Ranking the 18 Most Awesome Moments from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

The movie was packed with crowd-pleasing scenes, but which were the best?

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SPOILER WARNING: This article is full of X-Men spoilers.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was full of memorable moments, but what were the most memorable? Let's rank them.

#18. Seeing Wolverine in the '70s

Bone claws and a super fly leather jacket? Nice.

#17. Wolverine's Butt

In the name of fan service, Wolverine wakes up naked after being sent back to the '70s. You're doing God's work, Mr. Jackman.

#16. Mystique the Freedom Fighter

Mystique plays a very central role in Days of Future Past, which shows her fully powered-up and fully capable of handling herself in sticky situations. When we first meet her she's busting a group of mutants out of Vietnam before they can be whisked off by William Stryker to be experimented on. It's our first glimpse at Jennifer Lawrence going into full ninja-mode as Mystique. She gets to do much more fighting than she did in First Class.

#15. The Apocalypse Reveal

The post-credits scene brought us our first look at Apocalypse in ancient Egypt. According to the X-men comics, Apocalypse is the first mutant. He's pretty much immortal, and is widely regarded as the X-Men's most powerful foe. Read more about that scene here.

#14. Young Xavier Meets Old Xavier

Using Wolverine's mind to see into the future, 1973 Charles Xavier comes face-to-face with his 2023 counterpart — and sees what he'll look like bald.

#13. Magneto Gets His Helmet Back

Did you notice when he gets his helmet back it's being stored in a glass case with three other items from First Class? To the left was the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw. Next to that was Havok's damaged suit. To the right of the helmet was one of Angel Salvadore's (Zoe Kravitz) wings.

Ranking the 18 Most Awesome Moments from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
From left: The coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw; Havok's damaged suit; Magneto's helmet; Angel Salvadore's wing.
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#12. Nixon Meets Trask

Peter Dinklage made a perfect Bolivar Trask, and watching him mince words with Richard Nixon (tape recorder running of course), we couldn't help but think of Tyrion Lannister's power mongering.

#11. Beast Fights Wolverine

And tosses him around! Also great was seeing Beast handle Magneto. More Beast fights, please!

#10. Quicksilver Meets Magneto

Evan Peters plays Quicksilver, the super-fast mutant who breaks Magneto out of his concrete prison cell beneath the Pentagon. This meeting was loaded with meaning for comics fans who know Quicksilver as Magneto's son. When Quicksilver starts in with his famous motormouth, trying to figure out what Magneto can do, Michael Fassbender gets in a memorable one-liner, quipping, "I don't know karate, but I know crazy." When he tells Quicksilver what he does, the younger mutant replies his mom once knew someone who could move metal. So we're assuming they're keeping this bit of super mutant parentage in tact.

#9. "Wanna Pick That S--- Up?"

When Magneto loses his cool on the flight to Paris, his magnetism nearly crashes the plane and leaves the cabin in shambles. Wolverine's response is one of the movie's better one-liners. "You wanna pick all that s--- up?"

#8. "F--- Off"

Everyone knows you can get one F-bomb into a PG-13 movie, and Days of Future Past gets mileage out of its one allowance. When Xavier first comes face-to-face with Wolverine, who tells him all about these time-traveling hi-jinks, Xavier recalls the time he met Wolverine more than 10 years ago (in First Class), and quotes Logan's words back to him: "F--- off."

#7. Magneto Multi-Tasks

Since unlocking his potential in First Class, Magneto has really figured out how to use his powers. In one scene he controls a makeshift projector, keeping a bottle and flashlight floating while advancing a film strip all with his powers. And apparently he can do all this while controlling a needle that's sewing stitches into the back of his head. It might even be more impressive than the sheer power required for his next feat.

#6. Magneto Lifts an Entire Stadium

Magneto unleashes his full strength to lift an entire baseball stadium, levitating it and himself all the way to the White House, where he uses it to trap the elites gathered for the unveiling of the Sentinels. Interestingly, Washington, D.C., did not have a professional baseball team in 1973 since the Washington Senators moved to Arlington to become the Rangers in 1972.

#5. The Opening Fight Scene

Days of Future Past opens strong with the future X-Men fighting a group of Sentinels, who pick them apart, eventually killing them all but Kitty Pryde and Bishop. It's an awesome fight scene that let's us see Iceman, Colossus, Blink, and Sunspot working at full power.

 #4. The Fixed Future

When Wolverine wakes up in the altered future he finds himself living at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, where he teaches history. In a moment reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Carol, he wanders the mansion, revealing Kelsey Grammer alive and well as Beast. We also see Rogue, and she's romantically involved with Bobby Drake (Iceman). But what about Kitty Pryde? Instead of being with Iceman, she appears to be with Colossus, which is a call-back to the comics, where Kitty and Colossus were an ongoing couple. But the biggest reveals happen right before we cut to credits. They are:

#3. Jean's Alive!

#2. And Scott's Alive!

So much for Brett Ratner's X-Men: Last Stand.

#1. "Time in a Bottle"

In a movie packed with great scenes, Quicksilver's contribution to Magneto's prison break was the best. We were very worried about Quicksilver after that terrible Carl's Jr. ad, but this scene made us glad the character was in the movie. It was an amazing bit of movie magic that allowed Quicksilver to move around a room at super high speeds, manipulating people, objects, and even bullets. We'll never listen to Jim Croce's "Time in a Bottle" the same way again.

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