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You asked for it so we're bringing it to you! This Fanboy Faceoff is pitting two of the biggest comic book franchises ever against one another - The Avengers vs. The X-Men!
The Avengers are breaking box office records across the globe, but they weren't the first superhero team to grace the silver screen. Way back in 2000, the long awaited X-Men film hit theaters and was an instant hit among fans and critics alike. Lead by Wolverine, the first X-Men film brought in $294 million worldwide and spawned two sequels, a spinoff and a prequel. The box office total for all the X-Men films is $1.5 billion and $1.9 billion if you include X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The franchise continues to grow stronger with sequels to X-Men: First Class and Wolverine coming in the next couple years.
The new kids on the block as far as movies go, The Avengers has quickly become one of the most successful franchises of all time. The seeds for the superhero ensemble were started back in 2008 with Iron Man. The five films leading up to The Avengers grossed a whopping $2.3 billion worldwide with The Avengers becoming one of only eleven films ever to cross the billion dollar mark in only 19 days.
The Avengers and X-Men both debuted in September 1963 and evolved as a response to the popularity of DC Comics' Justice League of America. The two powerhouses are currently facing off in a limited comic book crossover but which team do you think would prevail in an onscreen battle of these behemoths? Compared to the X-Men, the Avengers big screen team is pretty small, consisting of only four main heroes along with S.H.I.E.L.D. members Hawkeye, Black Widow and to a lesser extent Nick Fury. Though small, the team does consist of a demigod, a super soldier, the powerful Iron Man and of course they have a Hulk. Quite possibly one of the most powerful superheroes of all time.
The X-Men are no slouches though, with a roster that includes the mighty Wolverine whose adamantium skeleton and highly resilient body could definitely give Hulk a run for his money. Other members include Storm, who like Thor, has the power to manipulate the weather, Cyclops, whose optic blast could be a devastating foe against Iron Man's repulsor rays and Rogue, who has the ability to absorb the powers of others. Other members include the powerful Jean Grey, Beast, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Angel and of course Professor Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, just to name a few.
So do you think the overwhelming number and powers of the X-Men have what it takes to bring The Avengers to their knees? If so, which Avenger from the comics not seen in the film do you think could help turn the tide? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ClevverMovies with the hashtag #CMFF. The ultimate winner of this superpowered faceoff is completely up to you, so be sure to let your voice be heard. I'm Tatiana Carrier, thanks for tuning in!