A friend of my who’s new to the world of x-men was interested in watching Logan but wanted to catch up with the other movies, they asked me which ones they should watch and that got me thinking. The x-men franchise has seen its share of ups and downs, with continuity issue after continuity issue that can make even the most experienced x-men fan dazed and confused. I quickly realized that in a franchise of nine films, only four movies actually matter, four movies that tell one complete story with little filler and far less continuity issues.

The only four x-men movies anyone new to the franchise should watch are:

  • X-Men (2000) 
  • X2: X-Men United (2003)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Logan (2017)

What about Deadpool or Days of Future Past? I hear you ask. I haven’t added Deadpool simply because it does not fit within the narrative of these four movies, it is a brilliant movie that should be watched but it works well on its own. As for Days of Future Past, well remember all the issues with continuity? this movie simply becomes a confusing bit of filler if you haven’t seen any of the lesser x-men movies.

X-Men (2000) introduces us to the world of the x-men and is the beginning of the story.

X-Men 2 (2003) expands the world, fills out the relationships and tells Wolverine’s Origin with some great action.

X-Men: First Class (2011) A breath of fresh air and much-needed fun, we see how it all started and come to better understand Charles and Erik’s motivations.

Logan (2017) The finally chapter of the story, a families final journey.

With four movies we are able to learn Wolverine’s origins, understand the friendship between Professor X and Magneto, experience the rise and fall of the x-men and get a few great action scenes along the way.

By skipping X3, Origins, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past and Apocalypse you are able to avoid most of the major issues with continuity and while Days of Future Past is a great movie without seeing any of the other movies it doesn’t make much sense and leaves you asking needless questions. By only watching four movies you are able to see a simple and easy to follow story with a beginning, middle and end.

While some have criticized the x-men movies for being to dark and hopeless, when done right the more serious tone allows for some interesting and heart warming moments.

Until Next Time, Stay Safe and Keep Odd.