“It’s a crime that Storm got sidelined like that”: X-Men Franchise Failed to Keep Its Promise to Halle Berry Leaving Marvel Fans Furious

X-Men's broken promise to Halle Berry sparks outrage among Marvel fans over deceptive tactics and sidelined icons.

"It's a crime that Storm got sidelined like that": X-Men Franchise Failed to Keep Its Promise to Halle Berry Leaving Marvel Fans Furious


  • X-Men franchise's deceitful tactics and crafting a fake script sidelined Halle Berry's potential in the cinematic saga.
  • Director Matthew Vaughn's revelation exposes Hollywood's political and deceptive practices.
  • Halle Berry regrets her groundbreaking Oscar win hasn't catalyzed broader change for Black actresses.
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In the ever-evolving world of superhero cinema, the X-Men franchise, once celebrated for its diversity with Halle Berry embodying Storm, faces a shadowy revelation. Allegedly, the franchise reneged on its commitment to the 57-year-old, presenting a meager role and a duplicitous script to entice her return.

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Halle Berry (via her Instagram)

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X-Men Franchise Deceived Halle Berry, Shattering Promises To The Acclaimed Actress

In the ever-shifting X-Men saga, a real letdown surfaces as Halle Berry discovers she got played. Believe it or not, they cooked up a phony script to lure her back as Storm in X-Men: The Last Stand.


Berry played it cool in interviews, but you can sense the frustration. Apparently, in response to her not-so-secret discontent, they tossed her a bone in the original X-Men: The Last Stand script, giving her a scene to shine, kinda.

Halle Berry as Storm
Halle Berry as Storm

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According to Matthew Vaughn, known for Kick-Ass and the Kingsman films, Berry got roped in with a script that put her character front and center. As per Movie Web, the director spilled the beans, saying,


“This is a true story and I don’t care if I’m not meant to say it. Hollywood is really political and odd.”

He stumbled upon a beefed-up X3 script, asking about it, and they said, “Don’t worry about it.” It turns out it was the Berry special, what she wanted the movie to be before signing on. Vaughn thought it was cool but wasn’t thrilled about the deceit. The filmmaker explained,

“I thought it was a pretty cool idea….This is what she wants it to be. And once she signs on, we’ll throw it in the bin. I thought, If you’re going to do that to an Oscar-winning actress who plays Storm, I quit.”

And that’s how the director also left, opening the door for Brett Ratner. Storm does end up as headmistress, but that’s pretty much it.

Berry never spilled the beans, but fans are outraged. A crime, they say, to sideline Storm like that. Social media echoes disappointment. “It’s a crime that Storm got sidelined like that,” says one fan (@AceLM92).


As the Hollywood saga continues, questions loom about industry commitments and the toll of such betrayals on its revered talents. Despite her Oscar-winning success, Berry’s hope for change seems overshadowed by the X-Men’s behind-the-scenes antics.

Halle Berry Aimed For Industry Change Through Her Oscars Success

Halle Berry
Oscars-winning actress Halle Berry

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Berry, after making history with her Oscar win, hoped for more than personal recognition. She aimed to use her success as a force for change in the entertainment world. However, she now expresses regret that her victory hasn’t sparked a broader transformation for Black actresses.


In 2002, Berry became the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award for Monster’s Ball. Reflecting on the lack of similar successes, she shared her disappointment with Variety, saying,

“It’s been 21 years now and no one else like me has walked through that door. That is a great sadness because I felt that night meant something.”

Despite the setbacks, Berry acknowledged some positive shifts in Hollywood over the past two decades. While awards aren’t everything, she notes changes in the industry’s dynamics. The actress said,

“Awards aren’t everything. We are working in the industry in a way we never worked, so there has been change and it did matter.”

She emphasized that recognition shouldn’t diminish the hard work and talent of other Black actresses. In her quest for industry change, Berry stands as a symbol of dedication to breaking down existing barriers, paving the way for a more inclusive future in entertainment.


Written by Muskan Chaudhary

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Muskan Chaudhary, Junior Content Writer at Fandom wire. Having completed her degree in Commerce, she has written over 500 articles spanning FandomWire and Animated Times in the pop culture. She is dedicated to bring the latest and informative content from the entertainment world, thus expanding her knowledge in the field. Apart from her contributions to FandamWire, she has a keen interest in video games, sketching and playing tennis.