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X-Men TimeLine Explained: The Chronological Order of All X-Men Movies

The Definite Guide to Watching All X-Men Films Chronologically as a Marathon

If you are reading this, chances are, that you are one of those gutsy fans who want to experience the complete story of the X-Men Cinematic Universe from the first event to the last. Well, if you plan to watch all movies of the X-Men series in a chronological order, then you came to the right place!

The timeline of the X-Men series is so confusing, that everyone seems to have a unique way of interpreting it – mostly because of the details. Well, its time for a simple approach like:

I just want to watch the whole thing as a movie marathon, so give me a simple list with all the X-Men movies in a chronological order.

Click to see how the List was born

I’ve been looking for a simple list that would present all X-Men films in a chronological order, but I couldn’t find it. Yes, there were tons of contradictory opinions, there were several in-depth analyses of the X-Men timeline, filled with loads of confusion over continuity errors and time-travel issues, but there was no simple list (at least not an up to date one).

Is the sequence of the X-Men series really inextricable? Is it really impossible to create a simple list with all X-Men movies in order?

I decided to accept my own challenge. So, as a massive fan, I did my research and organised all movies of the X-Men series chronologically, according to the story they tell, regardless of when they were actually released.

I turned a blind eye to continuity errors and handled the time-travel element as part of the story. No complication.

However, I didn’t stop there. Exploring the chronology and arranging all X-Men movies in order was so exciting, that I decided to dig deeper (marathon-wise).

I checked every movie of the X-Men series for possible alternative versions, like director’s cut, unrated, etc. Plus I gathered all story-related bonus videos.

When my research was done, and the list was completed, I tested it with a mega-movie-marathon. It was such an experience, that I felt an instant urge to share the list with all fellow film-buffs.

Well, this is the story behind this article. Now let’s move on to story behind the X-Men timeline!

Why is the X-Men timeline so complex? (click to expand)

The timeline of the X-Men Universe is not just complex, it is perhaps the most complicated of all cinematic timelines. There are a total of 12 movies to date, released from 2000 to 2019, but the actual story they tell spans from the 1960s to the 2020s. Oh, and it takes place in multiple alternative realities.

The movies of the X-Men Series were not released chronologically and most characters have younger and older versions, but that’s just the easy part. The unprecedented complexity of the chronology sprouts from continuity errors and multiple time-travels.

Nevertheless, the movies are obviously interconnected and they complement each other too. I will NOT go into too much detail, or try to solve the mysteries and riddles of the X-Men timeline; that would be a never-ending struggle. If you are looking for a complete, in-depth timeline analysis (not a movie marathon guide), head over to Fandom.

What I’m up to here is to find the answer to the big question:
How to watch all movies of the X-Men Series in a chronological order? (without leaving any movie unwatched or watching any of them twice)

The answer is a well-organised list of all the X-Men films. It would present the complete story of the X-Men Cinematic Universe, in a simple and logical way, so one can watch it as a movie marathon. This particular list is ready, and it’s right here.

Here’s what you are about to find here:
✓ A movie-by-movie explanation of the entire chronological order of the X-Men Series.
✓ Recommended alternative movie versions, like director’s cut or unrated (when applicable).
✓ Awesome fan-treats like Honest Trailers or How it Should Have Ended videos.
✓ A straightforward list of all X-Men movies organised in a logical, sequential order, that summarises and simplifies the entire X-Men timeline.
✓ Story-related Bonus Videos What are these?

These are not trailers, nor behind the scenes stuff, nor deleted scenes. These are separate videos that are actually part of the story. There’s only 4 of these so far, so don’t expect an avalanche of new X-Men material. Still, they are noteworthy.

Ready? Buckle up then, cause we are about to submerge into the incredible world of the X-Men Series, where genetic mutation is a source of superhuman abilities for both the good and the evil.

Oh, and before we begin:
If you are serious about watching all X-Men movies as a marathon, then you might want to get the Complete X-Men Disc Collection first. Just sayin’…



X-Men TimeLine Explained

The Untangled Chronology of All 13 X-Men Movies
(2000 – 2020)


EPISODE 1: Circa 1960s

X-Men: First Class (2011)

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In a chronological order, X-Men: First Class is the first episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring James McAvoyMichael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

Released in 2011, as the 5th movie of the franchise, X-Men: First Class takes place in the 1960s, before any other movie. Therefore, in a chronological order it is the first film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: While helping the United States government, the newly graduated Charles Xavier (McAvoy) meets and befriends the vengeance-seeking Erik Lensherr (Fassbender). They become Professor X and Magneto respectively, and together they form the first mutant team: X-Men.

If you already saw X-Men: First Class, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching this Awesome Video
(For True Fans Only)


EPISODE 2: Circa 1970s

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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In a chronological order, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the second episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Gavin Hood
Starring Hugh Jackman

Released in 2009, as the 4th movie of the franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes place in the late 1970s, more than a decade after the events of X-Men: First Class. Thus, in a chronological order it is the second film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: Bone clawed Logan (Jackman) and his brother, Victor are living from war to war throughout U.S. history. When their healing abilities are discovered by their peers during the Vietnam war, U.S. Colonel Stryker recruits them and other mutants to form a special team.

If you already saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching this Awesome Video
(For True Fans Only)


EPISODE 3: Circa 2000s

X-Men (2000)

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In a chronological order, X-Men 2000 is the third episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Released as the first movie of the franchise, X-Men takes place in the 2000s, more than two decades after the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Thus, in a chronological order it is the third film in the timeline of the X-Men Series. This is where the story-lines of the first two episodes collide.

Story: Wolverine gets mixed up in a conflict between the X-Men of the old Professor X (Stewart) and the Brotherhood of Magneto (McKellen).


EPISODE 4: Circa 2000s

X2: X-Men United (2003)

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In a chronological order, X2: X-Men United is the forth episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Released as the second movie of the franchise, X2: X-Men United takes place in the 2000s, just a few years after the events of the previous film. Therefore, in a chronological order it is the 4th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: The X-Men of Professor X, Wolverine and Magneto band together to solve the mystery around a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President’s life.



EPISODE 5: Circa 2000s

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

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In a chronological order, X-Men: The Last Stand is the fifth episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Brett Ratner
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen

Released as the third movie of the franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand takes place in the 2000s, just a few years after the events of X2: X-Men United. Thus, in a chronological order it is the 5th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: The discovery of a “cure” for mutation draws a line between the followers of Professor X and those of Magneto, while Jean Grey comes back from the death, possessed by an uncontrollable dark power.


EPISODE 6: Circa 2010s

The Wolverine (2013)

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In a chronological order, The Wolverine is the sixth episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman

Recommended version to watch: Unleashed Extended Edition

Released as the 6th movie of the franchise, The Wolverine takes place in the 2010s, almost a decade after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. Therefore, in a chronological order it is the 6th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: Wolverine lives in solitude in the woods, when he is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, who offers him mortality.


EPISODE 7: Circa 2020s and 1970s

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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In a chronological order, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Bryen Singer
Starring both the older and the younger X-Men cast

Recommended version to watch: The Rogue Cut
…and if you want to see the bigger picture:
▶ Watch these story-related Bonus Videos

Released in 2014, as the 7th movie of the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, as the title suggests, takes place in both the future and the past. Wolverine’s consciousness travels 50 years back in time, from the 2020s to his younger body in the 1970s. He ends up somewhere between the events of X-Men: First Class and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

His plan is to change the future, and he does it so successfully, that he erases the events of every movie that took place after X-Men: First Class. This makes X-Men Days of Future Past the second episode of an altered X-Men timeline. But hey! X-Men Origins: Wolverine was Episode Two! What’s happening?

There’s lots of confusion and lots of theories, but here’s my uncomplicated approach. Since the movies of the original timeline led up to this point, it would be unfair to delete them from the watch-list, right? Its also pointless to jump back and forth between alternate realities and watch Days of Future Past twice, just because it’s a timeline splitter. (Although that movie is so good it deserves to be watched more than twice).

My simple solution is this:
All previous movies led up to this point, so its only logical to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past as the seventh episode of the complete X-Men timeline. Don’t over-complicate! Its just a time-travel, but the story goes on.

Now, that history is being rewritten from the 1970s onwards, we just have to follow the events of the new timeline. Solved!

If you already saw X-Men: Days of Future Past, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)


EPISODE 8: Circa 1980s

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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In a chronological order, X-Men: Apocalypse is the eighth episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Bryan Singer
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

…and if you want to see the bigger picture:
▶ Watch this story-related Bonus Video

Released in 2016, as the 9th movie of the franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in the 1980s, roughly a decade after the events of X-Men Days of Future Past. Thus, in a chronological order it is the 8th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: When Magneto’s wife and daughter are killed by humans, he joins the ancient mutant Apocalypse, to help him destroy civilisation as we know it. The X-Men try to thwart their plans, but are they strong enough to stop the most powerful mutant on Earth, and his four horsemen?

If you already saw X-Men: Apocalypse, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)



EPISODE 9: Circa 1990s

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

In a chronological order, X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the ninth episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Simon Kinberg
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Sophie Turner

Released in 2019, as the 12th and last movie of the franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix takes place in the 1990s, roughly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. Thus, in a chronological order it is the 9th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: Young Jean Grey develops incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into the Dark Phoenix. The X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.


EPISODE 10: Circa 2010s

Deadpool (2016)

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In a chronological order, Deadpool is the 10th episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

Released in 2016, as the 8th movie of the franchise, Deadpool takes place in the 2010s, roughly 20 years after the events of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Therefore, in a chronological order it is the 10th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: Wade Wilson (Reynolds), a fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.

If you already saw Deadpool, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)


EPISODE 11: Circa 2010s

Deadpool 2 (2018)

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In a chronological order, Deadpool 2 is the 11th episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin

Recommended Version to Watch: The Super Duper Cut (Unrated)
…and if you want to see the bigger picture:
▶ Watch this story-related Bonus Video

Released in 2018, as the 11th movie of the franchise, Deadpool 2 takes place in the 2010s, just a few years after the events of the first Deadpool. Thus, in a chronological order it is the 11th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: When his girlfriend is murdered, Deadpool tries to find inner peace by saving a fat mutant kid from the vengeance of a brutal, time-travelling cyborg called Cable.

If you already saw Deadpool 2, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)


EPISODE 12: Circa 2010s

The New Mutants (2020)

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Co-written and directed by Josh Boone
Starring: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Charlie Heaton

Released in 2018, as the 13th movie of the franchise. We don’t really know when The New Mutants takes place exactly, but its likely before Logan. Thus, in a chronological order it is the 12th film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

CAUTION: The New Mutants has very little or actually no connection with other X-Men movies, and its labelled as “Waste of Time” for a reason. You may not want to spoil a phenomenal X-Men marathon with this movie. Watch at your own risk of boredom and regret.


EPISODE 13: Circa 2020s

Logan (2017)

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In a chronological order, Logan is the 12th episode in the timeline of the X-Men Series
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Directed by James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart

Released in 2017, as the 10th movie of the franchise, Logan takes place in the 2020s, more than a decade after the events of Deadpool 2 (and probably The New Mutants). Therefore, in a chronological order it is the 13th and last (for now) film in the timeline of the X-Men Series.

Story: A weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world are upended when a young mutant girl arrives, pursued by dark forces.

If you already saw Logan, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)



…now lets put it all together…

Mission accomplished: the chronology of the X-Men Universe is now untangled, the timeline has been explained! Now you are ready to watch all movies of the X-Men Series in a chronological order, as a marathon.

Oh, and I promised you to simplify the timeline with a chronologically organised list of all the X-Men movies. Here you go:

The Complete List of All X-Men Movies in Chronological Order
Chronology / Title / Year of Release
Circa
X-Men: First Class 2011 in the X-Men Timeline
1.  X-Men: First Class (2011)
1960s
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 in the X-Men Timeline
2.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
1970s
X-Men 2000 in the X-Men Timeline
3.  X-Men (2000)
2000s
X2: X-Men United 2003 in the X-Men Timeline
4.  X2: X-Men United (2003)
2000s
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 in the X-Men Timeline
5.  X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
2000s
The Wolverine 2013 in the X-Men Timeline
6.  The Wolverine (2013)
2010s
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 in the X-Men Timeline
7.  X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
2020s → 1970s
X-Men: Apocalypse 2016 in the X-Men Timeline
8.  X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
1980s
X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2019 in the X-Men Timeline
9.  X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
1990s
Deadpool 2016 in the X-Men Timeline
10.  Deadpool (2016)
2010s
Deadpool 2 2018 in the X-Men Timeline
11.  Deadpool 2 (2018)
2010s
The New Mutants 2020 in the X-Men Timeline
12.  The New Mutants (2020)
2010s
Logan 2017 in the X-Men Timeline
13.  Logan (2017)
2020s
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Ready for the Ultimate X-Men Movie Marathon?

Now that the chronology of all X-Men movies has been untangled and explained, are you ready for the ultimate X-Men movie marathon? After all, that was the reason behind exploring the timeline, right? If you’re up for the adventure, then I have something for you: The Complete X-Men Universe Disc Collection

Complete X-Men Universe Disc Collection

If you already saw all movies of the X-Men Series, then you will definitely enjoy:
▶ Watching these Awesome Videos
(For True Fans Only)

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