The X-Men is a well-known superhero team to everybody who is a great fan of Marvel Comics. And the films we are going to talk about today are based on those Marvel Comic heroes.
No doubt, the X-Men series is unparalleled among the film franchises.
The X-Men Cinematic Universe has been enduring for the last 20 years straight and there’s no pointer of ceasing. Even when we had the notion that Dark Phoenix which was released in 2019 is going to be the final installment of the X-Men series, the producers came up with The New Mutants in the midst of the COVID pandemic.
The X-Men timeline is labyrinthine to decipher. The series surely is fun to watch, but when it is time to connect the dots, it is baffling and gets intricated to match the plot of one film to another.
Even die-hard fans are likely to find it difficult to join the puzzle pieces and understand the plot. Characters are introduced and then knocked off.
Semi-reboots, prequels, and spinoff series are launched with time which invigorates the X-Men series and keeps it up to date.
But you don’t have to think twice before watching the X-Men series because of the complications.
We have collocated the different timelines to render all 13 movies in the X-Men series in this X-Men series list.
1. X-Men Original Trilogy (2000-2006)
i) X-Men (2000)
X-Men is the first motion picture that introduced the X-Men to the viewers.
The film is directed by Bryan Singer, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, and was released in 2000. The story of the movie takes place in a world where mutants and normal humans live in a synchronized manner.
This first X-men movie mainly goes around with Wolverine and Rogue, two of the mutants who get picked up in strife between Professor Xavier and Magneto.
The movie raked over $296.3 million worldwide and was a box office hit.
ii) X2 (2003)
This movie in our X-Men series list was released in 2003 and is the second installment in the X-Men film series.
Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, the film’s script is rooted in the X-Men uniting with their erstwhile combatant, the Brotherhood of Mutants, to put an end to Colonel William Stryker’s ploy to wreck the existence of mutants on Earth to save the humans.
The film has received 8 Saturn Awards nominations, grossing $407 million worldwide.
iii) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Directed by Brett Ratner, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, and Avi Arad and released in 2006, the plot of X-Men: The Last Stand revolves around the rebirth of Jean Grey after she self-sacrificed at Alkali Lake and a cure for the genes of the mutants existing, the ‘mutant cure’ which results in ramifications.
The film bagged the place of seventh-highest-grossing film of 2006, grossing $459 million worldwide.
2. Wolverine Trilogy (2009-2017)
i) X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine from our X-Men series list is directed by Gavin Hood, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter, Hugh Jackman, and John Palermo, and was released in 2009.
The first motion picture of the Wolverine trilogy, this movie from the X-Men series gets into the details of Wolverine’s childhood back in 1845.
The film earned more than $373 million worldwide.
ii) The Wolverine (2013)
This movie in our X-Men series list was released in 2013.
Directed by James Mangold and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the plot of the movie takes place following the events of X-Men: The Last Stand.
The movie shows Logan’s solo trip to Japan, where he throws an old acquaintance into a situation full of consequences and struggles and collides with a dangerous samurai while he is divested of his healing powers.
This film made approximately $414 million worldwide. and therefore is one of the highest-grossing films in the X-Men series.
iii) Logan (2017)
Directed by James Mangold, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Hutch Parker and released in 2017, this movie in the X-Men series takes place in an alternate future where an old Wolverine and an ailing Charles Xavier shield Laura, a young mutant, from the vile Reavers.
Logan was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards, raked in more than $619 million worldwide, and bagged the place of third-highest-grossing R-rated film of the industry.
3. X-Men: Beginnings films (2011-2019)
i) X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: First Class is the fifth movie in the X-Men series. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Gregory Goodman, and released in 2011.
Set in the year 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the plot of the movie focuses on the budding friendship between Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto and the emergence of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, respectively.
This movie bagged the place of the seventh highest-grossing movie in the X-Men series.
ii) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
This movie in our X-Men series list was released in 2014. Directed by Bryan Singer and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Hutch Parker, the story centers on Logan as he travels back to 1973 to impede an event happening in the past that results in the destruction of the humans as well as the mutants race in the present day.
This movie in the X-Men series list earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects and became the first movie in the X-Men series to be nominated for an Oscar, as well as became the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2014, earning $746 million worldwide.
iii) X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Directed by Bryan Singer, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Hutch Parker, and released in 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse is the ninth movie in the X-Men series.
The plot revolves around the X-Men trying to impede the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur whose intention is to decimate the current civilization and acquire his rule over the world.
iv) Dark Phoenix (2019)
Dark Phoenix is directed by Simon Kinberg and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, and Todd Hallowell. Released in 2019, the plot centers on Jean Grey who spares no efforts to restrain her powers as well as emotions when her childhood trauma recurs to haunt her.
It revamps her into the Phoenix as she gets enthralled by the tantrum and pain from her past.
4. Deadpool films (2016-2018)
i) Deadpool (2016)
This movie in our X-Men series list was released in 2016. Directed by Tim Miller and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Ryan Reynolds, the film focuses on Wade Wilson, widely known as Deadpool, looking for the man who turned him into a mutant and also damaged his appearance.
Deadpool broke numerous records. Grossing over $782 million, this movie in the X-Men series received two Critics' Choice Awards, two Golden Globe nominations, and many other awards and nominations.
ii) Deadpool 2 (2018)
Directed by David Leitch, produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Ryan Reynolds, and released in 2018, Deadpool 2 is the second installment of the Deadpool series and focuses on Deadpool forming a group, the X-Force, to protect a young mutant from a time-traveler who intends to kill him.
The film became the highest-grossing film in the X-Men series, earning more than $785 million worldwide.
5. The New Mutants (2020)
The New Mutants is the latest movie in the X-Men series. The film is directed by Josh Boone, produced by Simon Kinberg, Karen Rosenfelt, and Lauren Shuler Donner, and was released in 2020 during the COVID pandemic.
Being the thirteenth installment of the X-Men series, the story of the movie follows five young mutants fighting to save themselves from the incursions of paranormal beings while they are held up in a secret hospital.
Due to the pandemic, the film drew only $46 million worldwide, much less than its budget of $67 to $80 million.
This movie in the X-Men series list is the first film in the X-Men series which took a turn to the horror genre.
These were all the movies in the X-Men series that are released till now.
Surely we, the fans, are waiting to get surprised with another installment just like The New Mutants was released in 2020 when it was thought that Dark Phoenix will be the last installment of the X-Men series.
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