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Who are the coolest characters from the X-Men Movies?

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , on May 19, 2014 by Ross McG

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With the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past this week, it’s time to take a look into the future past ourselves and name our all-time favourite movie X-Men.

And X-Women. Yeah, what’s up with that? An organisation dedicated to spreading equality and they botch their own name? Come on.

10. Mystique

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Mystique, or Raven Darkhölme, has been a mainstay of the X-Men movies, and with good cause, her shapeshifting abilities making her a wonderful character. Better when she’s in full-blown evil mould – Rebecca Romijn’s version is much more fun than Jennifer Lawrence’s – she’s bad, blue and out to hoodwink you. If you’re a goodie, that is.

9. Victor Creed

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the worst superhero films out there – and I’ve seen The Amazing Spider-Man – but it has one redeeming feature. I’ll give you a clue: it isn’t Van Wilder: Deadpool Liaison. Thanks to Liev Schreiber’s Creed – or Sabretooth – the movie is actually almost watchable.

8. Wolverine

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Just beating his half-brother to eighth spot is old Wolvie. I’ve spoken before of my Wolverine fatigue – how can you be cool if you turn up every five minutes? You see your family and friends all the time, and you don’t think any of them are cool, do you?

7. Lady Deathstrike

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Great name, great character. Her job in X-Men 2, or X2: X-Men United (like they were a football team), is to keep quiet and beat up Wolverine. If only he did a bit more of that himself. Might make him more interesting.

6. Beast

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Beast is one of the few X-Men to have two great movie incarnations – in the pretty terrible X-Men: The Last Stand, Kelsey Grammer retains some dignity, despite being a ball of blue fur. And Nicholas Hoult is the unsung hero of X-Men: First Class, his Beastie Boy a much-needed everyman figure for the audience to dig their own claws into.

5. Cyclops

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Yeah, I can hear the groans from here. I will never understand why Cyclops gets such a bad rep. Perhaps it is because his character was treated so dreadfully in X-Men 3. Sometimes it’s hard for the Steady Eddie type to stand out in a superhero film full of smirking good guys and moustache-twirling bad guys, but James Marsden manages it as Cyclops. Marsden has other superhero form, as Lois Lane’s man-on-Earth in Superman Returns. In X-Men, what Cyclops saw in the duller than dull Jean Grey is anyone’s guess.

4. Nightcrawler

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Two words: White. House.

3. Kitty Pryde

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Everyone loves Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat, but sometimes everyone is right. She’s great and Ellen Page manages to make her great in the middle of the mushy mess that is X-Men: The Last Stand. Oh, there is one person who doesn’t like her: Vinny flipping Jones.

2. Magneto

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Now we get to the really bad guys. Come on, you didn’t think platitude-lover Professor X would make it? Or empty-headed weather girl Storm? Or Rogue, such a brilliant character in the comics and cartoons yet treated so shabbily in the movies? She’s meant to kick ass, dammit! One man who does kick ass is Magneto – he da man, able to squash Wolverine with a flick of his finger. It’s a wonder he hasn’t done it yet.

1. William Stryker

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The best X-Men movie, as anyone who’s ever seen an X-Men movie knows, is X-Men 2. The reason it’s so great? Brian Cox. Scotland’s greatest ever actor – push off, Connery – is just as good in the first X-Men sequel as he was in the six other films he made that week. Yes, he’s in everything, but there isn’t one film that hasn’t been improved by having him in it. Even you, Match Point. William Stryker is tough enough and driven enough to take on all kinds of powerful mutants – Magneto and Prof X among them. Spurred on by the hatred within him for how he treated his own mutant son, Stryker’s methods or goals are far from admirable, but damn is he badass. The coolest X-Men cat around. And he isn’t even an X-Man.

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Top Five… Suckiest Superhero Team Members

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Ross McD

So the Avengers have well and truly assembled, and hopefully the six-superpowered heroes will collectively manage to deafeat that rather unimposing bad guy in the silly costume (who Thor alone beat singlehandedly last time round). But who will Loki be most worried about? Is it his demi-god half brother who controls lightning… or that guy with great eyesight who can shoot a bow and arrow real good? To be fair, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye more than holds his own against his better-endowed brethren… which is more than we can say for these duds… Continue reading

Top Five… Comic book Crossover-curbing Casting Cock-ups

Posted in TOP FIVES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by Ross McD

Comic book characters are a sociable bunch – when they’re not saving their own respective universes, they can usually be found guest appearing in someone else’s comic. Nowadays superheroes do more crossovers than Cristiano Ronaldo in front of an open goal, but some casting directors have made life difficult for themselves. Ross McD lines em up… Continue reading

Star Trek v X-Men: First Class

Posted in BATTLES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by rossvross

Reboots: There was a time when you needed a few decades in between. Nowadays there’s barely enough time to put your foot on the ground before we’re winding up to punt another franchise up the arse. Ross McG and Ross McD pit two modern remakes against each other. Continue reading

Blog Post Of The Week: X-Men: First Class And Superhero Nostalgia

Posted in BLOG POST OF THE WEEK with tags , , on January 27, 2011 by Ross McG

This week’s post of the week comes from Darren over at The Movie Blog. If ever a website deserved its title, this is it. He’s been on our blogroll since we started and for good reason. While at RvR we often deal in a pithiness that can very quickly get tiresome, Daz dissects films in intrinsic detail, always remembering to entertain the reader as he goes along. For instance, I have little to no interest in comic books, but I love reading what he writes about them, in the same way I suppose that I know nothing about cars but like watching Top Gear. Okay, I think I’ve bigged him up enough. His post that we’re featuring this week is about the new X-Men movie. Instead of drooling over the new pictures released, Darren delves into how the film’s historical setting will impact on audiences. It’s a great post. Read it by clicking HERE or the picture above. Continue reading

Spider-Man has a new adversary… the web

Posted in COMMENT with tags , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by Ross McG

Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men have met their match. The internet. Remember when movies used to come out and you used to just go and watch them? Then you weren’t born any time after 1988. Has the internet sucked all the love out of movie-going? Let’s find out what Ross McG thinks… Continue reading

The Incredible Hulk v X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Posted in BATTLES with tags , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by rossvross

SMASH!! SNIKT!! These two noisy superheroes are about to lock horns. Click HERE or the image above to read this exclusive battle we’ve done for Metro Film Fight Club. Continue reading