With X-Men: Dark Phoenix arriving on cinema screens today, we thought it a good idea to go back and superpower-rank the superhero movie franchise that kick-started cinema's current spandex boom. Excelsior!

11: X3: The Last Stand (2006)

To many X-Men fans, Brett Ratner is the dreadful director whose name we dare not speak. Bryan Singer had left the series to direct Superman Returns; then, in misguided fashion, Ratner tried to rush the Dark Phoenix saga, which isn't something you rush. (We half suspect that Fox just said: "Hey, it's got X-Men in the title - we'll be fine.") This badly

10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

9. The Wolverine (2013)


8. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

6. Deadpool 2 (2018)

5. X-Men (2000)

4. X-Men: First Class (2011)

3. X2: X-Men United (2003)

2. Deadpool (2016)

1. Logan (2017)