IMO, X1 > X2 > First Class > Logan > Deadpool > Deadpool 2 > DoFP > The Wolverine > Apocalypse > Origins > X3
They've always been my favorite comic, so it's been really rough seeing how much they keep botching it.
And odd that Deadpool did it so much better. (I'm still bitter about Jubilee constantly getting shafted, especially in Apocalypse, when you had this great actress and everything, then... nada.)
That's extremely close to my own order. Seen it like that, it's actually quite interesting how Logan and the Deadpool movies kind of bridge the large gap in quality between the good X-Men movies and the bad ones; and in more general terms, how later movies in the franchise bridged the dizzying, yawning quality abyss between X1/2 and X3. :D
After being so spoiled with the MCU I have trouble enjoying any of the X-Men movies anymore. Their are some bright spots but there is very little continuity and they all feel off and random. The Feige X-Men films can't some soon enough.
They really aren't, all of the X-Men movies have always recycled the same plot of Xavier vs Magneto. They messed up with X-Men 3 that they had to write it out. Wolverine origin was suppose to be the first of the X-men origin series which got canned due to Wolverine: Origin bombing and eventually being written out.
X-Men: Apocalypse was a bland movie with lackluster reviews.
Oh and they are doing another take on the Dark Phoenix story and still getting it wrong.
But even if Disney didn’t get the X-Men back, this very thread indicates that your comment about FOX doing “just fine” isn’t true. The returns are diminishing, and the other X-Men movie in the pipeline, New Mutants, will likely garner even less interest. Managing your franchise isn’t to the toilet isn’t an ideal outcome of proper oversight...
It’s the latter. Audiences are just worn down by the last two extremely subpar X-Men. Then they removed X-Men from the title, taking away the name recognition which was the only thing this (very likely) pile of garbage had going for it.
If the movie looked good in previews it could have generated buzz. It has looked TERRIBLE in previews. This film has literally no upside.