32. Blowing the 'Dark Phoenix' Storyline
The saga of Jean Grey and her transformation into the Dark Phoenix is one of the most, if not the most, significant story arcs in the long-running history of the X-Men — that it needed to be included in the films at some point was a given. Which is why the seriously short shrift the storyline gets in this third X-Men chapter — directed not by Bryan Singer, but by the guy who made the Rush Hour movies (see No. 29) — feels like such an epic missed opportunity. This powerful tale didn't deserve to be treated like just another piece in a movie that already felt like it was constructed on an assembly line. The disservice made no one happy — least of all the X-fans.