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WATCH: Everything you didn't know about X2

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Dec 21, 2018, 9:00 PM EST (Updated)

Fifteen years ago, Bryan Singer released his follow-up to 2000's X-Men, and the world has never been the same since. X2 (the proper on-screen title, though it's also known as X-Men 2 and, as its marketing campaign would have you believe, X2: X-Men United) built on the themes of cultural stigmas and acceptance with a darker story, deeper character development, and a couple of new mutants. Generally considered the best entry within Fox's X-Men franchise, X2's plot revolves around an evil scheme by Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox) to wipe out every mutant on the face of the Earth. Stryker also happens to be the very man who gave Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) his adamantium-coated skeleton.

Aside from being a really good comic book movie, X2 also has a lot of zany and fun stories behind its production. For example, did you know that the script was co-written by David Hayter, voice of Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series? Or how about the fact that the set of Stryker's laboratory was so massive that crew members had to ride bikes in order to get to the bathroom? Then there was Jackman having to wear a Wolverine wig because he'd grown out his hair for Van Helsing and Universal wouldn't let him get a trim. Sounds like that whole Henry Cavill/Justice League/mustache debacle, don't it?

X2 was perhaps the last shining and stable beacon in a turbulent franchise full of wonky time travel, retcons, and flat-out misfires. But that's all in the days of future past now. Continue to the video below and learn everything you didn't know about one of the best comic book sequels of all time...