It seems, according to critics, that 'X-Men Apocalypse' will be joining 'Batman v Superman' in the list of the most disappointing comic book superhero films of 2016, as the franchise returns with much less excitement than the synopsis and trailers suggested. A bit of a Marvel misfire as it were.

X-Men: Apocalypse'X-Men Apocalypse' hasn't found favour with critics

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the critics hated most about the latest instalment of the 'X-Men' series, which sees the return of director Bryan Singer in a story about the impending doom of mankind. The confusing plot, the poor character development and some overly blase moments made for 'a franchise-killing disaster' according to Forbes, who also said, 'I am not sure how you make Oscar Isaac as a world-destroying baddie dull, but the powers-that-be have pulled it off.' Ouch!

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The Telegraph felt similar about it, branding 'Apocalypse' as 'almost as bad as Batman v Superman' and suggesting it 'might be the end of the line' for this franchise. Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune quipped that performances by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence 'are just X-meh', and Empire revealed their dismay at the 'appalling climax' which saw 'the death of millions of people who don't warrant so much as a momentary look of horror'.

'In a film that makes a point of recalling the Holocaust, that shows spectacularly bad taste', they continued.

There were some positive comments, on the other hand. The Independent acknowledged the 'mind-boggling number of loose ends and unanswered questions' but branded 'X-Men Apocalypse' a 'mind-bending trip of a movie', while the Guardian agreed that 'this film certainly provides bangs for your buck' despite everything that it is lacking. Plus, ComingSoon does at least admit that ''Apocalypse' is one of the best-looking films of the franchise'.

You can decide for yourself as 'X-Men Apocalypse' hits US theaters on May 27th 2016.