Your go-to Guide to Watching the X-Men Movies in Order

Your go-to Guide to Watching the X-Men Movies in Order

The drama of human lives fused with action-packed adventure and glorifying fight sequences has spawned over a decade of noteworthy X-Men movies with bizarre timelines, to say the least.

The timelines are askew and leave the viewer quite baffled.

To add to that, the X Men movie release dates also do not go in chronological order — particularly with the X-Men series. Though the reboots, prequels, and spinoffs kept the series fresh and engaging, it complicated the continuity.

If you’re looking to watch the X-Men movies in order but do not know which order to go in, we’ve created a handy guide to help you out. You can watch these action movies either in chronological order of events within the films or in order of their release dates in the real world.

X-Men movies in Chronological order

We know it’s complicated and that’s why we’re here to walk you through the classic movies.

1. X-Men First Class

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Director: Matthew Vaughn

Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Although this prequel was not released first in theatres, in the X-Men universe it happens to be the first. The starry line-up of actors includes James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) alongside Micheal Fassbender and Keven Bacon.

This origin story of the year 1962 and shows a young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) form a team with young Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) to trail a former Nazi mutant scientist (Kevin Bacon).

In the background, The Cuban Missile Crisis is also discreetly shown.

2. X-Men Days of the Future Past

X-Men Days of the Future Past

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

The movie Future Past with a stellar cast starring, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, McAvoy, and more, Days of the Future Past created much hype before it was released in 2014.

The Future Past X Men movie technically takes place in 1973, however the plot centres around the year 2023 (two years away from now- how insane is that!)

The movie largely confused the audiences by the events that unfold. Wolverine, in the future, has his consciousness sent back to the year 1973, which helps him prevent Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) from using Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) blood to create a strong army in the future.

So, in essence, Wolverine alters the past, hereby erasing the 2023 timeline as well as the events that happened in X-MenX2, and X-Men: The Last Stand.

To add some clarity, filmmaker Bryan Singer explained:

“Part of the philosophy we had at the end of Days of Future Past is that you can’t fully change the course or current of the river, but you can just divert it a little bit, and we diverted it a little bit… Any possibility could occur, but characters are still moving towards their immutable place.”

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Director: Gavin Hood

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

The Wolverine X Men original OG story takes us on a journey to reveal how Logan loses his memory and how his powers first began to manifest. The story begins back in 1845 which is shown as flashbacks throughout the movie.

Aside from the flashbacks, the movie is set in 1979 and tells us about the rivalry of James Logan with his brother as well as his experiences in special forces and much more.

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4. X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: James McAvoyMichael FassbenderJennifer Lawrence

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

The X Men prequel is set in the 1980s and follows closely the events of X-Men: First Class and 1970s feel of Days of the Future Past.

The movie shows us the young mutant adult versions of the X-Men, who are up against a powerful mutant enemy called En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac).

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5. X-Men Dark Phoenix

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Director: Simon Kinberg

Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

The first class x men origins story of the Dark Phoenix saga was the final film that features the ‘young’ X-Men cast. It takes place in the year 1992 and has a somewhat muddled storyline which confused the viewer on how it connects to the next film chronologically.

Towards the end of the film, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) transforms into the Dark Phoenix.

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6. X-Men

X-Men

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

From reel to real, the X-Men movie was the first superhero movie to be released in the X Men franchise. The movie was released in the year 2000 and was set in the same year.

The movie introduces us to the brotherhood and the X-men for the first time in X Men timeline.

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7. X2: X-Men United

X2 X-Men United

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

IMDb Rating: 7.4/10

The franchise’s first sequel, X2:X-Men United released in 2003 with the events set in the same year.

The antagonist is anti-mutant colonel William Stryker who kidnaps Professor X, compelling the X-Men to team up with their nemesis.

8. X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men The Last Stand

Director: Brett Ratner

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

This instalment is the final sequel in the ORIGINAL franchise line, which takes place in the year 2006.

In this sequel, the government discovers a cure for mutations. The movie also shows a young girl (Jean Gray) taking on her alternate persona, Phoenix for the very first time in the series- not chronologically but release-date wise.

9. The Wolverine

The Wolverine

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Wolverine makes a comeback with the 2013 film, which is a sequel to both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand.

After Jean Grey death this movie takes place in the same year that it was released in and it depicts Logan fighting his demons of grief over Jean Grey’s death in X2 all the while being stuck in a conspiracy involving mutants and the Yakuza. This movie is one of the best X Men films.

10. Deadpool

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Director: Tim Miller

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

The very R-rated Marvel Comics adaptation Deadpool is vaguely connected to the X-Men film timeline.

The movie begins to show mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) fall in love with a sex worker called Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). However, he soon discovers that he has terminal cancer and he decides to give an experimental cure a shot to awaken his residing mutant genes.

Soon disfigured, Wake teams up with the X-Men to defeat his arch-nemesis Ajax (Ed Skrein). You could skip this movie altogether but if the perfectionist in you urges you to complete the order, you can add it to your movie marathon.

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11. Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

The sequel to Deadpool features a cameo of the young X-Men casts.

The fun part of this X Men film is that the movie was released in 2018 and it’s also set in the same year, BUT Deadpool travels back in time to X-Men OriginsWolverine and kills Ryan Reynold’s previous iteration of the Deadpool character.

12. Logan

Logan

Director: James Mangold

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

The X Men film propels us far into the future- to the year 2029. A much older Logan (Jackman) is happily living a quiet life when a mutant child Laura comes to him for his help.

It’s a morbid time, with most of the mutants almost extinct. This sets the tone for it to be a finale of sorts, with harrowing deaths of our much-loved character’s adding to the misery of hardcore fans.

However, one thing to note is that this final instalment brings the entire series together nicely. This movie is one of the best X Men films.

X-Men movies in order of release

X-Men – July 14, 2000

X2 – May 2, 2003

X-Men: The Last Stand – May 26, 2006

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009

X-Men: First Class – June 3, 2011

The Wolverine – July 26, 2013

X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014

Deadpool – February 12, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016

Logan – March 3, 2017

Deadpool 2 – May 18, 2018

Dark Phoenix – June 7, 2019

The New Mutants – August 28, 2020

There are seldom movie franchises that depict real-world problems in the reel world – hurdles faced by minorities and underlying messages about the civil rights movement.

The X-Men movies are, therefore, the kind of best movies you don’t want to miss. We hope this blog will help you easily watch the X-Men movies in order!

 

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Chris Mack

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