|Alias(es)|| Hank McCoy|
|Appeared in|| X2: X-Men United|
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
|Status|| Deceased (Original Timeline)|
Alive (New Timeline)
|Actor|| Steve Bacic|
- "Well, I think we should hope for the best. And prepare for the worst. But, even still, I still think the world needs the X-Men"
- ―Hank McCoy[src]
Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy, also known as Beast, (born 1940s) is a mutant who possesses superhuman agility, strength, endurance and dexterity.
Henry was a child prodigy, having graduated Harvard University at age 15. 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. One day, he was approached by the Man in Black, Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr, Moira MacTaggert, and Raven Darkholme 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 bestial 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 code-name "Beast" by Havok. He piloted the team to stop Sebastian Shaw from starting WWIII between the US and the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After they crashed on a nearby beach, he and Havok battled Azazel until Lehnsherr managed to infiltrate the Hellfire Club's damaged submarine and kill Shaw. When the remaining mutants left to form the Brotherhood of Mutants with Lehnsherr, Raven told a saddened Hank to remember to be proud that he was a mutant before being teleported away.
After the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Hank became a teacher at the X-Mansion. However, Xavier's school shut down in the late 1960's when most of the faculty and students , such as Havok were drafted to fight in Vietnam. During those events, Hank also created a serum in order to control his beast form while Xavier used it to help him walk again with the side effect of stopping his powers all together.
- "Maybe it would be easier to round up mutants by the truckload."
- ―Hank McCoy[src]
- "Hard to believe this once fit me."
- ―Hank McCoy[src]
Once the weaponization is made without his knowledge, McCoy resigns from his position in the government and returns to Xavier's mansion, where he feels he should be due to his principles. When Professor Xavier is killed by the Phoenix, Beast attends his former mentor's funeral. He is then contacted by Wolverine, who has discovered that Magneto is heading to Alcatraz Island to kill Jimmy and destroy the cure. Beast joins the team and participates in the battle at Alcatraz, donning his old uniform and commenting on how it feels smaller than before. During the fight, he seems to revert to a more primal state, often roaring as well as defeating his opponents with a savage fighting style. While Wolverine is acting as a distraction, Beast ultimately injects Magneto with the cure, so rendering him powerless. After the battle, McCoy is appointed by the President as the United States ambassador to the United Nations.
In 2015, Hank was dragged from his home and murdered by an angry mob of Human Majority protesters outside his home in upstate New York.
- "I probably shouldn't be asking this sort of thing, but in the future, do I make it?"
- ―Beast to Wolverine[src]
After the rough encounter with Beast, Logan then tells them both that he's sent the future by Charles, which they obviously don’t believe. Logan explains what happens in the future but Xavier simply laughs until Logan then tells Charles something that Charles tells Wolverine years in the future. How Charles powers manifested at an age of 9 and how he thought he had gone mad. But at the age of twelve he understood that the voices in his head actually came from the minds of the people around him. This makes Charles wonder if Logan might be telling the truth, as how Charles discovering his powers was something no one else knew at the time, but still says he's busy and walks away. After Xavier explained his personal dilemma to Logan, causing Hank to state that "there is no professor", Wolverine asks Beast how Charles can still walk and he answers that the serum he used to control his powers could be modified to fix Charles's spine. But it had the side-effect of changing Charles' DNA in a way that sapped him of his powers. Charles had misused the serum over the years to shut out the voices in his head.
Charles changes his mind, however, and reluctantly agrees to help Logan. Logan then says that they will need Magneto as well. Learning that they would need Charles and Erik's help, Charles reveals that Erik is held prisoner beneath the Pentagon in a concrete and plastic prison for being involved in the assassination on John F. Kennedy. Wolverine knows someone that could help with breaking out Magneto. After Xavier was finally convinced to assist Logan in freeing Magneto, the trio picked up Quicksilver, a mutant with the power of super speed that says that he is willing to help and join them. At the Pentagon, Charles, Wolverine, and Hank take a tour of the Pentagon, acting as tourists, but Charles and Wolverine sneak away as Hank shuts down the cameras. Hank continued to act as a tourist while the other three infiltrated the lower floors. Hank assisted them with rescuing Magneto, by fiddling around with the Pentagon's security systems, and activated a fire alarm throughout the building.
Soon afterward, the group would go to Paris to prevent Mystique from assassinating the Sentinels' creator, Bolivar Trask. As Hank piloted the group's jet on a flight to the Paris Peace Accords, Charles and Erik engaged in a brief fight that almost resulted in Erik's anger and fury almost crashing the plane, but he eventually calms his mind and they get safely to Paris.
When the group reached the summit, Bolivar Trask was giving a presentation on the Sentinels when he identified Mystique, who was disguised as a South Vietnamese general. Erik was able to save Trask, and paralyzed William Stryker with taser darts. Magneto understands that Mystique could be a danger to all mutants and he tries to kill her with the gun. Deciding that the dark future could be prevented if Raven were simply killed, Erik shot at her, but doesn't succeeds though as Mystique jumps out the window. Although he manages to bend the bullet so that it hits her in the leg and wounds her. Shrugging off Charles, Erik chases after Mystique by gliding to the front of the building in the presence of a large crowd, dragging Raven towards him, removing the bullet and preparing to throw it into her head and kill her, but he is attacked by an enraged Hank, who mutated himself, and stopped Erik from doing so, while Mystique escapes. Almost being drowned by Hank in a fountain, Erik manipulates several metal artworks, restraining Beast for the public to see. But when the police arrive the mutants are forced to scatter.
Returning to the X-Mansion without Erik, who had gone on the run, Charles resolves his issues and chooses to not suppress his powers any longer. Xavier is accompanied by Logan and Hank as he uses Cerebro to locate Raven, and he finds Mystique in an airport and uses the people around her to talk to her, trying to convince her to come to her senses, but to no avail, she refuses to listen. Charles does, however, learn that she is going to Washington D.C. Hank had been monitoring the channels and found out that that's where the Sentinels will be revealed, which is where Raven attempts to kill Trask again. Hank says that there still might not help whatever they do. Hank briefly addressed the prospect that the future could not be changed saying that time is unchangeable. That it's like a river and a pebble; throw a pebble into the water and the water will just go around it. But Charles doesn't believe in that. They take the jet to D.C. and on the way there Logan makes Charles promise that no matter how it goes he will still bring together the X-Men in the future.
The trio make it to DC, where Trask is preparing to present his creations. Raven disguises herself as a Secret Service agent, waiting to strike, but it once again foiled by Charles, who speaks to through telepathy, pleading with her to consider her choices. As the Sentinels activate, a still-disguised Raven joins the cabinet, Trask, and President Nixon in a bunker inside the White House. Unknown to them, Magneto had taken control of the Sentinels, as Magneto places an entire stadium around the building, placing seven of the Sentinels as guards and ordering a lone one to preoccupy Wolverine and Hank. Beast asks Wolverine if he makes it in the future and Wolverine says no, but he also states that they can change that. They get assaulted by a Sentinel and Beast says he got it.
Hank defeats one, tearing out its fuel lines, and is thrown into the wreckage of a car by another. As another Sentinel approaches him, Hank injects a pocketful of the mutation-suppressing drug, altering his appearance, making the Sentinel ignore him.
Using the serum, Hank managed to avoid being detected by a Sentinel and encouraged Charles with persuading Raven from killing Trask and showing the humans a better future. Following the apparent "malfunctioning" of the Sentinels, Trask was placed in prison while society began to think more positively about mutants, thus changing the future.
- "The world needs the X-Men."
- ―Beast to Mystique[src]
Hank later helps Scott by making special sunglasses out of Ruby Quartz that allow him to see without risk of his powers activating. Sometime later Raven arrives at the mansion with a young mutant named Kurt Wagner. As he shows Raven around and tells her about his ideas to reestablish the X-Men, Raven reveals to him that she is there because Erik has resurfaced much to Hanks dismay. When Charles and Alex return to the school along with Moira the group heads to Cerebro to locate Erik. However, Apocalypse manages to take over Charles' mind and by extension Cerebro and uses him to disarms the worlds military. Under Charles' orders, Alex proceeds to destroy Cerebro in order to stop Apocalypse. However, as they exit, Apocalypse and his Horsemen capture Charles. Alex attempts to stop them and fires a blast, which misses and hits the X-Jets engine causing an explosion in the mansion that kill Alex immediately. However, Hank and the others along with the rest of the students are saved by Quicksilver. However Hank along with Raven, Moira, and Peter are captured by William Stryker and taken to Alkali Lake to be interrogated. While imprisoned they hear Charles physic message to the entire world.They are then rescued by Scott, Kurt and Jean (with some unexpected assistance from Logan who had been captured and put through the Adamantium bonding process). Grabbing a plane from the base the group flies to Cairo, Egypt to stop Apocalypse and save Xavier. Arriving, Raven and Peter go to Magneto to stop him from disrupting the Earth's magnetic field which will kill millions while Hank, Jean, and Scott hold off the Horsemen while Kurt goes to save Xavier. Hank takes on Psylocke and manages to hold his own until Kurt having saved Xavier retrieves him and the others. As the group tries to flee their plane is attacked by Angel and Psylocke however Kurt manages to teleport everyone to safety while Angel is killed and Psylocke is knocked unconscious. As Apocalypse searches for Xavier, Raven and Peter try to stop him but are beaten and nearly killed until Xavier decides to use his new psychic link to Apocalypse from when he attempted to take over his body to take on Apocalypse while Hank gets Peter and Raven to safety. They are assisted by Magneto who has had a change of heart thanks to Raven, but are still no match for Apocalypse until Jean unleashes the power of the Phoenix and with help from Storm, Apocalypse is killed. After this, Hank and Raven become the new field commanders of the X-Men, consisting of Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Jean, Storm, Jean, and Quicksilver and begin training them for the battles ahead.
While he doesn't appear, Deadpool mentions Beast, jokingly asking Colossus to tell him to quit pooping on his lawn.
While Wade is at the X-Mansion, he is frustrated with the fact that the rest of X-Men do not appear for financial reasons, unaware that that Professor X, Cyclops, Quicksilver and Beast are in the in the room next to him teaching a class. Hank quietly shuts the door to avoid Wade seeing them.
- "This is your fault Charles"
- ―Hank to Charles concerning Jean.[src]
- "Morning Logan, late start!"
- ―Hank McCoy[src]
Hank is a brilliant scientist and researcher. One of the earliest recruits to the X-Men, Hank proved invaluable both on the field of battle, and in the laboratory, where his vast intelligence and insight into mutant genetics quickly distinguished him from the rest of the team. Hank took the name of "Beast" after the nickname he'd gained during his college football years. Despite his surprising strength, agility and talent as a fighter, he prefers his refined intellect to his brutish fists when attacking a problem.
As a talented negotiator and diplomat, Hank is the first known mutant to hold a position in the United States government, with the Department of Mutant Affairs. As an adviser to the President, Hank does his best to ensure the government's mutant policies are as informed and fair as possible. He is at once embarrassed by and defensive of his mutant nature, but he believes humans and mutants are capable of living together in peace, and will fight to preserve that vision.
In his youth, Hank was initially ashamed of his mutant heritage, as he tried to hide his abilities, out of fear that others would judge him, even going as far as to create a cure that would strip him of his mutant appearance. Eventually with the help of Charles Xavier, he learned to accept his mutant nature and became a very important figure in the mutant world.
Despite the fact that his kind has been treated unfairly by non-mutants (humans), Hank is moral and honorable, having never wavered into the darker side, unlike Magneto and Shaw that human society have created, Hank is also brave and selfless, willing to sacrifice his own life for the protection of his friends and family.
Hank is very polite and respectful unless he is aggravated; becoming very aggressive and violent.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Strength: Beast possesses far more strength then a normal human. Able to leap dozens of feet through the air and able to overpower and man handle numerous individuals at the same time and throw them extreme distances with ease with one arm. Beast possesses enough strength to destroy the original Sentinels with some effort.
- Superhuman Speed: Beast possesses far more speed then a normal human. He can run at speeds up to 40 miles an hour over short distances. Even before his second mutation, he was capable of running around the entire X-Mansion in seconds.
- Superhuman Agility: Beast possesses far more agility then a normal human, able to easy swing and flip around on cross beams, chandlers and poles with ease.
- Superhuman Endurance: Beast possesses far more endurance then a normal human.
- Superhuman Dexterity: Beast possesses far more dexterity then a normal human.
- Superhuman Jumping: Beast can jump far higher than a normal human. He can jump more than 15 feet off the ground.
- Superhuman Leaping: Beast can leap much further than a normal human. He can leap 25 feet in a single bound.
- Superhuman Immunity: Beast is immune to diseases, illnesses and drugs, as notable when he encounters Wolverine as a young adult, Wolverine notes that even in his human form he is still very strong, implying that Beast's body is significantly resistant to his own serum.
- Superhuman Longevity: Beast ages far slower than a normal human.
- Retractable Razor-Sharp Claws: Beast possesses five retractable razor-sharp claws on each of his hands and feet, they are capable of cutting through most materials; such as flesh, wood, stone and metal.
- Razor-Sharp Teeth: Beast possesses razor-sharp teeth, they are capable of biting through most materials; such as flesh, wood, stone and metal.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Hank is highly intelligent, as he was the one who designed the Blackbird, the X-Jet and the X-Men uniforms for his team; Hank is on of the most, if not the most intelligent member of the X-Men.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Beast is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts; his fighting skills combined with his superhuman physical attributes, makes Beast a formidable opponent alone in single combat.
- Expert Pilot: Hank is capable of flying most aircrafts; such as the Blackbird, a war plane and the X-Jet.
- X-Man uniform: Hank wears a protective suit, when he is out on the field in battle.
- Human Majority Protesters - Killers.
- Charles Xavier/Professor X - Friend, mentor and team leader.
- Alex Summers/Havok - Friend and teammate; deceased.
- Sean Cassidy/Banshee - Friend and teammate; deceased.
- Jean Grey/Phoenix - Friend and teammate.
- Scott Summers/Cyclops - Friend and teammate.
- Ororo Munroe/Storm - Friend and teammate.
- Logan/Wolverine - Teammate.
- Peter Rasputin/Colossus - Teammate.
- Bobby Drake/Iceman - Teammate.
- Kitty Pryde - Teammate.
- Raven Darkholme/Mystique - Teammate and love interest.
- Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto - Teacher turned enemy.
- Brotherhood of Mutants
Behind the scenes
- Beast was supposed to appear in the first X-Men movie, but the character was cut due to problems with make-up.
- Beast was supposed to be one of the protagonists in X2: X-Men United, but Bryan Singer thought that there were too many characters and cut him.
- Broadway actor Benjamin Walker was previously cast as Beast. He turned down the role to star in the Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
- Lucas Till (Alex Summers aka Havok) was cast to play Beast, but decided not to because of the amount of time for makeup.
- Grammer was going to return as the elder Beast in Days of Future Past, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with Transformers: Age of Extinction. However, he did film a cameo during post production.
- Canon (5 films)
- X-Men: First Class - Nicholas Hoult
- Original Timeline (3 films)
- X2: X-Men United (First appearance) - Steve Bacic
- X-Men: The Last Stand - Kelsey Grammer
- Original Timeline (3 films)
- X-Men: First Class - Nicholas Hoult
- In the X2: X-Men United novelization, when Professor X attacked the mutants under the influence of Jason Stryker, the psychic attack started the second mutation of Beast, explaning why, from the human appearance in X2: X-Men United, he had his furry appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand. In a deleted scene of X2: X-Men United his mutation is similarly triggered by Dark Cerebro.
- In both a deleted scene of X-Men: The Last Stand and this film's novelization, Beast joins his teammates at the school as a teacher.
- Also, in First Class, when Henry attempts to inject Raven with his serum, a bowl of Twinkies is visible. This is a subtle nod to his comic book counterpart, whose favorite food is Twinkies.
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, as he witnesses the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge before he arrives to confront the Brotherhood with the other X-Men, Beast utters "Oh, my stars and garters", his classic catchphrase from the comics.
Images in chronological order of the film timeline:
X-Men: First Class
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men: Days of Future Past 1973
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2023