In 1996, Generation X hit television screens. The TV movie – based on a Marvel comic of the same name – was the first film to focus on mutant characters from the X-Men universe.
Despite interest from fans, Generation X was not a hit with viewers, and it faded away from screens as soon as it arrived. However, just four years later another X-Men movie made its debut, this time on the big screen and it proved to be a big success.
This film – simply titled X-Men – proved to be box office gold and kick-started a hugely popular run of feature films, including sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and crossovers.
But how many X-Men movies are there? Well, if you’re currently trying to play catch up on the series, this post will help, as it provides all the details you need.
What is the order of the X-Men movies?
To date, there are 14 entries in the X-Men movie series. The films include:
- Generation X (1996)
- X-Men (2000)
- X2: X-Men United (2003) (aka X-Men 2)
- 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)
- Deadpool (2016)
- X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
- Logan (2017)
- Deadpool 2 (2018)
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
- The New Mutants (2020)
Are the X-Men movies part of the same series?
All of the X-Men movies from 2000 to 2020 are all part of the same series, with events told across multiple timelines. Although the stories jump back and forth across different points in time, the best way to view the films is in the order they were released.
The only movie not part of the series is Generation X which is a TV movie initially conceived as a backdoor pilot for a television series. The television series never got off the ground and the pilot remains a solo affair.
Are the X-Men movies the work of the same director?
The X-Men movies are the work of multiple directors.
Jack Sholder directed Generation X, while Bryan Singer directed X-Men, X-2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse, and Brett Ratner directed X-Men: The Last Stand. Gavin Hood directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Matthew Vaughn directed X-Men: First Class, and James Mangold directed The Wolverine and Logan.
Tim Miller directed Deadpool, David Leitch directed Deadpool 2, and Simon Kinberg directed X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Josh Boone directed The New Mutants.
Who are the cast of the X-Men movies?
Due to the number of movies, as well as the sheer amount of actors involved in the series, the X-Men movie cast is HUGE. Notable cast members include Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Kelsey Grammer, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Finola Hughes, Matt Frewer, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Liev Schreiber.
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