One is a Marvel property about a group of super-powered 'mutants' taking on the forces of evil in order to prevent the destruction of the planet; the other is a Marvel property about a group of superheroes taking on the forces of evil in order to prevent the destruction of the universe. Both qualify as two of the biggest movie franchises around. Of course, residing under the stewardship of two different studios, X-Men movies and Marvel films are actually very different beasts. There are pluses and minuses to the way 20th Century Fox handles the X-Men franchise and the way Marvel Studios deals with the MCU - but, weighing things up, there is only one winner. The Wolverine movies - spin-offs rather than crucial components of the core X-Men franchise - won't be included here, though many of the arguments included within apply to James Mangold's The Wolverine, too. Instead, the focus will be on the X-Men films charting the exploits of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, AKA Magneto, and their rivals over at the MCU. After 11 Marvel films and five X-Men movies, there's enough evidence to draw upon as to why the latter are currently outpacing the former. Here are ten reasons why the X-Men franchise has been beating the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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