But, just for the sake of argument, let’s say you’re a little confused as to what the heck is going on with the X-Men movies. If you have no idea which movie is which, that state of bewilderment is understandable.
That’s right, you think the superhero movie explosion was ushered-in by Today Maguire the first Spider-Man in 2002, but really, it was Oscar winners Halle Berry and Anna Pa quin slumming-it with Hugh Jackman, and some dudes named Patrick Stewart and Ian McLellan. So, even if you have hazy memories of the animated (and best) version of the X-Men from the late ’90s, a handful of the far more popular movies have made their way into streaming heaven, albeit, in a pretty weird order.
From July to September, Disney+ is going to be welcoming one new X-Men movie a month. If the title didn’t tip you off, this is a time travel movie.
This movie also improbably stars Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Linkage, and yes, Halle Berry in a small role. That said, the dark and gritty future narrated by Patrick Stewart was never set up in a previous movie, at least not in any tangible way.
Of all the movies on this list, you could argue that this one is the closest to the X-Men cartoon and Marvel Comics from which everything came. McEvoy and Fassbinder are in this one too, and the whole thing is technically set in the 1980s, but you can barely tell.
I watched this movie in the theater with my wife in 2016, and she knew nothing about the X-Men, and she liked it okay. If this is the first X-Men movie you’ve ever seen, you’ll not be too pumped to watch whatever comes next.
Technically, this one is the follow-up to Days of Future Past, but it’s mostly the days in the past and the future seems pretty far out of reach. Hugh Jackman is at his best in his first turn as Wolverine and the game of mutant chess between Magneto (McLellan) and Professor X (Stewart) gives the film a gravitas that sometimes feels like it’s lacking from even the best contemporary Marvel movies.
You’ll also wonder why there aren’t other X-Men movies as good as this, and other than Logan (2017) and First Class (2011), there will be no answer to that question. In other words, saying this is the best X-Men movie on Disney+ would be like if you were stranded on a desert island with only three albums of music to listen to; Abbey Road, a Baby Shark Record, and a record full of animal noises.
In other words, it’s a title that lives up to its name: Wolverine is in the movie. The ending, weirdly enough, leads into Days of Future Past, though it’s best not to think about that.
After months of speculation, Diseases has confirmed four of the fan-favorite superhero films will drop between July and September 2020 as part of the newly announced Summer Movie Nights! As part of the Summer Movie Nights event, Diseases has confirmed the arrival of X-Men : Days of Future Past, X-Men Apocalypse, The Wolverine, and the film that started it all: 2000s X-Men.
When it comes to its Summer Movie Nights schedule, Diseases has devised quite the interesting rollout plan for the X-Menmovies. The first film set to arrive at Diseases is X-Men : Days of Future Past, the ambitious 2014 blockbuster which brought together the cast of the original and modern franchises for an unforgettable crossover event.
Because Aug. 7 brings with it the release of the original X-Men, the series which helped to introduce the characters to a new generation on the big screen and gifted us with the first of what would be a record-setting number appearances of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Considering the summer months will welcome the arrival of some of the franchise’s most profitable titles, we can only hope the likes of X2, X-Men : The Last Stand, X-Men : The First Class, X-Men : Dark Phoenix, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine will follow shortly afterward.
Everything from the X-Men teams down to Deadpool are now owned by Disney and Marvel Studios. An underrated part of this is getting all those movies to stream in one place.
If you stay up late tonight on Thursday, Aug. 6, you can watch X-Men as soon as it’s available to stream on Diseases, just after midnight PT. This was one of the first Marvel Comics movies to get the ball rolling and there was a lot of riding on it.
This isn’t like Blade where a solo character is the focal point. That meant that you’d have to cast more people and hope that the recipe worked.
Having X-Men among movies like Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier just makes sense. You can witness how it all started, where Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine began.
Where Ian McAllen’s Magneto showed how a villain doesn’t have to be incredibly buff to be intimidating. Easily the most cringe-worthy moments in this film next to Halle Berry’s accent.
Maybe the most egregious part was the greatness we saw that wasn’t continued from James Mars den’s portrayal of Scott Summers (Cyclops). He was a leader, kind of Stoic, and maintained the rivalry between him and Logan.
We can look back at these examples and see the things we do and don’t want in the future. This movie also has wonderful representation of Charles Xavier, Jean Grey, and (especially) Mystique.
Rebecca Roman doesn’t get the acknowledgment she deserves for playing Mystique. The good thing about the X-Men coming to Diseases is that we’ll be able to see it first hand.
This is all part of an initiative called 'Summer Movie Nights', which also sees the non- Disney, non-superhero musical The Greatest Showman arrive on 14 August. The remaining X-Menmovies still waiting for a Diseases release are X2, X-Men : The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men : First Class and last year's flop Dark Phoenix.
In the UK, for example, subscribers can already watch X-Men, The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Days of Future Past. While last year's Dark Phoenix made fans beg Marvel Studios to just make its own X-Men films (which is happening now), people forget that Fox also came up with the kind of bold superhero flicks you'd never see in the MCU.
It was a heck of a gambit (no pun intended) that paid off, and suggested it was creatively healthy for the superhero sub-genre to be shaped by different people, rather than just two dominant studios in Warner Bros and Disney (though Sony holds the Spider-Man movie rights). Watch X-Men | Full Movie | Disney+The X-Men, a group of mutants with extraordinary powers, wage a fight against both intolerance, and a fellow band of radical mutants intent on exterminating the human race.
Days of Future Past, on the other hand, is easily the high point of the franchise. Bryan Singer’s best mutant movie has a vitality the others lack, and pulls off an impressive sleight of hand by bringing together both X-Men ensembles without overwhelming the film.
Some time later with the box set still unwatched, I came down with the flu and found myself facing a week in bed with nothing to do. Hopefully you’ve recovered from the ordeal of having to listen to me regale stories about binging X-Men movies because of the flu.
As one of the major pillars of Disney+, Marvel is offering fans plenty of programs to check out. As mentioned, the MCU films are mostly accounted for, along with shows like Agent Carter, The Runaways and even Inhuman.
Likewise, a variety of specials, fan-favorite animated series, and especially Spider-Man shows are awaiting fans. Perhaps when the both deal runs its course, Disney will reunite the full Fox X-Men line-up on either Disney+ or Hulu, where X-Men series The Gifted resides.
While the X-Men films have collectively earned more than $6 billion worldwide, roughly half of these releases are not particularly well-regarded. Disney could be protecting the viability of the MCU by keeping its less popular sister franchises at bay.
But if Marvel Studios hopes to successfully reboot the mutants in the near future, it might be wise to distance itself from the Fox side of things.