X-Men: How to Watch All the Marvel Mutant Movies in Chronological and Release Order

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We all know that Marvel Studios has been making waves lately with their superhero projects, but let's not forget about the X-Men. With their unique abilities and compelling storylines, the X-Men have been captivating audiences...

We all know that Marvel Studios has been making waves lately with their superhero projects, but let's not forget about the X-Men. With their unique abilities and compelling storylines, the X-Men have been captivating audiences for two decades. Whether you're a die-hard fan or new to the world of mutants, we've got you covered. In this article, we'll show you how to watch all the X-Men movies in both chronological and release order. So get ready to dive into the thrilling world of Marvel's Mighty Mutants!

The X-Men Franchise: A Brief Overview

The X-Men franchise is one of the longest and most successful comic book film series. Pre-dating the Marvel Cinematic Universe by eight years, the X-Men films have thrilled audiences with their action-packed stories and memorable characters. Along with the main series, the franchise has also spawned successful spin-off films like Deadpool. With 13 films already released and more to come, it's no wonder that newcomers might feel a little overwhelmed. But worry not, we're here to guide you through the mutant maze!

Watch Order: Release Order

If you prefer to experience the X-Men movies as they were released, we've got you covered. Here's the recommended watch order:

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (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)
  • Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • The New Mutants (2020)

Be sure to mark your calendars for the yet-to-be-titled Deadpool 3, scheduled for release on July 26, 2024!

Chronological Order: Unraveling the X-Men Timeline

The X-Men films don't always unfold in chronological order. If you're a stickler for chronological storytelling, here's the proper order to watch the films:

  • 1847: scenes from X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 1962: X-Men: First Class
  • 1973: a majority of X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 1975: scenes from Dark Phoenix
  • 1981: a majority of X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • 1983: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • 1992: a majority of Dark Phoenix
  • 2000: X-Men (2000)
  • 2003: scenes from X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 2003: X2: X-Men United
  • 2006: X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 2013: A majority of The Wolverine
  • 2015: End-credits scene of The Wolverine
  • 2016: Deadpool
  • 2018: Deadpool 2
  • 2018: The New Mutants
  • 2023: scenes from X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 2029: Logan

Making Sense of the X-Men Continuity

The X-Men movies can be a bit confusing when it comes to continuity, but fear not, we're here to help! The original X-Men trilogy takes place in the modern era, while X-Men: First Class serves as a prequel set in 1962. X-Men: Days of Future Past links the original trilogy and the prequel by introducing time travel. As a result, every X-Men movie released after 2014 exists in a new timeline. So, yes, the X-Men movies exist in the same continuity, but time travel has altered their history.

Time Travel Order: Keeping Track of the X-Men Universe

Given the time jumps in the X-Men film universe, it's understandable if you'd like to view the series in a more coherent order. We call this the time travel order, which tracks the original timeline, Wolverine's time-traveling adventures, and the altered timeline. Here's the recommended order:

X-Men Movies' Original Timeline:

  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • The Wolverine (2013)

X-Men Movies' Revised Timeline (Thanks to Wolverine):

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • The New Mutants (2020)
  • Logan (2017)

Exploring the X-Men Movie Series

The X-Men film franchise can be divided into several different series. If you'd like to focus on specific storylines, we've got you covered. Here are some watchlists for each series:

The Original X-Men Trilogy:

  • X-Men (2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

The Wolverine Trilogy:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Logan (2017)

The First Class Series:

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

The Adventures of Deadpool:

  • Deadpool (2016)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)

And don't forget, a third Deadpool film is currently in the works and set to be released in 2024, promising more laughs and superhero action!

The X-Men Beyond the Movies

If you're hungry for more X-Men content, there are a few notable TV series worth checking out. "Legion" and "The Gifted" both provide unique perspectives on the mutant universe. However, it's important to note that these series exist in separate continuities from the X-Men films, but they offer their own exciting stories.

X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The X-Men films released before 2024 do not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, things are starting to change. With Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the door has been opened for the X-Men to enter the MCU. Characters like Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch have already crossed over, and there are hints of an integrated X-Men future. So while the X-Men movies are not yet part of the MCU, who knows what the future holds?

So there you have it, a guide to watching all the X-Men movies in chronological and release order. Grab your popcorn, settle in, and enjoy the thrilling adventures of Marvel's Mighty Mutants! And if you want more Marvel goodness, be sure to check out our recommended best Marvel Comics stories of all time. Excelsior!

Note: All images used in this article are credited to 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and their respective copyright holders.

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