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X-Men Day Is Here to Celebrate the Ending of Fox’s X-Men Saga

So many endgames, so little time.

Tickets for Dark Phoenix are finally on sale, and therefore, 20th Century Fox has declared today to be X-Men day, making this upcoming installment into the Fox franchise its own kind of endgame.

The trailer embedded in the tweet above highlights that we were introduced to this version of the X-Men 20 years ago, and despite the highs and lows of the franchise, it has still meant a lot to people. I was seven years old when I saw the first X-Men movie in theaters, and I remember being blown away by it. As someone who had watched the cartoon, things were different than what I knew, but I was wrapped up in watching something like this come to life. I was too young for BladeSpider-Man was still two years away, and Fantastic Four was five years away.

Looking at the entire franchise, X-2 is no doubt the best—that opening sequence with Nightcrawler, Mystique flipping everyone off, Lady Deathstrike, and of course, Jean’s heroic end that we knew would be the beginning of the Phoenix storyline.

It is a little strange that, while Dark Phoenix is trying to blend the two timelines together, it also completely ignores that we have been here once before with Last Stand, an event I can understand why they would want to ignore, but considering they got the same writer involved to write and direct, it’s hard to forget—also, the Rebecca Romijn erasure. Jennifer Lawrence was never as good at Mystique as Romijn was.

As the series comes to a close, there is a lot to miss. Hugh Jackman will always be an amazing piece of casting for Logan, despite being way too tall and handsome, and Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are excellent as Charles and Magneto. The errors have not stopped it from going forward, and while the team at Marvel will have their own take now that they have the rights back (and it will most likely be better), that doesn’t erase what this franchise gave us—plus all the great Deadpool shit.

I will be there opening night to see the end of this franchise. What are some of your favorite moments from the X-Men series?

(image: 20th Century Fox)

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