The X-Men films from 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios under Disney) were a trailblazer for superhero films. However, with so many changing hands and visions in the course of two decades, the viewing order for the series and the larger X-Men timeline as a whole is a bit muddy.
After Disney's acquisition of Fox, streaming the X-Men films is a much easier task, as the titles are slowly migrating to Disney+. Otherwise, you can rent all of these movies on digital storefronts such as iTunes, Amazon Video, or Vudu.
This guide only covers the X-Men and mutant films produced by 20th Century Fox. The franchise is unconnected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is also available to stream, and consists of the original X-Men trilogy, a prequel X-Men Beginnings series, an informal trilogy of Wolverine films, two Deadpool films, and a horror spin-off called The New Mutants. X-Men TV shows such as The Gifted and Legion are not included.
How to Watch X-Men Movies in Order of Release
By far the most coherent way to watch the X-Men films is in the order of their theatrical and home releases. From there, you can witness how the franchise evolved and changed in style.MovieRelease DateWhere to WatchX-MenJuly 2000Disney+X2May 2003Disney+X-Men: The Last StandMay 2006not yet availableX-Men Origins: WolverineMay 2009STARZX-Men: First ClassJune 2011HBO MaxThe WolverineJuly 2013Disney+X-Men: Days of Future PastMay 2014Disney+DeadpoolFebruary 2016HuluX-Men: ApocalypseMay 2016Disney+LoganMarch 2017FX NowDeadpool 2May 2018HuluDark PhoenixJune 2019HBO MaxThe New MutantsAugust 2020not yet available
How to Watch X-Men Movies in Chronological Order
Want to watch the X-Men films in the order in which they take place? It's a complicated ordeal, with retcons, time travel, and continuity errors. Here's our best shot at making sense of the tangled timeline.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is a time travel crossover between the original X-Men trilogy and the X-Men Beginnings prequel series. The 2023 segments of the film take place several years after The Wolverine. For the purposes of this list, the film counts as an X-Men Beginnings entry.MovieSubseriesTimingWhere to WatchX-Men: First ClassX-Men Beginnings1962HBO MaxX-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men Beginnings1973/2023Disney+X-Men Origins: WolverineWolverine Trilogy1979STARZX-Men: ApocalypseX-Men Beginnings1983Disney+Dark PhoenixX-Men Beginnings1992HBO MaxX-MenX-Men TrilogyEarly 2000sDisney+X2X-Men TrilogyShortly after X-MenDisney+X-Men: The Last StandX-Men TrilogyA few years after X2not yet availableThe WolverineWolverine TrilogySeveral years after X-Men: The Last StandDisney+DeadpoolDeadpoolTime not specified, presumably 2016HuluDeadpool 2DeadpoolA few years after DeadpoolHuluThe New MutantsN/A"Present-day," according to the directornot yet availableLoganWolverine Trilogy2029FX Now