Matthew J.R. Kohler
10.) The Cast of Characters
It’s usually hard to cast a superhero character. X-Men succeeded at this with most of the original cast and its reboot cast. Have you ever heard anyone say that Hugh Jackman or James McAvoy were miscast?
09.) The reason they are fighting
X-Men is one of the few superhero series that has a strong reason for the action. Unlike most Marvel films, X-Men is straight forward. Magneto wants to protect the mutants through violence and Professor X wants to protect mutants by protecting humans. Each film built on this idea.
08.) It’s more than action
The best X-Men films are dramas first and action movies second. Look at the first two films and First Class. The climactic moment in First Class is not dozens of superheroes and super villains attacking each other, but simply three people standing, and one of them screaming. By the way, I love this!
07.) The Villains are Bad!
Stryker, Kevin Bacon, and Stryker! All of these characters are just bad people. None of them have any redeemable characteristics. Both experimented on mutants. In their movies, you want them to get their comeuppance.
06.) Nightcrawler was epic!
X2 is probably the greatest X-Men movie. One reason is the opening scene that introduces a new character…Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler was one of the best parts of that movie. And you know what…it left me wanting more.
05.) When Toad Actually Mattered
Toad is a small character in the first film, but boy did he shine in the final action scene! He faced the entire X-Men (besides Wolverine) and held his own. Toad was made special for that reason. Also, he was given great energy by Ray Park who at that point was a fanboy favorite thanks to his turn as Darth Maul. It’s awesome to see how such a minor character brought so much fan service.
Magneto might be one of the best villains created by Marvel, so it’s almost impossible for them to get him wrong. Not only did the great Ian McKellen play him, but he was also played by the brilliant Michael Fassbender. Both actors brought new ideas to Magneto, which has made the character endure through all of these years.
03.) The tone is perfect
For the most part, the franchise is dead serious, but every once in a while they slip in a joke. The best of the X-Men series has been a breath of fresh air because most superhero films now are more about making jokes than telling a thought-out story.
02.) It has a purpose
When “X-Men” first started in the comics, the idea was based on the African American movement with Malcom X (Magneto) and Martin Luther King Jr. (Professor X). In 2000, Bryan Singer used these characters to talk about a new topic—homosexuality. The franchise started with a fresh take. As a result, this is one of the few superhero franchises that has brought relatable topics to the mainstream audience.
01.) The reboot was a success
First Class was amazing! This scene explains it all.