6. Deadpool 2 (2018)
Taking all of the goodness from the original Deadpool and doubling down on almost everything, Deadpool 2 was a barnstormer of a comedy that solidified the almost invincible, arrogant, masked hero as one of this era’s best and most important franchise leaders.
With a number of jokes quite obviously aimed at the franchise’s would-be partners in the MCU and some of the funniest skits in any movie in 2018, Deadpool 2 made for a unique and hugely entertaining entry to the X-Men franchise that may not have revolutionised the X-Men like its predecessor did, but certainly offered a lot in its own right to sit it in a rather promising 6th position within this incredibly strong list of films.
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5. X-Men: First Class (2011)
When Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn signed on to make the first in a prequel franchise of the X-Men universe, fans were delighted. The director had proven himself a worthwhile and different kind of comic book movie filmmaker whose handling of dark themes within a largely fun movie was the perfect groundwork for a much larger and more popular franchise like X-Men. He undeniably succeeded, creating root stories for Xavier and Magneto that didn’t detract from the original trilogy nor paid too much of a tribute to them to neglect the new cast. Thrilling, beautifully shot, funny, and undeniably emotionally charged, X-Men: First Class was a very good comic book movie that was worthy of what fans had come to associate with the X-Men franchise, and it is ranked so lowly here simply because of the quality of the films to come.
4. X-Men (2000)
X-Men (2000) was the catalyst. The massive success of Bryan Singer’s movie was largely down to the dark and more adult themes of the picture, something that lent itself to mass culture rather than the specific “kids culture” that so many had assumed of many comic-book related products previously. With an ensemble of well respected character actors and some fantastic visuals, X-Men was a hit on all levels. For just how good of an example it is as an action movie, fantasy movie and superhero movie, as well as for all that it meant to the large budget Hollywood film industry, X-Men remains one of the better superhero movies ever despite it coming around at the infancy of the now hugely popular sub-genre, and is about as strong of a number 4 as we’ve ever had in one of our lists.