to prevent a piece of shrapnel from stabbing and fatally wounding him.

The X-Men are momentarily surprised and distracted by Magneto's injury, just as a Sentinel jumps up and stabs Storm in the back, before throwing her off the cliff. Bishop fires at the Sentinel, while the rest look to see dozens of Sentinels climbing the mountain towards them. Three Sentinels surround Bishop and fire onto him. The amount of energy hitting him is overwhelming, and he explodes. Angered, Sunspot uses his powers to burst into flames and fly toward the Sentinels, setting them on fire. The rest of the group take cover in a bunker, which Magneto seals using leftover parts of the X-jet. Once inside, Magneto finally makes peace with Xavier, shortly before dying. With the bunker still under attack, Blink opens a portal and Colossus jumps through it, sending him into the sky. After building up enough momentum, Blink sends him flying into a Sentinel, knocking it backwards.

Together, the X-Men make their last stand in order to buy Wolverine as much time as possible to save the world. Before long, one by one, each member meets a gruesome fate. Colossus throws a punch at a Sentinel, only for it to dodge and grab his arm. Another Sentinel grabs his other side, and together they tear Colossus in half, right down the middle. Warpath attacks a firing Sentinel by jumping onto it, only to be pulled into the blast. Sunspot holds off two Sentinels at once, only until they turn their own bodies into diamond and rock, making them impervious to the flames. One cuts off Sunspot's arm, then kicks him to another Sentinel, which impales him. Even more of the robots arrive, and begin to fire onto Blink. Although for a time she is able to redirect the blasts and use them to fight back, she is eventually overrun and stabbed to death.

The Sentinels eventually make their way into the vault where the remaining survivors are. Iceman tries to freeze them with little success. He is swiftly and painfully killed by an energy blast. With all the other mutants dead, the Sentinels turn to Kitty and Xavier, ready to execute them. Before they can, Wolverine finally succeeds in his mission, as Mystique decides to spare Trask's life. This causes the timeline to be permanently altered, so as that the Sentinel program was never approved. This completely erases this future from history.

Chronological Film Order

Introduced in X-Men

Introduced in X2

Introduced in X-Men: The Last Stand

Introduced in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Introduced in X-Men: First Class

Introduced in The Wolverine

Introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Past



The following characters only appear in tie-in materials, making their existence semi-canonical


  • Many members of the cast of the X-Men films have previously worked together with another member. Ben Foster and Rebecca Romijn both appeared in The Punisher, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry were in the movie Swordfish, Famke Janssen and Alan Cumming both appeared in GoldenEye, and Famke Janssen worked with Patrick Stewart in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The Sentinels' ability to eventually adapt to any mutant power is very similar to the Borg from Star Trek, who can adapt to any weapon, making them very dangerous. Interestingly, Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor X, also appeared in Star Trek as Jean Luc Piccard.
  • 10005 is a zip code in NYC, the city in which the first films take place.

  2. "THE PAST HAS A HABIT" Page 94~100 Empire Magazine May 2014

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