X-Men Age-by-Age Guide

Find out which X-Men apps, games, movies, and TV shows are appropriate for every age. By Amanda Nojadera
Topics: Screen Time
X-Men Age-by-Age Guide

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.

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Comments (8)

Teen, 15 years old written by Buffy Rules

I saw "Deadpool" when I was 14. But it's full of violence, from Deadpool giving three men a headshot with a single bullet (and accompanying blood splatters), to the fact he decapitates and dismembers with his swords, and stabbings and shootings which contain blood. It's also very sexual and has crude jokes and profanity, but the profanity may not matter to kids in elementary or high school. (Here in Australia, I'd say high school because that's 13-18, 12 depending.)
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old written by Sierra Filucci

Yes, we had Deadpool on the list as an option for the very oldest of the 13+ category, but in retrospect we realized this was confusing, so we removed it. Thanks everyone!
Adult written by marknasoni

I was surprised to see Deadpool (movie) in the 13+ category. It's rated R and by Commonsensemedia's own review a 17+ (not for kids) movie.
Parent of a 1 year old written by snooptraci

There is absolutely NO reason for Deadpool to be on this list. You really need to fix this. This is an example of how out of touch you are with reality. I use CSM as a tool to judge content but it is a really flawed tool if you don't amend this list.
Adult written by GBurnash

Mostly agreed. 10-12 might be a bit young on the X-Men movies, but that depends on the kid and the family. Except on Deadpool. There is so much inappropriate in Deadpool, it should have received an NC-17 rating. Frankly I find the movie not appropriate for adults to watch, let alone teenagers. If you care anything at all about what is good/ bad/ appropriate to watch, especially with family, then Deadpool shouldn't even be on the list as watchable. Which is to bad, because the character has so much potential and it could have been done very well while being reasonable in it's content.


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