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The X-Men film series consists of superhero films based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. 20th Century Fox obtained the film rights to the characters in 1994, and after numerous drafts, Bryan Singer was hired to direct X-Men (2000) and its sequel, X2 (2003). Singer left potential third and fourth films, leaving Brett Ratner to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). X-Men and X2 were met with positive reviews for their dark, realistic tone and subtexts dealing with discrimination and intolerance, while X-Men: The Last Stand was met with mixed reviews.

After each film earned higher box-office grosses than its predecessor, three spin-off films were released. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), directed by Gavin Hood, focuses on Wolverine's origin story. X-Men: First Class (2011), directed by Matthew Vaughn, focuses on the origins of Professor X and Magneto. The Wolverine (2013), directed by James Mangold, focuses on Wolverine after the events of The Last Stand. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was met with negative reviews from the critics, while X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine were met with positive reviews.

With six films released, the X-Men film series is the 15th highest-grossing film franchise, having grossed over $2 billion worldwide. It is set to continue with X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), a dual sequel to both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: First Class, and a follow-up to The Wolverine, with Singer returning as director and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), a sequel to Days of Future Past. A third Wolverine film will follow in 2017.


Potential Films


Recurring characters

These are the characters that appeared or will appear in more than two X-Men films.

Character Film
The Last Stand
Origins: Wolverine
First Class
The Wolverine
Days of Future Past
X-Men: Apocalypse
Untitled Wovlerine Sequel
Wolverine Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman,
Troye Sivan (young)
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackson
Professor X Patrick Stewart Patrick Stewart (cameo) James McAvoy,
Laurence Belcher (young)
Patrick Stewart (cameo) Patrick Stewart,
James McAvoy
James McAvoy
Magneto Ian McKellen,
Brett Morris (young)
Ian McKellen Michael Fassbender,
Bill Milner (young)
Ian McKellen (cameo) Ian McKellen,
Michael Fassbender
Ian McKellen,
Michael Fassbender
Storm Halle Berry Halle Berry Alexandra Shipp
Cyclops James Marsden Tim Pocock James Marsden (cameo) Tye Sheridan
Jean Grey Famke Janssen Famke Janssen,
Haley Ramm (young)
Famke Janssen Famke Janssen (cameo) Sophie Turner
Rogue Anna Paquin Anna Paquin (cameo)
Mystique Rebecca Romijn Jennifer Lawrence,
Morgan Lily (young),
Rebecca Romijn (older; cameo)
Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence
Iceman Shawn Ashmore Shawn Ashmore
Pyro Alexander Burton (cameo) Aaron Stanford
Shadowcat Sumela Kay (cameo) Katie Stuart (cameo) Ellen Page Ellen Page
Jubilee Katrina Florence (cameo) Kea Wong (cameo) Lana Condor
Beast Steve Bacic (cameo) Kelsey Grammer Nicholas Hoult Nicholas Hoult,
Kelsey Grammer (cameo)
Nicholas Hoult
Colossus Daniel Cudmore Daniel Cudmore Andre Tricoteux
Nightcrawler Alan Cumming Kodi Smit-McPhee
William Stryker Brian Cox Danny Huston Josh Helman Josh Helman
Deadpool Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds
Gambit Taylor Kitsch Channing Tatum