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Few actors have been able to play the same role for a decade, let alone two, and we’re not even talking about a long-running TV drama like Grey’s Anatomy. Play the Wolverine for the x-men movies required Hugh Jackman staying in top form for nearly two decades as he played an ageless character. However, Wolverine’s story is about much more than that of a great actor, and it’s a story of intense suffering as friends and family fade away with age and you slowly die of poison in the air. inside your own body. This story is a roller coaster from start to finish, but there are many ways to experience this remarkable tale.

Here’s how you can watch all of Hugh Jackman’s major appearances as Wolverine, chronologically and in order of release date.


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Wolverine movies in release order

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (2013)
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X-Men – July 14, 2000

X2: X-Men United – May 2, 2003

X-Men: The Last Stand – May 26, 2006

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May 1, 2009

X-Men: First Class – May 25, 2011

The glutton – July 26, 2013

X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014

X-Men: Apocalypse – May 9, 2016

Logan- March 3, 2017

Wolverine movies in chronological order

Hugh Jackman in Logan (2017)
Image via 20th Century Studios

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the backstory of James Howlett, the man who would be Wolverine. It tells how he discovered his natural skeleton claws, growing up with his brother Victor (aka Sabretooth) and how Colonel Stryker created the Weapon X strike team. Weapon X was made up of only mutants and eventually became the basis of some dangerous experiences that James was forced to endure. After these painful experiences and an even more painful fallout with his brother, James’ life changes forever. Although some of the events in this film are referenced in other films, it is unclear if this story is completely canonical.

X-Men: First Class

In the 1960s, we see a wandering Charles Xavier and a stable Erik Lehnsherr working together, still on the way to becoming the iconic Professor X and Magneto. These X-Men are unlike any we’ve seen before, but they still manage to see all kinds of combat, leading to a reimagined Cuban Missile Crisis that changes the fates of the newly formed X-Men forever. World War II veteran James Howlett (aka Logan) has a cameo appearance in this film as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr attempt to recruit him. However, he tells them to leave with his usual disrespect.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past features both famous sets of X-Men actors, with Logan as the link between the two. In the future setting, we discover that Kitty Pryde (Elliot Page) could theoretically send anyone into the past. However, only Logan’s incredible healing factor and pain tolerance would allow him to operate far into the past as he tries to fix history to save the present. Professor X identifies that taking Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) blood is the critical factor in the changing course of history. And so, Logan must travel back in time, find himself in the 1970s, and try to convince Mystique to abandon her crusade, or both teams of X-Men are doomed.

X-Men: Apocalypse

This film shows us another side of Wolverine. In this 1980s version, Wolverine is still a tool of Colonel Stryker. Professor X tries to work with a team of young mutants who are on their way to fight the ancient mutant known as apocalypse. They end up using the feral version of Logan as a tool to destroy any form of organized resistance in one of the movie’s best action scenes. Gray Jeans (Sophie Turner) is the only one who can stop his rampage and attempts to heal his mind, stabilizing him for the time being.


The first of the films to be released to order, this film is in many ways the origin story for the uninitiated. He sets up the long-term warring factions through Logan’s eyes as he is recruited as a late bloomer. In the film, Logan is taken to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Once there, he forms a growing relationship with Snape (Anna Paquin), a young mutant who absorbs powers. Over the course of the film, Logan finds more reasons to stay with people after his forgotten and painful past.

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X2: X-Men United

After Nightcrawler attempts to assassinate the President, a series of anti-mutant movements prompt our old friend Colonel Stryker to launch government operations against all mutants. Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters comes under attack and Logan is forced to take on a leadership role to protect young students using his years of experience. At this point, Logan is still learning about his forgotten past, and we continue to get some big, claw-blasting action as he uncovers the secrets of his life.

X-Men: The Last Stand

This film focuses on the idea that some people may want to be “cured” of their mutant gene and features the the return of Jean Gray. Jean, who initially helped unlock Logan’s memories, was drastically changed by his death in the previous film and subsequent resurrection. This unexpected turn of events tests Logan’s relationship with Jean as Magento reacts violently to the idea that mutants might be in need of a cure. Once again, Logan and the rest of the X-men are up against a force they don’t understand, as the various mutant factions actively undermine them.

The glutton

In the second part of the Logan trilogy, we see the troubled mutant travel to Japan to confront other demons from his past. This time, after a strange series of events, Logan’s healing factor is slowed down and it finally seems like he could become more human. While trying to reconnect with a soldier he saved during World War II, Logan finds himself in the middle of modern-day Japan, teeming with gangsters, samurai, and out-of-the-ordinary weaponry that just might be in able to end Wolverine for good.


Logan is the masterpiece of Wolverine-focused films that tells what happens when virtually all of the most powerful mutants are already dead. Set in a timeline where only a handful of mutants have survived, this story revolves around a dying Logan and a very old Professor X meeting a new young mutant. This new student bears striking similarities to Logan, and through his interactions with her, we get to watch him struggle with the cost of his painful immortality.

The future?

Hugh Jackman is still a fan-favorite actor with prominent roles in other films such as The greatest showman and Wretched. His last major appearance in Logan serves as great farewell to this Wolverine. And it is as it should be.

With Jackman not getting any younger, it seems unlikely he’ll return in anything other than a cameo role, like when his appearance was rumored in Captain America: The First Avenger. Whether he returns or not, a Wolverine anthology set in the 1980s has been announced for Disney+ very soon, so we may be able to get more of this wildly excellent character one day.

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