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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Beast from the X-Men film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Beast.

My boy, I have been fighting for mutant rights since before you had claws.
~ Beast to Wolverine in The Last Stand.
I probably shouldn't be asking this sort of thing, but in the future, do I make it?
~ Young Beast to Wolverine in Days of Future Past.

Doctor Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, also known Beast, is a character from the X-Men Movies, playing a supporting role in the original timeline, and later plays a major role in the revised timeline.

A child prodigy with the mutant ability of enhanced superhuman capabilities, Hank would become a member of the X-Men when the Hellfire Club attempted to cause World War III during the Cuban missile crisis. He continued to serve as one of Professor X's closest allies, helping in defeat Apocalypse and D'Bari, and stopping Magneto from killing Leech.

He was portrayed by Steve Bacic in a cameo in X2: X-Men United, by Kelsey Grammer (who also played Frasier Crane in Cheers and Frasier) in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and by Nicholas Hoult (who also played Jack in Jack the Giant Slayer and Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road) in the prequel X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, in his cameo in Deadpool 2, and in Dark Phoenix.

Biography

Early Life

Hank McCoy was born in the 1940s as a child prodigy, having graduated Harvard at age fifteen. He was eventually recruited to work as a researcher for the CIA's "Division X", wherein he investigated supersonic flight and built the Cerebro prototype. At some point in his life, Hank would discover his mutant gene, and decided to hide it from his employers.

Original Timeline

X2: X-Men United

McCoy makes a brief appearance in X2, being interviewed by a talk show host about the mutant debate.

X-Men: The Last Stand

After gaining the position of Secretary of Mutant Affairs within the government, McCoy stopped taking his serum and allowed his mutation to be known publically. When he learned of Warren Worthington II's project to use the mutant child Leech to create a serum that could cure any mutant, he left and informed Professor X and Storm of the news. After meeting the child at Worthington Labs, Hank decided to leave his position since the president didn't inform him of the making of a cure. McCoy would later learn of Charles' demise by Jean Grey, and would attend his funeral alongside Xavier's students and colleagues. Following the funeral, Beast would learn from Wolverine of Magneto's army and that they are traveling to Worthington Labs to kill the child and take the cure.

Sensing the urgency of the situation, Beast decided to rejoin the X-Men and help them protect Worthington Labs from Magneto and the Omegas. During the battle, Beast assisted Wolverine in defeating Magneto, injecting him the cure, which is later revealed to only stop a mutant's abilities for a short while. When Jean turns into the Dark Phoenix and causes major destruction of the island, Beast helps everyone evacuate while Wolverine mercy kills Grey. Afterward, McCoy would become the United Nations' ambassador to help mutants and mankind unite.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Beast was among the many mutants killed by the Sentinels, who started to wipe off all mutants and humans across the world. What was left of the X-Men made a last ditch act to undo the present by going into the past, having Wolverine enter the subconscious of his past self so he could prevent Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask. Once Wolverine was successful, Beast is shown to be alive in the present at the X-Mansion.

Revised Timeline

X-Men: First Class

One day, he was approached by the Man in Black, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Moira MacTaggert, and Raven Darkhölme during the early formation of the X-Men as a black ops group. When Charles accidentally exposed him as a mutant, the urbane Hank displayed his physical mutation of prehensile feet and agility; greatly impressing Raven. He became instantly smitten with her, and a budding attraction was evident between them.

Hank revealed that he had been working on a serum to cure his physical mutation but leave his abilities intact. He believed that Raven's ability to alter her appearance would hold the key to perfecting it. He requested a sample of her blood, during which they shared each others' wish to appear "normal" as well as a kiss.

However, Erik's constant validation of her true beauty and self overturned her opinion, and when Hank finished the serum she refused to take it. He returned to his lab and injected himself and his animal-like feet seemed to revert to normal. However, they quickly changed back and McCoy underwent a radical transformation which resulted in him manifesting blue fur all over his body and taking on a more beast-like appearance with the addition of fang-like teeth, pointed ears, and claws. The serum had the opposite effect he'd intended, it enhanced his mutation instead of dampening it.

After trashing his lab, he left a note and a box containing the team's suits and met them at the hanger holding their stealth jet of his design. Mystique remarked that he was "beautiful" and this was "truly who he was meant to be." After lashing out at Erik when he remarked "Never looked better", Hank was given the codename "Beast" by Havok, who thought his new appearance was great. Beast then flew the team to Cuba to deal with Sebastian Shaw and his Hellfire Club. After Erik forced Shaw's submarine onto the beach, Beast assisted Havok in fighting Azazel until Summers was rescued by Banshee. After defeating Shaw's allies, Erik emerged from the sub with Sebastian's corpse, and explained to his fellow mutants that mankind was the real threat.

When the United States and Soviets launched missiles at the beach, Erik managed to stop them, and Beast and the others tried to stop the scrimmage between Erik and Charles. Beast would then witness Erik leave with Mystique and the Hellfire Club and assisted Xavier, who stated that he couldn't feel his legs after being wounded by Moira's bullet.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

In the 1970s, McCoy is still at Xavier's side at the X-Mansion, where he created a serum that allowed Charles to walk at the cost of losing control of his powers. Hank would have an encounter with Wolverine, but would explain of Charles' current predicament of abusing the serum since he lost his best friend, adoptive sister, and several students due the draft for the Vietnam War. Once Charles changes his mind to help Wolverine, the latter states that they need Magneto's help as well, who is imprisoned under the Pentagon for the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Seeing that they needed to break into the Pentagon, the group recruited Quicksilver to use his super speed to rescue Erik. Afterward, the group headed to Paris to prevent Mystique from killing Trask, but Erik would try to kill Raven so he could save the future.

Beast would stop him by shifting into his animal form, but was stopped from killing Erik and left the scene due to the arrival of police. Meeting with Charles and Logan, Hank initially thinks that the future is unchangeable, explaining that you can't stop a ripple when one throws a pebble into the water. However, Xavier states that one can stumble off their path but are not lost forever, regaining his strength after meeting his future self. The group then headed to D.C. and managed to prevent Mystique from killing President Nixon, which leads to Trask's Sentinel project being discontinued and changing the future.

X-Men: Apocalypse

With mankind developing a more positive look on mutants, Charles' school re-opens and Hank becomes a teacher, but still uses the serum to mantain his human appearance. When En Sabah Nur arrived and started to cause mass destruction across the world, Beast rejoined the team with Mystique, Quicksilver and new members Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler to rescue Charles before Apocalypse could transfer himelf into the professor. During the battle, Beast fought against Psylocke, and later assisted the team in defeating Apocalypse as Jean used hers powers to kill him.

Deadpool 2

Beast and the young characters make a cameo in Deadpool, appearing behind Wade Wilson ask he asks where the other X-Men are when he appears in any secene of the mansion. Before Wade could be aware of their presence, Beast closes the door.

Dark Phoenix

In the 1990s, the X-Men are tasked with helping the astronauts of the Endeavor, and during the mission, Jean absorbed the Phoenix Force. Once returning to Earth, Jean's powers become unstable as she starts to attack students, and she leaves the mansion to find her father at Red Hook. Going to her family home, the team try to calm Jean, but she accidently causes the death of Mystique and leaves the area. McCoy mourns Raven's death alongside his allies, and blames Charles for it before leaving to Genosha to inform Erik of her passing. Beast would join Magneto's side to find Jean and kill her, and fights his former allies before they are all captured by the United States Military.

Beast would let go of his vendetta after being convinced by Scott and Xavier, and helps his allies fight against the D'Bari, who are trying to take the Phoenix Force themselves. After Jean defeats Vuk and leaves the planet, Beast returns to the mansion and becomes the dean of Jean Grey's school for gifted youngsters.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Strength: Beast can lift objects that weigh up to 10 tons relatively easily. He is also able to overpower several individuals simultaneously and send them flying several feet away with little to no effort. Beast possesses enough strength to destroy the original Sentinels with some effort.
  • Superhuman Durability: Beast was able to withstand several blows from Azazel and was completely unfazed by the latter's blows.
  • Superhuman Endurance: Beast can continue to fight back against Azazel; despite the fact that he had received several blows from the latter.
  • Superhuman Speed: Beast can run at speeds up to 40 miles an hour over short distances. Even before Beast's second mutation, he was capable of running around the entire X-Mansion in seconds.
  • Superhuman Agility: Beast is able to perform acrobatic and gymnastic stunts; such as flips, rolls and springs.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Beast's advanced musculature is considerably more efficient than that of normal humans. As a result, his muscles produce practically no fatigue toxins during physical activity compared to those of humans. His virtually inexhaustible stamina enables him to exert himself at peak capacity for an undefined period of time without tiring at all.
  • Superhuman Jumping: Beast can jump more than 15 feet off the ground.
  • Superhuman Leaping: Beast can leap 25 feet in a single bound.
  • Superhuman Immunity: Beast is immune to most, if not all types of diseases, illnesses, sickness, drugs, poisons, toxins, radiation, disorders, disabilities, etc. As noted by Wolverine when he encountered Beast as a young adult; even in his human form, he is still very strong, implying that Beast's body is significantly resistant to his own serum.
  • Superhuman Longevity: Despite being 70 years old, Beast still maintains the physical appearance of a man in his prime. Even in 2023 when he has to be at least 80 years old, he again still maintains the same appearance.
  • Sharp Teeth: Beast possesses razor-sharp teeth, that are capable of biting through most materials; such as flesh, wood, stone and metal.
  • Retractable Sharp Claws: Beast possesses retractable razor-sharp claws that are capable of cutting through most materials; such as flesh, wood, stone and metal.

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect: Hank is highly intelligent, as he is an expert in science, genetics, biochemistry, electronics, mechanics, technology and several other subjects, as well as the fact that he was the one who designed the Blackbird, the X-Jet, the X-Men uniforms, vehicles and gadgets for his team; making Hank one of the most, if not the most intelligent member of the X-Men.
  • Master Acrobat: Due to Beast's superhuman agility, he is an excellent acrobat and gymnast; as he is skilled in all kinds of acrobatics and gymnastics.
  • Master Combatant/Martial Artist: Beast is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist. He was able to best Azazel and Magneto relatively easily; despite both of them being highly skilled combatants in their own right. Beast's combat skills combined with his superhuman physical attributes; makes him a formidable opponent alone in single combat.
  • Expert Pilot: Hank is a highly skilled pilot. He is capable of flying most aircrafts; such as the Blackbird, a war plane and the X-Jet.

Personality

The world needs the X-Men.
~ Hank McCoy to Raven.

Hank is one of the few pure good mutants in the world, having never wavered into the darker side, mutants like Magneto and Shaw have created. While always on the side of good, during much of his youth, Hank was ashamed of his mutant heritage. McCoy tried to hide his abilities, in fear others would judge him, even going so far as to create a cure that would strip him of his mutant DNA. Eventually with the help of Charles Xavier, he learned to accept his mutant nature and became a very important figure in the mutant world.

Over many decades (and in both timelines), Hank has protected both human and mutant-kind, both on the battlefield and in the courtroom. He helped Charles build his school for Mutants, serving as a teacher and mentor for many years. Hank eventually left the school and has been working for mutant rights, even taking up a government position, becoming the head of mutant affairs to the President.

Hank is brave and selfless, willing to sacrifice his own life for the protection of his friends and family. Usually, Hank carried himself with a very polite demeanor unless aggravated. His greatest attribute is his near superhuman intelligence, which has gotten himself and the X-Men out of many bad scenarios. Hank has a brother-like relationship with Xavier, remaining by his side even at a time when Xavier did not believe in himself, helping him create the X-Men and staying with Charles to help his school grow. He also formed a close friendship with Scott Summers, designing special glasses and a visor for the boy and working closely with him during the battle against Apocalypse and his horsemen. This friendship probably due to Hank's friendship with Scott's late brother, Alex.

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Trivia

  • He was originally suppose to appear in X-Men, but was cut.
    • Elements of him were incorporated into Jean Grey.
  • Lucas Till was originally casted to play Beast, but decided not to because of the long time to took to place the makeup. Nicholas Hoult was given the role, and Till would portray Havok.
  • He was suppose to appear in Deadpool, but it was cut.
  • He was planned to be a main character in in his own film titled X-Men: Fear the Beast.
  • There were likely plans for future films following Dark Phoenix where he would permanently remain in his beast form.

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