Nicholas of Movies Hate You Too writes:
2000′s X-Men wasn’t the first Marvel property to be turned into a successful film but it did pave the way for comic book properties to become one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood. Its sequel, X2 was an even larger success, both critically and financially, than the original. After that however things started to go wrong; X-Men III: The Last Stand failed to live up to its predecessors and the franchise took a further step back with the disastrously bad X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The prequel film, X-Men: First Class stopped the series’ hemorrhaging but it merely acted as a band aid to keep the entire franchise from dying. Now, after years of mediocrity The Wolverine is poised to pull the X-Men from the brink and place them back in the lime light.