Movies about superheroes are in fashion X-Men was a major factor in making this happen. But that doesn’t mean the franchise was exactly to the letter, or even remotely so. In fact, some parts of the wider Mutant universe (before the MCU, which will supposedly happen sooner rather than later) are suitable for those whose ages are in the single digits.
Others, however, do not. They tend to be solo ventures that deliberately push the boundaries of what the main franchise is allowed to do, but even the main X-Men movies sometimes have moments that can make parents sweat.
14 Deadpool 2 (2018)
Two Deadpool Obviously, the movies are the least kid-friendly corner X-Men universe, which raises the legitimate question of how he’ll fit into the MCU. Both movies are solid R, but the sequel makes an effort to go further than the original, such as when one of Deadpool’s teammates parachutes right into a wooden car.
Good news: Deadpool 2 has a PG-13 version titled One day Deadpool. The bad news is that it’s a weaker version of the so-so original.
13 Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool was a major risk for 20th Century Studios (then 20th Century Fox). The X-Men the franchise has always been one of their cash cows, but not to the same degree as Raimi Spider man trilogy. Subsequent reboots of both franchises ended with a whimper.
So an R-rated solo venture for the Merc with the Mouth might have been niche and the budget was low (which changed from Deadpool 2). However, the film subsequently took off at the box office, but it still has pretty much everything parents would expect when offered another, more suitable movie.
12 Logan (2017)
Logan is and will remain one of the most well-crafted and compelling films in the world X-Men universe, but it is also the most intuitively violent. There is also a child (a mutant) who is almost constantly in danger, and a particularly brutal killing of not only Professor X, but an innocent family.
Logan is a poignant film about putting one’s life on the line for another, younger person: a person’s journey from selfishness to selflessness. But even the spectacular theme of the film can alienate young viewers.
11 The Wolverine (2013)
There are two cuts Wolverine available to viewers, and none of them match its intensity (or fury). Logan. Regardless, whether it’s a PG-13 or R-rated version, Wolverine can be a tall order that only gets silly when the big samurai robot enters in the third act.
The iconic 1982 film by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller stars the protagonist (called simply Wolverine) was great source material for a feature film, but it also has Logan in a pretty dark place. He is sad, angry, and cannot show it. The movie (and Hugh Jackman’s lead role) does a great job of conveying this in the film, making it a bit more grown up than the standard X-adventures.
10 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Of all the latest core X-Men movies, X-Men: Days of Future Past this is definitely the worst. The two films that followed also dealt with the threat of the end of the world, but in Days of the past future destruction seems not only possible, but ongoing.
The complex politics of the Nixon era that make up the vast majority of non-futuristic scenes in the film may also prove to be simply boring for children, even if it is perhaps the best part of the film for adults. Also, those parents who don’t want their kids to see Hugh Jackman’s backside can skip it Days of the past future.
9 X-Men: First Class (2011)
Not only one of the Batman the best movies star Zoe Kravitz, X-Men: First Class it is possibly the best film of the franchise as a whole. However, there are some things that can be taboo in the eyes of many parents. For example, Kevin Bacon has Sebastian Shaw killing Magneto’s mother, as well as some underwear scenes with January Jones.
The time period may also prove problematic for younger viewers as there is a constant threat of global war fueling much of the plot.
8 X-Men Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men: Apocalypse close to First class when it comes to disturbing images, but this is the sillier (harder to take seriously) option.
The wall-melting apocalypse is disturbing, but the effect is dulled by poor CGI and a cartoonish titular villain. Even with Oscar Isaac under his makeup, Apocalypse isn’t terribly scary, and the film’s only truly exciting (and possibly disturbing) scene doesn’t even involve him: the death of Eric Lensherr/Magnet’s wife and child at the hands of terrified neighbors.
7 Dark Phoenix (2019)
Dark Phoenix there’s a sense of incompleteness that makes it difficult to keep up with, as the film essentially wanders from one scene to the next without any rhyme or reason, except that Jennifer Lawrence’s character is shot as early as possible in the run.
This scene is the most intense in the film, but for the most part, Dark Phoenix it’s a very bland, very harmless time at the movies. Jessica Chastain’s villain is also an alien inhabiting the body of a now-murdered woman, but like most of Mystique’s wounds, it happens off-camera.
6 The New Mutants (2020)
New mutants (at least in terms of the published version) is a film that tries to be deep and scary, and it barely hits the mark on both counts.
There is an R-rated cut New mutants somewhere out there, but there’s a good chance audiences aren’t likely to see it, so the theatrical version is the only one you can rent or buy, and there’s nothing too disturbing about it.
4 X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Even with the death of such major characters as the memorable Professor X and cyclops X-Men: The Last Stand has a lighthearted tone that trumps entertainment value rather than the narrative scope that could have made the first cinematic translation of the Dark Phoenix saga authentic (and much better).
Such a more accurate translation would also make the film much less suitable for teenagers, who would be well advised to watch it The last battle and two other parts of the original X-Men trilogy.
3 X-Men: Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: Origins: Wolverine far from being one of the The best movies of Hugh Jackmanand the same may be said of his position as X-Men the movie. The movie is problematic from the get-go, but it’s too cartoony to be inappropriate for most kids.
in general Origins too stupid for his violence to really sink in like this X-Men: First Class or X-Men: Days of Future Past (not to mention Wolverinetwo much better sequels). The movie is based on the comic book, and that’s exactly how it plays. That being said, the final appearance of Ryan Reynolds’ (Scott Adkins) Deadpool might be a little flashy and disturbing.
2 X2 (2003)
Not quite yet An X-Men character is unlikely for the MCU, Lady Deathstrike (like Wolverine) is a character whose bread and butter is bloody brutality. She demonstrates quite a bit of it (via Kelly Hu’s memorable performance) in the X2: X-Men Unitedbut the character’s sharp and violent abilities are held back by the rating.
With that being said, X2 is less fitting than the original film for two reasons: its plot is driven by Wolverine’s past torture and Stryker’s initial attack on Xavier’s School for the Gifted, which is the film’s best but most brutal sequence.
1 X-Men (2000)
Except for the opening scene of World War II, X-Men this is not a film with an excess of disturbing images. Ray Park’s frog is pretty hideous, but aside from that and the slime-turning senator, the original X-Men timid.
X-Men also has a nice entry character in Rogue, the central character in a film littered with main characters. In the comics, she’s usually a villain by turning into the X-Manbut the movie made sure to make her a relatable person, especially for teenagers and maybe even pre-teens.