Metaphase 2 is a critical stage in the process of meiosis, which is the division of cells that results in the production of gametes for sexual reproduction. During this stage, the chromosomes in the cells align along the equatorial plane, which is the imaginary line that separates the two poles of the cell. This alignment allows the chromosomes to be properly separated during the later stages of meiosis. At this stage the spindle fibres attach to the kinetochore protein, pulling the replicated chromatids of each chromosome towards opposite poles. Once the chromosomes are correctly aligned, they are ready to undergo the final stages of meiosis, leading to the production of genetically diverse gametes.