Appearing in "X-Men Movie Adaptation"
- Brotherhood of Mutants
- Weapon X Program (Only in flashback)
- The Professor (Truett Hudson) (Only appearance) (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "X-Men Movie Adaptation"
The year is 1944. Young Erik Lehnsherr first manifests his mutant ability of magnetism to bend a barbed wire fence in the Auschwitz concentration camp when his parents are stolen from him by Nazi troops, only to be struck in the face with the butt of a rifle.
In current day Washington D.C., Senator Robert Kelly works to pass the Mutant Registration Act, which would force individuals born with the X-gene to publicly reveal both their identities, and mutant abilities. Elsewhere, in Meridian, Mississippi, young Marie D'Ancanto, also known as Rogue, flees her home after accidentally absorbing the memories and abilities of boyfriend Cody Robbins through their first kiss. After traveling to Canada, she meets the mutant Wolverine. They are later attacked by Sabretooth, the feral mutant minion of Magneto, but are rescued by the X-Men Cyclops and Storm.
Cyclops and Storm take the pair to the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning, where they are introduced to the headmaster of the school, Professor Charles Xavier. The Professor explains to Wolverine that he has formed a group of mutants known as the X-Men to establish a peaceful co-existence with humanity, to teach young mutants the use of their abilities, and to thwart Magneto and his followers from igniting a war with the Homo Sapient race.
Senator Kelly is abducted by the mutants Mystique and Toad, and taken to the island fortress of Magneto. Magneto utilizes a machine that artificially induces mutation in the senator, and Kelly manages to use his newfound abilities to escape from imprisonment. Meanwhile, Rogue absorbs Wolverine's accelerated healing factor after he accidentally impales her with his claws, terrifying the other students. Senator Kelly turns to the X-Men for help, due to his inability to control his mutant power.
Mystique infiltrates the school under the guise of Bobby Drake, and convinces Rogue that Professor X is angry with her, and that her best option would be to leave the school. Hurt, runs away to Grand Central Station, and Professor X uses Cerebro to find the girl. Wolverine follows Rogue, and convinces the girl that the school is the best place for her. Magneto arrives with Sabretooth and Toad, and they abduct Rogue. Meanwhile, back at the school, Senator Kelly's mutation turns him into a pool of water, killing him.
The X-Men discover that Magneto intends to combine Rogue's ability with his own to power the mutation machine, and the Professor uses Cerebro to locate the girl. He falls into a coma from Mystique's tinkering with the machine, but Jean Grey manages to fix the machine, and locates Magneto's creation Liberty Island. Magneto intends to use the machine on nearby Ellis Island, where a summit of the world's leader is set to convene to discuss the Mutant Registration Act.
The X-Men head to Liberty Island. Storm incapacitates Toad, but Magneto uses his power to temporarily stop the X-Men while he powers the machine using Rogue's mutant ability. Wolverine breaks free and fights Sabretooth, but is thrown off of the Statue of Liberty. He quickly returns to his teammates, and Jean and Storm use their abilities to lift Wolverine to the top of the statue. Magneto uses his magnetism to stop Wolverine in his tracks, but Cyclops uses an optic blast to knock the villain unconscious. Wolverine then destroys Magneto's machine, and touches a dying Rogue, allowing her to absorb his mutant healing ability.
Rogue is saved, and the Professor awakens from his coma. They learn that Mystique has taken the place of Senator Kelly, in a television news cast. The professor gives Wolverine a tip about the amnesiac's enigmatic past, pointing to a location in Alkali Lake. Xavier visits Magneto in a plastic prison, and the two play a game of chess. Magneto warns the professor that his fight is not over, and Xavier responds that he and the X-Men will always be there to stop him.
- This adaptation has some aspects drawn from the comic version rather than the film. For example, Wolverine's claws come out of the dorsal side of his hand (like Earth-616 Wolverine), as opposed to between the knuckles (as shown in the films). Another example is Henry Guyrich looking more like Earth-616's Henry Gyrich.
- X-Men Movie Prequel: Magneto began right after the film's (and in turn the adaptation's) 1944 prologue, and leads all the way to the present day of the film/comic.
- Rogue first manifests her powers at a school dance, rather than at her home. This version of the story is also expanded upon in X-Men Movie Prequel: Rogue, where Rogue is shunned and later attacked by her classmates after the dance. Additionally, the X-Men adaptation's narration says that Rogue discovered her powers one year before Jean Grey appeared before the Senate, so much of the Rogue prequel would take place between that time.
- X-Men Movie Prequel: Wolverine takes place between Jean's appearance at the Senate hearing and Rogue asking Wolverine for help at a bar, over the course of nine days.
- Bill Clinton is implied to be President in the comic; a secret service agent says "Bubba's on the way," referring to Clinton's nickname. In the panel right after, a grey-haired man is saying "Good evening. Hillary and I are delighted to be here." which refers to First Lady Hillary Clinton. This is ignored by the films (as a man named McKenna is President during the time of X-Men and X2). X-Men Movie Prequel: Wolverine also indicates the events of the comic adaptation take place in the year 2000, despite the decision to set it in 2003 years later.
- The Toys R Us Special Edition reprints only a portion of the adaptation and had edits to account for the missing sequences, or to tone things down for a younger audience. Among the changes:
- The Special Edition opens with the page where Logan enters the Lion's Den bar in Canada, instead of beginning with the flashback to young Erik Lehnsherr's time in the concentration camp in 1944.
- The subplot involving Senator Kelly and the Mutant Registration Act were omitted.
- The scene where Wolverine accidentally stabbed Rogue, with Rogue having to steal Wolverine's healing ability, is removed. This led to dialogue changes in order to avoid referencing the scene. For example, to give Rogue reason to run away from Xavier's School without that sequence, her dialogue is edited from "They were whispering about me behind mah back." to "This... This place is so strange." On the same page, Mystique (in disguise as John) also has dialogue altered from the original: "Rogue--What did you do? They're saying that you steal other Mutants' powers!" is changed to "Rogue--Is it true what they say? That you steal other Mutants' powers?"
- Wolverine's dialogue in the splash page of him fighting Sabretooth for his dogtags is changed from "And I'm takin' 'em back if I gotta slit yer throat to do it!" to "And I'm takin' 'em back no matter what I gotta do!"
- The post-fight sequence in which a recovering Logan attempts to flirt with Jean Grey is omitted.
- The ending in which Xavier plays chess with Magneto is omitted.