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Mutant vs. Mutant: The X-iest Heroes Alive

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Who was truly super in these X-Men roles? From 2000’s X-Men to the most recent X-Men: Apocalypse, we pit the new recruits against the original cast...

Mystique: Jennifer Lawrence* vs. Rebecca Romijn

As a once-in-a-generation action star, Lawrence has made shapeshifting nudist Mystique — traditionally a secondary character — central to the X-Men universe.

Beast: Nicholas Hoult* vs. Kelsey Grammer

Grammer played to type as the scholarly doctor, but Hoult’s significantly deeper talent pool makes his Beast more than just a SuperFrasier.

Cyclops: Tye Sheridan vs. James Marsden*

Unlike the original alpha hero, played by Versace model James Marsden, Cyclops is shown in X-Men: Apocalypse as a lowly teen outcast played by … Prada model Tye Sheridan. Marsden’s take feels more true to the character.

Jean Grey: Sophie Turner* vs. Famke Janssen

Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark brings the most firepower when she unleashes her alter-ego, the Phoenix.

Storm: Alexandra Shipp vs. Halle Berry*

Though it seems the blockbuster budget never includes a decent hairstylist for Storm, Halle Berry remains synonymous with the weather-warping heroine.

Professor Xavier: James McAvoy vs. Patrick Stewart*

McAvoy’s carousing young professor is a refreshing take on the role, but nothing beats Stewart’s regal performance as the bald-and-in-charge elder statesman.

Magneto: Michael Fassbender* vs. Ian McKellen

Both actors make a meal of the metal manipulator, but the new trilogy has given Fassbender the meatier Magneto.

Wolverine: Hugh Jackman* vs. Hugh Jackman*

The only actor to appear in nine (!) X-Men movies (including Logan, the newest X-Men release) has some tough competition, but we have to go with Hugh Jackman.

Ryan Porter is a freelance entertainment writer who contributes to the Toronto Star, Flare, and CBC.ca.