X-Men Iceman

To celebrate Shawn Ashmore’s birthday, a.k.a. Robert “Bobby” Drake/Iceman, we here at Midtown Comics are reflecting on the X-Men movies and highlighting some of the coolest (sorry about the Iceman pun) moments! From 2000’s X-Men to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the cinematic mutant universe has more than a few unforgettable and awesome moments. We could go on about terrific scenes from the various movies, but we’ve narrowed our list down to 10. If your top moment isn’t below, share it in the comments!

Nightcrawler vs. the White House (X-Men 2)

Nightcrawler X-Men 2 movie

No matter how you feel about Bryan Singer’s second X-Men movie, there’s just no denying the opening scene with Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) is amazingly fun. Countless fans wanted to see the blue elf in action, and Singer delivered and then some. Watching a blood-thirsty version of the character teleport around and effortlessly humiliate the President’s security was a blast for us – and a terrible time for the Secret Service. Fans wanted Nightcrawler, and this opening scene certainly delivered big time.

 “Between rage and serenity” (X-Men: First Class)

X-Men First Class Magneto Michael Fassbender

Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class did a great job revitalizing the X-Men cinematic universe. While there’s a lot to love in the film, one of the most memorable parts of it is Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and James McAvoy’s (Charles Xavier) performances. Following Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s take on the mutants is certainly no easy feat, but they did an excellent job presenting the beginning of the bond – and rivalry – between these two classic characters. There’s a lot of solid back-and-forth between the two and Magneto lifting the sub is astonishing, but one of the most powerful sequences is when Charles teaches Magneto about how he can have better control over his abilities. It’s an incredibly emotional moment and it’s totally understandable if you got a little teary-eyed.

Mutants vs. Sentinels (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

X-Men Days of Future Past Blink

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past brought several new mutants to the big screen while also following-up on the cast that was introduced in First Class. In the future, several of the new mutants are living in a terrible, terrible world. Mutants are being hunted down by advanced Sentinels, and every day they’re fighting just to survive. The scenes in the past were character-driven and loaded with strong drama, but the future primarily revolved around some thrilling – and surprisingly violent – battles. Blink’s (played by Bingbing Fan) teleportation abilities were put to proper use, feeling notably different from the franchise’s two previous teleporting scenes (i.e. Nightcrawler; Azazel). We couldn’t help but feel bad for the mutants as they struggled to carry on, but the combination of the darker tone and spectacle made these fights unforgettable. Poor, poor Colossus

Iceman vs. Pyro (X-Men: The Last Stand)

X-Men The Last Stand Iceman Pyro

You didn’t think we’d leave out an Iceman scene on Shawn Ashmore’s birthday, did you? Of course we’re giving the *ahem* cool hero some love on this list! X-Men: The Last Stand is a mixed experience, but watching Iceman finally take his comic book form was a seriously cheerworthy moment. The character had some good dialogue and scenes in the other movies, but witnessing Iceman overcome Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and finally look more like his comic book counter-part was good fun.

Berserker rage (X-Men 2)

X-Men 2 Wolverine Hugh Jackman

Who doesn’t love a bit of Wolverine letting loose with his adamantium claws? Well, we suppose the people on the receiving end of the X-Man’s rage don’t, but that’s not the point! The first X-Men gave Hugh Jackman some pretty amusing fight sequences (e.g. vs. Mystique, Sabretooth), but nothing tops the moment when James “Logan” Howlett truly unleashes in the X-Mansion. When the people he cares about are placed in danger, Wolverine pops those claws and – no matter how many tranqs hit him – he slashes and stabs every foe unlucky enough to be in his way. Hopefully, Jackman will get a chance to do something like this again in his third spin-off movie in 2017.

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s dynamic (X-Men & X2)

X-Men Professor X Magneto Patrick Stewart Ian McKellen

Two brilliant actors portraying one of the most compelling dynamics in the X-Men franchise? Yeah, it should come as no surprise that all of the interactions between Stewart’s Xavier and McKellen’s Magneto were captivating and refused to let up. From the first meeting in X-Men to their game of chess, these two talented actors did a phenomenal job bringing their conflict to life. If it wasn’t for these two exceptional actors, it’s very possible the first two movies wouldn’t have been as good as they are. That’s not a jab at the rest of the cast; it’s ridiculously high praise for Stewart and McKellen!

Jean Grey’s conclusion (X-Men: The Last Stand)

X-Men The Last Stand Jean Grey Wolverine

Say what you will about the third X-Men movie, but the final moments between Wolverine and Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) is pretty heartbreaking stuff. Sure, it’s a little silly that Wolverine’s healing factor is working way faster than usual and Jean technically could send him flying away with ease if she truly wanted to, but the scene’s about how far Wolverine would go for the woman he loves. Unfortunately for him, that means not only enduring a lot of physical pain as his skin is ripped away, but also enduring a tremendous amount of emotional pain as he realizes that killing Jean is the only way to truly save her. As later seen in The Wolverine, this extremely painful yet justified decision will take a big toll on his psyche.

Magneto’s revenge (X-Men: First Class)

X-Men First Class Michael Fassbender Magneto

In First Class, the satellite dish scene with Xavier humanized Magneto. We all know the path he’s going down, but it allowed us to even better understand where his heartache comes from – he’s a man who’s lost so much and wants to make sure none of his fellow mutants ever experience a similar tragedy. If the satellite dish scene gives us an emotional connection to him and makes us feel for him, the bar scene reminds us of the dangerous and iconic fiend he’s destined to become. Fassbender plays the part superbly as he confidently talks to his targets and then makes them fully aware of just how terrible things are about to become for them. Needless to say, it’s a scene that grabs your focus and then drops your jaw. And speaking of bar scenes, how great is Wolverine’s quick cameo in this movie?

Quicksilver has some fun (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

X-Men Days of Future Past Quicksilver

X-Men: Days of Future Past is a pretty bleak movie. There’s some comedy sprinkled throughout, but overall, it’s loaded with drama and intensity. There’s a few amusing bits of dialogue here and there, but the most lighthearted scene – by far- is when Quicksilver (Evan Peters) steps up to save Magneto, Professor X, and Wolverine from some guards. Before they even realize what’s happening, Quicksilver has zipped around the entire room and he’s found hilarious ways to take down each target. If you saw this movie in theaters, odds are this is the moment that had crowds bursting into laughter and clapping. Simply put, it’s a ridiculously fun scene.

Wolverine survives an atom bomb (The Wolverine)

The Wolverine Hugh Jackman

Wolverine’s second solo film, The Wolverine, is one big ol’ character study that’s full of some over-the-top action. However, before the movie starts to give more insight into Logan, it opens with quite a stunning sequence: Wolverine saving someone – and himself, obviously – from an atomic explosion. Not only was this attention-grabbing scene an intense way to open the comic book movie (which is inspired by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine limited series, by the way), but it also serves as the inspiration for the rest of the story. Wolverine: He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is heal really, really fast.
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