7. Deadpool 2
For this fan, Deadpool 2 is a definite step-up from its predecessor. Sure, it still employs cliches as much as it mocks them, but the bigger scope of its plot and the memorable cast of characters really lift the material. It also feels like much more of a part of the X-Men universe as it further draws from the depths of the comics and doubles down on the tongue-in-cheek treatment of the Marvel universe that was, in comparison, only lightly touched on in the first one.
6. The Gifted
The Gifted is essentially the Agents of SHIELD of the X-Men universe. An adjunct to the movies, it’s a classic X-Men story about mutants being persecuted by hateful humans. The pace somewhat slipped over the first season, but the talented cast and the enjoyable connections to the wider X-universe are enough to keep fans of the franchise hooked. It’s not groundbreaking, but it understands the heart of the X-Men much better than many of the films.
5. X-Men: First Class
“Apart from issues with its female characters, First Class is a total success. The always reliable Matthew Vaughn (If you like this, check out Stardust and Kingsman) makes what is possibly the most outright fun installment of the franchise, as he is influenced by old spy films and cold war movies. There’s also some nice exploration of the characters, as we get to see them in new lights – though not all of this new information fits into previous continuity. Still, who cares about plot holes when you’re enjoying yourself?”
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past
“Surely the second best mainline X-Men film ever, Days of Future Past remains a greatly entertaining film and a real treat for dedicated viewers of the franchise. In one way, it wraps up hanging plot threads so that it could be a blazing finale to the series. In another, it reboots the continuity in a genius and seamless way to ensure more installments are possible.
Apocalypse had a hard time following this…”