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Plot

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, P. Xavier, Charles' brother. He calls out to her with Charle's voice. Startled, she replies, "Charles?"

Cast

Additionally, Adrian Hough and Disree Zurowski portray Mr. Grey and Mrs. Grey, respectively. Chris Claremont and Stan Lee make cameo appearances. Cameron Bright portrays Leech / Jimmy. Connor Widdows, Kea Wong, Shauna Kain, and Luke Phol appear as Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters students Jones, Jubilee / Jubilation Lee, Siryn / Theresa Cassidy, and Flea, respectively. Lloyd Adams, Meiling Melançon, Omahyra Mota, Clayton Watmough, and Ken Leung portray Omegas Lizard Man, Psylocke, Arclight, Glob Herman, and Kid Omega, respectively. Phat is portrayed by Via Saleuma and Richard Yee. R. Lee Ermey makes an appearance as a sergeant on Alcatraz Island. Lance Gibson appears as Spike. Olivia Williams makes an uncredited appearance as Dr. Moira MacTaggert.


Notes

  • The film was originally scheduled for a May 5, 2006 release, but was pushed back to May 26 of the same year due to production delays.
  • The film began filming in August 2005 and ended in January 2006.

Trivia

  • Many of the cast members from the previous two X-Men films returned, the major exceptions being Alan Cumming, who portrayed Nightcrawler / Kurt Wagner and Kelly Hu, who portrayed Deathstrike / Yuriko Oyama, from X2. Both of whom signed two-film contracts. However, Hu's character was killed by Wolverine in the previous film and Alan Cumming was reportedly uncomfortable with the long hours he had to take with the Nightcrawler makeup. The part for Nightcrawler was so minimal in the third film that he felt it was not worth it to go through the long and costly makeup process when he was barely in the film, and the character was cut.[4] He did agree, however, to do voice work for the character for the video game based on the film. James Marsden did appear in the film as Cyclops / Scott Summers, despite reported scheduling conflicts with Superman Returns.
  • Halle Berry stated during interviews for X2 that she would not return as Storm in the third film unless the character had a significant presence comparable to the comic-book version. Brett Ratner also felt Storm required a larger role and there was little difficulty reaching an agreement.[5]
  • Filmmakers considered using the Beast character since the first X-Men movie, but budget constraints ruled him out; however, Steve Bacic is identified as Hank McCoy when he appears on a television screen in a cameo role in X2.
  • The events of this movie occur in 2006.[6]

Adaptations

Novelization

The novelization of the film, written by comic book writer Chris Claremont, was released on May 16, 2006.[7] The novelization of the movie differs significantly from the film.


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Footnotes

  1. Rogue appears in Days of Future Past only in the Rogue Cut.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  3. Scott Bowles (May 24, 2005). Franchise's fans reverse stand on new director. usatoday.com. USA Today. Retrieved on 5 June, 2006.
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named CBR_News
  5. Daniel Robert Epstein (May 24, 2006). Halle Berry of X-Men: The Last Stand. ugo.com. UGO. Retrieved on 6 June, 2006.
  6. X-Men: 25 Moments. Retrieved on 12 April 2014.
  7. Chris Claremont. X-Men: The Last Stand. Del Rey. ISBN 0345492110.