It's finally here. X-Men: Apocalypse opens in movie theaters nationwide today. So in honor of this momentous occasion, here is a rundown of the film and television evolution of the X-Men.

The X-Men animated series (1992-1997)

If you were a child of the 90's, you made sure that you got up on Saturday mornings to watch the X-Men battle it out  with their latest nemesis. The show featured main characters Storm, Cyclops, Wolverine, Professor X and Magneto, which are also featured in the Movies save for Jubilee and Gambit.

Jubilee (Lana Condor) will be featured in Apocalypse and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) made a brief appearance in X-Men Orgins: Wolverine. It wasn't a memorable performance for the playing card throwing, New Orleans heavily accented mutant, so he got recast as Channing Tatum will be featured in a standalone film in the near future.


As for cartoon watchers, this show was X-Men for beginners.

The X-Men movie (2000)

For fans of the cartoon and the comic books, seeing a live action film of their favorite characters was the event of a lifetime. Not only did they cast Professor X (Patrick Stewart) perfectly, they got nearly every aspect of the X-Men characters right with some slight alterations. Rogue (Anna Paquin) is no longer a southerner, Storm (Halle Berry) was missing her South African accent and appeared gentler than her cartoon counterpart and the yellow jumpsuits became black pleather. Otherwise, it was great movie and worthy of the X-Men name. Plus, Ian McKellan killed it as Magneto.

X2: X-Men United (2003)

If you thought the first X-Men film was awesome, the next film must have been heaven for you.

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Fans got a bit of backstory behind Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and got introduced to Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming). This teleporting, blue mutant opened the film with an attack on the White House and it was everything! The action was non-stop, the danger seemed real and in the end a beloved mutant fell. It was everything fans could have asked for.

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

This was the death knell for the original X-Men cast. It changed directors from Bryan Singer to Brett Rattner and the entire lexicon of the X-Men comics and the Dark Phoenix saga was obliterated. Three main characters died and two of them were gone in the first 30 minutes. After this sad turn of events there was no way that the fun of the original films could be duplicated. 

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Bypassing the Wolverine standalone films and moving on to X-Men: First Class, because X-Men has always been about the team, this film introduced a 1970's version of the X-Men when Professor X (James McAvoy) was young, could walk, had hair and was friends with Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) played sister to Professor X and she was originally a good girl.  Overall, the movie was fun, action packed and you really cared about the characters without forgetting about the original cast. It was a job well done.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

This awesome film amped up and amazing First Class and then added the original cast as well. It had fights, jumps back and forth from the future to the past, tons of Wolverine and two of almost every character. Let's not forget the introduction to Quicksilver (Evan Peters) who stole the film with the Time In A Bottle scene. If you haven't seen this film, rent it now!

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

This is the ending that fans of the cartoon and comics having been waiting for since the first X-Men film premiered. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is the first mutant in existence and the most powerful villain that the X-Men have ever faced. The film is set in the 1980's and the First Class team is taking him on. Comic book fans already know the storyline, but in the film, this is the event when Professor X goes from shaggy hippie to bald phenom. If you want to know more, check out the film in theaters now.