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Watch X-Men In Order: How to watch All 13 X-Men Movies in chronological & release order

What would be the outcome if superpowered mutants could coexist with us without any restrictions or limitations? The X-Men franchise offers a compelling answer to this question by seamlessly combining thrilling moments and thought-provoking themes in an action-packed series that draws inspiration from the Marvel comics. From 2000 to the present, there have been 13 films in the X-Men franchise. For passionate franchise fans, here is a list of X-Men movies to watch in order.

 X-Men Movies In Order of Release Dates

    X-Men Films Release Date Order

Movie Title U.S. Release Date IMDb Rating
X-Men July 14, 2000 7.3
X2 May 2, 2003 7.4
X-Men: The Last Stand May 26, 2006 6.6
X-Men Origins: Wolverine May 1, 2009 6.5
X-Men: First Class June 3, 2011 7.7
The Wolverine July 26, 2013 6.7
X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23, 2014 7.9
Deadpool February 12, 2016 8.0
X-Men: Apocalypse May 27, 2016 6.9
Logan March 3, 2017 8.1
Deadpool 2 May 18, 2018 7.6
Dark Phoenix June 7, 2019 5.7
The New Mutants August 28, 2020 5.3

X-Men

IMDb Rating: 7.3

The first film in the X-Men series portrays a world where a certain amount of individuals are mutants, endowed with extraordinary powers that cause them to be viewed with suspicion by regular humans. The story centers around Wolverine and Rogue, two mutants who find themselves caught in a conflict between two groups with opposing methods of achieving acceptance for mutants. The movie effectively pays homage to its source material without appearing pretentious. X-Men embodies the classical ideal of comic-book movies, effortlessly embodying sophistication, light-heartedness, simplicity, and more. It was a success at the box office, grossing an impressive $296.3 million against a budget of $75 million.

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Anna Paquin, and others

Director:  Bryan Singer

Release Date:  July 14, 2000

Running Time:  104 minutes

X2

IMDb Rating: 7.4

X2, ALso marketed as X2: X-Men United, is a masterfully crafted cinematic marvel, delivering a tightly scripted narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With performances that are nothing short of extraordinary, this film sets a new standard for acting prowess. The film surpassed its prequel and set a remarkable benchmark for all comic book sequels. X2 was nominated for eight Saturn Awards.

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, and others

Director:  Bryan Singer

Release Date:  May 2, 2003

Running Time:  134 minutes

X-Men: The Last Stand

IMDb Rating: 6.6

X-Men: The Last Stand draws inspiration from two X-Men comic book stories: “Dark Phoenix Saga” from The Uncanny X-Men (1980) and the six-issue “Gifted” story from Astonishing X-Men (2004). X-Men: The Last Stand masterfully transforms the very essence of the franchise, elevating it to an absolute spectacle of unparalleled entertainment.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart, and others

Director:  Brett Ratner

Release Date:  May 26, 2006

Running Time:  104 minutes

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

IMDb Rating: 6.5

This action-packed thriller delves into the enigmatic beginnings of Logan/Wolverine, exploring his violent and passionate past, his complex connection with Victor Creed/Sabretooth, and the menacing Weapon X program that unleashes his untamed rage. During his journey, Wolverine also comes across renowned new mutants, such as Deadpool and Gambit. You’ll go “berserker” for this deeper, darker, and more stunning X-Men story!

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Ryan Reynolds, and others

Director:   Gavin Hood

Release Date: May 1, 2009

Running Time:  107 minutes

X-Men: First Class

IMDb Rating: 7.7

Set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film explores the relationship between Charles Xavier / Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto and their mutant teams, the X-Men and the Brotherhood. X-Men: First Class is the fourth main instalment in the X-Men film series and the fifth overall. It is a refreshing comeback for the franchise, thanks to its compelling script, stylish direction, and impressive performances from its talented cast.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon, and others

Director:   Matthew Vaughn

Release Date:  June 3, 2011

Running Time: 132 minutes

The Wolverine

IMDb Rating: 6.7

The Wolverine is the sixth film in the X-Men series, and it serves as the second instalment in the trilogy of Wolverine films, following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Additionally, it can be considered both a spin-off and a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Despite its final act succumbing to cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is a superhero movie that successfully remains faithful to the comics while entertaining viewers. This film allows the character to take charge of the narrative and reminds you why you initially developed an affection for him.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, and others

Director:   James Mangold

Release Date: July 26, 2013

Running Time: 126 minutes

X-Men: Days of Future Past

IMDb Rating: 7.9

X-Men: Days of Future Past was a huge success at the box office, earning a staggering $746 million against a budget of $200–205 million. The film garnered acclaim for its compelling story, skillful direction, impressive visual effects, thrilling action sequences, outstanding acting performances, thought-provoking thematic elements, and profound emotional depth. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, marking it the first X-Men film to receive an Oscar nomination.

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Elliot Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and others

Director:   Bryan Singer

Release Date:   May 23, 2014

Running Time: 132 minutes

Deadpool

IMDb Rating: 8.0

In 2016, Deadpool 2 achieved significant success by becoming the ninth-highest-grossing film of the year. Ryan Reynolds’ performance in the film received high praise from critics, as did the film’s style and its faithfulness to the comics. The action sequences were also well-received. However, there were criticisms regarding the formulaic plot, and opinions were divided on the film’s adult humor. The flick received numerous awards and nominations, including two Critics’ Choice awards and two Golden Globe nominations.

Cast:  Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and others

Director:    Tim Miller

Release Date: February 12, 2016

Running Time: 108 minutes

X-Men: Apocalypse

IMDb Rating: 6.9

X-Men: Apocalypse was directed and produced by Bryan Singer, with the screenplay written by Simon Kinberg. Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris developed the story. The film revolves around the revival of the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur, also known as Apocalypse, in 1983. Unintentionally brought back to life, Apocalypse sets out to eradicate modern civilization and seize control of the world. In response, the X-Men unite to thwart his plans and defeat his team of mutants. The film X-Men: Apocalypse suffers from excessive action and a predictable villain, which detracts from the solid performances and meaningful themes.

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, and others

Director:   Bryan Singer

Release Date:  May 27, 2016

Running Time: 144 minutes

Logan

IMDb Rating: 8.1

Logan features Hugh Jackman in the titular role as the character Logan. The film draws inspiration from the “Old Man Logan” comics storyline by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. It revolves around an older Wolverine and a seriously ill Charles Xavier, who find themselves protecting a young mutant named Laura from the Reavers. A movie buff will appreciate how the film went beyond the boundaries of the superhero genre and transformed into a poignant Western. This film is the epitome of emotional storytelling within the superhero genre.

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen, and others

Director:   James Mangold

Release Date:  March 3, 2017

Running Time: 137 minutes

Deadpool 2

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Deadpool 2 is the sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool and is the eleventh instalment in the X-Men film series. In the movie, Deadpool assembles the X-Force team to safeguard a young mutant from the formidable time-traveling soldier called Cable. The movie was a box office smash, earning $785.8 million against a budget of $110 million. The movie got some excellent reviews from critics. Some people even thought it was better than the first one! They loved how funny it was, and the actors did a great job. The story and action scenes were also a hit. However, some did not prefer the movie’s vibe, the script, and the same jokes. On December 12, 2018, a PG-13 version of the movie Once Upon a Deadpool was released to a mixed reception.

Cast:  Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and others

Director:    David Leitch

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Running Time: 132 minutes

Dark Phoenix

IMDb Rating: 5.7

Dark Phoenix was released in United States theatres by 20th Century Fox on June 7, 2019. Unfortunately, the film was met with negative reviews and did not perform well at the box office. The film had a worldwide gross of $252 million. Still, unfortunately, it incurred a loss of approximately $133 million after accounting for its $200 million production budget and additional expenses for marketing and distribution. It is one of the biggest box office failures ever.

Cast:  James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain, and others

Director:   Simon Kinberg

Release Date:   June 7, 2019

Running Time: 114 minutes

The New Mutants

IMDb Rating: 5.3

The New Mutants is a 2020 superhero horror film based on the Marvel Comics squad with the same name. It is a spin-off film within the X-Men series and serves as the thirteenth and final instalment before the entire series was shifted to Marvel. The film revolves around a group of young mutants who are being held captive in a secret facility, and they must fight to save themselves. It primarily received mixed to negative reviews from critics and was a commercial failure, earning only $49 million worldwide. It was significantly lower than its production budget, which ranged from $67 to $80 million.

Cast:  Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Adam Beach, and others

Director:   Josh Boone

Release Date:  August 28, 2020

Running Time: 114 minutes

Watch X-Men Movies in Series Order

X-Men Movies in the Series Order

Movie Title U.S. Release Date IMDb Rating

X-Men Original Trilogy

X-Men July 14, 2000 7.3
X2 May 2, 2003 7.4
X-Men: The Last Stand May 26, 2006 6.6
Wolverine Trilogy
X-Men Origins: Wolverine May 1, 2009 6.5
The Wolverine July 26, 2013 6.7
Logan March 3, 2017 8.1

X-Men Prequel Films

X-Men: First Class June 3, 2011 7.7
X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23, 2014 7.9
X-Men: Apocalypse May 27, 2016 6.9
Dark Phoenix June 7, 2019 5.7

Deadpool Films

Deadpool February 12, 2016 8.0
Deadpool 2 May 18, 2018 7.6

Spin-Off

The New Mutants August 28, 2020 5.3

X-Men—What’s Next?

Deadpool 3, which will be released on July 26, 2024, a follow-up to the X-Men movie Deadpool 2 (2018), will bring Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Wolverine into the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman will reprise their roles.

Also Read: Upcoming Marvel Movies: Deadpool 3, Captain America: Brave New World, and others releasing in 2024 and beyond

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