So in the spirit of all things ‘mutant,’ I decided to rank all the X-men title movies from the first X-men movie in 2000 until date. This list would contain only movies that have ‘X-men’ their titles (sorry fans of Logan, Deadpool, and The Wolverine). Anyway, let’s get right to it, shall we?
- X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (2016)
Yeah, this movie was a total waste of my time.
X-men fans would agree that a certain lump takes a hold of your throat when you hear Apocalypse. He is the ultimate mutant villain and this movie made him look like trash. It was painful to watch on so many levels as this movie kept creating flimsy excuses for well-known X-men facts (Storm’s white hair, Professor X’s baldness).
This movie was also supposed to serve as a form of introduction to the new generation of actor that would be playing characters already played by older actors. Sadly, none of the new cast members was memorable except Kodi Smit-McPhee who played a Nightcrawler.
Let’s not forget the sloppy introduction of The Phoenix at the end. I think we should just move on.
- X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009)
This one saddens my heart a little because it had so much potential.
From what it’s worth the first 20 minutes of the movie was not so bad but as time passed the movie started to find new ways to define the word stupid.
The movie tried to introduce us to some new characters who are pivotal to the X-men franchise (Blob, Gambit) but none of those characters made any lasting impressions and it’s not surprising that none of them reprised their roles in the future.
It wasn’t all bad though. This movie for all its awfulness gave us our first look at Wade Wilson aka. Deadpool and for that, we are eternally grateful.
- X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)
X-men: The Last Stand is the third movie in the original X-men trilogy and it’s the saddest of the three.
Bryan Singer who directed the first two movies wasn’t present for this one and the mantle was passed on to Brett Ratner. Bret Ratner had a different interpretation of the direction of the franchise and he gave us a movie that didn’t carry the same tone or depth as the first two.
Overall, X-men: The Last Stand is a very entertaining movie and the action sequences are good, they just aren’t good enough to make up for the plot holes and flaws in the script.
- X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011)
Honestly, this movie should proper rank lower than X-men: The Last Stand in some areas but I put it above it because of timing and purpose.
X-men: The Last Stand marked the end of an era and it’s flawed execution outweighs the issues I may have with X-men: First Class because this movie is essentially an origin story.
The first time I saw this movie, I criticized many things particularly the timeline and the pacing of the movie. X-men: First Class essentially gave birth to the timeline issues that exist in the X-men movie universe today and for that, I will never forgive the movie.
Nonetheless, I have to give the actors credit (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult) for taking on roles other veteran actors have portrayed for years and doing them some justice. That is not an easy feat.
- X-MEN (2000)
I love a good origin story and that’s what X-men was. At the start of the new millennium, X-men was able to set the standard for the superhero movies today because they were the first to show everyone that it was possible.
It helped introduce us to some of our all-time favorite characters from the comics/cartoons for the first time on the big-screen and we absolutely loved it.
- X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)
X-men: Days of Future Past is a rare gem. It marked the return of Bryan Singer to the X-men franchise and with him most of the actors from the first three X-men films. Alongside the new actors, they came together to create something truly special.
With a storyline that involved both the past and the future, X-men fans got to see the best of both worlds and I must say it was brilliant.
This movie also introduced us to Evan Peters (Quicksilver) who has quickly (get it?) become a fan favorite in the movie franchise. It wasn’t just about the flashy stuff though, there were a lot of layers to this movie and by the end, I honestly believed we had seen the end of an era.
Then they decided to make X-men: Apocalypse and we all know how that went.
- X-MEN: 2 (2003)
This is it folks, the X-men movie that totally crushes all other movies in the franchise.
The first X-men movie was good but the sequel was another level of awesome. Every moment of this movie has your attention from the very first scene where Nightcrawler (bless you Alan Cumming) tried to assassinate the president, to the introduction of William Stryker and don’t get me started on Magneto’s jailbreak scene.
It was an outstanding experience with brilliant action sequences and a kick-ass storyline for the win.
The only sad thing is that more than a decade has passed since that time and nothing they’ve done comes quite as close to this in terms of awesomeness.
There you have it, people.
Do you agree with my arrangement?
Do you have any contrary views?
Feel free to let me know in the comments below.