The X-Men franchise has been a part of pop culture for more than 20 years, with the first Bryan Singer movie premiering in 2000. That’s a lot for fans to catch up on if they haven’t seen it, but also a nice catalog to honor if they are already a fan. Most of the films follow the franchise’s most popular super-powered characters, such as Wolverine, Professor X, Deadpool, and Magneto. The films all grapple with how discrimination and bigotry work, as well as how and why individuals with genetically different bodies and abilities came to be. It can be a lot of fun to rewatch the 10 existing films (some more than others), but where can you find them online?
This question is more complicated than fans may expect, thanks to the convoluted path that the rights to the X-Men franchise followed. Things have largely settled after Disney acquired Fox in 2019, but many of the more recent films are still tied up by various pre-existing contracts. While all but one of the X-Men movies can be found on Disney+, those without that streaming service can piece together an X-Men marathon with creative streaming service jumping or paid rentals and purchases.
X-Men (2000) – Disney+
In 2000, X-Men came out (followed by the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie two years later), essentially jump-starting the modern superhero film craze. The film boasted a star-studded cast including Patrick Stewart as Professor X, James Marsden as Cyclops, Halle Berry as Storm, Ian McKellen as Magneto, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
The movie introduced us (and Logan/Wolverine) to Xavier’s School for the Gifted and the X-Men’s perpetual fight for tolerance and equality in a volatile world as they faced off with Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Those who want to see where it all began can stream X-Men on Disney+ or Hulu, with options to rent for $3.99 or buy for $9.99 from Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, and more.
X2: X-Men United (2003) – Disney+
X2 introduced a new villain named General William Striker (played by Brian Cox) who was looking to exterminate all mutants on the planet by capturing and using Professor X himself. The film also took a closer look at Wolverine’s backstory, much of which he could not remember in the first film.
With even better reviews than its predecessor, X2: X-Men United earned over $400 million at the box office. Now, fans can stream it on Disney+. For those who want to have a personal copy of X2, the film can be rented or purchased on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube, etc. for $3.99 per rental or $14.99 to purchase.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – Disney+
Despite the spectacular run of both its predecessors X-Men: The Last Stand stumbled under new director Brett Ratner. A cure has supposedly been found for the mutant gene and everyone involved has to find their own meaning in that possibility. While the X-Men struggle with how they feel about the cure and its dangers, the Phoenix Force is introduced.
Though the Dark Phoenix was one of the most popular storylines ever in the X-Men comics, it did not translate well in this adaptation, perhaps explaining why another attempt at the storyline was made thirteen years later. Like its predecessors, X-Men: The Last Stand is available to stream on Disney+. It also has rental options with most digital marketplaces, where the film costs $3.99 for each viewing or $9.99 (on Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube) to purchase.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – Starz
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was no doubt the standout character from the original franchise. Despite his meeting with Striker in X2: X-Men United, there were still a lot of questions remaining for Wolverine and the audience, which this film tried to cover. Audiences learn how and why Wolverine/Logan lost his memory, though the movie wasn’t as well-reviewed as the first two in the X-Men series.
Because this was the first film to include both Deadpool and Wolverine, fans will likely be eager to rewatch it before Deadpool 3 is released. This film is an outlier for the X-Men franchise, as X-Men Origins: Wolverine is only available to stream on Starz or DirecTV. Luckily, Starz is available as a channel add-on with Prime Video.
X-Men: First Class (2011) – Disney+
X-Men: First Class sought to explore the past and origins of the rest of the X-Men, not just Wolverine. In particular, the film focused on Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), from Magneto’s experience in World War II to the pair’s first attempt to unite a team of mutants as the X-Men.
The team ends up having to play no small part in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and fans get to find out how the “old friends” had a major falling out that will haunt them and the team forever.
Those looking for X-Men: First Class will find it streaming on Disney+ or Peacock Premium. It is also available to rent for $3.99 or purchase for $14.99 on Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, and more.
The Wolverine (2013) – Disney+
Logan’s long life once again comes back to haunt him as his second stand-alone adventure takes him back to Japan, a country he has not visited since he was a soldier in World War II. Like in X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan is offered a cure of sorts for his long life, and thus, his suffering. A lot happens before he can decide whether he wants to take it and whether he even really has a choice.
The Wolverine suffered a bit due to the sometimes confusing timeline of the X-Men films but highlighted an important chapter of Logan’s life from the comics. Unlike X-Men:Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine is available to stream on Disney+, making it easy to watch alongside many of the other X-Men films. It’s also available to rent for $3.99 or buy for $14.99 on a number of digital markets, including Amazon, YouTube, and Microsoft.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) – Disney+
One of the most beloved X-Men films—and certainly the most popular of the second trilogy—X-Men: Days of Future Past set up to combine, in at least a small way, the timelines of the original X-Men film trilogy and the new First Class trilogy. The story finds the “original” X-Men, including Professor X, Magneto, and Storm, fighting off the apocalypse in the future and needing to send Wolverine (with assistance from Kitty Pryde) into the past to make their fight possible.
Combining both casts is brilliant, and Wolverine gets to play a lot of his interactions for laughs. With how beloved it is, it’s great to know that X-Men: Days of Future Past is available to stream on Disney+. It can also be rented for $3.99 on any video marketplace and can be purchased for $14.99 on Apple TV, Amazon, Microsoft, DirecTV, or AMC On Demand.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Disney+
With a convoluted plot and the unfortunate use of prosthetics on Oscar Isaac, X-Men: Apocalypse missed the mark as it sent the new Xavier students to 1983. While the callbacks to the 1980s add some excellent humor to the mix, watching the overpowered Apocalypse and his four horsemen try to destroy the world in questionable CGI takes away a lot of the character elements that made Days of Future Past such a success.
Perhaps because it was so poorly received, X-Men: Apocalypse is one of the easiest X-Men movies to stream, available on Disney+, fuboTV, FX Now, and DirecTV. The film can also be rented for $3.99 or purchased for $14.99 at nearly any marketplace, from Amazon to Vudu.
Deadpool (2016) – Disney+
The first non-Wolverine spin-off set in Fox’s X-Men universe was 2016’s Deadpool, which starred Ryan Reynolds in the titular role as he reprised an alternate version of Wade Wilson, a role he previously played in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Deadpool brought the character back to his comic roots and introduced the fourth-wall-breaking Merc-With-A-Mouth properly in an R-Rated film, which has led to the character’s singular survival in the MCU’s upcoming Deadpool 3.
Those who want to watch the first Deadpool film have a lot of options, as the film is currently streaming on Disney+, fuboTV, FX Now, and DirecTV. Die-hard fans may prefer to have their own copy of the film, which can be rented for $3.99 or purchased for $14.99 on Amazon, Microsoft, Redbox, and more.
Logan (2017) – Disney+
The last and, certainly, the best of the stand-alone Wolverine films finds Logan as an old man caring for an aging and ill Professor X. Both are in hiding due to the dystopian future that has finally come to pass for mutants. It has been a quarter of a century since any new mutants were born on earth. When Laura, a young girl, who happens to be a mutant as well, shows up on his doorstep, it is up to Logan to protect her and try and find somewhere left on the planet where she will be safe.
The film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards, and it’s no surprise that Disney would want to keep its popularity to itself, with Logan only streaming on Disney+. The film can also be rented for $3.99 nearly anywhere, but fans will be excited to know that it is currently available to be purchased on Vudu for only $4.99. However, it is possible that will only be a short-term discount before the film returns to the $14.99 price tag it has on other services.
Deadpool 2 (2018) – Disney+
Ryan Reynolds returned for 2018’s hit sequel Deadpool 2, which featured more of the same dark humor and meta-pop culture references that made the original a hit while also introducing additional characters from the comics like Cable and Domino, played by Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, respectively. Deadpool 2 also hilariously lampooned Ryan Reynolds’ past superhero choices and caused further mayhem in the timeline of the X-Men franchise, proving that Deadpool should never have control of a time machine.
For those wanting to watch the first and second films back-to-back, Deadpool 2 is streaming on Disney+, FX Now, and DirecTV. It can be rented from nearly any source for $3.99, but Deadpool 2 is currently among the most expensive X-Men movie to purchase, costing $19.99 from all video purchasing services.
Dark Phoenix (2019) – Disney+
Apparently, the “Dark Phoenix Saga” is all but impossible to make work on the big screen. Dark Phoenix could not make up for the failures of X-Men: Apocalypse or X-Men: The Last Stand’s previous attempt to adapt the iconic comic storyline. While the film ended the X-Men franchise on a low note, there is hope for a brighter X-Men future as 20th Century Fox and Marvel move forward together.
For now, Dark Phoenix can be streamed on Disney+, fuboTV, and DirecTV, a similar line-up to most of the recent X-Men releases. Despite not being nearly as popular, Dark Phoenix is as expensive to rent and purchase as Deadpool 2, with the option to rent at $3.99 or buy at $19.99 from nearly any video source.
The New Mutants (2020) – Disney+
While Josh Boone’s adaptation of The New Mutants was filmed a few years back, it was only recently released in 2020 following the sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney after it was shelved with plans for reshoots that never developed. The film explores the next generation of mutants, but its critical and fan reception was lukewarm, at best.
Like Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants is currently streaming on Disney+, fuboTV, and DirecTV. The film can also be rented for $3.99 or purchased for $19.99 at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft, DirecTV, or AMC on Demand.