It may not be as big as the MCU, but Fox's X-Men Universe certainly paved the way for not only The Avengers, but Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and even DC's movie outings. Debuting in 2000, Professor X, Wolverine, and the rest of the X-Men took Hollywood by storm, changing the landscape of the comic book movie scene.
Since then, the franchise has put out eleven movies, and a failed Fantastic Four reboot. Some of these have been met with incredibly high praise: Logan earned itself a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, with Days of Future Past just behind it with 90%.
But while the franchise has had its ups, it has had more than its share of downs too: X-Men Origins falls at just 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it is not just individual movies the franchise must regret.
Certain characters, plotholes, missed opportunities, and even dialogue (one line in particular) draw nothing but cringes from the audience when looked back on today. Even the best films of the franchise aren't without their flaws.
"You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? Same thing that happens to everything else."
This awful line genuinely made it into the final cut of X-Men, and fans are still scratching their heads as to why. It's not witty, it's not clever, it's not funny, and it adds precisely nothing to the movie.
Throughout the history of the comics, Storm is a consistent badass. Her awesome powers are not only incredible aesthetically, they solidify her as one of the strongest, most integral X-Men, even going to lead the team for a time.
So why include this cheesy line that makes her look plain stupid? Maybe if this terrible dad joke gone wrong had been left on the cutting room floor, or never existed at all, the movies could have gone a lot further toward making the character as great as she is in the comics.