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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17. Quicksilver

Quicksilver, Marvel's resident speedster with a penchant for stealing scenes as fast as he steals anything not nailed down, sits at number 17.

Quicksilver zips into the middle of the pack with the kind of flair only a guy who can make time stand still (or at least look like it's crawling) could. His introduction in X-Men: Days of Future Past was nothing short of cinematic gold. Dashing through a Pentagon kitchen with Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" playing, he not only saves Magneto but also delivers a few incredible moments combining state-of-the-art visual effects and perfectly executed cheeky humor. Honestly, this sequence alone could have bumped him up several spots, but why does he find himself at 17?

Well, it's a mix of sprinting glory and missed potential.

Quicksilver, played with a mischievous charm by Evan Peters, immediately captured the audience's affection with his laid-back attitude and lightning-fast wit. But despite his scene-stealing prowess, Quicksilver never quite reached the narrative depth or character development of his fellow mutants. His backstory and personal struggles, while touched upon, were never as fleshed out as they could have been. Plus, in a universe brimming with powerful mutants dealing with weighty themes of discrimination, identity, and loss, Quicksilver's light-hearted escapades sometimes felt more like delightful intermissions rather than integral parts of the saga. In essence, he's the superhero equivalent of a brilliant guest star - unforgettable in his moments on screen, but not quite central to the storyline's heart.

His speed is unparalleled, but in the race for character complexity, impact, and overall power, he's a few strides behind the leaders.