How to Watch X-Men Movies in Order

How to Watch X-Men Movies in Order

Twenty-two years ago marked the debut of the highest-grossing film franchise based on the Marvel Comics, the X-Men, with an overall box office earning of over $6 billion worldwide. The first action-adventure blockbuster, X-Men, was directed by Bryan Singer in 2000 with a splendid cast of superheroes and mutants capturing the attention of all comic book fans out there!

After receiving a great response from critics, the franchise introduced several spin-offs and sequels, including three origins of Wolverine, two Deadpool films, four X-Men prequel films, and two television series – Logan and The gifted– with The New Mutants winding up the series in 2020 after a 20-year-long run. Although the film has come to an end, it’s anticipated to enter the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a unique version of the various mutant characters

This exhilarating and influential franchise is a must watch-series that magnificently portrays the life of Superheros led by Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Micheal Fassbender. So, before the series takes a turn into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let’s get familiar with the 13 best titles released up till now in the X-Men series. 

However, you might get confused when you sit down to watch the X-Men franchise as it follows two different orders, i.e., release order and chronological order. The best way to watch the X-Men movies in order is to watch them chronologically, as it is much easier to grasp the overall concept of the story. 

How to Watch X-Men Movies in Release Order

We have listed all of X-Men’s movies in the order that they were initially released for your viewing pleasure and so that you may binge-watch them easily.

X-Men Movies In Release OrderRelease Year
1X-Men 2000
2X2: X-Men United 2003
3X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
4X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009
5X-Men: First Class 2011
6The Wolverine 2013
7X-Men: Days Of Future Past 2014
8Deadpool 2016
9X-Men: Apocalypse 2016
11Deadpool 22018
12X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2019
13The New Mutants 2020

How to Watch X-Men Movies in Chronological Order

The chronological order of the X-Men films is more intricate than the order of their theatrical releases. The plot can only be understood if seen in its intended chronological order.

X-Men In Chronological OrderRelease Year
1X-Men: First Class 2011
2X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014
3X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009
4X-Men: Apocalypse 2016
5X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2019
6X-Men 2000
7X2: X-Men United2003
8X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
9The Wolverine 2013
10Deadpool 2016
11Deadpool 22018
12The New Mutants 2020

X-Men Movies Explained

X-Men series takes a group of powerful mutants with supernatural powers under Charles Xavier (Professor X),  who fight for the sake of equality, harmony, and peace between mankind and mutantkind. 

Then, it goes on to show numerous adventures, suspense, comebacks, and much more. If you want to explore X-Men movies in chronological order, check out their synopsis below:

1. X-Men: First Class (2011)

  • Release Date: May 25, 2011
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%
  • TV Guide: 65%
  • Directed By: Matthew Vaughn 
  • Leading Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jeniffer Lawrence 

X-Men: First Class is not the first series to be launched in cinemas, but it came the earliest in the X-Men universe. James McAvoy depicts the character of Charles Xavier, a young mutant from a wealthy family.  The story begins in the early 1960s when Charles meets a fellow mutant named Erik, who lost his beloved family at Auschwitz. 

Charles and Erik become friends and work together to save humanity from a deadly mutant, Shaw. Erik, Charles, and their team join the force to complete their mission. Unfortunately, they ended up their friendship due to some uncertain reasons.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

  • Release Date: May 23, 2014
  • IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
  • Letterboxd: 3.6/5
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer 
  • Leading Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jeniffer Lawrence 

In 1973, a robotic weapon Sentinels killed the mutants and the humans created by Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde, and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of X-Men’ mother Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to kill their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. 

As of the 21st century, the powerful mutant-hunting robot Sentinels have revolutionized into a highly effective killing weapon. With mutants now in the phase of disappearing, Wolverine decided to reunite with the X-Men of the past to help transform a pivotal moment in history and thereby save their future.

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins Wolverine (2009)
  • Release Date: April 9, 2009 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%
  • Letterboxd: 2.3/5
  • Directed By:  Gavin Hood 
  • Leading Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds

Logan, and Victor are two human mutants bothers born with supernatural healing power and abilities. Both the brothers are great fighters and killers; thus, they were recruited by the U.S. Colonel, Stryker, as commandos. Logan refuses to accept Stryker’s invitation to rejoin his crew as he becomes a logger,  falling madly in love with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). 

Victor brutally killed Logan’s lover Kayla. Logan is shattered into pieces and wants to take revenge on his brother, propelling him into the Weapon X program. To fight with his brother, he went through a painful method to fix his bones with adamantium, making him virtually sturdy and stout. 

4. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

X-Men Apocalypse (2016)
  • Release Date: May 27, 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%
  • Common Sense Media: 4/5
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer 
  • Leading Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

Marvel’s X-Men Universe introduced the most powerful villain and a mutant, Apocalypse,  portrayed by an American actor Óscar Isaac. Apocalypse assembles the capabilities and strengths of many other mutants, which makes him eternal and superior. People have worshipped him since the dawn of civilization as a God. 

Waking up after a thousand years, he gets disappointed with the real world. Apocalypse enrolled Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and several other mutants to cleanse and recreate the world. 

5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

X-Men Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Release Date: June 7, 2019
  • IMDB Rating: 5.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22%
  • Letterboxd: 2.2/5
  • Directed By: Simon Kinberg
  • Leading Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence

While X-Men and his crew was on a mission to rescue the humanity, he started to notice her fellow mutant Jean Grey releasing her unexposed powers furiously and destructively. Everything coming in contact with Jean is ruthlessly killed and destroyed due to her infinite power.

She encompasses incredible telekinetic and telepathic abilities, further enhanced by the cosmic force, turning her into Dark Phoneix.  Jean returns home with infinite powers but in an unstable condition. The X-Men must now team up against aliens who want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule upon humanity. 

6. X-Men (2000)

X-Men (2000)
  • Release Date: July 14, 2000
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%
  • Letterboxd: 3.3/5
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer 
  • Leading Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen

X-Men: 2000 is the first series launched in the Marvel Comics franchise X-Men led by Professor Xavier. He owns a school for young mutants born with a homo superior, unique genetic mutation, which is enhanced in extraordinary power as they grow up.  

X-Men, Xavier, wants to recruit these powerful mutants to save the world from the former colleague and friend Magneto. Magento believes that humans and mutants should never co-exist, so he has an evil plan prepared in his mind and wants Rogue to help him out. 

7. X2: X-Men United (2003)

X2 X-Men United (2003)
  • Release Date: May 2, 2003
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • Common Sense Media: 4/5
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer 
  • Leading Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

X2: X-Men United is the sequel to X-Men (2000), with a story plot revolving around a mutant well-known as Nightcrawler attempting to assassinate USA President in the White House. Meanwhile, the series reveals how X-Men defeated Magneto and locked him up in a closed plastic chamber. 

Mystique, Magneto’s partner, helped him walk out of prison. After successfully escaping the prison, Magneto reunites with Professor Xavier and the X-Men to combat their new formidable enemy, William Stryke. Stryker’s devil mindset prepared a master plan to kidnap Professor Xavier and linked him to a brainpower machine that would kill all living mutants.

8. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X-Men The Last Stand (2006)
  • Release Date: May 26, 2006 
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57%
  • Letterboxd: 2.6/5
  • Directed By: Brett Ratner 
  • Leading Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry

A medication developed by the head of Worthington Labs, called “cure” was a turning point in every mutants life as it can quickly turn a mutant into a normal human being. The mutant team panicked and didn’t find the idea great, while some of the mutants, including Rogue, did find it helpful. 

Magneto and his large team took down Warren Worthington II, the leader of the Worthington labs, to overcome the cure. Jean Grey appeared in the Phoneix X-Men: Dark Phoenix has joined Magneto in his mission. 

9: The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)
  • Release Date: July 26, 2013
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%
  • Letterboxd: 2.9/5
  • Directed By: James Mangold 
  • Leading Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto

The Wolverine is a spin-off/sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) featuring Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) on the streets of Japan. A strong, immortal, invulnerable mutant faces the life-or-death battle against his rival, yakuza and samurai. He was put into a situation where his physical and emotional strength was pushed to an extent, and he struggled to rediscover the hero within himself. 

10. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool (2016)
  • Release Date: February 12, 2016
  • IMDB Rating: 8/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%
  • IGN: 7.4/10 
  • Directed By: Tim Miller
  • Leading Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

A former Special Forces operative marks its debut in the Deadpool franchise excellently portrayed by Ryan Reynolds. Wade Wilson is his actual name, who now works as a disfigured mercenary with enormous superhuman abilities. He has been associated with the tag “Merc with a Mouth” as he cracks the fourth wall for humorous effect and running gags. 

An evil scientist crashed him down and turned him into an immortal but ugly, old-looking Deadpool through his rogue experiment. He was transformed into a Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a rough sense of humour. Encompassed with new abilities and help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool ferret out the man who nearly destroyed his life and, most importantly, his looks. 

11. Deadpool 2 (2018)

  • Release Date: May 18, 2018
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
  • Vudu: 4.6/5
  • Directed By: David Leitch
  • Leading Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

Deadpool meets angry teenager mutant, Russell Collins who was threatened by a dangerous and extremely brutal time-travelling cyborg Cable. He was a genetically enhanced soldier from the future with superior power and advanced weaponry skills. To protect the young Russell from Cable, he teams up with  Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants. 

12. The New Mutants (2020)

  • Release Date: August 26, 2020
  • IMDB Rating: 5.3/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35%
  • Metacritic: 43%
  • Directed By: Josh Boone
  • Leading Stars: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton 

As the name suggest, the fans of X-Men franchise were introduced to the squad of five super-powered teens namely Dani, Illyana Rasputin, Rahne Sinclair, Sam Guthrie, and Roberto da Costa, in the series: The New Mutants. Each of them possesses a unique mutant DNA that results in superhuman abilities.

To overcome their dangerous powers and control their extraordinary skills, they undergo treatments at a secret research facility run by Dr. Cecilia Reyes. They feel safe and sound in the facility until they start experiencing horrifying hallucinations. Is the institution a safe place for the young mutants, or will they face barriers or destruction over there? 

13. Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)
  • Release Date: March 3, 2017 
  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
  • Metacritic: 77%
  • Directed By: James Mangold 
  • Leading Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

In 2029, the population of mutants shrink eventually as of the invention of genetically modified plants aimed to cut down mutants powers. Logan’s powers and healing capabilities are shattered and dwindling,  making him weak and old. He was now living his life as a chauffeur and taking care of the ailing old Professor X.

Logan, hiding from the outside world along with Xavier, upended when a strange woman asked him to help a young mutant named Laura who was created from his DNA. He refuses to help but realizes that Professor X defends her from villainous Reavers. Scientists/ sinister figures are on the hunt for Laura and want to capture her as she has extraordinary fighting prowess. 

Forced to thought and put in a situation where Logan must use his remaining powers to protect Laura from the dark forces. 

How to Watch X-Men Movies in Order: FAQ’s

When you plan to watch X-MEN movies on weekend or in your leisure time, you might come across a few questions. So, to help out our readers, we’ve compiled a list of common questions: 

A new X-Men collection has been added to Disney+ in response to the 20th Century Studios Marvel blockbuster, X-Men. Proceed to the homepage of Disney+ and start searching for your favorite X-Men movies. This can be found in the collections area on the Disney+ main page. This new collection includes:

  • X-Men
  • X-Men: Days Of Future Past
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • Wolverine & the X-Men (Animated Series)

You can discover almost all of the X-Men movies on the Disney Plus streaming platform. The X-Men, X2, and The Last Stand are available for watching on Disney Plus, whereas, The Wolverine and New Mutants series movies are missing from the X-Men lineup on Disney Plus.

You can watch the X-Men movies in release order in the following manner:

  • X-Men 
  • X2: X-Men United 
  • X-Men: The Last Stand 
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine 
  • X-Men: First Class 
  • The Wolverine 
  • X-Men: Days Of Future Past 
  • Deadpool 
  • X-Men: Apocalypse 
  • Logan
  • Deadpool 2
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix 
  • The New Mutants 

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find any of the X-Men movies on Netflix. Likewise, its unavailable on Hulu, Prime Video, and other streaming services too. 

Wrapping up! 

I hope your quest for watching x men movies in order is over now, as we’ve precisely elaborated all the franchise series in this guide. X-Men series, in our opinion, is definitely a worth-watching series as it’s an amalgamation of action, thrill, drama, and suspense. The gripping & captivating storyline of this film is just wow! 

Take a chill pill, grab some snacks, and enjoy streaming all the X-Men movies in chronological order!  And do let us know how you find the movie in the comment section below.