Back in 2000, what is now the modern superhero genre probably didn’t seem possible. “Blade,” about a half-vampire Marvel Comics anti-hero, was the closest audiences had at the time. That changed with “X-Men,” which introduced a franchise that is still churning out movies.
In that sense, even though it’s suffered from a confusing timeline in recent years, the “X-Men” series may be the original “cinematic universe,” before the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to be.
The next entry in this franchise comes to theaters this weekend with “Deadpool 2.” It’s hard to remember that the “Deadpool” movies are technically part of the “X-Men” franchise. But they are loosely connected to that universe built by Fox for nearly two decades.
As the Disney-Fox deal looms, it’s impossible to predict where the franchise will be in the future. But for now we can expect “Deadpool 2” and both “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” and “The New Mutants” next year.
To prepare for “Deadpool 2,” Business Insider has ranked all 10 “X-Men” movies from worst to best.
Below is every “X-Men” movie, ranked: