Best X-men Movie

David Lawrence
• Sunday, 27 December, 2020
• 7 min read

Making their comics debut in 1963, those mutants wouldn’t hit the big screen until 2000, when Usual Suspects' director Bryan Singer teamed up with screenwriter David Halter to bring the story of Professor X, Magneto, Jean Grey, and Wolverine to moviegoers. No matter the era, the X-Men resonate with viewers who feel like outsiders, connecting with fans either because of their nerdy love of comic books, their sexual orientation, their racial heritage, or another marker of social “otherness.” Superheroes are often thought of as invincible, but the X-Men, despite their fabulous powers, always come across as underdogs: misunderstood, outnumbered, fighting to be accepted for who they are.

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Jessica Captain’s villain has no discernible personality or motivation, the movie seems to be missing whole chunks of exposition, and most of the actors have the emotional investment of people who would much rather be doing something else with their time. James Man gold took over and made a film that transports Wolverine to Japan, giving the story a different setting and a different feel but not quite enough of a makeover to be the revamp the studio hoped it was getting.

Forever remembered as the blockbuster that took the hottest, most charismatic actor on the planet in Oscar Isaac and buried him under CGI and blue makeup, Apocalypse isn’t without its charms; this remains an incredible cast, albeit one that may be more a credit to long-term contracts than to dedication on the part of the assembled. That’s the dilemma hovering over Deadpool 2 : The scruffy original film proudly lampooned Marvel and the X-Men, but the sequel had to accept that it was a high-profile piece of studio project like all those other big-budget superhero movies.

A reboot that goes back in time, First Class gives comic-book fans the origin story for their favorite X-Men characters, long before Charles (James McEvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbinder) became mortal enemies. Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn tamped down his more outrageous action tendencies to deliver a period thriller that’s as much a character piece as it is a traditional superhero movie.

Naturally, it’s hard to watch First Class and not compare and contrast these iterations of the X-Men to the ones we met about a decade prior, but the new ensemble largely holds its own, with McEvoy channeling Stewart’s brainy calm and Fassbinder exuding Ian McKellen-like superiority. It’s reasonable to complain that First Class merely sets the table for bigger installments to come, but there’s also a fair amount of pathos here as this group of mutants finds themselves divided into two factions, determined to destroy each other while humans conspire to wipe them all out.

Released a mere three years after Batman & Robin, which served as the death knell for a certain type of comic-book flick, X-Men gave us a collection of powerful, noble, sometimes insecure mutants waging war against their evil cohorts. Everything that’s great about these Marvel characters was evident in the very first installment: Professor X’s unfussy heroism, Magneto’s snide villainy, Wolverine’s charisma, and the notion that the X-Men represented society’s marginalized and imperiled communities.

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This time around, a mysterious government official (Brian Cox) is targeting Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, forcing our gallant mutants to forge a tentative truce with Magneto and his legions. Plus, it amps up the series’ romantic triangle between Wolverine, Jean Grey (Fame Janssen), and Cyclops (James Mars den), which would become the film’s emotional linchpin.

Meanwhile, the X-Men proved the ensemble superhero movie could work: Just take off the yellow spandex, add some millennium-era leather, and retain the franchise’s outsider allegories. Critics Consensus: Dark Phoenix ends an era of the X-Men franchise by taking a second stab at adapting a classic comics arc -- with deeply disappointing results.

Synopsis: Rah ne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), Island Rasputin (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Charlie Eaton) and Roberto the Costa (Henry Saga) are four... Critics Consensus: Overloaded action and a clichéd villain take the focus away from otherwise strong performers and resonant themes, making X-Men : Apocalypse a middling chapter of the venerable superhero franchise.

Synopsis: Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men : Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN : APOCALYPSE. Synopsis: The explosive X-Men motion picture trilogy officially draws to a close with this release that finds Rush Hour director Brett...

Critics Consensus: Although its final act succumbs to the usual cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is one superhero movie that manages to stay true to the comics while keeping casual viewers entertained. Critics Consensus: Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.

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Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm. Critics Consensus: Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.

Synopsis: When a failed assassination attempt occurs on the President's (Cotter Smith) life by the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming), it's... Critics Consensus: Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results.

Synopsis: Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade... Critics Consensus: X-Men : Days of Future Past combines the best elements of the series to produce a satisfyingly fast-paced outing that ranks among the franchise's finest installments.

Critics Consensus: Hugh Jackman makes the most of his final outing as Wolverine with a gritty, nuanced performance in a violent but surprisingly thoughtful superhero action film that defies genre conventions. X-Men Origins: Wolverine started the summer 2009 movie season with an estimated $35 million which ranked it as the 16th highest-grossing opening day ever (22nd when ticket-price inflation is factored).

The film took in a worldwide gross of just over $414,800,000 and earned a mostly positive response from critics and fans, but IMDb users can't agree on this one. X-Men : Apocalypse took the team back to the 1980s and recasting fan favorites, Storm (Alexandra Ships), Nightcrawler (Jodi Smit-McPhee), Havoc (Lucas Till), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Jubilee (Lana Condor) as teenagers and introducing Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) as En Sarah Our, the original mutant, set on destroying the world.

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Director Bryan Singer started the franchise with this ambitious introduction into the world of Marvel’s X-Men comics. With acclaimed thespians Patrick Stewart and Ian McAllen in the lead roles, X-Men established itself as an adaptation of depth and gravitas.

Hugh Jackman launched himself into superstardom in his breakout role as Wolverine, the main star of the film beside Anna Paquin's Rogue. Additions like Nightcrawler's opening sequence at the White House helped elevate this film in the eyes of fans, giving it a slightly higher rating than its predecessor.

IMDb's users rated it slightly higher than the original, with fans writing message board posts like, Best opening scene of any comic book movie ?” Matthew Vaughn stepped in to direct this prequel, casting younger actors to tell the early stories of Charles Xavier (James McEvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbinder) and Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).

Days of Future Past is the Goldilocks film that successfully found a way to combine both the original X-Men and new casts, acting as a sequel to both The Last Stand and First Class. It even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, making it the first X-Men film to get an Oscar nod.

Who would've imagined that Ryan Reynolds's relatively small role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine would turn into the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide, and the most popular film of this series? This is the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and James Man gold, having previously worked together on Kate & Leopold (2001) and The Wolverine (2013).

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In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg Cable. A wisecracking mercenary gets experimented on and becomes immortal but ugly, and sets out to track down the man who ruined his looks.

When anti-mutant Colonel William Stryker kidnaps Professor X and attacks his school, the X-Men must ally with their archenemy Magneto to stop him. In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lesser work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants. In a world where mutants (evolved super-powered humans) exist and are discriminated against, two groups form for an inevitable clash: the supremacist Brotherhood, and the pacifist X-Men.

In the 1980s the X-Men must defeat an ancient all-powerful mutant, En Sarah Our, who intends to thrive through bringing destruction to the world. Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.

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The human government develops a cure for mutations, and Jean Gray becomes a darker uncontrollable persona called the Phoenix who allies with Magneto, causing escalation into an all-out battle for the X-Men. Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

The early years of James Logan, featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed, his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation into the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.

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