While I eventually became uninterested in the original X-Men movies, X-Men: Apocalypse now has me excited and curious to see where this franchise might go, how screenwriters will weave the storyline into recent history, and how its talented cast might reinvent and deepen their characters.
It's the best of the bunch. In a season of crime fighter against crime fighter, super power vs. super power films, this mutant-on-mutant spectacular has the most depth, innovation, majesty and visual wonder.
After sixteen years and seven movies, this is actually the first attempt by Fox to go "shared universe" with their X-Men license, and in that sense Deadpool does kind of feel like the Ant-Man of the Marvel Mutant Movies.
Ian McKellen is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished actors working today. In this clip, McKellen speaks on the history of pacifism in his family, and whether a philosophy of nonviolence still has a place in today's volatile world.
The highest-grossing movie franchises measure their earnings in the billions of dollars -- and that is often just from the box office ticket sales. Here is a look at some of the most successful 17 film franchises in history based on domestic gross box office earnings reported by Box Office Mojo.