10 Amazing Costume & Prop Details From The X-Men Movies You Never Noticed

Summary

  • The X-Men movies are littered with prop and costume details.
  • Many of these reveal essential aspects of the narrative and its characters.
  • These details also serve to bridge the gaps between the various movie series within the franchise.

The X-Men franchise is renowned for its compelling narratives and iconic Marvel characters, but it also boasts intricate details woven into every scene. Each X-Men film meticulously incorporates subtle nods and elaborate designs that enhance the viewer’s experience. From costumes that mirror their comic book counterparts to props that add layers of storytelling, the best X-Men movies are rich with hidden gems for eagle-eyed viewers.

These details range from character-specific props that reveal deeper layers of personality to costume choices that pay homage to comic book origins. By exploring these nuances, viewers gain a deeper appreciation for the dedication of the filmmakers and costume designers who meticulously crafted each element. Join us on a journey through the X-Men universe as we uncover these hidden gems, shedding light on the artistic choices that have made the series a beloved staple of superhero cinema.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Michael Fassbender as Magneto in front of X-Men comics Related 10 X-Men Movie Scenes Taken Straight From The Comics

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10 Magneto’s Coin Would Have Been Hard To Move

X-Men: First Class

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In the opening scene of X-Men: First Class, Sebastian Shaw tasks young Erik Lehnsherr with moving a coin. However, historically, the five Reichsmark coins were made of silver, a metal with a low magnetic signature. This would have made it especially challenging Magneto to move the coin with his burgeoning abilities. This task was essentially a setup for failure, designed to push Erik to his emotional and physical limits.

The coin becomes a significant motif throughout X-Men: First Class, representing Erik’s transformation from a victim to a powerful mutant with a singular focus on revenge and justice. The coin comes to symbolize his evolving mutant powers and his triumph over his trauma, ultimately using it to kill Shaw. However, considering its magnetism, Magneto’s eventual mastery over the coin demonstrates an even greater prowess over his mutant abilities.

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X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga in the 1960s. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers. Before they were archenemies, they were close friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a rift between them opened, beginning the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Director Matthew Vaughn Release Date June 3, 2011 Runtime 131 minutes

9 Wolverine Can’t Light His Cigar In A Simulation

X-Men: The Last Stand

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X-Men: The Last Stand presents a visually striking moment where Wolverine attempts to light a cigar from a small flame but fails. This scene takes place within the Danger Room, a high-tech training facility used by the X-Men. The fire, like everything else in this simulated environment, is an illusion created by advanced holographic technology, and therefore cannot light Wolverine’s cigar.

This subtle yet telling scene highlights Wolverine’s ongoing journey of understanding the X-Men’s world, which he has been thrust into. Despite his rugged exterior and formidable combat skills and history, Wolverine is still a new member to the team. His struggle with the simulated flame underscores his adjustment to the sophisticated and often deceptive nature of his new surroundings. This scene effectively sets the tone for Wolverine’s character development, emphasizing his growth and the perpetual learning curve he faces as part of the X-Men.

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X-Men: The Last Stand is the third and final installment in Bryan Singer’s original X-Men trilogy. It adapts Marvel’s famous “Dark Phoenix” storyline, with Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey embracing her supernatural power to unleash chaos on mutantkind. Fox’s 2006 superhero movie brings back franchise mainstays such as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, and Ian McKellen’s Magneto, and it introduces major mutant characters such as Kelsey Grammer’s Beast, Ben Foster’s Angel, and Vinnie Jones’ Juggernaut.

Director Brett Ratner Release Date May 25, 2006 Runtime 104 Minutes

8 Wolverine Gets His X-Men (2000) Coat

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Wolverine’s iconic leather jacket from X-Men (2000) was a memorable part of his costume, boasting three distinctive stripes and a color scheme that recalls his classic comic book design. Wolverine is seen being gifted this jacket in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, by the Hudsons – the elderly couple offer him shelter after his escape from the Weapon X facility. This jacket becomes an emblem of the Hudsons’ kindness, moments before they’re killed in the helicopter attack.

The continuity of the jacket appearing in X-Men (2000) provides a tangible link between the prequel and the original series. It suggests an enduring aspect of Logan’s identity, despite his lost memories. Though it is worth noting that by the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Logan loses both his memory and the jacket, leaving a mystery as to how he retains it years later.

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After Bryan Singer’s X-Men trilogy, Hugh Jackman returns as the titular clawed mutant in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The 2009 superhero movie explores Logan’s origins with a look back at Weapon X, the experiment that covered his skeleton with adamantium. It marks Ryan Reynolds’ first appearance as Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, and it precedes James Mangold’s The Wolverine and Logan, which retroactively make Origins the first installment in a solo trilogy for Jackman’s iconic Marvel hero.

Director Gavin Hood Release Date April 30, 2009 Runtime 107minutes

7 Quicksilver Listens To Rush

X-Men: Apocalypse

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The highly memorable “Sweet Dreams” sequence in X-Men: Apocalypse was one of the most memorable. It depicted Quicksilver’s impressive speed-based powers as the X-Mansion was destroyed in an explosion. In this scene, Quicksilver is wearing a t-shirt for the band Rush. This serves as a nod to the 1980s setting, as Rush gained significant popularity during the ’70s and ’80s, making it an appropriate wardrobe choice for Evan Peters’ Quicksilver.

More interestingly, it is a fun pun on Quicksilver’s speedy abilities. The name, of course, references speed, but additionally, Rush’s music is known for its intricate, fast-paced instrumentals. This parallels Quicksilver’s own rapid movements and his impatience with the comparatively sluggish world around him. This sartorial choice in X-Men: Apocalypse adds an extra layer of depth and humor to Quicksilver’s character. It ties his persona to the cultural context of the ’80s while playfully acknowledging his abilities.

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The third installment of the X-Men prequel films, and the ninth film in the overall X-Men movie franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse once again sees Professor Xavier and Magneto on opposite sides of a catastrophic conflict. Having been raised from the dead, the ancient mutant Apocalypse wishes to wipe out all of humanity, and recruits four mutants including Magneto to help him in his quest, leading Xavier and his young team of X-Men to try and stop them. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender reprise their roles as Professor Xavier and Magneto, with a larger ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Munn, and Oscar Isaac.

Director Bryan Singer Release Date May 27, 2016 Runtime 144 Minutes

6 Wolverine Kept Yashida’s Sword

Logan

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In The Wolverine, Logan receives a samurai sword as a gift of gratitude from Yashida, whom he saved during World War II from a nuclear blast in one of Wolverine’s most brutal injuries. This sword symbolizes not only their shared history but also the honor and respect Yashida held for Logan. Despite the passage of time and Yashida’s eventual turn to villainy, the significance of this sword remains intact.

In Logan, the sword is prominently displayed on the wall of Wolverine’s hideout, serving as a poignant reminder of his past and the relationships that have shaped him. Its presence underscores Logan’s connection to his time in Japan and the lessons learned about honor and sacrifice. The sword also represents a physical link to his own sense of identity and morality, in a life filled with violence and turmoil. The sword serves as a silent testament to Wolverine’s cinematic journey and the values he holds dear.

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Logan sees the titular hero, AKA Wolverine, in his twilight years as his healing factor has begun to fail him, and he has begun to age more rapidly. Set several years in the future, Logan finds himself caring for an ailing Professor Xavier, whose mind has begun to succumb to dementia, making him an incredibly dangerous mutant that can cause widespread destruction accidentally. But when the preoccupied Logan is asked to meet with a woman that requests he transports a young girl to a mutant haven known as Eden, he learns that she may have his DNA and that the fate of mutant-kind may rest in her hands.

Director James Mangold Release Date March 3, 2017 Runtime 137 Minutes

5 Quicksilver’s Footsteps Shatter The Walls

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver’s slow-motion scene is a visual masterpiece that showcases his incredible speed with some intricate details. During the sequence where Quicksilver races through the Pentagon kitchen to neutralize the guards, the environment around him reacts dramatically to his rapid movements. One striking detail is the wall tiles that smash under the force of his footsteps.

As Quicksilver moves, the sheer velocity and pressure of his movements cause the wall tiles to crack and shatter, highlighting the physical impact of his superhuman abilities on his surroundings. This detail not only adds realism to the scene but also emphasizes the immense power he possesses. The smashing tiles symbolize the disruption Quicksilver brings into any environment, reflecting his chaotic yet controlled energy. This attention to detail helped make the scene one of the most memorable moments in the film.

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The fifth installment in the X-Men movie franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is a time-traveling superhero film that takes place between two points in time in the series. With mutants (and almost humans) on the brink of extinction due to the Sentinel robot menace, the last remnants of the X-Men send Logan back in time to stop the assassination of the man who created the Sentinels to save their future from certain doom.

Director Bryan Singer Release Date May 22, 2014 Runtime 132minutes

4 Magneto And Xavier Read The Same Book

X2: X-Men United & X-Men: Apocalypse

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In X2: X-Men United, Magneto is seen reading The Once and Future King by T.H. White while imprisoned in his plastic cell. This novel, which adapts Arthurian legends, serves as a significant metaphor for the relationship between Magneto and Xavier. The book ends with King Arthur in an adversarial relationship with his former friend, Lancelot, mirroring the complex and strained friendship between Xavier and Magneto.

At the end of X2, Xavier discusses the same book with his students, highlighting its thematic importance. The book symbolizes the enduring conflict and shared history between Xavier and Magneto, who, despite their ideological differences, share a deep, albeit contentious, bond. Xavier also reads the book to his students in X-Men: Apocalypse, during which the pair’s strained friendship was similarly examined. This further emphasized the parallels between T.H. White’s classic novel and the X-Men’s narrative.

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X2: X-Men United is the follow-up film to Fox’s 2000 X-Men starring Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart. The film features the introduction of Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox) as he kidnaps Charles Xavier, which leads the X-Men to team up with Magneto. Most of the cast from the original film returned for the sequel, along with the introduction of Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler.

Director Bryan Singer Release Date May 2, 2003 Runtime 134 Minutes

3 Jean Grey’s Jacket Has A Phoenix Design

X2: X-Men United

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In X2: X-Men United, Jean Grey’s long coat features a subtle yet significant design detail: a blue phoenix motif embroidered on it. This design is most noticeable in the church scene where Jean and Storm first encounter Nightcrawler, where the blue phoenix stands out against her dark coat. This motif is a deliberate piece of foreshadowing, hinting at Jean’s impending transformation into the malevolent Phoenix and tragic X-Men movie death.

The phoenix, a mythical bird that rises from its ashes, symbolizes rebirth and transformation, which aligns with Jean Grey’s character arc. By the end of X2, Jean makes a heroic sacrifice to save her fellow X-Men, foreshadowing her resurrection and transformation into the Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand. The embroidered phoenix on her coat is a subtle visual cue that presages her fate and the immense power building within her.

2 The Sentinels Mimic Mutants’ Powers

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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The Sentinels in X-Men: Days of Future Past future scenes, exhibit abilities reminiscent of specific mutants. This unsettling detail suggests that the Sentinels have either captured these mutants and replicated their powers through experimentation, or they have directly engaged and assimilated mutants during combat. Notably, the Sentinels demonstrate Emma Frost’s diamond form, Rockslide’s rocky armor, and Lady Deathstrike’s finger claws.

These manifestations imply a grim fate for these mutants, indicating they were either killed or captured and used to enhance the Sentinels’ capabilities. It serves as a chilling reminder of the dystopian future depicted in Days of Future Past. It underscores the ruthless efficiency of the Sentinels and the dire consequences for mutantkind in that timeline. This narrative showcases the formidable threat posed by the Sentinels while adding a layer of tragedy and horror to the story.

1 The Shrine To Fallen Mutants

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the memorial to fallen mutants is a somber reflection of the immense tragedy and loss endured in the dystopian future timeline. The memorial is made up primarily of candles and photographs. However, there are also some familiar props and trinkets from the X-Men movies.

Among the poignant tributes is Pyro’s Zippo lighter decorated with a shark motif. Pyro’s lighter was an inextricable part of his previous appearances, used throughout X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand as part of his flame-controlling powers. Also present is Nightcrawler’s homemade rosary from X2, which the hero is seen frequently praying with.

The presence of these in the memorial confirms Pyro and Nightcrawler’s fate and underscores the devastating impact of the mutant-hunting Sentinels on his life. These personal artifacts not only humanize the fallen mutants but also provide a glimpse into their identities, beliefs, and the roles they played in the mutant resistance. The memorial scene in Days of Future Past is a powerful testament to the attention to detail that the X-Men franchise boasts.

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