How To Watch The X-Men Movies In Order And Where You Can Watch Them - Endless Popcorn

So you want to watch the X-Men movies in order but don’t know where to start? You aren’t alone! Whether you’re a die-hard X-Men fan or just looking to catch up on the franchise, the X-Men universe is notorious for its confusing timeline! That’s where we come in!

In this post, we’ll outline the best way to watch all the X-Men movies and where you can find them. So read on and get ready for an epic X-Men movie marathon!

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X-Men Movies In Order Chronologically

  • X-Men: First Class (Set In 1962)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Set In 1979)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (Set In 1983)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Set In 1992)
  • X-Men (Roughly Set In 2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (Set Around 2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (Set Around 2006)
  • The Wolverine (Set In 2013)
  • Deadpool (Set In 2016)
  • The New Mutants (Set Around 2017)
  • Deadpool 2 (Set Around 2018)
  • X-Men: Days Of Future Past (Set In 2023/1973)
  • Logan (Set In 2029)

X-Men Movies In Order Of Release Date

There you have it! That’s all the X-Men movies in order of their timeline! We tend to prefer watching movie series in their chronological order and it’s usually how we recommend others do it as well.

However, watching movies in their release date order is also completely fine and is preferred by others. If that sounds more appealing then this next part is for you! We’ll be covering the X-Men movies in order of release date next! You’ll also find a trailer, a small synopsis, and where you can watch each movie! 

1.  X-Men

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X-Men Movie Description

The X-Men are a team of superpowered mutants who use their powers to protect innocent people from those who would do them harm. The team is led by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who has the power to read minds.

Xavier founded the X-Men after his friend and former colleague, Magneto (Ian McKellen), became a villain. Magneto believes that mutants are superior to regular humans and should not have to hide from them. He wants to use his powers to create a new world order in which mutants are the dominant species.

2.  X2

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X2 Movie Description

The X-Men must work together with Magneto (Ian McKellen) to stop Stryker’s (Brian Cox) attack on Professor Xavier’s mansion (Patrick Stewart) and school. Along the way, they discover his dark and twisted plans for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).

In order to defeat Stryker and save Xavier, the X-Men must put their differences aside and unite as one powerful team.

3.  X-Men: The Last Stand

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X-Men: The Last Stand Movie Description

The discovery of a cure for mutations leads to a turning point for Mutants. They must choose to give up their powers and become fully human or retain their mutations and remain outcasts of society.

A war between the followers of Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), and those of Magneto (Ian McKellen), is on the verge of breaking out. Magneto’s followers believe that mutants should be the ruling class, while Xavier’s followers advocate for coexistence between mutants and humans. The choice mutant-kind makes will determine the fate of both races.

4.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Description

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), seeking solace from his dark past, seems to have found love and contentment with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). However, this peaceful existence is shattered when Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), his vicious brother, brutally murders Kayla.

Logan’s thirst for revenge propels him into the Weapon X program, where he undergoes a painful procedure to bond his bones with adamantium. This makes him virtually indestructible and more than a match for Victor. With his newfound power, Wolverine sets out to kill Victor once and for all.

5.  X-Men: First Class

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X-Men: First Class Movie Description

The world is on the brink of a nuclear war. Charles (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) decide to form a team that includes them as well as other mutants.

The two disagree about how to handle the situation: Charles wants a more peaceful approach, while Erik wants to take more aggressive action. This disagreement eventually leads to a full-blown battle between the two friends, with each one believing they are doing what is best for mutant-kind.

6.  The Wolverine

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The Wolverine Movie Description

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is approached by a mysterious woman and convinced to come to Japan. However, things go wrong and he is forced to fight for his life against deadly enemies.

A man he had saved long ago offers him a way to die, but it seems he has no choice when he finds out someone has put a parasite in him. In the end, Wolverine must fight for his life and his immortality.

7.  X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Movie Description

Volunteering to go back in time, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) must form a team of X-Men from different eras in order to stop the Sentinels from destroying the world as they know it.

If he fails, the future will be a bleak, dark place where mutants may no longer exist. To change the future, Wolverine and his team of X-Men must stop Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) from creating the Sentinels in the first place.

8.  Deadpool

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Deadpool Movie Description

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces member, is seeking revenge on Ajax (Ed Skrein) after the experiments he underwent left him disfigured and unable to recognize who he once was.

Deadpool, as Wade now calls himself, teams up with a group of mutants to track down Ajax. While on the hunt, Deadpool uses his dark humor to cope with the pain he’s enduring.

9.  X-Men: Apocalypse

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X-Men: Apocalypse Movie Description

Since the dawn of civilization, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) an immortal mutant has been worshipped as a god. He is the first and most powerful mutant to walk the Earth. After thousands of years of sleep, he wakes with plans of creating a new world order.

Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other disheartened mutants join Apocalypse in hopes of ruling over humans. With the planet’s very existence in doubt, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) assemble a group of young X-Men to stop their arch-nemesis from snuffing out humanity.

10.  Logan

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Logan Movie Description

Logan (Hugh Jackman) is forced out of hiding when he meets Laura (Dafne Keen), a young mutant who shares his uncanny abilities. He must protect her from the dangerous killers after her, a responsibility which he takes very seriously.

Along the way, Logan faces many challenges and must use all of his skills to keep Laura safe. This ultimately leads to a final confrontation with the people who are after her and a massive battle for survival.

11.  Deadpool 2

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Deadpool 2 Movie Description

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) assembles a team of mutants to protect a young boy from Cable (Josh Brolin), a genetically enhanced soldier from the future.

12.  Dark Phoenix

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Dark Phoenix Movie Description

The X-Men must now work together to save Jean Grey’s (Sophie Turner) soul from aliens that want to use her new abilities to dominate the galaxy and all other species. This is going to be their most difficult and dangerous challenge yet.

Jean Grey has always been a powerful member of the team, but now she’s become a true threat to everyone, including the ones she loves. The X-Men will have to use all of their skills and resources to stop her before it’s too late.

13.  The New Mutants

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The New Mutants Movie Description

Five teenage mutants underwent treatments at a secret institution to cure them of their dangerous powers. Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) convinces them to share their stories.

However, it isn’t long before their memories are used against them. They turn into terrifying realities causing them to question why they were being held and who is trying to destroy them.


That about wraps it up for all the X-Men movies in order of release date! And of course, when any more movies which take place in the X-Men universe release, we’ll continue to update this guide!

Next up, we’ll be covering all the Wolverine movies in order! These lists will only include the movies in which the Wolverine appears!

Wolverine Movies In Order Of Release Date

  • X-Men (July 14, 2000)
  • X2: X-Men United (May 2, 2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (May 26, 2006)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1, 2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (May 25, 2011)
  • The Wolverine (July 26, 2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23, 2014)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (May 9, 2016)
  • Logan (March 3, 2017)

Wolverine Movies In Chronological Order

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men: First Class
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • The Wolverine
  • Logan

There you have it! That’s all the Wolverine movies in both chronological and release date order. So if you are planning on only watching the films with the Wolverine in them, these are the two ways you would do so!

We’ll cover one last thing before we finish up. Next, we’re going to rank all the X-Men movies from worst to best using their Rotten Tomato scores! Then we’ll give you which 3 X-Men films we believe are best!

All The X-Men Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

  • Dark Phoenix (22%)
  • The New Mutants (36%)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (38%)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (47%)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (57%)
  • The Wolverine (71%)
  • X-Men (82%)
  • Deadpool 2 (84%)
  • X2 (85%)
  • Deadpool (85%)
  • X-Men: First Class (86%)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (90%)
  • Logan (94%)

For the most part, we completely agree with the ratings that each of these movies received. But we will say we enjoyed every single one of these films, even the “worst” ones! So what do we think the best three X-Men movies are? Well, take a look.

Best X-Men Movies According To Us

  • Deadpool
  • X-Men
  • Logan

There you have it! Those are our top 3 picks for the best X-Men movies. Logan is our number 1 pick without question. We think that movie is on an entirely different level than most movies ever made! It’s honestly one of the best movies ever created! So, that about wraps up all the different ways you can watch the X-Men movies in order as well as some more fun things about the series! If you enjoyed make sure to check out all our other posts on the order of different movie franchises!

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