X2: X-Men United (2003)

Best Superhero Movies XMen 2
20th Century Fox

At the time of its release, 2003’s X-Men 2 came the closest to capturing the energy of the X-Men at their 1980s peak, as comics writer Chris Claremont put them through the emotional paces with a series of storylines that drew overt parallels between mutants and oppressed and ostracized human beings of all kinds.

X-Men 2 runs with the metaphor from its exhilarating openings scene of Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) invaded the Oval Office. And Brian Cox is menacingly flawless as Col. William Stryker, a very believable nemesis to our favorite band of mutants.

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