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Now that The New Mutants film has been released and the next X-Men film will be most likely be MCU and not part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe, I plan on watching all 12 films, but also the 2 tv shows Legion and The Gifted, but am not sure of the best viewing order for this.

Any suggestions?

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The X-men movie franchise is divided in two timelines (And about 3 or 4 universes), original and the alternate. This is because the franchise as a whole is a hot mess of continuity mistakes and retcons seeing the IP got passed around more then it should have.

(mistakes like people suddenly becoming younger/older then they are supposed to be, characters being on different places at the same time or have completely different backstories/personalities and so on for Example this is supposed to be the same person:enter image description here)

They both start with X-Men: First Class, and in the original they progress as following:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men
  • X2: X-Men United
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • The Wolverine
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

But the Days of Future past movie travels back in time to somewhere between First Class and Origins Wolverine. And due tot he events in that movie everything except for First Class gets erased, creating the alternate timeline.

Seeing the time travel events happen after First Class that movie is also the start of this universe but instead is followed by the last movie in the original timeline (Days Of Future Past).

After these the movies the order is:

  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix ​
  • Deadpool ​
  • Deadpool 2
  • Logan

About the shows, Laura Shuler Donner, the Producer of the Legion show stated in an Interview that the show has no connection to the movies and is it's own universe (making it the third).

The Gifted on the other hand is kept vague without any official statements to where it belongs in the canon. The story fits in both timelines. Either in the original timeline where it is somewhere between The Wolverine and Days of Future Past or in the Alternate one somewhere between Deadpool 2 and Logan.

And as you might have noticed, The New Mutants remain unmentioned seeing it's also vague in what timeline it belongs. Josh Boone, the director of new mutants said that it started in the original timeline (placing it somewhere between The Wolverine and Days Of Future Past) but became it's own universe yet still lightly connected...making it universe number 4 or part of the original timeline.

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  • "the IP got passed around more then it should have" — did it? Dec 27 '20 at 15:18
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    @PaulD.Waite 13 movies, 12 producers.... MCU 23 movies 5 producers... something about to many captains on one ship.
    – A.bakker
    Dec 27 '20 at 15:26
  • Interesting, I would have thought Logan was before Dark Phoenix because he wasn't in the movie.
    – northerner
    Jun 16 at 5:57
  • @northerner technically Dark Phoenix happens before Logan joins the team, it's one big confusing mess :|
    – A.bakker
    Jun 18 at 20:23
  • @A.bakker I heard (I think on Reddit) that they decided to make Origins and Last Stand non-canon but I think your explanation is much better.
    – northerner
    Jun 28 at 16:17

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