The X-Men films have, to say the least, been a mixed bag. When Bryan Singer’s X-Men premiered, it was unlike anything that the world had seen or expected of a filmed version of the comic book. It was fun, the characters were mostly well done, and it had some added emotional weight to it. X2: X-Men United continued that journey, although I still have no idea what mutant is controlling Xavier. I didn’t recognize him from the comics, and spent a long time trying to figure out who he was supposed to be. X-Men: The Last Stand was a tour-de-force of mutants, with death running rampant. My only regret was that Phoenix was not visually what she could have been. The end of X2 foreshadowed her appearance, and the film never delivered on that promise.