Three times the X-Men films were ahead of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

SINGAPORE - With X-Men: Dark Phoenix, this chapter of the X-Men will be closed, as Disney, the new owner of 20th Century Fox's movie business, ponders the fate of the franchise.

Let us remember the ways in which the X-Men series, launched in 2000, was bolder and more far-thinking than its more successful cousin, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which launched in 2008 with Iron Man.

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