Hi, all. With FOX's X-Men film franchise less than a month away from once again expanding thanks to X-Men Apocalypse and about 3 months or so away from celebrating its 16th anniversary, I figured it might be neat to have a general discussion thread dedicated to the series, its highs, its lows, its past, its future, and everything in between. I believe that I mentioned this in the X-Men Apocalypse discussion thread, but X-Men holds the record for being the lost-running continuous superhero film franchise in existence, spanning, as noted, 8 films and counting and almost 16 years, which is pretty impressive, especially since in the 16 years since it first started, we've seen several of its contemporary or successor comic film franchises go through multiple reboots while it's maintained a singular interconnected continuity across 8+ films and counting. Speaking of the franchise's continuity, it really isn't as convoluted as it's been made out to be by some, and holds together quite well, even considering the fact that it now spans two different timelines that branch off from one another (I should know, since I'm currently working my way through the franchise in chronological order, starting with First Class and ending with Days of Future Past). I also have to say that, if I'm going to pick one superhero film franchise as my absolute favorite, X-Men takes the prize, not only because of the caliber of talent and storytelling that it's brought to the table overall on the whole, but also because of the fact that, as noted, it's never been rebooted and is still going strong. What are everyone else's thoughts on the franchise overall?