The X-Men franchise has been a part of pop culture for twenty years, the first Brian Singer movie premiering in 2000. In 2000 X-Men came out (followed by the first Toby Maguire Spider-Man movie two years later) essentially jump-starting the modern superhero film craze.
The film boasted a star-studded cast including Patrick Stewart as Professor X, James Mars den as Cyclops, Halle Berry as Storm, Ian McAllen as Magneto, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The movie introduced us (and Logan/Wolverine) to Xavier's School for the Gifted and the X-Men's perpetual fight for tolerance and equality in a volatile world.
X2 introduced new badly, Striker, played by Brian Cox, who was looking to exterminate all mutants on the planet by capturing and using Professor X himself. Despite the spectacular run of both its predecessors X-Men : The Last Stand stumbled under new director Brett Rather.
A cure has supposedly been found for the mutant gene and everyone involved has to find their own meaning in that possibility. Despite his meeting with Striker in X2: X-Men United, there were still a lot of questions remaining for Wolverine and the audience.
From Magneto's experience in World War II to the pair's first attempt to unite a team of mutants as the X-Men. Like in X-Men : The Last Stand Logan is offered a cure of sorts for his long life, and thus, his suffering.
The story finds the “original” X-Men, including Professor X, Magneto, and Storm, fighting off the apocalypse in the future and needing to send Wolverine (with assistance from Kitty Pride) into the past to make their fight possible. With a convoluted plot and the unfortunate use of prosthetics on Oscar Isaac, the film missed the mark as it sent the new Xavier students in 1983.
While the callbacks to the 1980s add some excellent humor to the mix, watching the overpowered Apocalypse and his four horsemen try to destroy the world in questionable CGI takes away a lot of the character elements that made Days of Future Past such a success. The last and, certainly, the best of the stand-alone Wolverine films finds Logan as an old man caring for an aging and ill Professor X.
When Laura, a young girl, who happens to be a mutant as well, shows up on his doorstep, it is up to Logan to protect her and try and find somewhere left on the planet where she will be safe. Apparently the Dark Phoenix saga is all but impossible to make work on the big screen.
She's a YA connoisseur, Star Wars enthusiast, Harry Potter fanatic, Mets devotee, and trivia aficionado. While Logan recruits members of Xavier's original team and confronts an emerging relationship with Storm, Rogue and Iceman come into their own as the X-Men's future.
But somehow, however confusing things might get, Xavier’s band of mutant misfits still remain some of the most endearing superheroes on our screens. Whilst we expect quite the wait before mutant kind makes it to the MCU, there are plenty of movies to catch up on or rewatch in the meantime.
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By watching the X-Men movies in release order, newcomers get to experience the stories as everyone else did, plus it's simply much easier than attempting to make any kind of sense of the time-travelling and parallel universes. Side note: Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut takes place in a future that is erased by the time the credits roll, so don’t beat yourself up if you’d prefer to watch the theatrical cut or don’t want to give up precious hours to watch them both.
Chronologically, for the most part, the films start with 2011's “First Class” and end with 2017's “Logan.” The two “Deadpool” movies more or less exist outside the timeline since Wade Wilson is a fourth-wall-breaking character.
“New Mutants,” while standing on its own, appears to take place around 2026 because of a scene it shares with 2017's “Logan.” If you're planning to watch the films in chronological order and start with 2000s X-Men, ” you're doing it all wrong.
There's a better way to watch the films when you consider the second, rebooted timeline caused by “Doff.” This order gives you the first X-Men timeline up to “Days of Future Past” and then gives you the new timeline which exists after Wolverine travels back in time to fix the future.
It's also easier to end the binge on three solid X-Men movies before you have to watch “New Mutants.” If you've never seen “Logan,” watch that first or “Deadpool 2” will give away a massive spoiler for the film.
In actuality, it turns out “New Mutants” likely takes place a few years before “Logan,” well into the 2020s. However, since the film is pretty self-contained, you could still watch it right after “Apocalypse” or right before or after “Deadpool 2” and it would make sense.
Michael Fassbinder, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McEvoy play younger versions of the beloved X-Men. The film starts with a flashback of Magneto in 1944 (eagle-eyed viewers will recognize it's an extension of the first scene from 2000s X-Men “) and another of Charles and Raven.
Despite coming out in 2000, the beginning of the film tells us it doesn't take place in that year. Instead, we're told the film takes place in the “not too distant future” as we're introduced to Rogue (Anna Pa quin).
Nightcrawler joined the franchise in “X2” by attempting to take the president's life. Though no year is given, it's clear that some months have transpired because of conversations between Jean and Scott at a museum.
Logan also returns after being away from the Xavier school for an undisclosed amount of time. This film is good to watch right after “X2” for some additional background on William Stryker, the man who experiments on Wolverine to give him his adamantine claws.
Pausing at this point to watch Wolverine's origin movie gives you a nice look back in time at Logan's history, which is useful early on in your binge since Logan appears in or is referenced in 11 of the 12 films. The film will tell you everything you need to know about Logan (real name James Hewlett) from 1845 to his time fighting in four wars up through 1979.
You can probably skip this film since “Days of Future Past” erases it from existence. No specific year is given for when it takes place, but it can 't be too long after the end of “X2” because Jean Grey returns from her watery grave.
Most just take the movie at face value and place it in 2005 or 2006 even though two to three years would be a long time for Jean to stay in a protective hibernation bubble underwater. Later movies undo events of this film regarding Scott, Jean, and Professor X.
Other than a flashback to August 1945 at the film's start, no specific date is given to tell us when the majority of Logan's second standalone Wolverine movie takes place. Honestly, the movie could take place a year after “X3” and that would make sense as we watch Logan grieve the loss of Jean Gray.
After he prevents the Sentinels from being built, he returns to a new 2023 where Jean Grey, Scott, and everyone he knew is alive. However, because Wolverine altered the past, the films you just watched were essentially erased from 1973 onward.
Poor Oscar Isaac looked like a “Power Rangers” villain in this X-Men sequel. The first seven minutes of the film take place in 3,600 BCE in the Nile Valley.
The movie starts with a flashback in 1975 before moving forward to 1992 for the rest of the film to deliver a do-over of Jean Grey's Phoenix storyline from “The Last Stand.” Screenwriter Paul Warwick told Insider in 2016 Fox was afraid of it being an R-rated Marvel superhero movie.
Dani's vision is the same cell phone footage that's shown in the film centered around Wolverine. If you revisit the scene 45 minutes into the movie where Logan watches the detainment center cell phone footage, you can spot the year 2026.
If Dani was seeing that footage in real time, then that places their characters a few years behind the “Logan” timeline. The cell phone footage was captured by a nurse, Gabriela Lopez, who worked for a company owned by the Essex Corporation that was bringing new mutants into the world illegally.
It's worth noting this movie was originally supposed to come out in 2018 before “Deadpool 2.” “Deadpool 2” introduces an orphanage where young mutants are held and abused by staff.
If you're a big X-Men fan, I recommend watching it here as you'll understand the connection to the similar detention center introduced in “Deadpool 2” and get a tease of X-23 before her scene-stealing performance in “Logan.” Logan made it past the events of “Doff”; however, this outcome isn't much better for mutants.
Charles accidentally killed a number of them due to increasing uncontrollable seizures in his old age. If you're going to close the Fox saga out after 20 years, you may as well end it the way it began, with Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart.
Honestly, the most straightforward way to indulge in the X-Men may be to watch them in release order. This way you're getting the original trilogy together, followed by some adventures with Wolverine who broke out as a franchise favorite.
Once again, this watch makes 2014's “Doff” entry more satisfying as you see the two generations of actors come together on screen. If you're a big X-Men fan, have all the films at the ready, and are up for a challenge, there's another way you can watch the franchise.
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