X-Men Franchise – The Cerebro Collection
The first seven films of the ‘X-Men’ franchise starring Hugh Jackman as James ‘Logan’ Howlett, aka Wolverine. In ‘X-Men’ (2000), mutants Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) are former friends, but look set to become mortal enemies when fascist US senator Robert Kelly (Bruce Davison) calls for the registration of all humans with abnormal powers. While telepath Xavier, who runs an altruistic academy for superhuman ‘X-Men’, wishes to enlighten non-mutants and break down the prejudices which divide them, Magneto believes that the only solution is for the mutants to take over. Wolverine – an aggressive loner with an admantium skeleton and the ability to heal his body of any wound – and teenager Rogue (Anna Paquin), who can absorb the life force of others simply by touching them, are selected by Xavier to join his academy, but it isn’t long before Magneto’s followers attempt to capture them so that they can assist in his plan for world domination. In ‘X-Men 2’ (2003), Xavier, Wolverine and the X-Men find themselves in the firing line after a failed assassination attempt on the president points the finger at the school. It was in fact the mysterious teleporter Nightwalker (Alan Cumming) who ordered it, and, in an attempt to clear their names, the X-Men are led into a trap set by the evil William Stryker (Brian Cox), a mysterious scientist apparently working for the government. As it soon becomes evident that Stryker’s agenda is to destroy all mutants, the X-Men call in the help of many of their old friends and foes, including Magneto, in an effort to stop Stryker in his tracks. In the third film, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), the mutants are given the option of being ‘cured’ of their powers and becoming human after a private laboratory supported by the government finds a way to use the DNA of a powerful boy to get rid of unwanted mutations. However, Magneto opposes the idea and decides to join a force to fight against the government and kill the mutant boy. Meanwhile, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) resurrects with the personality of the powerful Dark Phoenix. She destroys Xavier and Cyclops (James Marsden) and allies herself to the evil forces of Magneto, making them almost invincible. In ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ (2009), the fourth film in the franchise and prequel to the first three, Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine, who, some 20 years before the action of the original movie, is seeking revenge on his half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber) for the death of his girlfriend, and eventually signs up to the ominous Weapon X programme. ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011) charts the beginning of the saga following Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) through their formative years in the 1960s as they come to terms with their newfound superpowers. Initially close friends who work together to fight against evil, the two men are driven apart by a conflict of opinion that ultimately leads to the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. In ‘The Wolverine’ (2013), Hugh Jackman returns as the clawed mutant who finds himself vulnerable, alone and at his lowest point after losing his connection with the outside world. Drawn to modern-day Japan by the gratitude of a wealthy industrialist from his past who secretly covets his healing powers, Logan soon finds himself up against the deadly charms of a femme fatale known as ‘The Viper’ (Svetlana Khodchenkova), whilst having to confront samurai steel and lethal ninjas as his destiny draws him towards a winner-takes-all battle with his ultimate foe, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (2014) develops a storyline that alternates between the past and present, with the film acting as a direct sequel to three separate films, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), ‘X-Men: First Class’ (2011) and ‘The Wolverine’ (2013). When news reaches Xavier (Stewart) and Storm (Halle Berry) that the aftermath of the battle led by Magneto (McKellan) has resulted in imminent annihilation of all humans and mutants, they decide to send the ageless Wolverine back in time to attempt to change the course of events. In the past, Wolverine must team up with the younger incarnations of the X-Men, Xavier (McAvoy), Magneto (Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), to avert disaster. Will he succeed?
Specification: X-Men Franchise – The Cerebro Collection