Hello again Moviepilot, it's been a very long time since I've posted an article. This time I thought I'd take a look at the Fox Universe movies and rank the franchise. So far Fox's X-Men Universe has been around for 16 years and currently (barring the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse) has 8 installments. The superhero franchise has boasted stars such as Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Barry, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and more. Without further ado, my ranking of the universe.
8. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
The Last Stand nearly killed the franchise. With director and franchise pioneer Bryan Singer off working on Superman Returns, the director's chair was left open for a less-than-steller, cheap imitation to take the seat: Brett Ratner. With sloppy storytelling, poor direction, and constant killing off of beloved characters. The film was an insufficient conclusion of the original trilogy and poor mishandling of The Dark Phoenix Saga.
7. X2: X-Men United (2003)
While many consider this to be the best of the franchise, but I fin this film drag and rather boring. Nightcrawler is the best part of this film.
6. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
While I actually enjoy this film, it is tonally different from the rest of the franchise and not in a good way. While the dark tones go with the story, and I personally enjoy this film a lot, it is too different from the rest of the franchise. There's not much too say about this film except that I don't think it's better than the rest of the films.
5. X-Men (2000)
The film that launched the franchise, X-Men introduces to this world in a way we had never seen done before on screen. Told through the eyes of Wolverine and Rouge, the X-Men face the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and their malevolent leader, Magneto.
4. The Wolverine (2013)
Wolverine's Japanese adventures are some of the best stories in his catalog. The film was good and featured a vulnerable Logan, something we had never seen before. It serves as an unofficial X-Men 4 to the original trilogy and a good setup for Days of Future Past.
3. X-Men: First Class (2011)
This film is brilliant. It really shows us the true birth of the X-Men with characters that we know about in the future. The casting is terrific and the story is excellent. First Class is first class filmmaking.
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
This film is near perfect storytelling. The young generation and old meet in perfect unison and their link through Jackman is sheer perfection. The best X-Men film is the team in the name.
1. Deadpool (2016)
Now I never thought this movie could ever happen correctly the way it did. Deadpool is brilliant and, while also tonally different, but in a good way, is hilariously funny. Deadpool is the unparalleled best in the franchise.
What did you think? Do you agree? Tell me how you'd rank the following films.