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

Should you watch the X-Men movies in chronological order or release order?

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Class is officially in session. Welcome ladies and gentleman, today's topic of discussion is the X-Men franchise and how to watch them in order. Now the X-Men universe can be a bit tricky and even confusing because there's a good percentage of us that literally started watching back in the year 2000. If you fall into this category that means that you started watching in order of release date, and from a chronological standpoint, that isn't the correct order as far as piecing everything together. It's not your fault though, there was no way to predict in the early 2000s the future movies that would be made to best capture the X-Men timeline. However, as we said in our Marvel Movies order list, if you are a new watcher that has only recently started with the franchise, you're automatically in a better position because you've been able to have the benefit of watching chronologically. No worries though! Regardless of what "level" you're at, we've put together a guide on how to watch the X-Men movies in order, both chronologically and in release order.

We've tackled the MCU, Star Trek, and Transformers, so now we're taking a stab at a viewing order for the X-Men gang.

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The X-Men Movies in Chronological Order:

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  • 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)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • The New Mutants (2020)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Logan (2017)

1. X-Men: First Class (2011)

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

4. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

5. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

6. X-Men (2000)

7. X2: X-Men United (2003)

8. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

9. The Wolverine (2013)

10. Deadpool (2016)

11. The New Mutants (2020)

12. Deadpool 2 (2018)

13. Logan (2017)

The X-Men Movies in Release Order:

If you prefer to watch the X-Men movies in release order, here's the official list:

  • 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 7, 2019
  • The New Mutants: August, 28th, 2020

Should I watch the X-Men movies in release order or chronological order?

As we said earlier, it is our recommendation that you watch in chronological order as the prequels give you a direct explainer into some of the characters and storylines, which help you make sense of the events that happen from X-Men and beyond.

When's the next X-Men movie coming out?

As of this writing, the answer to that is a little bit murky due to the current strikes, and the fact that a new X-Men movie hasn't officially been confirmed yet (though we know it's coming). It was originally expected that we might get a new one around 2026, and we also know that Wolverine is supposed to be making an appearance in Deadpool 3, which is currently slated for a May 3rd, 2024 release date. It remains to be seen, however, if this date will be impacted by the strikes as we've already seen a few major movies pushed back several months from their original release.

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