The Wand of Gamelon wrote:X-Men is good for the fact that it showed the potential of what a good mainstream comic book movie should be. If it had been terrible or had tanked, who knows what that would have meant for Spider-Man.
It's not as good as it's immediate sequel, though. Not even close. And it doesn't hold up quite as well, but it's got moments.
I disagree (obviously). X-Men and X2 belong in the pantheon of best comic films of all time.
It wasn't just good because it showed what comic films were capable of, it's a great comic film.
When you think of how impenetrable X-men mythology is, what Singer accomplished is amazing. He managed to concentrate on a small group of characters and flesh them out and tell a coherent story.