Ranking the X-Men Team Movies

Both before and after X-Men: Apocalypse I promised that I would rank the X-Men Cinematic Universe’s team movies, so it’s time to do that! As I mentioned in my previous movie review for X-Men: Apocalypse, I’m a huge X-Men fan. They constantly put out great movies, and with the awesome comics and both television shows, I am excited to make this list. I typically find all of these movies at least watchable, and most of them I love, so it was a little difficult to rank them, but let’s do it anyways!

6. X-Men: The Last Stand

I think that this movie gets way more hate than it deserves. Is it a great movie? I don’t think so, but I still enjoy watching it from time to time. It also gives us all of the characters we love, and it finishes the trilogy that began with two very strong X-Men films.

5. X-Men: Apocalypse

The most recent installment in the X-Men universe is actually getting pretty bad reviews. It genuinely makes me sad. Nevertheless, I really liked this movie. I would even go as far to say that I loved this movie. It gives us new iterations of all of our classic X-Men like Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm, and though some characters and story arcs are weak, this movie provides excellent action, excellent character moments, and one of the most menacing villains we have seen in an X-Men film yet.

4. X-Men

This is the one that started it all. 2000’s X-Men was one of the pioneers in the superhero genre, and though it definitely isn’t the first comic book movie, it really helped propel the genre into what it is today. I love this movie. It’s the first time we got to see a live action version of our favorite X-Men like Wolverine, Magneto, Professor X, and my personal favorite, Cyclops. As I can say about almost every X-Men film, this movie has awesome character moments, and from the opening scene it’s easy to tell that the movie is going to be a gritty, deep movie with real characters.

3. X-Men: First Class

Again, I love this movie. It is also is the hands of one of my favorite working directors, Matthew Vaughn. I loved how this movie introduced the new X-Men, and with amazing performances from some of Hollywood’s best like Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy it solidified the new world. It was awesome to see the young X-Men on-screen and get a new take on the franchise to let it live again after what I consider a very solid trilogy. After two great movies and an okay movie in the first trilogy, I think this movie was an amazing way to get interest back into the X-Men universe.

2. X2: United

When I first saw this movie, I never thought that it would be topped by another X-Men film. With, again, amazing character and of course the incredible Wolverine scene, this movie is my favorite of the original X-Men trilogy. It also has an amazing ambiguous ending that leads into the third film, but unfortunately we never get the finale we were hoping for. Luckily, between Nightcrawler and the rest of the characters we get from this movie, X2 is one of the best superhero movies ever made.

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

I remember the first time I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past I was about to see Transformers: Age of Extinction. Fortunately, I ended up seeing this, and I loved it. It completely fixed everything that fans did not like about the final installment in the original trilogy, and it finally crosses over the two universes to unify them. It makes time travel work so well, and just about everything about this movie blows me away. It’s getting a bit redundant to say that the movie had awesome character moments, but it did, and Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy lead this movie to be a top-of-the-line superhero film that ended up being one of my favorite superhero movies of all time.

Well, that’s my list! Is your list different? Comment down below and let me know! What is your favorite X-Men movie? Also, what did you think of X-Men: Apocalypse? Let me know about that, too! The Pulse Movie Crew will be out at Phoenix Comicon this weekend, so if you will be making your way out to the convention this weekend, let us know! Finally, I should have a review for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 out on Saturday night, so be sure to stick around for that! I’m also going to try to get a review for the new mockumentary Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping out sometime in the next week, so stick around for that as well! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

About Justin Lyons

Hey, it’s Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm