With last week’s release of Logan, the topic of X-Men and X-Men related movies is at the front of pop culture and everyone seems to be ranking these movies in order Well, never let it be said that EYG isn’t willing to jump on a topic. So here are my list of the X-Men movies in order.
#1. Logan. Yup. This one is a special film. Full of emotion. The best rendition of the character of Wolverine from any of the films. If this is indeed Hugh Jackman’s farewell as Logan then he could not have asked for a better movie.
#2. Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds spent years trying to get this film made, and 2016 finally saw that road come to an end. And what an end it was. Hilarious and dramatic. Full of unapologetic cursing and sexual situations. A hard R film, but oh so worth it. International Women’s Day will never be seen the same again.
#3. X2: X-Men United. This featured one of the great beginning to any comic book movie, with Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House. X2 was that rare film that the sequel exceeded the original. This is still the best X-Men team movie of all time with one of the best non-super powered villains of the X-men canon.
#4. X-Men: Days of Future Past. This one felt like it was trying to bite off more than it could chew. Large cast and a huge comic storyline behind it, this had failure written all over it. However, thankfully, Days became a massive hit. It gave us Quicksilver (beating out the MCU Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron). The Quicksilver scene in DOFP is one of the top X-Men scenes of all time. It also helped remove some of the worst continuity in movie history with a mulligan.
#5. X-Men: First Class. This was another failure waiting to happen. After the previous X-men movies crapped the bed. a soft reboot of the series was called for. Still set in the same world, the film looked at the beginnings of Charles Xavier and Magneto and the world of the 1960s. Placing the mutants in the middle of historical incidents (such as the Cuban Missile Crisis) worked brilliantly, and First Class resurrected a franchise that had been barely holding on. Plus, it gave us one of the greatest cameos of all time (not named Stan Lee) with Hugh Jackman’s Logan.
#6. X-Men. The original was so very important. None of this comes if this film fails. The world was ecstatic over the casting of Patrick Stewart as Professor X (though many were unhappy at the casting of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine… “Jackman is 6’4″ He’s way too tall to be Wolverine. It’ll never work“) X-Men helped chauffeur in the comic book movie genre and had everyone dressing in black leather instead of spandex.
#7. The Wolverine. James Mansgold’s first film was really pretty good until the third act where it felt as if the studio may have jumped in and interfered in the creative process. It is not like they haven’t done that before (hint… Fant4stic). This started as a great samurai tale told in Japan and featured the greatest ever deleted scene as Wolverine opened a suitcase to see his yellow and blue costume inside. Fanboys were overjoyed! Little did we know that this would be as close as we ever would come to seeing that costume on Hugh Jackman.
#8. X-Men: Apocalype. Last year’s film that had some redeeming qualities, but also seemed to tank in the third act. The early scene of Magneto seeing his wife killed before his eyes and then slaughtering the men who had killed her was worth the price of admission alone. Unfortunately, Apocalypse and the Four Horsemen were lacking severely. We got our second cool Quicksilver scene, though.
#9. X-Men: The Last Stand. How do you mess up the Dark Phoenix Saga? Seriously, this should have been such a home run, but it was one of the worst X-Men movies and one of the most disappointing comic book movies of the genre. Brett Ratner took over for Bryan Singer (who went to work on Superman Returns, another flop super hero flick) and Ratner created one of the more despised X-Men films.
#10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This is easily the worst X film ever. They sewed Deadpool’s mouth shut. The first ten to fifteen minutes of the film was pretty good, seeing the introduction of young James Howlett to the series and watching him grow up over the years in a cool montage. Then the film started going downhill quickly. Then, they sewed Deadpool’s mouth shut and gave him all kinds of weird mutant powers. Then they shot Logan in the head with an adamantium bullet which made him forget everything. If only that would work for us too. X-Men Origins was only a success because the failure of it led to the desire to save the character of Deadpool, thus the great Deadpool movie occurs. Without this travesty, that would never be. So…thanks? I guess.
There they are… the top ten X-Men movies in order from 1-10. What comes next? Rumor has it that the next X-men movie will focus on the Dark Phoenix Saga once again. Hopefully this time they can get it right.