1. The X-Men (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse)
When it comes to alienated avengers, was there any doubt that this beloved band of homo superiors wouldn’t top the list? Brought to life by gay director Bryan Singer in 2000, the cinematic incarnations of Marvel’s merry mutants invoked the pain of otherness and the formation of self-made family that LGBTQ fans could easily relate to. And if the metaphors weren’t enough, check the visual signifiers of Hugh Jackman’s paternal daddy Wolverine, who looks like he fell out of a Tom of Finland comic, or Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, who delivers panache and sassy commentary with as much joy as when he’s bending metal. While most superhero movies fixate on mainstream morality and heteronormative victories, the X-Men movies will always be about community, identity, difference and being other.