9 most disliked moments in all X-Men movies, ranked

Let's take a look at nine specific moments we've encountered among all 13 X-Men movies that still do not spark joy, shall we?

227_xb_8265_v1086.1027 – Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the original and most powerful mutant, embarks on a path of global destruction. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
227_xb_8265_v1086.1027 – Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the original and most powerful mutant, embarks on a path of global destruction. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. /
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2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Let's just dive into the drama of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a 2009 blockbuster that, well, kind of missed the mark on a couple of fronts.

All I have to say is how they turned Deadpool, the motor-mouthed, sassy antihero we all can't get enough of, into... a silent movie villain. Yep, that usually does the trick. The movie took our beloved chatterbox, slapped some duct tape on him (figuratively speaking), and tossed him into the mix as a not-so-deadly and definitely-not-my-Deadpool silent baddie. We were all so excited and ready for some snarky one-liners and instead we got... literal crickets.

Turning Deadpool into a mime was like expecting a stand-up comedy show and walking into a library. Not cool, movie, not cool. Kinda unforgivable.

And if that wasn't enough to make you scratch your head, the movie tried to juggle more backstories than a soap opera marathon. Instead of sticking to a meaty, Wolverine-centric tale, it threw in a kitchen sink's worth of side plots and flashbacks. You'd need a notepad to keep up with all the twists and turns. It was like the movie was trying to serve a five-course meal but ended up spilling the soup everywhere.

This scatterbrained approach left audiences more confused than engaged, making X-Men Origins: Wolverine a prime example of how trying to do too much can end up doing very little for everyone watching.

1. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

To get just how much this movie missed the mark into perspective, imagine if X-Men: The Last Stand was a party and everyone was excited for the grand spectacle of Jean Grey turning into the Dark Phoenix, a moment every X-Men fan had circled on their calendar. But, whoops! The movie turned that epic transformation into something as thrilling as watching paint dry.

Jean's leap into being the super-powerful, morally grey Dark Phoenix is supposed to be a big, juicy drama-filled moment. Yet, the movie zipped through her storyline faster than Quicksilver runs, leaving us all feeling like we got served a bland appetizer instead of the main course. We wanted to dive deep into Jean's turmoil, to really get why she's flipping her lid, but all we got was a hurried, "Hey, look, now she's evil and Cam's crying in a corner now because she doesn't get it."

And just when you thought the party couldn't get any more disappointing, the movie decided to play the worst party game ever: randomly knocking off fan-favorite characters. Thanks, I freaking hate it.

Cyclops, the guy who's basically the glue of the X-Men, and Professor X, the brainy father figure, were given the boot in a way that felt as satisfying as finding out your date got canceled via a one-worded text message. These were not the noble, tear-jerking exits we hoped for - they felt more like the movie was just trying to clean house real quick. We were all left in our seats wondering, "That's it?"

It was a move that didn't just break hearts - it felt like a slap in the face to the legacy of the X-Men saga and the characters we've grown to love.

Despite these prickles, the charm of the X-Men movies is undeniable. They've given us moments of pure cinematic joy and characters that have leaped off the screen and into our hearts.

Yes, they're flawed, like a beautifully rendered CGI character that occasionally glitches. But it's these imperfections that make the movies relatable, in a way. After all, isn't the essence of X-Men about embracing differences and finding strength in them? So, while we might chuckle or facepalm or cry at the odd continuity error or narrative misstep, they're all part of the wild, wonderful ride.

In the grand scheme of things, these thorns are just tiny scratches on the surface of a series that's brought so much excitement and inspiration to fans around the world.

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