Xavier’s talented youngsters have made their big screen appearance for the past 20 years, starting with Bryan Singers X-Men and concluding with their long-awaited film The New Mutants.. In 1993, 20th Century Fox claimed the rights to the X-Men from Marvel and that’s when it began launching its own film series. Disney has since taken over Marvel, but did not yet have the rights to much of the Marvel Universe.

Universal owned the Hulk; Sony owned Spider-Man and Ghost Rider; and Fox also owned Daredevil and the Fantastic Four. In the past couple of years, those companies have lost the rights to those characters, returning to Marvel. But Fox still managed to produce blockbuster X-Men movies, allowing them to retain the rights to the franchise. Eventually, in 2019, Disney decided to buy 20th Century Fox and discontinue its X-Men film series. However, we remain optimistic about the future of the mutants with Disney and their incorporation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless of where the mutants go, we will always share love and appreciation for the universe created by Fox and the films they left behind. That’s why we’re going to go through all of Fox’s X-Men movies and rank them from worst to best.

13. Dark Phoenix (2019)

We kick off this list with one of the newest entries in the franchise with the third film in the altered new universe of X-Men movies. Simon Kinberg wrote the script the last time they attempted to adapt the Phoenix saga from the comics, and decided to give it another chance by writing and directing this film. The story of this film follows a cast of much younger actors who play the X-Men to face a threat they would never see coming, one of their own. Jean Gray is involved in a cosmic accident that unleashes an inner power that has been dormant within her, the power is so strong that it transforms her into the Phoenix. Along with an alien race who wants to use her abilities for their own personal gain, the X-Men must defeat this alien race and fight against one of their closest friends. Unfortunately this film manages to be worse than The Last Stand, you’d think Kinberg and the studio would learn from their previous mistakes and instead be able to make a film even less interesting than the original. It’s sad that the X-Men themselves ended their run with this disastrous film.

12. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Apocalypse was the sign of the downfall of this franchise, like the previous Dark Phoenix movie. Set in the 1980s, the new team of mutants prepares to face one of their most powerful enemies in a god like the mutant apocalypse. The most powerful mutant the world has ever seen, Apocalypse is reborn and believes the world is disillusioned and in need of cleansing. He will recruit Storm, Angel, Psylocke and Magneto to join his new world order. Charles Xavier and Mystique now have to use Charles’s young students and prepare them for the impending battle that is about to take place. While this movie was a disaster, it wasn’t as bad as Dark Phoenix. The film still felt cohesive and exciting, especially with the first appearance of new actors taking on Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Jean Gray and Storm. James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique return and still manage to do justice to their interpretations even after the accuracy with which their characters have been portrayed in the previous installments. One of the many aspects of the film that doesn’t work, however, is Oscar Isaac who plays Apocalypse. Unlike other portrayals of villains in previous films, Isaac as the god as a mutant simply doesn’t sell himself as someone who looks threatening.

11. Origins of the X-Men: Wolverine (2009)

Be honest, how many of you saw the unfinished pirated version before it hit theaters. If you did and thought the special effects improved in the final cut, you would be absolutely wrong. Thought to be the beginning of the origin films based on the many characters related to the X-Men, starting with their most popular mutant Wolverine. Delving deeper into Wolverine’s life as James Howlett and later Logan, and the events that took place prior to his procedure that grafted adamantium onto his bones. What seemed like a simple task for producers to create a film about one of Marvel’s most beloved characters has turned out to be a huge disappointment. Poor dialogue, terrible effects and a disservice to the characters. After three films with metal claws from Logan’s striking aspect, this movie somehow manages to do something we expected from the first X-Men movie by making its CGI-coated, fake claws look like. Despite everything, this film still manages to be fun. Hugh Jackman’s first solo film as Wolverine would entertain whatever, he’s this character. No matter how bad the movie may be, its iteration of Wolverine will always give the movie elevation.

10. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Remember how we were talking about Simon Kinberg’s first stab at the Dark Phoenix storyline? This was the first attempt. Combining two stories together for this film. The X-Men are still mourning Jean Gray’s sacrifice, but when she suddenly returns, things don’t seem to be normal with her. As they try to find out how she managed to return from the dead, he begins to show incredible strength in her abilities which forces her friends to fight against her. Meanwhile, the government has created a cure for the mutant gene and intends to use it to initiate the elimination of the mutants. Magneto sees this as a threat and declares war on the government, the only thing standing in the way of Magnetos is the X-Men. What put this film further down our list is the potential it had, even if they put it all aside with Jean Gray. Focus more on the internal conflict mutants deal with with a cure and how the world around them is changing. Explore more the difference between characters like Rouge or Storm and how healing could benefit one more than the other. While this film didn’t live up to the last two, it still had compelling ideas.

9. The new mutants (2020)

I’m sure many have seen the negative reviews surrounding the final film in the franchise, don’t believe them all. While this movie isn’t one of the best, it still holds up better than the Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix . This time around, we are introduced to a new group of young mutants in an alternative style on horror-themed comic films. Introducing Rahne, Illyanna, Sam, Danielle and Roberto as mutant teens who try to learn that their new abilities are locked up inside a facility by Dr. Reyes as they attempt to tap into their powers. However, the mutants begin to realize that there is something far more sinister behind their stay in this unknown facility. From the director ofOur stars’ fault , Josh Boone. The movie doesn’t come out as a young adult movie, but it’s not scary enough to be considered a horror movie either. Instead it looks like a dark coming-of-age film but with superpowers. But after a three year delay, there was so much anticipation behind this film. And while it didn’t live up to those expectations, it didn’t detract from them either. It’s not a masterpiece at all, but it’s also not as bad as some people might think.

8. The Wolverine (2013)

One complaint I’ve heard about this movie is how boring it is. Which may be true, but it was still a step up X-Men Origins: Wolverine . Following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand , Logan is invited to visit a man he saved during World War II and make him deadly. When Logan refuses, the man dies, while he attends his funeral Logan encounters a seizure and realizes that he isn’t healing even the way he uses it. Now stuck in Japan, Logan must now fight the Yakuza without using his healing factor. While The Glutton isn’t the X-Men ‘s most action-packed filmsaga, it still remains completely necessary in the universe. James Mangold was known at the time for his films Knight and Day , Walk the Line and Girl Interrupted . When he came to direct The Glutton , there was never any doubt that he could make a deeply moving and inspiring film, putting Logan in situations we have never seen him face in previous films. It might not be one of the best X-Men movies, but instead it was a stepping stone to the story Mangold wanted to tell with his next installment Logan .

7. Deadpool 2(2018)

One of the most anticipated sequels on this list following the huge success of the first film, Deadpool 2 brought back Ryan Reynolds to play Merc with the Mouth. After Wade Wilson suffers a life-changing loss, he begins to search for a new purpose in life. While helping the Colossus on an X-Men mission, Wade meets Russell, a young mutant with explosive abilities. When the boy is kidnapped, Wade fulfills his purpose and assembles a team of mutants to rescue the young man before Cable takes him first. This film manages to bring back everything that worked so well for the first film. Blood, violence, harsh language, a tsunami of inadequate jokes, and another comic-true take on Deadpool fans craving. John Wickproducer David Leitch replaced Tim Miller in the director’s chair and elevated the action scenes for the second installment. And just when you thought Josh Brolin couldn’t be in enough comic books, he comes to play Cable. Another show thief arrives in Zazie Beetz as Domino, a mutant with the skill of luck. If you think he’s a lame skill, he watches this movie to prove that luck can be cinematic.

6. X-Men(2000)

The film that started it all as one of the films that helped change the course of comic films. Director Bryan Singer introduces us to the world where humans and mutants live in a scary world of each other. While the evil Magneto believes there is a war coming between humans and mutants, Charles Xavier chooses instead to teach the mutants to control their powers and live in peace with humanity. The film is mostly told from the point of view of Wolverine and Rouges, as both are introduced at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Logan is looking for closure and understanding where he comes from, while Rouge is looking for a place to fit in and control his abilities. But when Magneto begins his plans for mutant domination, Logan joins Cyclops, Storm and Jean Gray in the battle against Magneto and his followers. This film has done a lot for comic book films today, showing us that these types of stories and characters can be portrayed in a film with inspiring themes and a unique narrative. The producers managed to stay true to the original material of the comics, giving it a modern flavor that made this fictional world something believable within our world.

5. X-Men: First Class (2011)

What was supposed to be a prequel, then turned into a gradual reboot. Before becoming Professor X and Magneto, they were allies. Working together for the greater good of the mutant genre, First Class tells is not just an origin story for one character, but rather for many. Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr combine their skills and abilities to help other mutants who seem lost or out of control with their powers. However, Erik has alternative plans when an enemy from his past is involved. Sebastian Shaw intends to use his abilities to wipe out humanity, motivating Charles to assist Erik in his quest for revenge. One of the best parts of the comics was the relationship between Erik and Charles, as they both intend to do well according to their kind but with different methods. That’s what this story captures so well by telling an origin story for Professor X, Magneto, The Brotherhood of Mutants, and X-Men. Ask the audience to choose which side to take, but give you enough information to question your beliefs. At the same time, giving one of the most dangerous villains in the X-Men universe a sympathetic backstory that pushes your beliefs further. Basically, this movie did what universe of X-Men a sympathetic backstory that pushes your beliefs further. Basically, this movie did what universe of X-Men a sympathetic backstory that pushes your beliefs further. Basically, this movie did whatCaptain America Civil War made before that movie.

4. Deadpool(2016)

The film that started a new trend for R-Rated comic films. Wade Wilson is a hired gun, but he meets Vanessa and quickly falls in love with her. Wade later discovers he has cancer and is offered the chance to treat his disease. He accepts the offer, but ends up in a facility that uses tortuous methods to reveal people’s mutant gene. After weeks of torture, his ability to heal is finally exposed, but it also leaves him disfigured. Now Wade sets out to seek revenge against the people who changed him. Deadpool comics have always been ripe for readers, the character was never really made for kids. And for that reason, 20th Century Fox has never seen the potential for a solo Deadpool movie.X-Men Origins: Wolverine , many fans were asking for another but more accurate version of Deadpool. Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds managed to put together an animated short for their viewing of the film. The footage leaked online and then began the quest to make the film, when it finally came out it blew away expectations. Both films went so well and became so popular that Ryan Reynolds has forever joined the character.

3. X2: X-Men United (2003)

We very rarely get a sequel that surpasses the original, but we managed to get it with this installment. Bryan Singer returns to the director’s chair to tell us a story that takes place several months after the first film. Magneto remains imprisoned inside a facility that specializes in maintaining his abilities, but Mystique has devised a plan to make him break out. Meanwhile, Xavier’s mansion is attacked by a special task force run by William Stryker. Most of the students manage to escape leaving Wolverine, Iceman, Rouge and Pyro on the run. Elsewhere, Professor Xavier and Cyclops travel to meet Erik, but things go wrong when they are attacked by Stryker men. Stryker is now in control of Xavier, making him a threat not only to our heroes but to all kinds of mutants. Realizing the threat they face, the X-Men join forces with Magneto to take down Stryker and save Charles. This movie managed to improve from the first on every level, from John Ottman’s soundtrack to combat choreography, this movie set the standard for every X-Men movie that followed. One of the most memorable aspects of the film was to show more mutants and their abilities with characters like Iceman, Pyro, Nightcrawler and even Magneto. this movie set the standard for every X-Men movie that followed. One of the most memorable aspects of the film was to show more mutants and their abilities with characters like Iceman, Pyro, Nightcrawler and even Magneto. this movie set the standard for every X-Men movie that followed. One of the most memorable aspects of the film was to show more mutants and their abilities with characters like Iceman, Pyro, Nightcrawler and even Magneto.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Just when you thought the series was losing momentum, this rumor comes and saves the day. The future is in disarray with the creation of the Sentinels, machines created by Dr. Bolivar Trask to adapt to the abilities of the mutants and kill them. The remaining mutants including Professor Xavier, Magneto, Wolverine and Kitty Pryde among many others fight for their lives against the mutant menace. With Kitty’s newly developed power to send someone’s subconscious into their younger body, make one last attempt to save humanity and the mutant species from extinction. By sending Logan into his younger body, he must now find a young Charles Xavier to form the X-Men and prevent Mystique from causing the events leading to the creation of the Sentinels.X-Men: first class . But after the disaster that was X-Men: The Last Stand , Bryan Singer returned to the franchise to correct the mistakes and inconsistencies of the previous films. If you thought the superabundance of characters would be a problem for this film, the producers manage to give this film an incredible balance of storytelling and action.

1. Logan(2017)

Arguably the biggest X-Men movie in the series. In an alternate future established by Days of Past Future, Logan’s healing factor is debilitating causing him to heal slower and die faster. By earning money as a limo driver to afford drugs that can control Charles’s psychic attacks, he hopes to earn enough to afford a boat and take himself and Charles away from the rest of the world. An extremely lucrative proposition is offered to him when a woman begs for her help to take a girl to a specific location and save her from being found by a mutant society. Although he refuses, he is later forced to accept the woman’s offer that sets him and Charles on the run from the same people who are chasing the girl. Despite Il Ghiottonemanaged to be low on our list, we mentioned his purpose for the production of this film by Mangold. Following the success of Dead Pool , Fox finally gave the green light to Mangold to create an R-rated Wolverine movie and what a profitable choice it turned out to be. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart perform and show a story so well crafted and so thrilling that it is worthy of being one of the greatest comic films of all time.

While we hate seeing the end of this incredible series of X-Men movies, their comic book influence and popularity will no doubt keep them relevant in theaters. Now that Marvel Studios has the rights back, we’re excited to see what Kevin Feige has planned for Xavier’s gifted young mutants and those who have chosen to fight them.

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