As of 2019, the XCU has officially come to an end, but 20th Century Fox’s participation in developing the iconic mutant franchise hasn’t. With the acquisition of the X-Men by Marvel, Marvel Studios executive Kevin Feige is reviving the franchise and hinting at its possible inclusion in the MCU shortly. We may soon see mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If you’re not familiar with the X-Men flicks, we’re going through each one to determine out the best order to stream them. Owing to the erratic nature of the X-Men canon, this is a tricky job.
Here’s how the X-Men flicks fit together in chronological sequence, based on the events that take place in the films.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: First Class is Fox’s fifth X-Men picture, but it’s the very first our list since it tells the origin stories of several of the X-Men Cinematic Universe’s most pivotal characters. The plot chronicles the plight of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, played by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as they transition into their new roles as Professor X and Magneto.
A nuclear conflict between the United States and USSR is on the table, and the two lead a squad of mutants assembled to defeat another mutant, the power-consuming Sebastian Shaw played by Kevin Bacon.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
It’s the year 2023, and mutants are being pursued and slaughtered by unbreakable robots called Sentinels. Days of Future Past takes place in this bleak and dark future. It is Kitty Pryde’s abilities that send Wolverine back in time to halt the killing of Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) by another shape-shifting mutant known as Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence).
No. 2 on our ranking, this film focuses on a 70s period, although all the events that occur in 2023 belong to a future that is averted.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
According to critics, this is among the worst superhero flicks ever made. As an outcome, we gain new insight into Wolverine’s character (Hugh Jackman). Liev Schreiber plays Wolverine’s older brother Victor Creed, a man whose life is intertwined with Wolverine’s in the 1840s Canada.
They’ve served in every American conflict through Vietnam when William Stryker (Danny Huston) recruits them to join a secret task force called Team X. The siblings are practically invincible due to their healing-factor mutation.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, is the very first mutant to ever come to life after being buried in ancient Egypt. Some disruptions tip the X-Men to Apocalypse, and soon they realize that the mutant-being intends to devastate our world with the aid of his squad of four mutants, dubbed The Four Horsemen.
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Eight years after their victory against Apocalypse, the X-Men, who had been lauded as heroes around the world, are dispatched into space to save a crew of astronauts. An unknown energy source hits Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), enhancing her powers and reviving horrific memories that she had suppressed.
We’ve ranked the first film in the series at No. 6. Professor X is played by Patrick Stewart, and Magneto is portrayed by Ian McKellan. The Mutant Registration Law, which mandates all mutants to identify themselves and register with the government, divides these old friends.
Magneto plans to use the technology and the abilities of a female mutant designated Rogue (Anna Paquin) to transform the global governments into mutants, but he has no idea that the machine kills those it transforms.
When Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) attempted to kill the US President, it allows William Stryker (Bryan Cox) to investigate Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters for its connections to the mutant community.
Stryker organizes a team to arrest Cyclops (James Marsden) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart); it is then disclosed that Stryker exploited his son’s mutant mind control powers to try to force Professor X to exterminate all mutants.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Worthington Labs, the business that is the subject of The Last Stand, is promoting a treatment for mutated genomes. Magneto (Ian McKellan) is forced to re-establish his Order of Mutants after the cure was discovered.
As part of this, Jean Grey (Famke Jansen) returns to life following her death at Alkali Lake, in the previous movie. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) grows to worry when Professor X (Patrick Stewart) discloses that her demise triggered a nasty side of her psyche known as the Phoenix.
The Wolverine (2013)
Following the events of The Last Stand, in which Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) killed Jean Grey (Famke Jansen), this film explores the fallout. In the woods, he is found by Yukio (Rila Fukushima), who can predict the demise of anyone she touches.
Wolverine is asked to accompany her to Tokyo to visit the CEO of Yashida Industries, Ichiro Yashida, whom Wolverine shielded from the Nagasaki atomic blast during the Second World War.
As Wolverine, this is Hugh Jackman’s final film in the role. By the year 2029, Logan is a chauffeur in a dystopian reimagining of El Paso’s limo industry. To make matters worse, there hasn’t been a mutant birth in the last quarter-century.
To care for Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), a 90-year-old man suffering from dementia, Logan must also guard a girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), who has powers that are oddly similar to his own. The two must travel to a refugee facility that may or may not exist.
Well, that does it! Tell us your favorite X-Men flick and why it’s the NO.1 on your list.