The Hugh Jackman Wolverine era is officially over – although we can always live in hope that maybe, just maybe, Hugh won’t shut the door on this character completely! I’m sure there’s still plenty of opportunity for cameos (I think Deadpool 2 is crying out for Hugh to appear!), and they wouldn’t dare recast Wolverine already, right? With this end of an era, I’ve been watching a few older X-Men films which have inspired this Best to Worst X-Men Film Listicle!
Best to Worst X-Men Films
1. Logan (2017)
The latest Wolverine film knocks all of the others out of the park. Excessively gory and extremely well written, this one is surely better than most other ‘superhero’ films let alone the ones in the X-Men universe. Hugh plays the old and withering Logan spending the end of his days caring for the ageing Professor X. A fitting and proper tribute to an awesome actor playing an awesome character – check out my full Logan Film Review here:
Best Logan Moment: Wolverine fights his way through the hotel as Professor X has a powerful seizure, chaos and bloody violence ensues!
2. X-Men 2 (2003)
X2 delved deeper into Wolverine’s past as we have the first iteration of William Stryker (played by Brian Cox) and of Alkali Lake. I loved this film as, despite its quirks, there was plenty of action and some badassery from mutants and characters old and new.
Best X2 Moment: Sorry Hugh, but Alan Cumming takes this one. Nightcrawler’s run-in at the Whitehouse is one of my favourite mutant scenes to date. An awesome sequence that can probably be credited for me getting into Marvel films in the first place!
3. X-Men Days of Future Past (2014)
Although this film basically messed up all the timelines across the entire X-Men universe, you have to appreciate how cool it was to see Wolverine being the focus of a decent mutant movie. ‘Twas pretty cool to see past and present crossover, and particularly enjoyed the fights with the Sentinels and Magneto’s performance at the White House.
Best Moment: Quiksilver’s first slow-mo scene was pretty decent, but Wolverine taking a whole load of bullets when he first travels to the past is definitely a pretty awesome Logan scene.
4. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
I’d go for a ‘good-but-not-great’ approach with X-Men apocalypse. Some pretty decent scenes, but for me, a mutant wanting to cleanse the world and causing global destruction may be getting a little old. They did finally rectify the wrongs of a few characters (Jean, Angel etc.) and as always, Michael Fassbender was pretty awesome as grieving and angry Magneto.
Best Moment: When you realise what’s in the box! As a young Cyclops, Jean and Nightcrawler release what can only be described as an animal from its cage, little do they know they’ve released the Wolverine! An awesome and unexpected appearance from Hugh, enjoyably bloody and brutal!
5. X-Men (2000)
The classic and original X-Men film is arguably a bit dated now, but you can easily appreciate just how awesome these films were. We get a badass first entrance from the Wolverine as a cage fighter and get some pretty good Logan scenes in this first action flick. Can’t believe how young Hugh looks in the picture above!
Best Moment: At the base of the Statue of Liberty, Wolverine fights himself as Mystique mimics the clawed character’s form.
6. X-Men: First Class (2011)
In general, a pretty great addition to the X-Men universe, which kind of needed a little rejuvenation after some major flops. Was great to see James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender take up the iconic roles of Charles and Magneto, as well as the mutants’ involvement in major world events.
Best Moment: Wolverine pulled off a pretty awesome cameo in I’m not sure many characters or actors will get the opportunity to tell James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to ‘go f**k yourself’. However, Hugh gets the opportunity in this little 25-second clip. Short but sweet!
7. The Wolverine (2013)
I always forget about this solo Wolverine endeavour. What started as a promising film descended into some frankly bizarre scenes with Wolverine fighting the Silver Samurai dude. One of the many examples where an X-Men film ever-so-slightly lost its way.
Best Moment: I enjoyed the opening scenes where Wolverine saves his captor, Yashida, from the atomic bomb blast. The healing figure of the brutally burnt Wolverine was a pretty awesome sight!
8. X-Men The Last Stand (2006)
Ah, the third film in the original X-Men franchise was pretty disappointing on all counts. Wolverine spent too much time interested in Jean Grey, who I have very little time for the X-Men films. The film really lost its way and Wolverine really didn’t have a chance to shine. Fair to say most of us lost interest when Xavier blew up, but in all The Last Stand was a dud of a superhero film.
Best Moment: In general, the fight scenes were pretty good. As well as the end fight scene there was Logan’s fight with Spyke, the dart throwing guy in the forest as well as a run-in with the Juggernaut. Though too many Phoenix misfires ruined the film entirely for me.
9. X-Men Origins Wolverine (2009)
Gah, they really missed the mark when it came to this movie. There were simply too many frustrating and confusing decisions which continually mar the enjoyment of this film. They tried to pull of Deadpool and Gambit, but really to no good effect. We did gain some insight into Wolverine’s past, but all in all, I think we’d agree it’s probably the worst of the bunch when it comes to X-Men films.
Best Moment: Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth? Should’ve been him all along, enjoyed the dynamic between Wolverine and Sabretooth in this film, but it heavily crumbled faster than that disintegrating cooling tower in the final fight scene.
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10. Deadpool (2016)
I will happily accept the argument that Jackman’s appearance in Deadpool wasn’t technically a cameo, but the references to him throughout are some of the best comedic moments in the film. This GIF shows evidence of a Wolverine cameo right? Here’s hoping Hugh bears the claws one more time in the Deadpool sequel. Check out my latest Deadpool 2 post here!
What is your favourite X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman? Do you think he’ll be tempted to make some cameos in future films? Do you think Marvel will DARE to recast Wolverine anytime soon? Let me know in the comments below!