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X-Men Age-by-Age Guide

Find out which X-Men apps, games, movies, and TV shows are appropriate for every age.

Topics: Screen Time

When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the first X-Men comic book in the '60s, they probably didn't know that their team of mutant superheroes would become one of Marvel Comics' most recognizable and successful franchises. Led by Professor X, the X-Men use their powers to protect and fight against any threats to mutants and humans, including those who fear them.

Although the X-Men promote peace and tolerance, not every action-packed adaptation is the same when it comes to intensity and impact. The bloodless battles of the now-streaming '90s cartoon X-Men are a lot easier for younger elementary school-age kids to handle than watching Wolverine use his razor-sharp claws to brutally defeat his enemies in the ultra-violent video game X2: Wolverine's Revenge.

If your family is ready to enter the Marvel universe, here's a quick age guide for enjoying X-Men with your kids. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child's ability to handle peril and conflict before you see the movies and TV shows or play the apps and games.

Age 7–9: A great age to begin.

Age 10–12: The comic book adaptations begin to get more intense.

Age 13 and up: Your kids can probably handle anything that Marvel sends their way. But you might want to accompany them to the more mature movies.

Amanda Nojadera
Amanda has been reviewing books, movies, and music for Common Sense since 2013. She's a born-and-raised San Francisco Bay Area native and graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in English. When she isn't rooting for the Golden State Warriors, you can find her reading (favorites include Ender's Game, the Harry Potter series, and Ready Player One) while drinking large cups of coffee, like her favorite TV character, Rory Gilmore.