Steve and Gerry conclude their discussion of Marvel's first X-Men film, and talk about the future of mutant cinema and this podcast. With Stan Lee's passing this week, we salute him, Jack Kirby, and all the talented people who made the X-Men such an important part of popular culture. Thanks to all our terrific podcast guests, listeners, and supporters. Excelsior!
Logan and Rogue say their goodbyes. He entrusts her with his military dogtags, saying "I'll be back for this," before stealing Scott's motorcycle with the raised eyebrow to end all raised eyebrows. With Special Guest Jeff Ferry of the Jay & Silent Bob Minute.
Professor X and Logan awake in the medbay under Jean's care, and later, Xavier gives him details on the abandoned Alkali Lake facility. The other X-Men watch Mystique masquerading on TV as a newly-penitent Senator Kelly -- who now opposes mutant registration. With Special Guest Jon Garcia of Toy Story Minute and Dueling Genre Productions.
Logan cuts Rogue free, but she is near death and doesn't respond. He touches her bare skin, sharing his healing factor, leaving him cut, bleeding badly, and unconscious. As the team's Blackbird flies away with them, we see Magneto helpless, as the NYPD unwittingly comes to Mystique's aid. With Special Guest Miles Stokes of Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men podcast.
The X-Men come together and strategically use their powers in a last minute effort to stop Magneto. Hell, Logan even calls Scott "Cyclops" ... now that's teamwork! With Special Guest Zach Luna of the Spider-Man Minute.
Magneto dramatically flies into the sky beside the Statue of Liberty, and transfers his powers to Rogue, enabling the device to power up. Logan battles Sabretooth (who soon regrets not having Maritime insurance) atop Liberty's crown. With Special Guest Michael Benjamin of the New York Post.
In the Liberty Island Museum, the X-Men are forcibly split up as Storm gives Toad a lesson on the inductive theory of thunderstorm electrification, while Mystique battles Logan as his doppelganger. The best (and worst) dialogue in the film! With Special Guest Chris Braaten from the More Gooder Than Podcast.
A snazzy 3D display helps the X-Men map their approach to Liberty Island. On arrival, the team discovers Magneto's alteration to the Statue, where Rogue is about to be used for a horrible purpose. With Special Guest Ryan Pagella from the Mutant Ages podcast.
Toad and Sabretooth eliminate UN security, while Magneto and Mystique take Rogue -- and the machine that conveys mutant powers on humans -- to Liberty Island. With Special Guest Alex Thompson from Galaxy Quest Minute.
Cerebro badly injures Professor X after Mystique switched its toner cartridges around. Scott bares his soul and makes a vow to his comatose mentor. Jean Gray fixes Cerebro's toner problem, then uses the machine to pinpoint Rogue's location. With Special Guest Zach Jenkins from the XavierFiles and Battle of the Atom podcast.
Logan rejects teamwork and vows to find Rogue “the traditional way.” Newly-mutated Senator Kelly arrives at the Mansion in distress. With Special Guests Jonathan Carlisle & Tabitha Carlisle of the upcoming UHF Minute.
Magneto stops a train and plays marionette with Logan's adamantium-covered skeleton before kidnapping Rogue; a telepathic/telekinetic confrontation between police, Magneto, and Xavier leads to a very tense moment. With Special Guest Cassandra Fredrickson of The Lord of the Rings Minute.