RIP Fox X-verse. Some really great movies. Some real turds, too. But overall a good run of entertaining films with memorable characters that incalculably altered comic book movies and thus the entire modern cinematic landscape for decades, and likely decades to come.
Keeping the previous caveats saved me from having to include a bunch of very minor mutant kid characters on this. But I decided to grey out a few other minor characters that slipped past that filter with this and retroactively also with past films, including "Bobby" from Logan (very minor character, has one line, easy to confuse him with the other kids, and he has the same first name as Ice Man), Nina from Apocalypse (Magneto's kid. Not a major character), Angel Dust/Christine from Deadpool (more memorable character, but almost everyone gets her I think because there are already two other characters on the quiz named Angel), and Vanessa from Deadpool (it's hinted in the film that she is the mutant Copycat, but not confirmed, which is why I think most people missed her. I'll put her back on if she returns with powers in Deadpool 2).
I've added all the new mutants from Deadpool 2 and updated the number of appearances of older mutants.
I left Vanessa as a filled-in answer because (spoiler alert?) she's still not identified as Copycat in this film.
I would have loved to have added Brad Pitt's portrayal of "Vanisher." But he never appeared on screen or said anything and was therefore disqualified.
Also... I assume the Yukio in Deadpool 2 is supposed to be based on the same comics character as the Yukio in The Wolverine. It's not really clear. They appear to have different powers; but that's not too strange as Deadpool and the other X-Men movies seem more to be in similar parallel universes than in the same universe. The comics character, different from the film character(s), was not a mutant and had no powers. Wikipedia identifies the character as being the same, so I counted them that way, as well.
But you're right, he doesn't have any lines, so now that I think of it, my argument carries no weight... carry on.
Saw Dark Phoenix (3rd worst film in the series). New mutants include Dazzler, Match, and Selene. I'm sure Dazzler was not named on-screen, pretty sure Match had no lines (not even really sure who he was), and therefore both don't qualify for inclusion on the quiz. Selene I'm not sure about. I think Magneto might have yelled her name while she was being sucked out of a train but if so it was mostly inaudible, so I'm just going to give her as a freebie.
In other words, no changes worth submitting so I updated the numbers and saved it, but I'm going to hold off on resubmitting until New Mutants if that movie ever actually gets released. And then I think I will retire this quiz as the X-Men will be absorbed in to the MCU after that.
Very interesting feel to the movie, too. As almost all of it takes place in a single location with only six characters. A lot more intimate than most superhero movies.
This quiz is meant to be comprehensive, so please point out any errors. However I did not want to include a bunch of mutants nobody has heard of before, or anyone that it would be impossible to guess just from watching the films, so I made as a baseline for inclusion the criteria that the character had to have been in at least one film where they were *both* named on screen, and delivered at least a single line.
This eliminated many characters I would have preferred to keep on (Callisto, who is never named, Sunspot, who utters no lines, Riptide, who does neither, etc) but I think it's better.
To get on THIS quiz, they had to both speak a line AND be named in the SAME film. But... performing that feat once in a single film is enough to gain entry on the quiz, even if there are other films where they didn't do that.
On the other hand, to be counted as "appearing" in a film- that's different. They just had to appear. I didn't count photographs or names on a computer screen as an "appearance." I'm talking live actors on screen. I don't think this is particularly confusing or inconsistent. But I very much appreciate the feedback!
side note concerning latest update: I'm counting post-credits scenes that are integrated into the film as part of the film. When the music for the scene starts playing before the credits have finished rolling to me that means you haven't finished watching the whole movie yet. But I'm not including pre-movie scenes tacked on as an afterthought and not even distributed in all the same places. So... Deadpool did not appear in Logan.
Both given and mutant names should be acceptable type-ins, and in most cases I accepted just first names because that's how most characters were referred to in the films. A few exceptions, including Sebastian Shaw (nobody ever called him simply Sebastian, mostly they called him "Shaw"), and James Madrox (again, nobody ever refers to him on screen simply as "James.") point being to make this possible to ace just by watching the movies.
"like a cannonball"
"it's magic!" ... "so am I"
and one of Mirage's aliases is just her last name
So I put them in as such.
Personally I felt this was a good decision. In a movie about mutants with special powers, when introducing a new character with special powers, why make him anything other than a mutant? Saves you a lot of time with the explanation and getting your powers from some magic crystal is silly anyway. But that's my personal opinion and it's irrelevant to the quiz, because the quiz is based on the movies.
Yukio is also not a mutant in the comics. And Anya Eisenhardt, the most likely inspiration for Nina Gorska, similarly displayed no mutant powers in the comics. Juggernaut is not the only departure from the source material.
PS: it's the 4th wall.
Also, he had that power to teleport in the Wolverine movie. Plus... Cyclops' optic blast... and katanas that came out of his forearms... and... at the beginning not sure what was going on there... superhuman sword skills? Chicks love guys with skills.
However, it's really confusing in the films how to categorize Deadpool. First of all, he has two completely contradictory backstories. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it seems like he is a mutant at first (with the power to... I don't know... be really really good at swinging swords? They didn't actually say), who is later enhanced by adding additional mutant powers. But he was a mutant all along anyway.
In the film Deadpool... they are ambiguous about what is going on in the Weapon X program where they take Wade. They inject him with something. Is that something supposed to alter his DNA? Or just serve as a catalyst to help his latent mutant powers manifest under stress? If the latter, he was already a mutant they just forced his powers to reveal themselves. But it's very unclear.
I think he is a character in the New Mutants movie scheduled for release in August 2019, though. If they give him any lines in that one I'll add him to the quiz.
Wolverine/Logan has adamanitam claws not bone.
Thanks for the quiz, its great.
Later on, I think Fox tried to say that it was a different character, since they cast a different actor to play the role in First Class, same as they did with Emma Frost who showed up in the same movie, but it was obviously meant to be him.
More recently there was speculation that a character in the film Black Widow was going to be Ursa Major, a mutant, making him potentially the first mutant in the MCU (not counting Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who may or may not be) - but that guy showed up and had his arm quickly broken arm wrestling Red Guardian, and didn't do anything else. Weird choice. Maybe he'll show up again later.
Kicking the can down the road further... there's speculation now that the concept of mutants will be introduced in The Eternals, as mutants could be their descendants. Or if not then possibly in the next Spider-Man or Dr. Strange movies they could be brought in from the Multiverse.
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