Are you a fan of the X-Men movies? Do you want to watch them all in order of release, but don’t know where to start? Look no further! This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about how to watch the X-Men movies in order of release.
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Introduction: Why watch the X-Men movies in order of release?
If you’re new to the world of the X-Men, or you’re just looking for a refresher, it can be tough to know where to start. There are currently 12 movies in the franchise, with more on the way. Do you watch them in the order they were released? Or do you start with the most recent and work your way back?
The answer is: it depends. If you want to get the full X-Men experience, we recommend watching the movies in order of release. This will give you a sense of how the franchise has evolved over time, and it will allow you to see the character development of some of your favorite characters.
If you’re short on time, or if you’re only interested in certain characters or storylines, then you can always pick and choose which movies you want to watch. We’ve compiled a list of all the X-Men movies below, in order of release date, so you can make an informed decision about how to watch them.
The X-Men movies: A brief overview
The X-Men movies are a series of superhero films based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. The franchise began with the release of X-Men in 2000, and has since included eleven films, with the most recent being Dark Phoenix in 2019. These films are typically set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and feature an ensemble cast of actors reprising their roles from previous films in the series.
While there is no definitive order in which to watch the X-Men movies, we have listed them below in chronological order of release, starting with the most recent:
-Dark Phoenix (2019)
-Deadpool 2 (2018)
-X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
-X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut (2015)
-X-Men: First Class (2011)
-Thor: Ragnarok (2017) – While not technically an X-Men movie, Thor: Ragnarok features a scene with Professor Charles Xavier, making it canon within the greater MCU.
The Wolverine (2013)
The Wolverine is not essential viewing for understanding the broader story arc of the series, but it does provide valuable insight into the character of Logan/Wolverine. It is therefore recommended that you watch this film after X-Men: Days of Future Past.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X- Men Origins: Wolverine is a prequel that chronologically falls before all other films in the series. However, its events are largely non-canon within the greater MCU, and as such, it can be watched at any point.
The first X-Men movie: 2000’s “X-Men”
The first X-Men movie was released in 2000 and is simply titled “X-Men.” The story is set in the present day and follows a group of mutants who are recruited by Professor Xavier to use their powers to fight against the evil mutant, Magneto. This movie features some of the most iconic characters from the comics including Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm.
The second X-Men movie: 2003’s “X2: X-Men United”
While the first X-Men movie came out in 2000, the second one didn’t hit theaters until 2003. That might not seem like a long time, but in the world of comic book movies, it’s an eternity. So if you’re trying to watch the X-Men movies in order of release, you’ll need to start with “X2: X-Men United.”
Not only is “X2” a great comic book movie, it’s also a great sequel. It picks up where the first movie left off, with the government still trying to figure out what to do about the growing population of mutants. But when a group of rogue mutants start terrorizing humans, the X-Men must put aside their differences and work together to stop them.
“X2: X-Men United” is packed with action, drama, and humor, and it features some of the best performances from the cast of the first movie. If you’re looking for a great comic book movie to watch, this is one that you won’t want to miss.
The third X-Men movie: 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand”
The third X-Men movie, 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” was directed by Brett Ratner and is based on the “Dark Phoenix Saga” storyline from the comics. The film sees the return of original cast members Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Halle Berry as Storm, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, and James Marsden as Cyclops. Newcomers to the cast include Kelsey Grammer as Beast, Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut, and Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde.
In “X-Men: The Last Stand,” Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) is killed by Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), which causes her dark side – thePhoenix – to be unleashed. The Phoenix goes on a rampage, causing destruction and death wherever she goes. Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) must put aside their differences in order to stop her. Meanwhile, Wolverine must deal with his own demons – both literal and figurative – as he confronts his past with Jean Grey.
“X-Men: The Last Stand” was met with mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing over $459 million worldwide.
The Wolverine: 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”
The Wolverine is the best movie in the X-Men series. It is a prequel to the other movies and tells the story of how Wolverine became the superhero we know and love.
If you want to watch the X-Men movies in order of release, then you should start with The Wolverine. It is an excellent movie that sets up the story for the other movies in the series.
The first Deadpool movie: 2016’s “Deadpool”
The first Deadpool movie was released in 2016 and is set in the present day. It follows Wade Wilson, a mercenary who is diagnosed with cancer. To save his life, he agrees to undergo an experimental treatment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers. He then goes on a quest to find the man who ruined his life and get revenge. Along the way, he meets several other super-powered individuals, including Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Vanessa Carlysle. The movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $780 million worldwide.
The second Deadpool movie: 2018’s “Deadpool 2”
Deadpool 2 is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series, and a direct sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. The film was directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, who stars in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. In the film, Deadpool forms the team X-Force to protect a young mutant from Cable.
Development on a sequel to Deadpool began shortly after that film’s release in February 2016. By late 2017 at Fox’s request for additional shoots, Reese and Wernick had completed two drafts of their screenplay for Deadpool 2 with Reynolds also contributing to the script prior to filming beginning in January 2018 in Vancouver and area locations including Atlanta; Brookhaven; Chamblee; Doraville; East Point; and Senoia in Georgia.
The third X-Men movie: 2019’s “Dark Phoenix”
The correct order to watch the X-Men movies is:
-X2: X-Men United (2003)
-X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
-X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
-X-Men: First Class (2011)
-The Wolverine (2013)
-X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
-Logan (2017) //shared universe with Deadpool movies, but not necessary to watch them in order
-Deadpool 2 (2018)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Conclusion: What’s next for the X-Men movies?
After Dark Phoenix, it’s unclear where the X-Men movie franchise will go next. There are a few possibilities:
The first is that the franchise could be rebooted, with new actors taking on the iconic roles. This would allow for a fresh start and could bring in a whole new audience.
Another possibility is that the movies could continue on without Dark Phoenix, focusing on other characters in the X-Men universe. This could be interesting if done well, but it would be tricky to pull off.
Finally, there’s always the possibility that Dark Phoenix is the last X-Men movie. If this is the case, it would be bittersweet – but it would also allow for closure on this chapter of the franchise.