X-Men On The Big Screen: The Super-Team’s Films Ranked

X-Men

5. X-Men

X-Men

X-Men was the first of the 21st century superhero films but it was made with 90s logic. Singer wasn’t a comics fan and the studio’s mandate seemed to be that it couldn’t look or feel like them anyway. So the world was gifted with such “realistic” touches like the infamous black leather outfits that are as at home in an X-Men film as a BDSM club. There’s little sense of direction in the early goings; Anna Paquin’s Rogue is integral in X-Men 1 but in 2 and 3, they barely find time for her. We know less about Storm and Cyclops combined than her for Christ’s sake.  You could argue it deserves more credit for coming first but being early does not a good film make. Plan 9 From Outer Space came out the same year as Ben-Hur. They are not equal. For better or worse though, this film would set the tone for the franchise and standards for future superhero movies.

Singer should be commended for making a socially-conscious film focused on intolerance theme of comic lore but he completely forgets the team dynamics and soapy relationships that formed the spine of the comics. Let’s play a game: tell me something about Storm that isn’t her power. Drawing a blank? That’s a big problem. Nowhere is this more evident than the comparative screentime of Wolverine and Cyclops. Cyclops, the team leader in the comics, is reduced to a third wheel as Wolvie gobbled up his screentime, until James Marsden literally disappeared off-screen in the next film on our list . . .

Sam Flynn

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