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Face Off: X-Men: First Class vs. X2: X-Men United

May. 22, 2014by: Dave Davis
Last week's Face-Off column put a pair of acclaimed powerhouse actors against each other, and more of you agreed that "Breaking Bad" gave Bryan Cranston a slight advantage over "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage.

This weekend's big release rounds up almost every imaginable Marvel mutant for the sequel-prequel-reboot event X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. With that movie poised to quite possibly become the new favorite in the franchise, let's take a look at the previous best entries in the mutant series so far, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS versus X2: X-MEN UNITED.

(Please note: Face Off is an opinion column. We're not using any actual science to prove or disprove anything. It's just for fun.)
STORY
In 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, mutant Erik Lensherr is hunting Sebastian Shaw, the Nazi scientist who held him prisoner and killed his mother. Erik crosses paths with fellow mutants Charles Xavier and Raven Darkholme, and they join forces with the CIA and a team of young mutant recruits to prevent Shaw from triggering a nuclear war.
Prompted by a mutant attack on the President, military leader William Stryker is on a mission to eliminate mutants, and his first step is an assault on Professor Xavier's school. Wolverine, Storm, Rogue and several other mutants scatter before reuniting and forming a tenuous alliance with escaped prisoner Magneto and his cohort Mystique to put an end to Stryker's crusade.
PROFESSOR X
Even aside from his ability to walk upright, the young version of Charles Xavier is almost the complete opposite of his older self, and actor James McAvoy playfully portrays him as more of a charming rogue with a bit of an ego. He'll use his mental powers when convenient, but he's initially more interested in chasing girls than applying his mutation expertise or saving the world.
Actor Patrick Stewart is always admirable and dignified, but after an impressive display of his mutant power (freezing an entire museum full of people) and paying a visit to his friend/adversary Magneto, Professor Xavier spends most of the movie sitting (ahem) on the sidelines until he's manipulated into using a Cerebro device to eradicate humans.
MAGNETO
Though he starts on a personal vendetta, Erik Lensherr befriends Charles Xavier and unites with him to locate and protect other mutants -- but unlike Charles, he approaches this mission with a "by any means necessary" attitude (delivered with zeal by Michael Fassbender). Ultimately his experiences sour him on "normal" mankind and he determines that non-mutants all pretty much suck and must be opposed.
The elder version of Magneto, played with subdued cunning by the always-regal Sir Ian McKellan, shares the same philosophical differences with frenemy Charles Xavier when it comes to the divide between homo sapiens and homo superior. But reconfiguring a Cerebro device to wipe out every human on the planet? That's thinking big.
MYSTIQUE
In FIRST CLASS, blue-skinned shapeshifter Raven Darkholme is retconned into Charles Xavier's adoptive sister and (in a world where mutants aren't known to the general population) is convinced to mask her true form in public -- something which new colleague Erik frowns upon.

Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence looks nice in the indigo body scales and provides some emotional depth to this more naive and conflicted version of the character, but she isn't allowed many demonstrations of powers or fighting prowess.
The X2 version of Mystique is closer to the devious, taunting antagonist of the comics, using her incognito abilities to gather intelligence, seduce a prison guard as a means to liberate imprisoned ally Magneto, infiltrate Stryker's secret base, and showcase her hand-to-hand combat proficiency.

Actress Rebecca Romijn may not have had an abundance of acting experience at the time, but she certainly was spectacular in blue.
OTHER CHARACTERS
In addition to Mystique, Charles and Erik recruit several other young mutants: powerful screamer Banshee, energy-hurling Havok, adaptive cabbie Darwin, brilliant bigfooted athlete Beast, and acid-spitting flier Angel.

They also end up enlisting the assistance of CIA agent Moira McTaggert and Oliver Platts nameless head of secret government agency Division X
Returning X-Men members include everyones favorite clawed loner Wolverine, weather manipulator Storm, telekinetic telepath Jean Grey, laser-eyed leader Cyclops, power-leecher Rogue, beverage-chiller Iceman, and the new additions of flamethrower Pyro and blue teleporting acrobat Nightcrawler
COSTUMES
The characters spend a good part of the movie in groovy 60s garb before finally zipping into blue-and-yellow jumpsuits similar to the classic outfits from the comics

(The bad guys stick with sharp suits, with the exception of villainess Emma Frost, who favors cleavage and bare midriff)
Team members go on the run in casual clothes before everyone slips on their black leather fetish gear for the climactic battle
VILLAINS
The narcissistic Hellfire Club leader and energy sponge Sebastian Shaw, telepathic diamond girl Emma Frost, demonic-looking teleporter Azazel, silent whirlwind-thrower Riptide, and turncoat Angel
The mutant-obsessed Colonel William Stryker, his lobotomized mutant illusionist son Jason, brainwashed adamantium-fingered mutant Deathstrike, and a small army of black ops soldiers
DIRECTOR
Matthew Vaughn got his start with the criminal underground tale LAYER CAKE, before unwittingly training for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS through some experience with fantastical elements and special effects (STARDUST) and costumed superheroes (KICK-ASS).

Vaughn was initially going to direct X-MEN: THE LAST STAND before abruptly departing the production, leaving fans with a (likely superior) What if? movie that exists only in their imaginations. (Marvel-related but not mutant-specific: He was also once attached to direct a THOR movie.)
Like Vaughn, Bryan Singer started out with a twisting crime story filled with shady characters and spiky dialogue, finding significant acclaim (and awards) with THE USUAL SUSPECTS. He's the only director to helm more than one entry in the X-franchise and is probably the Hollywood creative talent most closely associated with the property besides Hugh Jackman, but his non-mutant efforts (SUPERMAN RETURNS, VALKYRIE, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, APT PUPIL) haven't been as satisfying or successful.
BOX OFFICE
$353.6 M worldwide
$407.7 M worldwide
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
X2 tends to be heralded as a shining example of adapting comic book material, but unfortunately I don't think it holds up as well as others -- aside from the dizzying opening White House sequence and the attack on the school, the movie is a little stiff and visually anonymous. And the brainwashing angle (which itself is a bit silly) seems like a missed opportunity to have the team battling other interesting foes rather than each other.

I honestly could've watched an entire movie of just Fassbender's Magneto hunting Nazi war criminals, but X-MEN: FIRST CLASS also plays like a cool retro spy movie (right down to the grandiose villain's nonsensical scheme) only with costumes and superpowers. And Vaughn's approach has a more stylish presentation (thanks in part to the retro aesthetic of the era), an appealing cast and an energetic tone without losing or hammering the more serious underlying themes.

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1:17PM on 06/05/2014
Both of this movies are good, because from the franchise, they actually care about its characters, giving them different emotions (instead of being just "evil", "good", "angry" or "funny").
But I choose First Class, because I like the James Bond-ish feel to it.
Both of this movies are good, because from the franchise, they actually care about its characters, giving them different emotions (instead of being just "evil", "good", "angry" or "funny").
But I choose First Class, because I like the James Bond-ish feel to it.
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7:16AM on 05/23/2014

I am not trying to be a bitch BUUUUT

SHENANIGANS ON THIS!!! I CALL SHENANIGANS!!! Just on story and villains. The story is a draw as they took some interesting ideas and salvaged them in First Class and the 60's are funky fresh, but X2 was a very pure cinematic take on God Loves Man Kills storyline and felt like it could've been exact as the comic. People are shocked when they see how dated the material seems but how similar it is in feel. And the villains were flatter than flat and would've been ripe for a seasoned actor to hamm
SHENANIGANS ON THIS!!! I CALL SHENANIGANS!!! Just on story and villains. The story is a draw as they took some interesting ideas and salvaged them in First Class and the 60's are funky fresh, but X2 was a very pure cinematic take on God Loves Man Kills storyline and felt like it could've been exact as the comic. People are shocked when they see how dated the material seems but how similar it is in feel. And the villains were flatter than flat and would've been ripe for a seasoned actor to hamm up or subtly downplay. Sadly we got a Pixie who was, just like her character, eye candy, Azazel with no lines or background just a means to explain characters moving so fast (-How does he mess with Russia and America so fast? ~Meh throw in a teleporter), Emma Frost could've been good but let's be honest no one raves about January Jones when talking about the strengths of Mad Men, and people don't even remember Riptide so I won't either. We need actors who WANT to sink their teeth in roles and not just stand in which is what they did. X-men DOFP really did just cull the best aspects of First Class, along with pretty much all the films in general and did away whatever no one cared about. I still say First Class is second best but now third after seeing Days of Future Past. More auteur like as its just drenched in his visual style and mannerisms. He absolutely frolocked in what is his unique vision of X-men entails and has way too much fun which infects the audience. He knows how to do it and X-men 2 shows it better than most. Though, on all other counts pretty dead on in the post. See, not just a F*!&@^ YOU post.
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5:59PM on 05/22/2014

I really don't get why some of these commentors are making such a big deal about X2 feeling "dated."

I just watched it a couple of weeks ago and in terms of acting, character development and over all writing I think it's pretty superior to First Class, although I enjoyed that one a lot too. The movie's themes still feel socially relevant and there are some genuinely emotional scenes. Even the effects still hold up pretty flipping well (Nightcrawler's makeup and teleportation effects to me look just as realistic as Azazel's) and the intro scene with Nightcrawler attacking the white house
I just watched it a couple of weeks ago and in terms of acting, character development and over all writing I think it's pretty superior to First Class, although I enjoyed that one a lot too. The movie's themes still feel socially relevant and there are some genuinely emotional scenes. Even the effects still hold up pretty flipping well (Nightcrawler's makeup and teleportation effects to me look just as realistic as Azazel's) and the intro scene with Nightcrawler attacking the white house remains possibly the coolest scene in the whole series. The only I could possibly see actually feeling dated is maybe some of the fashion choices and pop culture references but that's pretty much inevitable, I mean nobody goes after Keaton's Batman for having a mullet and a Prince soundtrack.
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4:31PM on 05/22/2014

I Disagree...

I think X-Men: First Class is an overrated movie. It's a good movie and I enjoyed it, but people give it way too much praise than it deserves. X2 is much better, in my opinion.
I think X-Men: First Class is an overrated movie. It's a good movie and I enjoyed it, but people give it way too much praise than it deserves. X2 is much better, in my opinion.
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2:28PM on 05/22/2014

X2 - 7/10; FIRST CLASS - 6/10.

FIRST CLASS is just more of the same. They don't expand the discrimination themes because there was nothing more to do with them.
FIRST CLASS is just more of the same. They don't expand the discrimination themes because there was nothing more to do with them.
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2:27PM on 05/22/2014
It's kind of a tie with me as far as these two movies are concerned. They're by far the best X-Men movies out there. I agree with all or most of the points above except the villains. Maybe it's because I'm a huge Bryan Cox fan, but I think he was simply awesome as Stryker (loads better than Danny Huston) and one of the best antagonists in the X-Men movies.
It's kind of a tie with me as far as these two movies are concerned. They're by far the best X-Men movies out there. I agree with all or most of the points above except the villains. Maybe it's because I'm a huge Bryan Cox fan, but I think he was simply awesome as Stryker (loads better than Danny Huston) and one of the best antagonists in the X-Men movies.
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11:30AM on 05/22/2014
Still don't understand how people like First Class (aka X-Men history for Dummies) so much.
- Beside Magneto, character development is slim to none. Characters make big decisions seemingly at the drop of a hat, with nothing built to explain why in a satisfying way. The winged girl turning evil after one line of dialog about how she "doesn't like being stared at". Now she's OK with slaughtering all humans? OR little boy Charles taking in Mystique immediately after finding her in his kitchen?
Still don't understand how people like First Class (aka X-Men history for Dummies) so much.
- Beside Magneto, character development is slim to none. Characters make big decisions seemingly at the drop of a hat, with nothing built to explain why in a satisfying way. The winged girl turning evil after one line of dialog about how she "doesn't like being stared at". Now she's OK with slaughtering all humans? OR little boy Charles taking in Mystique immediately after finding her in his kitchen? His desire to help mutants (at such a young age) is never explained before that, so why does he make this call so easily?
- The writing is lazy at best. "I just want to feel...normal (in unison)."
- The SFX are poor.
- The end scene where Kevin Bacon is "frozen", you can clearly see it's just him trying to stand still.
- January Jones is awful, but really aside from Mad Men, when is she not?
- Even the camera setups are poorly done.

Admittedly I wouldn't get so worked up about this one if so many people weren't praising it all the time, but it is what it is. Maybe folks just like the 60's setting and hip clothes?
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1:50PM on 05/22/2014
I think the appeal is mainly in the Bacon.
I think the appeal is mainly in the Bacon.
11:09AM on 05/22/2014
Both are great, and also the first one, so I can`t choose between them. I`m ok with the results.
X-Men 9/10 - X2 9/10 - First Class 9/10
The wolverine 8/10
X3 7/10
Origins 5/10

Both are great, and also the first one, so I can`t choose between them. I`m ok with the results.
X-Men 9/10 - X2 9/10 - First Class 9/10
The wolverine 8/10
X3 7/10
Origins 5/10

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11:03AM on 05/22/2014
Also... Anyone down voting people who prefer X2... Whatever helps you sleep at night, but it is the superior movie. That and Spider-Man 2 were the top super hero movies in their day and only Winter Soldier and Avengers have come close
Also... Anyone down voting people who prefer X2... Whatever helps you sleep at night, but it is the superior movie. That and Spider-Man 2 were the top super hero movies in their day and only Winter Soldier and Avengers have come close
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11:12PM on 05/22/2014
Of course what I say is my opinion. I'm not being petty and down voting comments for anyone that disagrees with the verdict of this article.
Of course what I say is my opinion. I'm not being petty and down voting comments for anyone that disagrees with the verdict of this article.
2:13PM on 05/22/2014
You can pretend your opinion is a fact all you want, it's still nothing more than an opinion. Even if thinking otherwise helps you sleep at night.
You can pretend your opinion is a fact all you want, it's still nothing more than an opinion. Even if thinking otherwise helps you sleep at night.
11:00AM on 05/22/2014
You. You go back there, and change the Professor X winner to Patrick Stewart and then stand in the corner and think about what you did!!!
You. You go back there, and change the Professor X winner to Patrick Stewart and then stand in the corner and think about what you did!!!
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10:56AM on 05/22/2014
Yup. I agree. X2 is my least favorite X-men movie. Tied with the first. The first was good when it came out but doesn't hold up well. X2 was a boring mess. I liked 3, everyone hated it. My favorite is still Origins, everyone hated it, and First Class and The Wolverine are tied at second for me. Glad to see this one win.
Yup. I agree. X2 is my least favorite X-men movie. Tied with the first. The first was good when it came out but doesn't hold up well. X2 was a boring mess. I liked 3, everyone hated it. My favorite is still Origins, everyone hated it, and First Class and The Wolverine are tied at second for me. Glad to see this one win.
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10:22AM on 05/22/2014

Totally Agree

Spot on.
Spot on.
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10:18AM on 05/22/2014

I don't get all the love for First Class

The characters who appears in both films are all superior in X2. Patrick Stewart was just born to play Xavier and FC's Mystique is pretty far from the comic version and wouldn't be so important if Lawrence wasn't that popular. Fassbender is very talented but Ian McKellen is a different kind of actor and better suited for Magneto.

But the problem of First Class is the film itself. It tries too many different things and has no rhythm. Plus, the way both main villains (Emma Frost and Sebastian
The characters who appears in both films are all superior in X2. Patrick Stewart was just born to play Xavier and FC's Mystique is pretty far from the comic version and wouldn't be so important if Lawrence wasn't that popular. Fassbender is very talented but Ian McKellen is a different kind of actor and better suited for Magneto.

But the problem of First Class is the film itself. It tries too many different things and has no rhythm. Plus, the way both main villains (Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw) are discarded is very anti-climatic.
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8:44AM on 05/22/2014
X2, not even close. One of the best superhero/comic book movies ever.
X2, not even close. One of the best superhero/comic book movies ever.
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8:35AM on 05/22/2014
It's not even a contest. X2 hands down. It's my personal favorite superhero movie.
It's not even a contest. X2 hands down. It's my personal favorite superhero movie.
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7:16AM on 05/22/2014
I'm actually surprised how many people are going with X2! It's a great movie, but I don't think it's aged particularly well. Then again, it has Nightcrawler, and that's hard to argue with. Still, I'll have to go with First Class, which also has its flaws (too damn many underdeveloped characters), but more than makes up for them with the relationship between McAvoy's Xavier and Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr.

All that said, I'm more than willing to see Days of Future Past blow them both out
I'm actually surprised how many people are going with X2! It's a great movie, but I don't think it's aged particularly well. Then again, it has Nightcrawler, and that's hard to argue with. Still, I'll have to go with First Class, which also has its flaws (too damn many underdeveloped characters), but more than makes up for them with the relationship between McAvoy's Xavier and Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr.

All that said, I'm more than willing to see Days of Future Past blow them both out of the water. Fingers crossed!
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5:14AM on 05/22/2014

X2's my number 1

As much as I like First Class. It, as of today, is my second favorite of the X-Men series with The Wolverine in 3rd almost all the others in the distance but X2 being my number one. It hooks you from the first scene with Nightcrawler's attack on the White House to the 'evolution' of Jean Grey. It made me want a sequel more than any other in the series (which is why, for me, X3 is such a letdown all that momentum squandered).
As much as I like First Class. It, as of today, is my second favorite of the X-Men series with The Wolverine in 3rd almost all the others in the distance but X2 being my number one. It hooks you from the first scene with Nightcrawler's attack on the White House to the 'evolution' of Jean Grey. It made me want a sequel more than any other in the series (which is why, for me, X3 is such a letdown all that momentum squandered).
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4:35AM on 05/22/2014

X2: X Men United

I'm tempted to say First Class as well considering it's still fresh in my mind after having a somewhat X-Men mini marathon, but overall and ultimately I have to go with X-Men 2. X-Men 2 is one of the best comic book sequels of all time, and also one of the best sequels of any franchise of all time. It really raised and set the bar for comic book film going forward and their sequels. Plus, you can't be the roster of characters (Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Colassus, Ice
I'm tempted to say First Class as well considering it's still fresh in my mind after having a somewhat X-Men mini marathon, but overall and ultimately I have to go with X-Men 2. X-Men 2 is one of the best comic book sequels of all time, and also one of the best sequels of any franchise of all time. It really raised and set the bar for comic book film going forward and their sequels. Plus, you can't be the roster of characters (Wolverine, Professor X, Magneto, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Colassus, Ice Man, Rogue, Night Crawler, Storm, Pyro) that this film has over First Class.

Both films have great character development and really great emotional payoffs; with my favorites being Eric crying after Charles shows him a memory of his birthday in First Class and when Wolverine goes all berserk in X-Men United and also Cyclops reaction to Jean's sacrifice towards the end of the film in X-Men United.

I'm so fortunate that as a die hard X-Men fan, First Class was able to resurrect the franchise again after the disaster that was Last Stand and that it has led to Days of Future Past, which argurably looks like the best X-Men film yet (hopefully). But X Men 2 really is one the highest standards for how to make a REALLY great comic book film and sequel and to really push the boundaries and expectations from predecessor to sequel.
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3:56AM on 05/22/2014
There should only be 3 maybe 4 options for this specific colum:

FAN REACTION
CRITICAL RESPONSE
GLOBAL SUCCESS

And THE WRITERS PERSONAL CHOICE FOR BETTER OF THE 2

Because X2 not only wins all 3 of those first categories but it wins by a lot.



There should only be 3 maybe 4 options for this specific colum:

FAN REACTION
CRITICAL RESPONSE
GLOBAL SUCCESS

And THE WRITERS PERSONAL CHOICE FOR BETTER OF THE 2

Because X2 not only wins all 3 of those first categories but it wins by a lot.



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3:50AM on 05/22/2014
Well I now know never to bother clicking this FACE-OFF colum ever again.

The writer of this should be emberessed.
Well I now know never to bother clicking this FACE-OFF colum ever again.

The writer of this should be emberessed.
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8:11AM on 05/22/2014
How will this web site ever recover from such a blow?
How will this web site ever recover from such a blow?
7:58AM on 05/22/2014
Much like you should be embarrassed by your lousy spelling?
Much like you should be embarrassed by your lousy spelling?
3:36AM on 05/22/2014
Whilst these two film easily top my x-flick list, I've got to go with X2. Seeing it at the cinema was thrilling and it still remains one of my favourite movies (not just superhero film, any).

I think everyone is on top form, Jackman settled into Wolverine, and the Logan/Jean/Scott dynamic works well. Likewise, the progression for Rogue, Bobby & Pyro plays out well - and any scene between Stewart & McKellen is electric.

And it's the only film with Nightcrawler! Which immediately gives it a
Whilst these two film easily top my x-flick list, I've got to go with X2. Seeing it at the cinema was thrilling and it still remains one of my favourite movies (not just superhero film, any).

I think everyone is on top form, Jackman settled into Wolverine, and the Logan/Jean/Scott dynamic works well. Likewise, the progression for Rogue, Bobby & Pyro plays out well - and any scene between Stewart & McKellen is electric.

And it's the only film with Nightcrawler! Which immediately gives it a winning boost for me!

I did really enjoy First Class too, and immediately after seeing it I did think maybe it was the best, it's got a great cast, and it oozes style. But in the long term I found my heart yearning x2.

If I could only watch 1 x-men film for the rest if my life, it'd be X2!

(Ps I'm seeing DOFP tomorrow - I've got my fingers crossed it takes my top spot, but we'll see)
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2:41AM on 05/22/2014
X-2 is the better movie, but First Class is great as well. The categories used are biased in favor of First Class. Since First Class is basically a Magneto & Professor X origin story with them as the main characters, so obviously they would win in those categories over X-2 which is more of an ensemble film. The great thing about X2 is that it not only gives the main characters time to shine (Wolverine and Jean Grey in particular), but even some of the smaller parts with Iceman, Rogue, Pyro,
X-2 is the better movie, but First Class is great as well. The categories used are biased in favor of First Class. Since First Class is basically a Magneto & Professor X origin story with them as the main characters, so obviously they would win in those categories over X-2 which is more of an ensemble film. The great thing about X2 is that it not only gives the main characters time to shine (Wolverine and Jean Grey in particular), but even some of the smaller parts with Iceman, Rogue, Pyro, Nightcrawler, etc. are well done. More so than characters like Havok, Banshee, and Angel in First Class. Also, Jean's "death" still remains on of the more emotional moments of any comic book movie IMO.
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1:55AM on 05/22/2014
X-Men: First Class for me. I really like it. I'd also like to add "Cameo" category. X-Men: First Class possibly has the best cameo of all time - 2 cool looking dudes walk into a bar to find Wolverine. Didn't see that one coming
X-Men: First Class for me. I really like it. I'd also like to add "Cameo" category. X-Men: First Class possibly has the best cameo of all time - 2 cool looking dudes walk into a bar to find Wolverine. Didn't see that one coming
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9:59AM on 05/22/2014
Don't get me wrong. I like X2 but I just like X-Men: First Class better. I like it that it included real historical event into X-Men universe neatly. I didn't see that coming and I like that a lot.
Don't get me wrong. I like X2 but I just like X-Men: First Class better. I like it that it included real historical event into X-Men universe neatly. I didn't see that coming and I like that a lot.
8:11AM on 05/22/2014
Because it's a better written story with better actors, DareDevil. All caps doesn't make you sound more persuasive, just angry.
Because it's a better written story with better actors, DareDevil. All caps doesn't make you sound more persuasive, just angry.
4:01AM on 05/22/2014
HOW CAN THE BEST X-MEN MOVIE EVER MADE NOT FEATURE JEAN, CYCLOPS, ROUGE, ICEMAN, COLLUSUS AND FAN FAVORIES LIKE GAMBIT AND NIGHTCRAWLER?

Even the first movie got it more right than First Class.

My rankings go
X-MEN
X2: UNITED
The Wolverine
First Class

X-Men Orgins: Wolverine




X-MEN 3 THE LAST STAND
HOW CAN THE BEST X-MEN MOVIE EVER MADE NOT FEATURE JEAN, CYCLOPS, ROUGE, ICEMAN, COLLUSUS AND FAN FAVORIES LIKE GAMBIT AND NIGHTCRAWLER?

Even the first movie got it more right than First Class.

My rankings go
X-MEN
X2: UNITED
The Wolverine
First Class

X-Men Orgins: Wolverine




X-MEN 3 THE LAST STAND
12:54AM on 05/22/2014
I'm going with X2 as the superior film on the whole but First Class really surprised me. Before First Class, we had very few live-action, period-set comic book/superhero films that received a mainstream release. There was, what, The Rocketeer? Captain America: The First Avenger came a couple of months after First Class. Matthew Vaughn really switched things up, it was refreshing and different with a rock-solid cast, particularly McAvoy and Fassbender. Part of why Days of Future Past impressed
I'm going with X2 as the superior film on the whole but First Class really surprised me. Before First Class, we had very few live-action, period-set comic book/superhero films that received a mainstream release. There was, what, The Rocketeer? Captain America: The First Avenger came a couple of months after First Class. Matthew Vaughn really switched things up, it was refreshing and different with a rock-solid cast, particularly McAvoy and Fassbender. Part of why Days of Future Past impressed me so much is that First Class is actually quite different in tone and style from the X-Men trilogy and Bryan Singer was able to intertwine them and their respective casts in a satisfying manner. Overall though, X2 seems meatier, more exciting and packs more punch.
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12:40AM on 05/22/2014
This one is definitely a tight race. I hope the villains category was given significant thought, because from my living room couch that could, and possibly should, have gone to X2. I do think that Bacon as Shaw was probably a tad better than Cox as Stryker, but the tornado guy and fly girl in First Class were kinda weak. Deathstrike kicked ass, and Strykers son was super creepy, plus I think that if you aren't going to include Magneto and Mystique here (pretty awesome in both movies), I'm
This one is definitely a tight race. I hope the villains category was given significant thought, because from my living room couch that could, and possibly should, have gone to X2. I do think that Bacon as Shaw was probably a tad better than Cox as Stryker, but the tornado guy and fly girl in First Class were kinda weak. Deathstrike kicked ass, and Strykers son was super creepy, plus I think that if you aren't going to include Magneto and Mystique here (pretty awesome in both movies), I'm not sure that you could include Pyro as a good guy in X2. Azazel and Emma Frost, pretty cool I guess, but Azazel really didn't have any lines and January Jones' portrayal of Emma Frost was pretty wooden acting.
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12:24AM on 05/22/2014
X2 is superior to First Class, and holds up better on repeat viewings. I demand a second opinion Face Off!
X2 is superior to First Class, and holds up better on repeat viewings. I demand a second opinion Face Off!
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12:22AM on 05/22/2014

yeah

I can't even watch X2 anymore, there's continuity error that just gets to me. If you watch when Night-crawler is about to teleport into the cell where all of the children are being held captive in the water damn near the end of the film, you can see Night-crawler already in the dark corner in a previous shot before he teleports into the room. I know it's nit-picky but as a film major with a strong attention to detail its really annoying
I can't even watch X2 anymore, there's continuity error that just gets to me. If you watch when Night-crawler is about to teleport into the cell where all of the children are being held captive in the water damn near the end of the film, you can see Night-crawler already in the dark corner in a previous shot before he teleports into the room. I know it's nit-picky but as a film major with a strong attention to detail its really annoying
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9:08AM on 05/22/2014
Oh god damn you to hell, I never noticed and now I'll never be able to un-notice!
Oh god damn you to hell, I never noticed and now I'll never be able to un-notice!
7:50AM on 05/22/2014
That scene really bugs me too, its like they needed to save a few hundred thousand bucks and thought, ahh thats good enough, the shadows will cover up Alan Cummings.
That scene really bugs me too, its like they needed to save a few hundred thousand bucks and thought, ahh thats good enough, the shadows will cover up Alan Cummings.
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12:18AM on 05/22/2014
No way in hell. I really enjoyed First Class, but X2 is one of the best comic book films out there. It easily ranks with the greats like Spider-Man 2, TDK, or Superman: The Movie.
No way in hell. I really enjoyed First Class, but X2 is one of the best comic book films out there. It easily ranks with the greats like Spider-Man 2, TDK, or Superman: The Movie.
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12:15AM on 05/22/2014

X2 all the way.

First Class was great, just not as great as X2. As far as the categories go, I would have given the villains point to X2. Azazel was cool but the others were pretty forgettable and Deathstrike was just as cool, and Stryker beats out Shaw in my book. I would have also either given the Professor X point to X2 or at least made that one a tie (I agree that Patrick Stewart, wile great, isn't as much of a standout as Ian McKellen, but McAvoy isn't as big of a standout as Fassbender either).
First Class was great, just not as great as X2. As far as the categories go, I would have given the villains point to X2. Azazel was cool but the others were pretty forgettable and Deathstrike was just as cool, and Stryker beats out Shaw in my book. I would have also either given the Professor X point to X2 or at least made that one a tie (I agree that Patrick Stewart, wile great, isn't as much of a standout as Ian McKellen, but McAvoy isn't as big of a standout as Fassbender either).
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