Why I Hate the X-Men Movies

Why I Hate the X-Men Movies

Ever since 2000, I have had a major thorn in my side, and you can blame the people behind the X-Men movies for that. As something I’ve always held dear to my heart, the X-Men series is that of legend. It’s truly epic, and shouldn’t be tampered with. For years I had been wanting to see my favorite characters up on the big screen, and when it finally happened, I wanted to die.

I remember being in fourth grade when I was reading a magazine at a comic book store, and inside was a mention that an X-Men movie was in the works. This excited me to no end as I was a huge fan. I was the kid who would wake up early every Saturday morning to watch the cartoon show on FOX, I was the kid who didn’t fit in because I hung out with the nerdy boys and traded the Fleer cards, and yes… I was the kid who owned the X-Men board game simply because I had to have it. I was obsessed with the X-Men, and I would’ve given my right arm to be either Rogue or the Dark Phoenix (actually, I still would).

When I heard, as a senior in high school, that the movies were finally going to happened, my elation turned instantly to skepticism. I had seen how, over the years, things like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were butchered. I knew my dear X-Men would meet the same sad fate, and I was right. They ruined the origin story of Rogue, they did poor casting with Storm, Rogue, Cyclops, and others, Magneto (IMO) was too old and too small to be the big bad (although Ian McKellen is an amazing actor, so I have not one complaint in that department), and what was up with Mystique? The Raven Darkholme I know has smooth skin, is incredibly sexy, doesn’t have greasy looking hair, and wears this dress that leaves very little to the imagination. Also, since when did Rogue obtain the white in her hair through skin contact with Magneto? Exactly. It was an abomination, and I wanted to take my eyes out with a spoon after watching that.

Unfortunately it didn’t get better with the sequel. X2 was just as bad, if not worse, and they really dropped the ball. What they did to Lady Deathstrike was a travesty, and they didn’t even include how Logan knew her. I couldn’t believe what was happening, and I couldn’t believe how the movies were making so much money. I will say that casting Alan Cummings as Nightcrawler was genius, but again they dropped the ball in not even including how him and Mystique were mother and son. Bah!

What really made me want to have a heart attack was the abomination known as X-Men: The Last Stand. One of my favorite story lines has been that of the Phoenix Saga, and I’d give anything to see it done properly. The Last Stand did the exact opposite when they took the Phoenix Saga, bent it over a desk, and raped it over and over and over again. The Dark Phoenix never killed Cyclops, she sure as hell didn’t kill Professor X, and what was with them making the Phoenix out to be some split personality of Jean’s? Piss and vinegar! From there, Calisto was ruined, the Juggernaut was made into some comical figure when he quoted the now infamous line “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!”, and what they did to Psylocke was just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Also, notice how in the scene where Magneto is moving the Golden Gate Bridge how everything suddenly shifts from daytime to night? Yeeaaaahhh… like we wouldn’t pick up on that.

What Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner did was criminal, and they shouldn’t be allowed near a movie set ever again. Unfortunately, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released, and my childhood will be destroyed yet again when X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, Deadpool, X-Men 4, and X-Men Origins: Magneto are released.

  • Austin Alan

    Rogue’s character was merged with the back story of Jubilee
    that is why it appears so flawed

    There was no reason to stray from the already existing storyline, in fact most of the first season of the early 90’s cartoon show could have been easily modified to create a perfect first movie.

    and then…the second movie came out and they just had to fuck it up even more didnt they?!?!

    I mean really….can’t Hollywood do ANYTHING RIGHT!!! bastards…dont even get me started on the slaughtering of Spiderman

    • It’s funny because Jubilee was in the movie too. If you notice, you see a girl with short dark hair wearing one of her earrings, walking out of the classroom.

  • Austin Alan

    yeah, her name is briefly mentioned, an auditory cameo….like…WTF???

    you will STEAL her entire back story…and you can’t give her powers any screen time???

    Way to Rape AND Pillage a series eh?

    • Well, when you really think about it, seeing Jubilee’s little fireworks in a movie would be pretty lackluster. Jubilee just sucks. She has a horrible power, I always found her to be annoying, but the relationship she had with Wolverine was always a favorite of mine.

      It’s just depressing…

  • Austin Alan

    Hollywood = Vikings of our childhood memories

  • Erica

    I was not a big fan of the fist movie, the second was a bit better, but the third left me wanting to cry. The Last Stand was such a POS, it ruined everything I loved about the X-men. Rogue was always my favorite character, in the comic and in the tv show, in the movie she is a whining brat who gets rid of her powers. What? She wouldn’t have done that, and no way does Jean kill Cyclops. He’s the man that never dies, the team leader, practically eternal. In the movie he’s a crying little turd whose only function seems to be to make Wolverine look better. I love Hugh Jackman as much as the next girl but come on, X-Men should not have become the Wolverine show, he had his own piece of crap movie coming out anyway, so why did they have to make it all about him?

    • The Last Stand was horrible. Rogue and the Dark Phoenix were my two favorites from the comics and the 90’s cartoon show as well. They were both butchered and ruined. I hated how they changed her origin story, I hated how they didn’t give her a Southern accent, how she had no idea who Mystique was, or Toad etc (Brotherhood of Evil Mutants…hello!) Granted in the cartoon show, when there was “the cure”.. Rogue was tempted by it, especially because of Gambit, but she never flat out had them removed. So stupid.

      Cyclops was a bit of a whiny bitch in the cartoon, but it was as if they neutered him in the movies. They did have Wolverine overshadow them all, but I bet it was because they wanted to make it better for the Origins movie that centered around him…and they still managed to screw that one up.

    • When I was in elementary school, I loved Rogue for an altogether different reason (she had awesome boobs and a skin-tight bodysuit). My friend Chris L. (there were three kids named Chris in that class, Chris C., Chris W., and Chris L.) actually kept the Fleer card of Rogue in that sexy mid-flight pose in his desk and looked at it throughout the day.

      • Was it the one where she is flying in the air and is holding a giant boulder above her head with one hand?

  • Erica

    Also I’m confused as to how they are planning on adding Emma Frost to the First Class movie since they already put her in the Wolverine origins movie and had her change into diamond form. Maybe they will just ignore that or pretend it was a different character.

    • That’s very true. Odds are they will completely disregard the previous X-Men films and any form of continuity, so everything will be changed around all over again 🙁

  • anthony

    finally people who feel exactly how i do! we should write the production company…. when u do a movie like xmen it should be made for the fans…

  • Pengdragon79

    Ok everyone. First of all just chill. If everyone is as big of a fan as they claim, then they would understand the movies. Just like the comics, the movies are alternate views of the same characters. Like the different earth versions in the comics, characters stories are changed, and powers are changed. Look at it as a different version and enjoy the premise behind it. Stop crying and boo hooing over stupid crap, and justenjoy them for what they are.

    • Austin

      it’s hard to enjoy crappy movies, let alone crappy movies made from awesome things

      • nicos

        x1) bad x2) worst x3)Pure Grunge Pure Sh*t. Wolverine origins was OK in the beginning they even came close to the comic book cannon (close) it was going well until “what the hell! was that Deadpool or Baraka?” why’d they sew his mouth shut? that totally castrated the character! was that supposed to be Emma frost?…but didn’t we see her in the “first class” movie after that as an older person, except the movie is based in 60’s right? why are blunders like this being made?!!! we have decades of great story from the comic books and these writers and editors come with their crap ideas get them filmed and get well paid. Honestly i think the films should be rebooted,sadly its not going to happen soon cuz there are still blokes out there who just go starry eyed for Hugh jackman and cast, and so tickets continue to sell. me i was fed up with them from movie#1.I know artistic license is necessary and the movies cannot completely follow the comics or the animated series. it’s impossible. but I’m quite sure a good production can alter things to make them more realistic(cuz thats what people want in films nowadays… black leather), come up with a movie way of retelling the story’s and still not butcher the Legacy. -Juggernaut losses his mutant powers and gets knocked out by a wall BULLSHIT!!!!! –

    • nicos

      no no no no no. I don’t care that the movie is not like the comics. I’m fine with the characters being re imagined most people loved the dark knight movies and they were just that. what I don’t like is that abomination of a job they call the x men movies especially The last stand. they gave us x men the animated series in the 90’s and now there asking us to settle for THAT? most people Whether familiar with the comics or not want good storytelling the 90s x men did just that it was a frikin soap opera for kids….and grown ups thats why it lasted so many seasons. Good story telling in the movies NAH! they fell flatter with every sequel i mean how many times was Striker tied to something again? BALLS!

  • Pengdragon79

    Ok everyone. First of all just chill. If everyone is as big of a fan as they claim, then they would understand the movies. Just like the comics, the movies are alternate views of the same characters. Like the different earth versions in the comics, characters stories are changed, and powers are changed. Look at it as a different version and enjoy the premise behind it. Stop crying and boo hooing over stupid crap, and justenjoy them for what they are.

    • Augustine Alan Gatto

      it’s hard to enjoy crappy movies, let alone crappy movies made from awesome things

      • nicos

        x1) bad x2) worst x3)Pure Grunge Pure Sh*t. Wolverine origins was OK in the beginning they even came close to the comic book cannon (close) it was going well until “what the hell! was that Deadpool or Baraka?” why’d they sew his mouth shut? that totally castrated the character! was that supposed to be Emma frost?…but didn’t we see her in the “first class” movie after that as an older person, except the movie is based in 60’s right? why are blunders like this being made?!!! we have decades of great story from the comic books and these writers and editors come with their crap ideas get them filmed and get well paid. Honestly i think the films should be rebooted,sadly its not going to happen soon cuz there are still blokes out there who just go starry eyed for Hugh jackman and cast, and so tickets continue to sell. me i was fed up with them from movie#1.I know artistic license is necessary and the movies cannot completely follow the comics or the animated series. it’s impossible. but I’m quite sure a good production can alter things to make them more realistic(cuz thats what people want in films nowadays… black leather), come up with a movie way of retelling the story’s and still not butcher the Legacy. -Juggernaut losses his mutant powers and gets knocked out by a wall BULLSHIT!!!!! –

    • nicos

      no no no no no. I don’t care that the movie is not like the comics. I’m fine with the characters being re imagined most people loved the dark knight movies and they were just that. what I don’t like is that abomination of a job they call the x men movies especially The last stand. they gave us x men the animated series in the 90’s and now there asking us to settle for THAT? most people Whether familiar with the comics or not want good storytelling the 90s x men did just that it was a frikin soap opera for kids….and grown ups thats why it lasted so many seasons. Good story telling in the movies NAH! they fell flatter with every sequel i mean how many times was Striker tied to something again? BALLS!

    • obsidian

      Movie adaptations don’t have to be canonical … comic book canon is usually a convoluted mess. Movies provide an opportunity to clarify what worked in the comic books, but clarification requires creators to understand and respect the material they are working with. Marvel Studios isn’t entirely canonical with their Cinematic Universe, but they get the spirit of their characters and the stories right. Christopher Nolan did the same with his Batman Trilogy. Fox has failed at this with their hostage properties.

      The X-Men franchise has been a subtle subversion of everything that X-Men represents. I doubt it’s intentional, executives at Fox simply made a mistake when they let Bryan Singer captain that ship. Singer either has little appreciation for the source material or interprets it very differently than most X-Men fans.

      The movies might be decent summer blockbuster nonsense entertainment for those who aren’t expecting more, but X-Men should be something more.

  • CaptainDingaling

    and I thought I was alone in hating all the movies. I hated them because they were nothing! like the comic books or the TV show that was just like the comics. Also I hated that they had Rogue replace Jubilee as Wolverines buddy. What the hell and why? Seriously Why? Jubilee is one of my favorites and it’s funny when she teams up with Wolverine because he’s such a hardass and she’s well… just a kid But, she can hold her own and has style. They killed that story line. Were the people that made those films even aware that the characters have their own story lines that you can’t tamper with?

    • xplaya247365

      Apparently you can tamper with them, and they did!

    • obsidian

      If I had to guess, they just threw in character/actor combinations that suited their fancy. Rogue is popular … let’s cast Rogue even though it doesn’t make much story sense that is consistent with who the character is. Wolverine fits that bill as well … if I plotted out a dozen X-Men films, we wouldn’t see Wolverine until the third installment, but movie executives make simple and often incorrect calculations: Wolverine = more money. Yeah … and, yet, Marvel Studios has been cleaning out the bank with 2nd and 3rd string characters. Benchwarmers can apparently win the game when they have a good gameplan to follow, like competent storytelling and respect for the source material.

  • Drevik, Bubbanotbad

    First: I know this is an old post but I am still upset by these movies. I bleached a streak in my hair for the premier of Xmen, as Rogue was my favorite Xmen. I was devistated. I totally agree with you. All we Xmen fans can hope for is a reboot more in line with the 1992 series and get some true blue comic Xmen fans to help cast. When I first heard of a possible Xmen movie back when the 1992 cartoon was on, I suggested Prof X Patrick Stewart, Storm Angela Basset, Magneto, David Canary(older but sexy strong and tough). However, these choices are now over 20 years old but look at them in the 90s. Back then, it was a great list.

    • Easygrin

      Hugh jackman was a terrible Wolverine also.
      Wolverine shouldnt be a sweet charming pretty boy he’s a little mean mauler. Also giving him to much screentime kinda ruined his charecter. It would of been better to introduce him in part 2 also. And focus part one on Cyclops Marvel girl(jean) Angel Ice man and Beast and make a script that actualy tells a story instead of like with every X men movie start out well with the first 30 min and then the movie falls apart. Almist every role in all the movies are miscast just like you say Nightcrawler was goodand kinda liked Pat stewards Xavier. But indeed all the rest was miscast and misdirected and the reason we”ll be seeing terrible X-men movies atleast once every two years so Fox can hold the rights so they wont revert back to Marvel and they can sqeeze money out off it. Think about it thwy got age of apocolypse new mutants Xforce Xfactor Gambit movie ect countless properties to destroy. Woouldnt it be ge great if X men movie could be part of the marvel movie universe. The same goes with the fantastic four tjey now making a new one to mot loose the rigjts

      • testifyoverthewall

        also I never liked hale berry as storm. I always saw the character as a tall ebony African goddess with a commanding presence and a voice of authority that’s always telling the other x men and even the weather what to do. I just don’t see that in H. Berry. in fact she seems always in the background.(almost everybody takes the background to wolverine) I think the only thing that stands out in memory is the time she brought lightning down on sabertooth in movie 1. no offence to Hale fans. I got nothing against the actress. I think she’s a great looking chick, but I just never saw her translating to storm. From the beginning I accepted that the movie characters would take a different “feel” from the comics and other media that had come before. naturally so. superhero movies were just gaining or regaining momentum and this was a time when everything since films like Blade and the matrix seemed to look good in black leather. but something just always felt off from the beginning. and somewhere in the Trilogy it turned from off to awful. then came wolverine which was going good until someone somewhere decided to “get creative” (ruin it in towards the end) first class was a good period piece but a lousy x men movie. anybody who wants to relive the Cuban missile crisis can watch that. wolverine was crap. and that last days of future past was an insult to my intelligence.

        • obsidian

          I liked First Class … only good so-called X-Men movie thus far … except it wasn’t really X-Men, lol. Had the spirit of an X-men movie, but was terribly miscast/mischaracterized. Example: Beast behaved like Cyclops, then has a relationship with a character played by an actress that would have made a perfect Jean Grey … hmmm … how many script revisions produce that? The people at Fox have no love for the source material and it’s evident in every movie they make.

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Bryan Singer (has been “involved” with all of them, iirc) secretly hates X-Men and privately laughs at all the desperate fans who will convince themselves they like these movies. (Assuming it isn’t just casual moviegoers lapping it up … they wouldn’t know to hate this mess and they rarely seem deterred by other stupid/nonsensical stories.)

      • obsidian

        Completely agree. And Wolverine should be short … part of the character as much as Jean’s red hair, or Storm’s or Magneto’s (even as a young man) white hair, or Xavier’s baldness (even as a young man).

  • Aeon

    Oh god. You have just stated everything about this bloody movie franchise that has festered in my soul for many many years. I thought I was going crazy and couldn’t figure out why everyone loves it so much. Perhaps because they know absolutely nothing about the source material. How can fans of the xmen support such horribly butchered versions of the characters and stories they love?

  • Sharing

    Old post. But dude, I fucking love you. You stated all the feelings I have for the X-men movie franchise. The Last Stand left me wanting to jump off a fucking cliff. It’s my favourite X-Men storyline and it was raped, mutilated, roasted and eaten with fucking piss. Not to mention the wrongness that was the Days of Future Past movie.

    They ruined everything I wanted in an X-Men movie and turned it into some twisted Wolverine ft the bunch of misfit movie.

  • Duane Lawson

    X-Men movie series is such a travesty. Ms Marvel should be in the series if Phoenix is a thing. If Professor X is dead, then Onslaught should be a thing in the movies by that time. They took a powerful, dangerous, iconic woman who could use half of Magneto’s squad to bat Home Runs on the other half of his squad, and just made her into a weak frail uninteresting decrepit womanized weakling of a character that was Rogue in the movies.

    I hate it. I’m sure Rogue fans everywhere were let down as much as I was. Rogue was my favorite character, but where there is a dollar to be made, you can be sure things will never go the way they should. X-men Movies shouldn’t exist. It’s not canonical in the least, and should never be viewed as such.

  • Antonio Gramsci

    Sorry I’m so late to this party. I just wanted to say that my hatred of what this crap movie franchise has done to the greatest comic of all time is sad, pathetic, and beyond forgiveness. The X-Men was a perfect story, going back to the 60s and the original group. There was no need to screw with all the characters and stories just to sell Pepsi and hamburgers, which is exactly what they did.

    1) The original team was perfect. Scott, Jean, Hank, Bobby, and Warren each embodied a different type of teen and Stan Lee got it exactly right. It was a story about teenagers who didn’t fit in anywhere else. That was American Shakespeare. Why change it?

    2) The original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants was the perfect foil for the X-Men. Every character represented an opposite, a mirror. Why change it?

    3) The stories–all of them, every plot in the comics was perfect. The death of Thunderbird was shocking and had an incredible impact. The transformation of Jean from Marvel Girl to Phoenix and her subsequent madness, the Hellfire Club, everything–how could you possibly think you could improve on that? How? How could Marvel even let such garbage happen?

    4) And nobody here has mentioned Frasier Crane as THE BEAST. Let me repeat, the bald effite Nancy from Cheers was THE BEAST. FRASIER CRANE WAS THE BEAST. Was everybody in the world on drugs when this decision was made? You know to make FRASIER CRANE THE BEAST?

  • Julie

    I honestly hated what they did to kitty, she was always my favorite female x men since I first saw her on x men evolution. I loved her character and her powers as I was always clumsy and could relate to her awkwardness. She was always portrayed as a smart individual with a prowess for technology, and some interesting yet subtle powers. The x men movie series destroyed that. She was non existent till the last stand, and was a major background character like everyone else that wasn’t wolverine or Jean. They also turned her into a boyfriend stealer, who seems to only been thrown in to create more drama for the pathetic rendition of rogue. Despite the crappy predessors, I was excited for DOFP, finally people would see how badass kitty actually is, the steal her power and make it yet again all about wolverine. Wolverine has enough storylines if they followed the comics, then fox wouldn’t need to steal othe characters backgrounds, and not decimate the x men series.

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