The X-Men movies are an interesting and mostly great series that I often overlook when evaluating the comic book movie industry as a whole. It’s easy to focus on the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe and the still-developing DC films, but Fox’s X-Men series has actually been ongoing since far before the MCU existed, and is still going relatively strong today. 2016’s “Deadpool” was a surprise smash, “Logan” is poised to be a financial and critical hit, and while the most recent X-Men installment was underwhelming, there are plans ahead to continue growing the universe through film and TV.
The X-Men movies deserve a lot of credit. Not only did the success of the first X-Men pave the way for the superhero movie boom that followed, but also, while many would like to see Marvel get their hands on the property back from Fox, I would argue that their movies on average are actually better than the Marvel’s. Let’s walk through the best and worst X-Men movies to date.