“X-Men” turns 21: What happened to the actors in the movie that shaped the future of the superhero genre?

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Clockwise, Rebecca Romijn (Mystique), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Halle Berry (Storm) in “X-Men”, who turned 21 on July 12, 2021. Photos: Fox.

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The British actor went on to play the leader of the X-Men in five more films, the last being "Logan" (2017). At 79, he continues a prolific career and recently revived his role as Jean-Luc Picard for the series. "Star Trek: Picard" (2020). (Foto: NBC/20th Century Fox)
Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier)

The British actor continued to play the leader of the X-Men in five more films, the last being “Logan” (2017). At 79, he continues a prolific career and recently revived his role as Jean-Luc Picard for the series “Star Trek: Picard” (2020). (Photo: NBC / 20th Century Fox)

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The Australian actor rose to fame with his portrayal of Wolverine in the film, a role that also increased the character's popularity in comics and television series. I would play this hero again 6 more times before 'hanging' my claws with "Logan" (2017). He also starred in the movies of "Van Helsing", the musical "Wretched" (2012) and the stop-motion film "Missing Link" (2019), winner of a Golden Globe. He will also participate in the highly anticipated film "The son" from Oscar winner Florian Zeller. (Photos: 20th Century Fox)
Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine)

The Australian actor rose to fame with his portrayal of Wolverine in the film, a role that also increased the character’s popularity in comics and television series. He would play this hero again 6 more times before ‘hanging’ his claws with “Logan” (2017). He also starred in the “Van Helsing” films, the musical “Les Misérables” (2012) and the stop-motion film “Missing Link” (2019), winner of a Golden Globe. He will also participate in the highly anticipated film “El son “of Oscar winner Florian Zeller. (Photos: 20th Century Fox)

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The actress concluded her participation in the franchise with "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) and since then has had some roles in movies. Romijn has had more luck on television, recently participating in "Star Trek: Discovery" and in 2022 it will be seen in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds". (Foto: 20th Century Fox/NBC)
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (Raven Darkhölme / Mystique)

The actress concluded her participation in the franchise with “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006) and since then she has had some roles in movies. Romijn has had more luck on television, recently participating in “Star Trek: Discovery” and in 2022 he will be seen in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”. (Photo: 20th Century Fox / NBC)

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The actress continued to play Jean Gray until "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and publicly complained about being replaced in the sequel "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2016). Outside of that, she has continued a prolific acting career and has even directed the film. "Bringing Up Bobby" in 2011. In the picture, Famke in the movie "Primal" (2019). (Foto: 20th Century Fox/Lionsgate)
Famke Janssen (Jean Gray)

The actress continued to play Jean Gray until “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and publicly complained about being replaced in the sequel “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016). Outside of that, she has continued a prolific acting career and has even directed the film “Bringing Up Bobby” in 2011. In the picture, Famke in the movie “Primal” (2019). (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Lionsgate)

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While its role in "X-Men" would not launch him to stardom, the actor would find greater popularity with his role in "The Notebook" (2004). He is currently continuing his career in Hollywood and recently starred in the blockbuster film "Sonic the Hedgehog" (2020), in whose sequel he will also participate. (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures)
James Marsden (Scott Summers / Cyclops)

While his role in “X-Men” would not launch him to stardom, the actor would find greater popularity with his role in “The Notebook” (2004). He is currently continuing his career in Hollywood and recently starred in the blockbuster film “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020), in whose sequel he will also participate. (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures)

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An established actress, the role of Storm raised Berry's popularity at the turn of the millennium. But this help would be nothing compared to the Oscar that she would win for Best Actress in 2001 for her role in "Monster's Ball", becoming the first African American woman to win this accolade. Despite certain stumbling blocks like "Catwoman" (2004), the actress continues a successful career in Hollywood and recently starred in "John Wick 3" junto a Keanu Reeves. (Foto: 20th Century Fox/Lionsgate)
Halle Berry (Ororo Munroe / Storm)

An established actress, the role of Storm raised Berry’s popularity at the turn of the millennium. But this help would be nothing compared to the Oscar that she would win for Best Actress in 2001 for her role in “Monster’s Ball”, becoming the first African-American woman to win this award. Despite some stumbling blocks like “Catwoman” (2004), the actress continues a successful career in Hollywood and recently starred in “John Wick 3” alongside Keanu Reeves. (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Lionsgate)

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The New Zealand actress played the heroine Rogue in four of the franchise's films. Additionally, he participated in the series "True Blood" and currently acts in "Flack". His last film role was in "The Irishman" by Martin Scorsese. In 2021, he also appeared in the anthological series "Modern Love" de Amazon. (Foto: 20th Century Fox/Netflix)
Anna Paquin (Marie D’Ancanto / Rogue)

The New Zealand actress played the heroine Rogue in four of the franchise’s films. Additionally he participated in the series “True Blood” and currently acts in “Flack”. His last film role was in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” In 2021, he also appeared in the anthological series “Modern Love” by Amazon. (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Netflix)

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The actor and professional wrestler only once played Logan's nemesis. He would later act as the Michael Myers in the remakes of "Halloween". His last role was in the series "Jupiter's Legacy" de Netflix. (Foto: 20th Century Fox/Paramount Pictures)
(Tyler Mane – Victor Creed / Sabretooth)

The actor and professional wrestler only once played Logan’s nemesis. Later he would act as the Michael Myers in the remakes of “Halloween”. His last role was on the Netflix series “Jupiter’s Legacy.” (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Paramount Pictures)

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Another renowned British actor, McKellen was already enjoying wide popularity before the departure of "X-Men" for his role as the wizard Gandalf in "The Lord of the rings". He would reprise the role of Magneto three more times, ending with "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in 2014. One of his last roles in the cinema has been the polarizing "Cats" (2019). (Foto: 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros.)
Ian McKellen (Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto)

Another well-known British actor, McKellen was already enjoying wide popularity before the release of “X-Men” for his role as the wizard Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings.” He would take the role of Magneto again three more times, ending with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2014. One of his last roles in the cinema has been the polarizing “Cats” (2019). (Photo: 20th Century Fox / Warner Bros.)

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