Every X-Men ranked from weakest to strongest

Good or bad, there are X-Men with incredible powers and abilities out there, but there can only be one to take the number one spot.

akb_dtlra_stills_120415.089228 – Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has the power to manipulate magnetic fields. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
akb_dtlra_stills_120415.089228 – Erik/Magneto (Michael Fassbender) has the power to manipulate magnetic fields. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. /
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18. Angel/Archangel

Angel, our winged wonder from the X-Men universe, flutters in at number 18 among his mutant comrades, and it's a flight pattern worth dissecting with the precision of a comic book nerd at a trivia night.

Angel, also known as Warren Worthington III in the circles that prefer three-piece suits over spandex, has always been a bit of a paradox wrapped in feathers. On the one hand, those majestic wings of his offer a visual spectacle that screams "superhero landing" like no other. But his cinematic journey, as seen in the X-Men movies, has been more of a turbulent glide than the high-flying adventure one might expect from such an angelic figure.

In the X-Men cinematic universe, Angel's ranking at number 18 might seem harsh to those who've followed his comic book escapades.

But let's face it, his screen time has often fluttered between underutilized potential and a somewhat clipped narrative arc. In X-Men: The Last Stand, his debut promised a story of struggle and acceptance, yet it felt as though he never quite took off, limited by a script that couldn't quite decide how best to deploy his talents. Then, in X-Men: Apocalypse, we see him again, this time with a darker edge and metal wings, which admittedly added some cool points but still didn't give him the narrative updraft needed to soar higher on the list. His cinematic portrayal captures the essence of a character caught in a tailwind, struggling to find his place in a crowded sky of mutants, each with their own compelling tales and spectacular abilities.