18. Rebooting the X-Men Franchose With 'First Class'
After the twin disappointments of The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the franchise was at a tipping point. A prequel chronicling the early years of Magneto, Professor Xavier and the young X-Men didn't sound very appealing at first, but director Matthew Vaughn surprised everyone with a funny, sexy and thoroughly satisfying reboot — helped immensely by terrific central performances from Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as the professor. X-Men: Days of Future Past looks set to build on that foundation, and hopefully, puts the mutants squarely back on track.