X-Men film franchise

You might have thought that the Spiderman movies are an endless string of movies, but did you know the X-Men film franchise has almost released 10 movies? Logan will be the 10th movie in the X-men installment. X-Men is currently the ninth highest-grossing film franchise of all time, earning more than $4.3 billion worldwide.

Here are the 9 existing movies:

The Wolverine (2013) — Rating 6.7

In this sixth installment in the X-Men series — and second Wolverine standalone after X-Men Origins: WolverineHugh Jackman’s Logan/Wolverine travels to Japan to meet up with an old acquaintance from 1945. The film took in a worldwide gross of just over $414,800,000 and earned a mostly positive response from critics and fans, but IMDb users can’t agree on this one. One praised the movie with “Am I the only one that thinks this is the best X-Men film?” while another complained “Is this the most boring superhero movie or what?” In terms of the gender breakdown for IMDb’s 6.7 rating, 38,906 women averaged a rating of 6.8, with 243,631 men giving it a 6.7.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) — Rating 6.7

This fourth installment in the X-Men film franchise was a prequel/spinoff for the character James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine. X-Men Origins: Wolverine started the summer 2009 movie season with an estimated $35 million which ranked it as the 16th highest-grossing opening day ever (22nd when ticket-price inflation is factored). On IMDb, women averaged a 7.1 for this one, and men went with 6.6. This film marked the debut of Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, who would go on to make fans very happy as Deadpool.

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) — Rating 6.8

A cure for mutants divided Charles Xavier’s X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood in this sequel to X2. The third installment in the X-Men series was directed by Brett Ratner, and brought back the original cast. Critics and fans were pretty mixed on the resurrection of Jean Grey, with The Last Stand, IMDb users were OK with the film, but — as you can see — it is the lowest rated of the X-films, aside from the two Wolverine standalones. But it did well at the box office, earning almost $460 million worldwide.

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) — Rating 7.1

The latest of the X-Men series took the team back to the 1980s and recasting fan favorites, Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Havok (Lucas Till), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Jubilee (Lana Condor) as teenagers and introducing Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) as En Sabah Nur, the original mutant, set on destroying the world. Currently X-Men: Apocalypse stands at the 7th highest grossing in the franchise with a $155.4M domestic gross.

Female IMDb users under 18 seemed to enjoy Apocalypse the most, giving it and average 8.1 rating, a point over the average, while males aged 30 to 44 gave the lowest rating at 6.9.

X-Men (2000) — Rating 7.4

Director Bryan Singer started the franchise with this ambitious introduction into the world of Marvel’s X-Men comics. With acclaimed thespians Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the lead roles, X-Men established itself as an adaptation of depth and gravitas. Hugh Jackman launched himself into superstardom in his breakout role as Wolverine, the main star of the film beside Anna Paquin‘s Rogue. The film had a production budget around $75 million and went on to make nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office. IMDb users approved as well, with (as of this moment) 58,360 women rating it at 7.7 and 297,905 men going for 7.4.

X-Men 2 (2003) — Rating 7.5

Bryan Singer and the original cast returned three years after the first film for this sequel, X2. Additions like Nightcrawler’s opening sequence at the White House helped elevate this film in the eyes of fans, giving it a slightly higher rating than its predecessor. It cost slightly more to make, with a budget of around $110 million, but it also made more with a worldwide gross of $407 million.

IMDb users rated it slightly higher than the original, with fans writing message board posts like, “Best opening scene of any comic book movie?” and “This is still the best X-Men film.”

X-Men: First Class (2011) — Rating 7.8

Matthew Vaughn stepped in to direct this prequel, casting younger actors to tell the early stories of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). It was a big risk to basically reboot the franchise with a whole new cast — albeit major stars — in familiar roles. But it worked beautifully, and landed in the top 3 highest ranked films of the X-Men franchise among IMDb users.

One IMDb user titled his review “Best X-Men film yet!” writing, “X-Men: First Class is simply fantastic. Strong emotion and explosive action. The acting is top notch. Delivery from every actor is at its best, more so from Mystique, Beast, Xavier and Magneto. The story is more character based than action; however the action sequences are still superb.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) — 8.0

Days of Future Past is the Goldilocks film that successfully found a way to combine both the original X-Men and new casts, acting as a sequel to both The Last Stand and First Class. The story followed two time periods, bringing Wolverine into the mix to head back in time to the 1970s to prevent an assassination.

IMDb users raved that it was “Superb In Every Way!” and the “Best Marvel Movie So Far.” It cleaned up at the box office, too, with its $200 million budget returning with more than $747 million worldwide. It even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects, making it the first X-Men film to get an Oscar nod.

Deadpool (2016) — Rating 8.1

Who would’ve imagined that Ryan Reynolds‘s relatively small role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine would turn into the highest-grossing R-rated movie worldwide, and the most popular film of this series? Marvel had been trying to make a Deadpool movie since at least 2000, the year this whole franchise began, but it took until 2016 to make it happen.

One IMDb critic wrote, under the review title “Best Superhero Movie,” “Right from the opening credits itself you’ll find yourself realizing that this is the kind of superhero movie which is definitely different. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is a much-needed shot in the arm for the superhero genre in general.”

 

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