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(Warning: The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the recently released 'X-Men: Apocalypse.' If you haven't yet seen the movie, and don't want to know some pretty huge plot points, then feel free to head out and watch it before reading on. Don't worry, we'll wait...)

Now, despite what many reviews have suggested, there's actually a lot to love about Fox's recently released X-Men: Apocalypse, what with the film being a movie about the X-Men and all, and thus something a lot of us spent our entire childhoods dreaming about. More than that though, the movie is stuffed full of some excellent performances by some seriously accomplished actors — and as such, it seemed worth asking you all who your favorite is. Or, to put it in sporting terms...

Who's Your X-Men: Apocalypse MVP?

Before we get to the detailed polling though, let's take a closer look at seven of the leading candidates, and why they might just deserve your vote. All of this right after a brief reminder of what they all look like in action:

First up, then?

7. Professor X

The shiny, big-brained heart of the sort-of-prequel X-Men movies, James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xavier doesn't get quite as much to do in X-Men: Apocalypse as in previous instalments, but what we did see of him was as charismatic-ally Patrick Stewart-esque as you could hope for.

6. Mystique

Another lead who had a little less to do than usual, Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique nonetheless managed to breathe life into character development that would have seemed awkward in almost any other actor's hands. Plus, she got to beat the snot out of a bunch of people, and that's always fun to watch.

5. Psylocke

Speaking of beating the snot out of people, Olivia Munn's Psylocke may not have received much in the way of back-story (or actual character development) but there's a school of thought that says none of that really mattered for Apocalypse's most purple horseman: She kicked a whole lot of ass all the same.

4. Storm

Now, Alexandra Shipp's Storm may not have had a whole lot to do in the movie (this being a recurring theme at this point), but she still managed to capture a whole lot of what makes Storm such an iconic hero. Plus, she has the Mohawk we've all been waiting for.

3. Quicksilver

Does it count as scene-stealing if you do it in two consecutive movies? Either way, Quicksilver's Eurythmics-sound-tracked set-piece was a particular highlight of the movie, as was Evan Peters' well-judged performance as the speedster. Aaron Taylor-who?

2. Cyclops

Tye Sheridan may have some big glasses to fill for fans of James Marsden's original, massively underdeveloped take on Cyclops — but he did so with aplomb. Bringing a rougher edge to a hero best known for being a massive square, Sheridan may just have given Scott Summers a whole new lease of life.

And, finally...

1. Jean Grey

Sophie Turner may best be known for having horrible, horrible things happen to her on Game of Thrones, but her take on Jean Grey is a long way from Westeros' premier emotional punching bag. Powerful beyond belief, and subtly brought to life by Turner, Jean Grey once more looks set to be a cornerstone of the X-Men universe for years to come. Even if her American accent is a little bit suspect.

That, though, is merely a small selection of the possible candidates for the movie's MVP. Which is where you come in...


Who is your X-Men: Apocalypse MVP?

There can be only one — but be sure to let us know why your pick is the right one down in the comments!


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