X-Males movies within the right order: chronologically or by launch date

Few franchises have been as important to the development of the superhero film genre as X-Menwhich has helped usher in a new era of comic films alongside films like blade and Spider Man. With the X-Men from 2000, the comic series was primarily adapted as a story about humanity and draws parallels to the civil rights movement and the struggle of minorities everywhere. This combination of human drama and high-flying spectacle made X-Men very popular and spawned a franchise that so far comprised 13 feature films that differed in tone, cast and of course time period.

In fact, the X-Men movies are not only fun, they are complicated too. Breaking up the X-Men timeline is challenging because of the malleability of the franchise over the years. Semi-reboots, prequels, and spinoffs have kept the series fresh but made its continuity difficult.

So if you're looking to check out the X-Men movies but aren't sure what order to be in, we've put together a handy guide to your two best viewing options – chronological order of events in the movies, or just by order arranged in which they were made. Both paths have their merits, but the chronological order offers a unique twist, as the order in which events occur doesn't always correspond to the time (and by whom) of each movie.

Here's how to watch the X-Men movies in turn. If you're looking for a guide to other time-consuming franchises, check out our overviews of MCU movies in order and Fast & Furious Movies ok.

X-Men films in chronological order

X-Men: First class

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X-Men: First class

This prequel is the earliest set X-Men Movie in the universe, with most of the action in 1962 as the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) teams up with a young Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) to track down a former mutant Nazi scientist (Kevin Bacon). The film takes place against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

This is a tough question. So technically most of the action from X-Men: Days of Future Past takes place in 1973, but it's also a future film set in 2023 at the same time. Future Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) sent his consciousness back to himself from 1973 so that he could use Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) from the use of mystiques (Jennifer Lawrence) Blood to create indestructible guardians in the future. As if that weren't confusing enough, at the end of the movie, Future Wolverine successfully changes the past, potentially erasing the entire 2023 timeline we just saw as well as any events that took place in X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Starting in 1973, there is a new path for the mutants, which may be slightly different from the one they have traveled previously. As a filmmaker Bryan Singer explained:


“Part of the philosophy we had at the end of Days of Future Past is that you can't completely change the course or current of the river, but you can only divert it a little, and we diverted it a little … Any possibility could arise, but characters are still moving toward their immutable place. "

So you have two options to watch Days of Future Past – either second for the 1973 setting or last as a finale that undoes the entire timeline and ends with a "new future" in which the adult Professor X. and Jean Gray are still alive.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine


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The first ever X-Men The spinoff movie was the much vicious one X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which supposedly tells the genesis of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine character. The story actually begins as early as 1845 when a young Logan's powers first manifested. However, the film largely takes place in 1979 and shows how Logan lost his memory.

X-Men: Apocalypse

This “prequel” most closely follows the events of X-Men: First Class and the 1970s set-up in Days of Future Past, as X-Men: Apocalypse Set in 1983, finds the young adult versions of the X-Men as they battle the world's greatest (and centuries-old) villain, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).

Dark phoenix

The last film with the "young" X-Men cast is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which takes place in 1992 and adapts the legendary Dark Phoenix comic book plot. By the end of the film Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) has turned into a phoenix that messes up the chronological connection to the next film.


So for X-Men To work, you have to ignore the events at the end of Dark Phoenix – but otherwise it fits quite nicely. The first X-Men movie roughly shot set in 2000, as it sets today when it is released.

X2: X-Men United


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The first sequel to X-Men, X2: X-Men United, takes place roughly three years after the X-Men events in 2003.

X-Men: The Last Stand

The final sequel to the original franchise line, X-Men: The Last Standtakes place in 2006.

The wolverine

20th Century Fox tried again with a restart for the Wolverine character The wolverine serves as a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand. It takes place in 2013 and Logan grapples with the trauma of Jean Grey's death in X2.

Dead Pool

The R-rated Marvel Comics adaptation Dead Pool is only tangentially connected to the X-Men timeline, but if you want to be a completionist it will happen in the year it was released – 2016.

The new mutants

That's funny. director Josh Boone The long-late Fox Marvel film originally intended to take place in the 1990s, but after the box office disappointment of X-Men: Apocalypse, he was asked to make it today. Now Boone claims that the story "started in the original X-Men timeline" but is now a separate thing with tangential connections to the X-Men universe. Something like this movie is set in 2017, but there is no significant timeline impact for what happens in the story.

Deadpool 2

The continuation Deadpool 2 In fact, there is a very brief cameo of the young X-Men cast as it happens in 2018. It also includes some meta-time travel jokes as Deadpool goes back in time to the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Kills Ryan ReynoldsPrevious iteration of the Deadpool character.


A high water mark for the franchise, the R-rated drama Logan is the film whose plot takes place the furthest in the future – in the year 2029. It serves as a kind of finale with worthy canonical deaths of main characters.

X-Men films in the order they were released


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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 7th, 2019

The new mutants – August 28, 2020

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