Logan has proven what Deadpool did a year prior — R-rated movies can be successful if the story is good and you have the right actor in a leading role. Logan made over $80 million dollars in its opening weekend and has been receiving great reviews from movie critics and moviegoers. #Logan will be the last time Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine, and Patrick Stewart is supposedly done with Professor Xavier, too (although he would consider playing Xavier in a Deadpool movie).
So, the future of the #XMen franchise is in a bit of flux. Will the new, young cast continue as X-Men in a '90s movie, or will they reboot the series again due to the less-than-desirable response to X-Men: Apocalypse? As the X-Men franchise has come to an important milestone with Logan, what better time to rank the franchise's leading performances so far?
17. Halle Berry As Storm
Halle Berry's #Storm may control the weather, but she unfortunately sucked the air out many moments throughout X-Men universe. This may seem a little harsh, but let's take this infamous line:
"Do you know what happens to a toad that's truck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else."
— Storm, 'X-Men' (2000)
It's a pretty corny line, but with the right delivery that line could have been awesome. Unfortunately, it fell flat. Then there was the African accent she tried to pull off in the first movie and then abandoned in the second movie. Halle Berry does not fit the strong African goddess that Storm is in comic books. It's unfortunate for fans that the likes of Angela Bassett or Gina Torres never got their hands on the role.
16. Taylor Kitsch As Gambit
What did we really get to see with Taylor Kitsch's #Gambit? Not much of anything. Some people liked his accent and some people absolutely hated it. Either way, he was probably better than Channing Tatum would have been. I think Taylor deserved a legit shot at playing Gambit long term. He definitely had Gambit's charisma.
15. James Marsden As Cyclops
Marsden was never really given a chance to really play #Cyclops. He had a few really brilliant moments in the first movie, then didn't have much of a role in the second movie, and if you blinked you would have missed him in the third movie. He's a good actor and would have been great given the opportunity.
14. Ellen Page As Kitty Pryde
As good an actress as she is, Page was only given one real moment in two movies. It's a shame. Even worse was her character was used like a pawn in both movies. Instead of using Rogue as Logan's little sister, it should have been #KittyPryde. This could have led to Ogun in a Wolverine solo film. I ranked her low because I'd grade her an incomplete. She could have (and should have) been a major part of this franchise.
13. Shawn Ashmore As Iceman
This is going to sound harsh, but #Iceman was forgettable. I don't think it was Ashmore's fault. He's a good enough actor, but this wasn't a good role for him at all. He was very bland and emotionless. It worked great in The Following, but not so much as Bobby Drake, who's known as a very emotional character.
12. Anna Paquin As Rogue
The only thing she nailed is the Southern Accent. I can't think of any real moments where she resembled #Rogue or had a memorable moment. Rogue is strong in character. She was not. Did she even call anyone "suga" throughout the series?
Replacement: Eliza Dushku
11. Nicholas Hoult As Beast
Hoult was average. He did a good job capturing Beast's insecurities, but everything else was pretty forgettable. He lacked the voice that Kelsey Grammer had as #Beast in X3. The Kelsey Grammer-serving size was better than Hoult in three movies.
10. Famke Janssen As Jean Grey
Like Hugh Jackman, Janssen played the role the best she could with the script that she was given. She was very believable as #JeanGrey in the first two movies. The chemistry between her and Hugh Jackman was phenomenal and very much like the Wolverine and Jean Grey relationship in the comic books. She was even great as "The Phoenix" in X3.
9. Evan Peters As Quicksilver
He stole the show in both movies with his speedster scenes. Problem is we don't get a lot of him in Days of the Future Past and not much more X-Men: Apocalypse. Yet, he was too good at being #Quicksilver to not give him a high ranking.
8. Jennifer Lawrence As Mystique
Personal feelings aside, Jennifer Lawrence did a great job portraying the Mystique that the movie needed. When she needed to be sweet, she was sweet. When she needed to be aggressive and very much like the Mystique in the comic books, she was that as well. I may not have liked the version she played, but I can't deny that she did a better than good job playing #Raven.
7. Liev Schreiber As Sabretooth
Liev was just damn good as Victor Creed. He even pulled off the creepy #Sabretooth smile and grin. Liev was one of the few really good things about Wolverine: Origins and should have been casted as Sabretooth again in future movies. Then again, Liev Schreiber is that damn good in general. A few more movies and he might have been in the No. 1 spot.
6. James McAvoy As Professor X
It couldn't have been easy coming into this role with such big shoes to fill, but McAvoy did it. He played a young #Xavier that was very arrogant and hadn't become the leader he would one day become. Yet, he played a great role and helped save the franchise with help from Michael Fassbender.
5. Hugh Jackman As Wolverine
Hugh Jackman has been playing #Wolverine since the first X-Men movie back in 2000. Was he good? Absolutely he was. But a friend of mine put it best like this: "He's been playing Wolverine too long to just be OK." Jackman has been as good as he could have been with the script he was given. Hugh Jackman improved with every movie and he ended his time as Wolverine with an Oscar-worthy performance in Logan.
4. Michael Fassbender As Magneto
Everything that you would want from a young #Magneto you got here. Not really evil, but vengeful. Very smooth with his words, dramatic with his powers, and always managed to stand out in any scene. He could honestly play Magneto forever. Just throw some grey hair on him and he can always be the Master of Magnetism.
3. Rebecca Romijn As Mystique
Rebecca Romijn was just as good as #Mystique as Ian and Stewart were in their roles. She captured the devious and uncaring nature of Mystique. Granted, she spent a lot of time as other people and in blue paint, but when she was on the screen, she killed it. It's a shame that she doesn't get more respect and admiration for her role in the first three X-Men movies.
2. Patrick Stewart As Professor X
Not only did he pull off everything that Professor Xavier is, he even looked the part. Stewart captured Xavier's dry comedy and his seriousness when it came to his students and when it was time to take action. A rare flawless take on the character. I say rare, but then there's the next guy who captured my heart and the number one spot.
1. Ian KcKellen As Magneto
He may not have had the bulk that Magneto has in the comic books, but it's not like that was a major part of Magneto's character. Ian's voice and mannerisms as Magneto were breathtaking. One moment in particular was in X3: Last Stand when he moved the Golden Gate Bridge. It was one of the few moments truly great moments in the film — overly dramatic, just like Magneto tends to be. Overall, he was the best part of the X-Men series. Without him, this movie doesn't get past part one.
Who were the best and the worst actors in the X-Men franchise so far? Let me know in the comments below.