List of the X-Men Movies in Chronological Order

04 April 2024
The X-Men film series stands as a monumental achievement in the realm of superhero cinema, blending compelling narratives with a rich tapestry of characters that resonate deeply with audiences. 

This series, more than just a collection of action-packed spectacles, delves into the complexities of identity, discrimination, and the essence of humanity, setting it apart from its counterparts. Its chronological progression not only charts the evolution of its characters but also mirrors the shifting landscape of societal issues, making each film relevant in its own right. 

From the groundbreaking debut in 2000 starring Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas) and Hugh Jackman (The Fountain) that heralded a new era of superhero films to the more introspective and character-driven narratives in later installments, the X-Men series has consistently pushed the boundaries of the genre, balancing spectacular visual effects with thought-provoking themes.

List of the X-Men Movies in Chronological Order

Navigating through the X-Men movies in chronological order offers a unique lens through which to experience the growth and challenges of its characters, akin to moving through the pages of a living comic book. 

Each installment, while a piece of a larger mosaic, is imbued with its own identity, themes, and narrative arcs that contribute to the saga's richness. 

This approach not only enriches the viewer's understanding of the X-Men universe but also highlights the series' virtues: its ability to blend high-stakes drama with the personal journeys of its characters, and its courage to tackle complex social issues through the allegory of mutants. 

No.Film NameYear(s) SetDescription
1X-Men: First Class (2011)1944, 1962Begins in Auschwitz before moving to 1962, focusing on a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr as they discover their powers and lay the groundwork for the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
2X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)1973, alternate 2023Connects the original and newer X-Men teams, primarily set in 1973 but also explores an alternate 2023. It deals with the effort to change a critical moment in history to prevent a dystopian future.
3X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)1845, 1979Delves into Wolverine's backstory, from his early life in 1845 through to the main events of 1979, detailing how he acquired his adamantium skeleton and claws.
4X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)3600 BC, 1983Introduces the ancient mutant Apocalypse in 3600 BC, with the main storyline set in 1983 as he challenges the X-Men of the time.
5X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)1975, 1992Focuses on Jean Grey's transformation into the Phoenix, starting in 1975 and primarily set in 1992, showcasing her struggle with her new powers and their impact on the X-Men.
6X-Men (2000)Early 2000sMarks the beginning of the live-action series, introducing key characters and the conflict between mutants and society, as well as between Xavier's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood.
7X2: X-Men United (2003)Shortly after X-Men (2000)Continues the story with the X-Men facing a new threat while dealing with public backlash and government action against mutants.
8X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)After X2Explores the "Dark Phoenix" saga with Jean Grey's resurrection as Phoenix and the ensuing battle with the X-Men, alongside a mutant cure plot.
9The Wolverine (2013)After The Last StandFollows Wolverine to Japan as he confronts his past and deals with new challenges, set after the events of The Last Stand.
10Deadpool (2016)2016Centers on Wade Wilson's transformation into Deadpool and his revenge quest, standing apart from the main X-Men storyline but within the same universe.
11Deadpool 2 (2018)Late 2020sContinues Deadpool's adventures with time travel and team-ups with other mutants, including a younger version of X-Men and references to the wider universe.
12The New Mutants (2020)Late 2020sFollows a group of young mutants held in a secret facility as they discover their abilities and attempt to escape, linked to the wider X-Men universe but mostly standalone.
13Logan (2017)2029Set in a near future where mutants are nearly extinct, focusing on an aging Wolverine and Charles Xavier protecting a young mutant girl amid declining mutant populations.

The X-Men film series unfolds as a pioneering journey through the heart of superhero cinema, marking a transformative era in the genre with its debut at the dawn of the new millennium. 

It quickly established a legacy, captivating audiences with its deep dive into themes of identity, acceptance, and the battle against prejudice, wrapped in the guise of mutants endowed with extraordinary powers. 

The initial trilogy set a robust foundation, combining high-stakes conflict with personal turmoil, leading into explorations of individual characters' origins, notably spotlighting the complex saga of its most tormented hero. 

The narrative then gracefully transitions, breathing new life into the saga by revisiting the genesis of the iconic team during a tense historical backdrop, subsequently weaving together past and future in a narrative tapestry that highlights the series' enduring themes while pushing the boundaries of time-travel storytelling. 

As the series progresses, it further delves into the personal cost of being extraordinary, culminating in a raw, unflinching look at the end of a warrior's journey, before attempting to draw threads together in a final showdown that seeks to resolve the intricate web of mutant relations. 

No.Name of FilmYear of ReleaseYear(s) SetDirector(s)Scriptwriter(s)
1X-Men2000Early 2000sBryan SingerDavid Hayter
2X2: X-Men United2003Shortly after X-Men (2000)Bryan SingerMichael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter
3X-Men: The Last Stand2006After X2Brett RatnerSimon Kinberg, Zak Penn
4X-Men Origins: Wolverine20091845, 1979Gavin HoodDavid Benioff, Skip Woods
5X-Men: First Class20111944, 1962Matthew VaughnAshley Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
6The Wolverine2013After The Last StandJames MangoldMark Bomback, Scott Frank
7X-Men: Days of Future Past20141973, alternate 2023Bryan SingerSimon Kinberg
8Deadpool20162016Tim MillerRhett Reese, Paul Wernick
9X-Men: Apocalypse20163600 BC, 1983Bryan SingerSimon Kinberg
10Logan20172029James MangoldScott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
11Deadpool 22018Late 2020sDavid LeitchRhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
12X-Men: Dark Phoenix20191975, 1992Simon KinbergSimon Kinberg
13The New Mutants2020Late 2020sJosh BooneJosh Boone, Knate Lee

Box Office Revenues of the X-Men films 

Here's a table presenting the X-Men film series in order of their release year, including details on their performance at the box office in the USA, worldwide, and their total gross revenue in millions of dollars:

Name of X-Men FilmYear of ReleaseUSA Box Office $ (Millions)Worldwide Box Office $ (Millions)Total $ Gross (Millions)
X2: X-Men United2003214.9407.7622.6
X-Men: The Last Stand2006234.4460.4694.8
X-Men Origins: Wolverine2009179.9373.1553.0
X-Men: First Class2011146.4353.6500.0
The Wolverine2013132.6414.8547.4
X-Men: Days of Future Past2014233.9746.0979.9
X-Men: Apocalypse2016155.4543.9699.3
Dark Phoenix201965.8252.4318.2


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