38. “X2: X-Men United”

Aug. 28, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

38. “X2: X-Men United” (2003)  Col. William Stryker (adapted from the reverend of 1982’s graphic novel “X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills”) wants to use Professor X and Cerebro to commit mutant genocide. To stop him, the likes of Magneto (Ian McKellen, left) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) join forces with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) in director Bryan Singer’s second X-Men film, a box office and critical success. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) sacrifices herself and, in a closing tease that excited fans, a Phoenix shape appears over the lake where she died. Times film critic Kenneth Turan called Stryker actor Brian Cox the film’s “secret weapon” and wrote that the movie’s “concerns seem to be uncannily relevant today.” (Kerry Hayes / 20th Century Fox)

Brotherhood stalwarts Magneto (Ian McKellen, left) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) form an unexpected alliance with the X-Men, including Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) in the movie “X2.” photo by KerryHayes/SMPSP. courtesy 20th Century Fox.

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