Fire up the jet and slip into some yellow spandex because X-Men: Days of Future Past is finally here.
Mutant fans around the globe are gearing up for returning director Bryan Singer’s star-studded sequel, featuring the casts of both the original X-Men trilogy and reboot/prequel X-Men: First Class, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Halle Berry.
But, since the Children of the Atom first appeared on the big screen back in 2000, X-Men movies have been a real mixed bag.
Ranking every X-Men film from worst to best, here’s my scoop on Marvel’s favourite mutants.
Be warned: this article contains spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the films.
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
What’s worse, the fact that this Wolverine ‘origin’ story completely ruins the mythos of the character or, that some people actually like it?
Inspired by the six-issue comic mini-series Origin, X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells the story of how James Howlett, AKA Logan, AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), came to be the man he is at the beginning of the first X-Men movie.
Not even Hugh Jackman’s, nor will.i.am’s (why?), best efforts could save this monstrosity from director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game).
Unfortunately, the film’s defilement of Marvel characters doesn’t stop with Wolverine, as it also shits all over Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch).
Simply put, this film is terrible.
5. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Not as desperately woeful as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it’s definitely in the same league.
The third instalment of the original X-Men trilogy sees the discovery of a cure for mutation, Jean Grey (Famke Jansen) returning from the dead as celestial being the Phoenix, and Cyclops (James Marsden) being killed off before you’ve barely touched your popcorn.
Opting to leave production at the last minute to work on DC’s Superman Returns, director of the first two X-movies, Bryan Singer, is sorely missed here.
X-Men: The Last Stand suffers from a complete lack of character development and sensible story navigation, the very qualities which made its predecessors so enjoyable.
4. The Wolverine (2013)
Aside from its shoddy climax and lengthy run-time, James Mangold’s film is an intriguing but, ultimately disappointing, chapter to the X-Men canon.
Set after X-Men: The Last Stand, Jackman’s Wolverine becomes a drifter, living off the land like an adamantium-clawed Rambo. The action then moves to Japan where Logan is summoned by a dying old man he once saved during the Nagasaki bombings of WWII.
Truer, but still not entirely faithful to the comics, it toys with interesting ideas such as immortality, death and honour, but never really expands on these.
Instead, The Wolverine boasts some neat and tidy action sequences and another run-of-the-mill performance from Jackman, culminating in a massively average X-man flick.
3. X-Men (2000)
Kick-starting a wave of comic book blockbusters from Spider-Man to Hulk, Bryan Singer brings the uncanny X-Men to life with a perfect balance of style and spectacle.
Led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), outcast Rogue (Anna Paquin) and vagabond Wolverine team up with Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm (Halle Berry) to stop the evil Magneto (Ian McKellen) and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
Capturing the essence of the comic books and its plethora of characters, X-Men’s smart storytelling and ensemble cast place it rather high atop the mutant-movie mountain.
2. X-Men: First Class (2012)
Rebooting the franchise after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine had reduced it to something brown and sticky you might find on the bottom your shoe, Matthew Vaughn’s prequel marks a real return to form.
Set in the early ’60s during the midst of the Cold War, the US government recruits a young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), a raw Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and a team of rookie mutants, to stop the wicked tyrant Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) from causing WWIII.
Well scripted with a superb cast, X-Men: First Class delivers a first class superhero spectacle.
1. X2 (2003)
Bigger, badder and bolder than the first, X-Men 2 is a superb action-packed follow-up from Bryan Singer that sets the tone for all comic-book movie sequels, and X-Men films, in general.
In an incredible opening scene, a mutant assassin attempts to murder the US President, forcing the government to crack down on mutants. Kidnapping the children at Xavier’s School for Gifted Mutants, the X-Men and their usual foes, The Brotherhood, team up in a fight against the sinister Col. William Stryker (Brian Cox).
Well-acted, smartly directed, and with more action than Wolverine can shake his claws at, X-Men 2finds itself in pure blockbuster territory, and comes at you harder than one of Cyclops’ optic blasts.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is out on Thursday (May 22nd).
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