Brought to life from the popular Marvel Comics, the X-Men film series is the most addictive amongst Superhero fans. Being the 15th highest-grossing film franchise, each film is known to earn higher box-office grosses than its previous release. With six films released since 2000, the latest sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past will hit the theatres on May 23, 2014. We’ll take you back in time with a quick recap of the entire X-Men series.
Rogue and Wolverine get into a combat between the Mutants led by Magneto and Professor Xavier‘s X-Men. Magneto has evil desires to bring acceptance of mutant kind and plans to mutate world leaders with a special machine he built. The conflict beings when Xavier realizes this course of action will only result in death. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film became a huge hit which initiated its sequel.
X2: X-Men United (2003)
Months after the X-Men defeated Magneto, Colonel William Stryker questions him about the whereabouts of Professor Xavier and his secret chamber called “Cerebro“. Stryker’s forces attack Professor X’s School with the mission to kill every mutant using the mutant-locating machine. The only way to stop Stryker’s mass extermination is for the X-Men to team up with the Brotherhood.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
It was Brett Ratner who directed this film after Bryan Singer opted out of the X-Men franchise to direct Superman Returns. The X-Men led by Professor Xavier and Magneto’s powerful mutants choose separate paths. A cure has been found to treat the mutant gene which leads to a backlash among humans and mutants. The turning point arises when former X-Men Jean Grey is mysteriously resurrected back to life and goes on a rampage. In order to stop Jean, Wolverine is left with the only option to kill her. Once again the X-men and the Brotherhood have to battle it out in the final showdown.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Hugh Jackman who starred as Wolverine also produced the movie with Gavin Hood as the director. The entire film is a prequel based on Wolverine’s early life and his relationship with his step brother Victor Creed. The film reveals how he transformed and inhibited the indestructible metal during the Weapon X program. Though the film received a lot of criticism as it did not meet up with expectations, yet, it grossed over $373 million worldwide in its opening.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Everyone was curious to know how the X-Men and the Brotherhood mutants originated. Matthew Vaughn directed and also wrote the final script with Jane Goldman. X-Men: First Class is a prequel focusing on the relationship between Charles Xavier and Magneto.
The Wolverine (2013)
Wolverine heads off to Japan to re-unite with Ichiro Yashida, a soldier whom he saved years ago. Facing attack from assassins and ninjas sent by Yakuza, Wolverine must defend them all to save Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko. Continuation of X-Men: The Last Stand, this film thrilled its fans to the core making it the second highest-grossing film in the series.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Bryan Singer returns to direct the 7th film in its series, X-Men: Days of Future Past. With a need to save the present species, past needs to be changed. The X-men characters join forces with their own selves from the past and battle it out to save the future. There is no doubt this is the most awaited film of the year. If you are already a die-hard fan, make sure you watch X-Men: Days of Future Past on the big screen in 3D on May 23, 2014.
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