X-Men: How to watch the X-Men movies in chronological order

Next to the MCU, the “X-Men” series is one of the most popular comic book adaptations worldwide. Here you can read in which chronological order the films are arranged.

The X-Men movies are a well-known franchise that, just like the MCU, are also based on the Marvel-published comics written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The first film in the series, “X-Men,” starring Hugh Jackman, came out in 2000 and has since become a huge success.

Since the chronology of the film series is a bit confusing and there are different subdivisions, we have compiled the series for you by year of release and chronological order. This way, nothing will stand in the way of your movie marathon and you will understand the plot of the entire comic book adaptation around the X-Men all the better.

The “X-Men” movies by year of release

Probably the most common order of the film series is by the year of release of the respective films. So far, there are 13 movies with different titular heroes, such as Wolverine, Deadpool or Dark Phoenix. The 14th film will be “Deadpool 3,” which will be released in May 2024.

  • “X-Men” (2000)
  • “X-Men 2” (2003)
  • “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006).
  • “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
  • “X-Men: First Class” (2011).
  • “The Wolverine” (2013)
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)
  • “Deadpool” (2016)
  • “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)
  • “Logan” (2017)
  • “Deadpool 2” (2018)
  • “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (2019)
  • “The New Mutants” (2020)
  • “Deadpool 3” (2024)

The “X-Men” movies by chronological order

Since “X-Men: Future is Past” (2014), a new timeline exists as Wolverine takes a trip to the past to change the fate of the mutants. If you want to better follow the plot of the “X-Men” series, you should watch the movies in the following chronological order:

  • “X-Men: First Class” (2011)
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)
  • “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
  • “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)
  • “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (2019)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • “X-Men 2” (2003)
  • “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
  • “The Wolverine” (2013)
  • “Deadpool” (2016)
  • “The New Mutants” (2020)
  • “Deadpool 2” (2018)
  • “Logan” (2017)

The “X-Men” trilogy and “Wolverine” trilogy.

If you are big fans of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, then you can also just watch the now classic “X-Men” movies as a trilogy. There is also the “Wolverine” trilogy, which builds on each other. For this, there are the following sequences:

  • “X-Men” (2000)
  • “X-Men 2” (2003)
  • “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)
  • “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009)
  • “The Wolverine” (2013)
  • “Logan” (2017)

The “X-Men” prequel series

To better understand the backstory of the “X-Men” parts, it helps to look at the “X-Men” prequel series. For this purpose, there is the following order:

  • “X-Men: First Class” (2011)
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)
  • “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)
  • “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (2019)

The “Deadpool” trilogy

You are fans of Ryan Reynolds as the anti-hero Deadpool? Then you should definitely check out the “Deadpool” trilogy. However, the third installment of the series “Deadpool 3” will not be released until 2024. In the meantime, you can watch the other “X-Men” movies to be prepared for Hugh Jackman’s appearance as Wolverine in the 3rd “Deadpool” installment.

  • “Deadpool” (2016)
  • “Deadpool 2” (2018)
  • “Deadpool 3” (2024)

“X-Men” (2000)

X-Men (2000)

The first “X-Men” movie was released in 2000 and tells the story of mutants Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin, “True Blood”), who are attacked by the villain Sabretooth (Tyler Mane). In the process, they are rescued by Cyclops (James Marsden, “Dead to Me”) and Storm (Halle Berry, “Moonfall”), who are part of the so-called “X-Men.”

After this rescue, the two are taken by them to the “Institute for Gifted Youngsters”, which promotes the abilities of young mutants and was founded by Charles Xavier aka Professor X (Patrick Stewart, “Star Trek: Picard”). When the mutant Magneto (Ian McKellen, “The Lord of the Rings series”) takes on the “X-Men” with his “Brotherhood of Mutants,” the new recruits must prove themselves.

“X-Men 2” (2003)

X-Men 2 (2003)

As in the first “X-Men” film, Bryan Singer (“Operation Valkyrie – The Stauffenberg Assassination”) took over the direction of the sequel. In the second part of the series, the minister and former sergeant William Stryker (Brian Cox, “Succession”) has it in for the mutants after a failed attack, which he blames.

With the captured mutant Magneto (Ian McKellen), he gets information about the “Institute for gifted youths” of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and then storms the school. He then uses a stolen cerebro to brainwash Professor X into killing all the mutants with his powerful abilities. The “X-Men” must stop Stryker’s machinations as quickly as possible and free the other mutants.

“X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006)

X-Men - The Last Stand (2006)

In “X-Men: The Last Stand,” mutant Jean Grey (Famke Janssen, “How to Get Away with Murder”), believed dead, is sought out by a telepathic call from Cyclops (James Marsden). In the process, she mutates Phoenix and becomes unpredictable. Storm (Halle Berry) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) are dispatched by Professor X (Patrick Stewart) to bring her back to the Institute.

There he reveals to them that she has a multiple personality disorder, which he has suppressed through his telepathic powers so that it does no harm. When Phoenix subsequently escapes, she is joined by other mutants such as Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) to take on the “X-Men”.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

In “X-Men Origins – Wolverine” viewers learn the backstory of James Logan (Hugh Jackman), who joins the special unit Weapon X as the mutant Wolverine. This is also where the rivalry with his half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber, “Asteroid City”) is told, who, like him, possesses extraordinary powers.

When Creed kills Logan’s girlfriend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins, “The Walking Dead”), he vows revenge and joins the mutant team of William Stryker (Danny Huston, “Yellowstone”) to fight him. Logan learns from his former teammates about the prison island where Stryker imprisons mutants. Logan must then find a way to freedom to save himself and the other mutants.

“X-Men: First Class” (2011)

X-Men - First Choice (2011)

“X-Men: First Class” begins in the 1940s when scientist Klaus Schmidt (Kevin Bacon, “The Following”) concentration camp Auschwitz becomes aware of the boy Erik Lensherr. The latter has special powers and is able to break free after Schmidt kills his mother. At the same time, Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence, “No Hard Feelings”) becomes part of Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy, “Sandman”) “Institute for Gifted Youngsters.”

In the 1960s, Schmidt lives under the name Sebastian Shaw and wants his “Hellfire Club” to make mutants a dominant species on Earth. For this he wants to let the third world war break out. The CIA recruits Professor X to prevent this plan.

“The Wolverine” (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

In “The Wolverine” it takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) to Japan. In Tokyo, he says goodbye to the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), whom he saved the life of during World War II. His daughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is kidnapped by the Yakuza, so she must free Wolverine.

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

After a huge battle between mutants and the “Sentinels” takes place in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” in 2023, the remaining mutants around Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Professor X (James McAvoy) travel to the past.

On this trip, they want to prevent the “Sentinels” from getting the mutants’ DNA by having Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) shoot the head of the Sentinel program Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”).

“Deadpool” (2016)

Deadpool (2016)

In the rollicking action film “Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds plays the eponymous antihero Deadpool. When former Special Forces agent Wade Wilson receives a life-threatening cancer diagnosis, he undergoes a questionable experiment.

In the process, he is strengthened by healing powers and henceforth fights nasty villains as his alter ego in a funny and immoral way. Among them he counts Francis (Ed Skrein), the lab director, who disfigured and betrayed him.

“X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016)

X-Men - Apocalypse (2016)

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is set in the 1980s and shows how Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) institute becomes a safe haven for young mutants. After the mutant Apocalypse comes to life during an excavation in Egypt, he wants to rule the earth as a former god-like figure.

For this purpose, he recruits other mutants such as Magneto (Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”), Storm (Alexandra Shipp, “Barbie”) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn, “New Girl”). The “X-Men” including Phoenix (Sophie Turner) and Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac, “Dune”) must stop them and free the other kidnapped mutants.

“Logan” (2017)

Logan (2017)

The movie “Logan” shows the story of the mutant Logan (Hugh Jackman), who is one of the few of his kind in the year 2029. His healing powers have now weakened and he lives with Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and the mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant, “Jojo Rabbit”) in Mexico.

The “X-Men” have already disbanded. When Logan is asked by a woman for payment to take her daughter Laura (Dafne Keen, “His Dark Materials”) to North Dakota, he agrees to the assignment. On this trip, Logan makes terrible discoveries about breeding mutants.

“Deadpool 2” (2018)

Deadpool 2 (2018)

In “Deadpool 2,” things are going anything but smoothly for Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). After losing the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), he no longer sees any meaning in his life. The X-Men take care of him and together they fight against nasty villains who get in their way.

“X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (2019)

X-Men - Dark Phoenix (2019)

The science fiction action film “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is the directorial debut of Simon Kinberg, who has already participated as a screenwriter in several X-Men films and the series “Star Wars Rebels”. In it, young girl Jean Grey aka Dark Phoenix (Sophie Turner) learns to use her telekinesis abilities and becomes part of the “X-Men” led by Professor X (James McAvoy).

“The New Mutants” (2020)

The New Mutants (2020)

“The New Mutants” is a science fiction action film from director Josh Boone (“Fate is a Lousy Traitor”). It is about teenager Danielle “Dani” Moonstar, who lives with her father on a Cheyenne reservation and ends up alone at Milbury Hospital after a raging tornado.

At this facility, Dani learns that she is a mutant and is to learn to use her powers to be trained by Charles Xavier with other gifted youths at his institute. But for Dani begins an arduous journey in which she can not always keep her abilities under control.

Deadpool 3 (2024)

Deadpool 3 (2024)

In “Deadpool 3” Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine appear together for the first time. In the third installment of the series, the anti-hero Deadpool travels back in time and meets Wolverine. He is not very enthusiastic about the talkative Deadpool at first, but nevertheless accepts him as a new part of the “X-Men”.

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