From 1 on 1 bloody brawls to epic large-scale battles, the X-Men have participated in a wide variety of fantastic bouts. But despite some recent hardships, many have been quick to forget that the Fox universe had a few critical darlings and that the first entry shown in 2000 laid the foundation for the current superhero landscape, with every year filled to the brim with superhero movies.
Besides, with fresh voices constantly being added to the mix, and with no shortage of budget, the action was always memorable. The sheer variety of powers that the mutants offer to the genre is basically unlimited.
Director Matthew Vaughn provides some nightmarish shots of Azazel’s work, as CIA agents rain from the sky. Azazel even toys with a victim, getting one agent to shoot another, deliberately playing out like a horror film.
Vaughn fills every scene in the big fight between Shaw’s team and the First Class with enthusiasm and creativity. But Shaw’s death is truly one of the most moving scenes in the franchise, as Eric willingly tortures Xavier to get revenge.
Vaughn truly revitalized the franchise, smartly casting the immensely talented Michael Fassbinder and James McEvoy as Eric and Xavier, respectively. Their friendship and moral disagreements are the cornerstone of the X-Men universe, so its origin is innately fascinating.
What’s fun is that Deadpool spends the entire mission failing, getting ripped in half at the end. Daphne Keen turned in a great X-23, delivering a convincing ferocity and numerous stunts.
It perfectly encapsulates the titular character, offering constant bloody violence and clever comedy. This breakneck scene incorporates some leaked footage that made the movie possible, and for good reason.
Every joke works, as Deadpool praises the car’s interior leather, and uses a terrible drawing to ask for Francis’ whereabouts. The urgency of the situation is captured with sheer visual context, smartly avoiding expository dialogue.
The setting is deeply rooted in Logan’s past, which makes for an interesting and claustrophobic arena. This time around, Bryan Singer’s direction springs out of the gate with newfound verve.
Nightcrawler is an inherently compelling mutant, with a unique design and visually arresting ability. The classical music is totally fitting as the backdrop for his acrobatic display of power.
The stunts are remarkable, and gripping, as Nightcrawler infiltrates the most secure building imaginable with ease. The closing shot of Nightcrawler’s knife sets the tone for a sequel that escalates the action while preserving thematic intrigue.
Jetstar Wars: 5 Imperial Leaders Who Make Off Gideon Look Like A Womb Rat (& 5 Who Were Surprisingly Kind) While “wire” was relatively in its infancy during the production of the first X-Men movie, director Bryan Singer and his impressive stunt team found a way to work around the limitations and arguably deliver the film's best set piece.
It all culminates with Logan making one hell of a sacrifice play to save Rogue (Anna Pa quin) and thwart Magneto's (Ian McAllen) evil weapon of spaghetti-like energy from turning New York City into a Petri dish. Thankfully, Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie celebrated being free of all that by going full “snit!” and finally giving fans the slash fest they waited 17 years to see.
Adamantine stabs and slashes on both sides as X2’s “boss battle” keeps Wolverine away from his true target, General Stryker (the always-excellent Brian Cox). In doing so, the action scene culminates in a level of tragedy as Wolverine uses the very metal that created him and his attacker to kill the latter by injecting her with a molten form of it.
“Bigger and louder” seemed to be this sequel’s mandate, and no action sequence further proves that than Deadpool 2’s inventive AF truck fight between our titular hero and his time-traveling rival, Cable (Josh Brain). This set piece is largely made up of that sizzle reel that leaked prior to the movie being green lit, just with more polished VFX and fight choreography.
From the moment Storm summons tornados to dispatch the fighter jets chasing their stealth plane, to when Nightcrawler teleports to save Rogue in mid-air, this sequence is non-stop, white-knuckle tension. The Oscar-nominated screenplay for Logan, co-written by Scott Frank (Out of Sight), takes a beat before its opening scene to set the table for how different this film will be from previous comic book adventures.
He and the prequel's co-writer, Jane Goldman, succeeded with a grounded, 1960s-set storyline that centered on Magneto (Michael Fassbinder) and his search for the Nazis that used him as a lab rat and murdered his mother. His search culminates in one of the most satisfying moments in the film, in which Erik hunts his targets down to a South American bar and ends them with his powers in a manner that’s more Sean Connery-era Bond movie than summer blockbuster.
Instead, it’s a showdown decades in the making, a vendetta finally satisfied that changes the course of the franchise forever and turns a Holocaust survivor into a tragic arch villain. A mix of bullet time-esque photography and impressive CGI, the opening action teaser from X2 is a dream come true for Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) fans.
Director James Man gold and his production team reach near-perfection with this inspired action sequence, which pits Wolverine against one very brave/stupid band of Yakuza thugs atop a Japanese bullet train. Moreover, the scene gives Hugh Jackman’s hero a chance to show off his wits as well as his fists, as he uses his surroundings against his attackers when claws aren’t enough.
The New Mutants, promised to be unlike any superhero movie audiences have seen before, is the final entry in the 20th Century Fox-owned X-Men 'verse and was originally set to hit theaters this spring. Logan has a fantastically choreographed fight sequence on an insanely high-speed train, and the result is a fast and furious, claw-swiping ride for our lives.
It is the incredible wisdom that Stewart exudes almost every time he opens his mouth that puts it over the top, however, and he finally manages to break through to his younger self. We'd all gotten used to Patrick Stewart and Ian McAllen in the roles of Xavier and Magneto, but this early scene let us know that James McEvoy and Michael Fassbinder could teach us to love again.
Their growing friendship is fantastic in this film (cut all too short, unfortunately), and this training scene is a highlight. Deadpool sacrifices himself to save Russell's soul towards the end of this movie, and then he proceeds to have a long, heroic death scene.
Cable isn't a racist, and Josh Brain once again plays the “I can't believe this is happening” note to perfection. He's so fast that he has time to make visual gags along the way, providing a wonderful blend of humor and action.
Every bit of this scene is gold, from Ian McAllen's delivery of “we love what you've done with your hair” onwards. He slowly, delicately, plants the idea in young Pro's head that Xavier's peaceful way is not the only way.
Every single line delivery from McAllen is perfect here, and even the way he hands the lighter back to Pro is majestic. Stewart and McAllen play off of each other like the classical geniuses that they are, and pretty much the entire X-franchise is set up by the end of the scene.
With all the considerable gravitas that Patrick Stewart possesses, Charles dispenses with the pleasantries and gives Erik back a firm response: “And I will always be there... old friend.” Charles wheels away, Erik knocks over a chess piece, and a franchise is born.
Daphne Keen gives a masterful performance for the entirety of this movie, but her eulogy for the deceased Logan might be her best moment. In a fitting salute to our fallen hero, she quotes a movie that Charles Xavier was watching earlier, and says a line that she likely doesn't fully understand.
Brian Cox's Stryker is the main antagonist for most of this movie, and everyone was just breathless with anticipation for Magneto to break out of his plastic prison and start messin's**t up. The setup to his Mystique-assisted escape is great, as is the way Ian McAllen plays the discovery of there being “too much iron” in the guard's blood.
By the time he's got it all sucked out and formed into little balls of death, he's ready to break free...and audiences were cheering him on. McAllen is able to convey incredible power with the simplest of gestures, and nowhere is that more apparent than in this sequence.
It's almost time for Jean Grey to get a little extra in X-Men : Dark Phoenix, and once again the X-Men are going to have to pull out all the stops to save the day. The Disney/Fox merger will soon place all of Professor Xavier's gifted youngsters in the care of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so give or take a miraculous New Mutants release, this is the end of the X-world as we X-know it, and we're having X-feelings.
Emotions lead to nostalgia, and means that it's time to go back over all the films in the X-Men saga and choose our favorites. It would be all too easy to just list scenes from Logan for every single entry, but we're not going to let ourselves play that X-card.
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.
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.