Professor Xavier warns the X-Men about an impeding event that wipes half the mutant population: Nitro will self-detonate in Kenosha. The Brotherhood rescue Nitro from a government prison against his will and use Locke to control him, planning to use him as a weapon.
179 votes Writers: Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, Len They Information from Professor X suggests that a key event that will lead to the bleak future is imminent: The X Men have to prevent Magneto's helmet from being stolen.
115 votes Writers: Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, Joshua Fine Creates mutant hunting Sentinels, the X-Men and the Brotherhood team up to take down them, and Master Mold, down.
145 votes Writers: Christopher 'Chris' Most, Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson Sentinels begin their attack on Kenosha causing dissension in the ranks when Scarlet Witch makes an important decision about which side she's on.
114 votes Writers: Christopher 'Chris' Most, Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, Joshua Fine Sabre tooth attacks Wolverine when he protects Maverick's daughter from a Weapon X agent.
150 votes Writers: Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, Paul Giacomo Emma Frost shows up and asks to help by using Cerebra to locate Professor Xavier.
Back to the mansion the X-Men receive a telepathic message from Xavier from 20 years in the future. He tells them that the Sentinels have destroyed the world and asks Wolverine to lead the X-Men and avoid this “future” to come to happen.
116 votes Writers: Bob Forward, Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson Meanwhile, the Shadow King takes control over Storm's body and shows her the mainland burning, making her believe she needs to save it.
247 votes Writers: Christopher 'Chris' Most, Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson The huge roster of characters and sprawling adventures that barely fit into a feature-length film just make more sense as serialized stories.
Release on Fictions and pegged to the critically reviled X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the series was written off by many, but anyone who was fortunate enough to see it can attest to this show's many strengths. The premise is instantly appealing: A mysterious event decimates the X-Men, causing Professor X and Jean Grey to disappear.
As a result, the X-Men disband: Cyclops spirals without Jean, Storm goes to Africa, and Iceman moves back home with his parents like a true millennial. Using telepathy, he communicates with the past, appointing Wolverine as the new leader of the X-Men and urging them to fix the future.
Watching Cyclops hit rock bottom and then recover is fascinating too, and any X-Men show that puts Kitty Pride front and center is already light years ahead of the competition. The mystery of what happened to Professor X and Jean Grey (who turns up eventually) drives the plot of the show, but it should come as no surprise that Wolverine still goes on plenty of cavaliers solo missions.
In one episode he takes on the Silver Samurai, and he even ends up fighting the Hulk after Nick Fury shows up asking for Logan's help. Because we're so excited for the upcoming “Logan,” which will be the last time Hugh Jackman puts on those shiny metal claws that famously immortalized him as Wolverine, we take a look back at some of the X-Men's greatest hits... in animated form, that is.
Set to an iconic main theme and featuring awesome adaptations of some of the most legendary X-Men stories of all time, X-Men stands tall as one of the best superhero cartoons ever made. The fourth episode of the series finds the X-Men dealing not only with Wolverine's former nemesis but also Magneto's attack on a nuclear power plant.
This pairing gives the series its first great ideological clash between the two characters and even more importantly, for Xavier, the sudden realization that not everyone is willing to go on the same path that he is planning. In a way, this episode serves as the introduction to the Magneto/Professor X rivalry that will continue to anchor the show for many seasons, and gives us our first battles between two pairs of friends-cum-rivals: Magneto & Professor X, as well as Wolverine & Sabre tooth.
After Senator Kelly is kidnapped by Magneto, the X-Men struggle to try to keep the peace when humanity starts hatred rallies against mutant kind. By having Master Mold, who's creating Sentinels, rebel against Bolivar Track, the series introduces the theme of artificial intelligence becoming self-aware.
In terms of escalation, this episode really knows how to deliver as the final stand finds the X-Men battling a gigantic army of Sentinels in spectacular fashion. Logan's troubled past has long been one of the more fascinating aspects about the X-Men universe and this episode decides to deal with them from the beginning.
The episode does a great job of actually exploring Wolverine's origin story, all through dream sequences, and it even delves deeper into the relationship between him and Sabre tooth. “ X-Men : The Animated Series” wasn't afraid to tell stories that required multiple episodes and “One Man's Worth” is one of its finest and craziest.
Taking place in an alternate timeline (in an obvious nod to the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline) where Professor X is dead and all the remaining mutants are led by Magneto to battle humanity, it's one of the series' most ambitious story lines; one that completely reinvents several characters and presents entirely new dynamics for the series. They beautifully incorporate some of the X-Men's crazier elements like time travel, alternate timelines and many others, while still tackling serious themes like racism.
In many ways, “One Man's Worth” demonstrates how crucial and important not just Charles Xavier is to the X-Men universe, but how even one person can shape the flow of history. He's influencing mutants like Mystique and slowly building his army of four horsemen, capturing his classic insidious tyranny from the comics.
It's an insanely dark episode that also includes some pretty terrifying visuals, like that of a Sentinel capturing a powerless Storm or the introduction of Master Mold. Following the wedding of Jean Grey and Scott Summers in the first episode and a series of betrayals by former X-member Morph, Mr. Sinister is revealed to be the man behind the curtain.
Mr. Sinister has always been one of the vestrymen villains and “Reunion” justifies it with a showcase that exemplifies how his philosophical views effectively differ from the rest of Professor X's enemies. It also effectively ties Morph's story arc into the grander picture set amidst Mr. Sinister's plans.
Based on the acclaimed Chris Claremont run and arguably the most popular X-Men story ever told, this series' adaptation of the iconic Dark Phoenix Saga remains the best. Like some best episodes of the series, this popular story arc knows how to escalate tension: what starts out as a small conflict soon grows into an intergalactic one as even the Shi'AR Empire get involved.
What this adaptation of the beloved storyline gets right is not only the massive scope, but also the great internal conflict that Jean goes through while battling the all powerful Phoenix. Having finally acquired his most powerful horseman in Archangel, Apocalypse sets out to destroy humanity and mutant kind by enforcing his Darwinian philosophy onto those he considers too weak to survive.
There's a great point that Charles says about Apocalypse in this episode, opining that, unlike Magneto, he can't be reasoned with because his power is his philosophy; something that may be particularly resonant today. When Apocalypse gains the ability to skip through time, he sets out a chain of events that affects the X-Men universe in unforgettable ways.
In many ways, this is the quintessential Apocalypse storyline of the series; it fearlessly pushes the boundaries of time itself and runs crazy with it in spectacular fashion. There's something refreshingly simple about this episode in that it solely focuses on Magneto's quest to destroy humans while also telling a bit about how well he and Charles Xavier used to know each other.
After Jean is reborn as the Phoenix entity, it leads to a spectacular intergalactic showdown with the Shi'AR Empire to stop D'Ken from having dangerous power thanks to the legendary M'Kraal Crystal. There's no arguing that this is a loving homage to Claremont's story; a grand space opera with stunning visuals and a great portrayal of Jean's next evolutionary stage in the form of the Phoenix.
This series' commitment to stay as faithful to the original stories, as well as ramp up great dramatic emotion, are some reasons why this remains the best adaptation of the groundbreaking Phoenix saga to date. It is through her perspective that we are thrust into the X-Men animated universe as the episodes establish the tone of the series as a whole; that is to say, true to the comics with heavy allusions to real-world issues.
“Night of the Sentinels” actually does a great job of introducing this world to how terrifying it is when you're being hunted by someone who thinks you're different, especially as seen through childlike eyes. Again, these are hallmark elements of the X-Men series in any medium, but it was captured and molded beautifully as a Saturday morning cartoon, without making it too childish.
Based on the seminal story arc by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, this superb adaptation gets the tone and visuals from the original source material perfectly. There are even visuals that are incredibly haunting for an animated program, including Bishop's retelling of the future and showing mutants being led into concentration camps.
“Days of Future Past” is the type of story that this show excelled at: emotionally powerful, compelling and complex in tone and character interaction.