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22nd May 2014

X-Men: Days Of Future Past – JOE picks our five favourite X-Men movie moments

This features a LOT of Wolverine. Obviously.

Eoghan Doherty

This features a LOT of Wolverine. Obviously.

Bryan Singer, the director of arguably the two best X-Men films (so far), returns to helm the seventh installment in the mutant movie franchise, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. JOE’s been fortunate enough to see the fantastic new film and we can assure you, it is X-cellent (DID YOU SPOT OUR SUBTLE X-MEN PUN THERE?). Keep an eye out on the site for the official JOE review later this week.

A kind of prequel, sequel and reboot to the other films in the series, everybody in the world only JOE is calling X-Men: Days Of Future Past… a SPREQUEBOOT.

X-Men: Days Of Future Past involves a huge cast of heroes and villains, as the stars of both the older and newer films now unite to fight a war for the survival of the species, time-travelling and battling across two time periods in a fight that must change their past in order to save their future.

X-Men veterans Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman return, as do their younger selves in the form of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and, ahmm, Hugh Jackman again.


The film is jam-packed with magnificent mutant moments, including one particular escape scene involving JOE’s favourite new hero, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), starring in a scene that is genuinely one of the best cinematic scenes that we’ve seen on the big screen in manys a year.

In fact, we loved that quality Quicksilver moment so much, that we’ve decided to pick five more of JOE’s favourite X-Men moments, chosen from all six of the previous X-Men films so far.

Apart from X-Men: The Last Stand. Because it is pants.

X-2: X-Men United (2003) – Nightcrawler attacks the White House

What an opening.

Following the success of Bryan Singer’s X-Men three years previously, film fans were eagerly-anticipating something special when X-2 was released. And boy, did the director deliver.

This brilliantly BAMF-tastic attack on the President of the United States INSIDE THE FLIPPIN’ WHITE HOUSE showed off Nightcrawler’s (Alan Cumming) powers perfectly and, to this day, remains one of the single-greatest scenes in the franchise’s history.

X-Men 2 – Clip – Whitehouse Attack by MyMovies_International

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Wolverine doesn’t want to be friends with Charles and Erik

Short and, well, not-so-sweet.

Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men prequel featured one of cinema’s most superdeedooper character cameos as Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), as politely as they can, try to recruit fellow mutants to their cause.

Needless to say, when they come across Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine – propping up the bar, obviously – things don’t quite go according to plan…

X-Men: First Class (2011) – James Bond Magneto goes Nazi-huntin’

No offence to the living legends that are Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, one of the most exciting aspects of X-Men: First Class was that it gave fans the opportunity to see how our favourite heroes and villains came to be; what shaped and influenced them to become the X-Men we know, love… and are completely terrified of?

The superb ‘James-Bond-with-superpowers-style’ sequence, in which Fassbender’s Holocaust survivor and revenge-obsessed Erik hunts down the nasty Nazis who tormented him in his youth, is the perfect personification (mutantonification?) of big screen badassery, complete with its own super soundtrack…

Young Magneto Punishes Some Nazis from Rockah on Vimeo.

X-2: X-Men United (2003) – Magneto escapes from his plastic prison

Not to be outdone by his younger counterpart, Ian McKellen has had some terrific mutant moments of his own over the years, with this escape scene a particular highlight.

Amazingly harnessing the power of… wait for it… the increased iron levels in his captor’s blood, Magneto is able to form three ballistic balls to assist him in his excellent escape…

X-2: X-Men United (2003) – Raid on Mansion X and Wolverine goes berserker

What? What more do you want? Wolverine goes berserker. That’s actually all you need to know…

To get you in the mood for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, check out the terrific trailer below…

X-Men: Days Of Future Past slashes, flies and teleports its way into Irish cinemas on 22 May (Cert. 12A). That’s today so go see it you mutant-loving muppet.

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