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.
- Watch: Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X2: X-Men United
- Play: Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, X-Men, X-Men: Destiny, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse
- Visit: Marvel
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.
- Watch: Wolverine, The Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Play: Marvel: Avengers Alliance, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth, Marvel Contest of Champions, Marvel Heroes 2015, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X2: Wolverine’s Revenge