by jamese-kent | created - 8 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A fan-based, chronological order for the Terminator, Predator, Blade Runner, Alien, X-Files, and Firefly shared universe. (Against my better judgment, the AVP movies have been included in this timeline, though there's even more finagling to logically place them in this timeline/universe than the other films.)

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1. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Western

54 Metascore

Seven gunmen from a variety of backgrounds are brought together by a vengeful young widow to protect her town from the private army of a destructive industrialist.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 170,408 | Gross: $93.43M

1879 AD: After researching military and historical documents (especially concerning Goodnight Robicheaux), SkyNet finds and utilizes Billy Rocks' records to construct a T-1000 model Terminator in addition to Agent John Doggett's T-1000. A Billy Rocks T-1000 design is sent back to 1973 to kill Sarah Connor as a girl and is the T-1000 Terminator Kyle Reese meets in the latest, altered timeline.

2. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A seemingly indestructible robot is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a young waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against sentient machines, while a human soldier from the same war is sent to protect her at all costs.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 737,753 | Gross: $38.40M

1984 AD: Kyle Reese travels to 1984 from 2029, John Connor is born in 1985; Judgment Day is initiated on August 29, 1997.

3. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 348,061 | Gross: $59.74M

1987 AD: Based on a theory involving the 1993 video game, Alien vs Predator, SkyNet utilizes Dutch Schaefer's biographical data from military files to construct the T-800 model Terminators. Due to the events of "The Predator" happening remotely from "The Terminator," "The Predator" and "Predator 2" happen in all timelines.

4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 918,735 | Gross: $204.84M

1995 AD: The events of the movie stop Judgment Day from occurring on August 29, 1997 and establish a new timeline.

5. Predator 2 (1990)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Kevin Peter Hall, Rubén Blades

Votes: 135,342 | Gross: $30.67M

1997 AD: The events of the movie occur during the summer of 1997, before August 29, 1997. An "alien (xenomorph)" skull can be seen in the Predator trophy room on board the ship, establishing the presence of "alien/xenomorph" creatures in the Predator universe, albeit a different branch than those created by David between "Prometheus" and "Alien: Covenant."

6. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 185,176

2000 AD, "Salvage": Agent John Doggett and Agent Dana Scully make reference to the T-1000 model Terminator while Doggett investigates a company experimenting with "smart metals." Following along the same thought as the Schaefer/T-800 theory, SkyNet utilizes Doggett's biographical information from his military (Marine), law enforcement (NYPD), and FBI files to construct the T-1000 Terminator.

7. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A cybernetic warrior from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a 25-year old drifter and his future wife from a most advanced robotic assassin and to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Kristanna Loken, Claire Danes

Votes: 352,884 | Gross: $150.37M

2004 AD: Judgment Day comes to pass.

8. Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

49 Metascore

In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted?

Director: McG | Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 323,152 | Gross: $125.32M

2018 AD: The War with the Machines rages on.

9. Terminator Genisys (2015)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

38 Metascore

When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney

Votes: 236,923 | Gross: $89.76M

2029 AD: In the second timeline, after the events of "Salvation," SkyNet takes on human form. It travels to 1995, terminates the T-1000 and Guardian T-800, allowing Judgment Day to occur on August 29, 1997 once more, all of which technically is a new timeline. It waited to infiltrate the Resistance, then converted John Connor into the T-3000 in 2029, when the movie officially starts. It then sent a T-1000 to 1973 to terminate Sarah Connor as a child, but she was saved by a reprogrammed T-800, possibly sent by Katherine Brewster. Kyle Reese develops memories of his childhood in another timeline as he is sent to 1984, convinces Sarah to travel to 2017 after he arrives and discovers the timeline has been changed once more, and they terminate SkyNet for good. When Kyle first meets "Pops," Sarah's T-800, Kyle refers to Pops as a "skin-job," a term never used in the Terminator movies, but is prevalent in the Blade Runner movies. My Theory, and the glue that holds some of this timeline together, is this: Sarah and Pops dispatched the original T-800 and Sarah's T-1000, establishing a new timeline in which there is no Terminator influence until 2014 (when John Connor as the T-3000 begins work on the new and improved SkyNet). This opens doors for companies such as the Tyrell Corporation, and eventually the Weyland Corporation, to thrive, especially after the setback Cyberdine Systems undergoes with the destruction of Genisys (the new SkyNet). So, Kyle refers to Pops as "skin-job," a term he remembers from his new childhood where he was familiar with Tyrell's Replicants, enacted off world in 2016, as well as being referred to often as "skin-jobs."

10. Alien vs. Predator (2004)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

29 Metascore

During an archaeological expedition on Bouvetøya Island in Antarctica, a team of archaeologists and other scientists find themselves caught up in a battle between the two legends. Soon, the team realize that only one species can win.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 174,857 | Gross: $80.28M

2004 AD: The events of AVP take place during October 2004. Due to the T-800 of "Rise of the Machines" arriving on 07/24/2004 and Judgment Day occurring just days later, AVP takes place in the latest, altered timeline. In the opening scene, a satellite branded with "Weyland Industries" is introduced as "Weyland Corporation Satellite PS12," possibly alluding to the Corporation being a subsidiary of Industries at the time. Charles Bishop Weyland doesn't mention any children he's leaving behind, only that he wants to leave a legacy. Records show that Peter Weyland's father was an engineer but make no mention of Charles Bishop. It could be concluded that, if AVP is part of the new timeline, Peter Weyland may be a distant cousin of Charles Bishop Weyland and acquired ownership of Weyland Industries, reshaping it and "founding" the new Weyland Corporation in 2012. Peter Weyland's acquisition of Weyland Industries would afford him knowledge of the Antarctic expedition of 2004, spurring on his research while keeping the Bouvetøya Island incident classified.

11. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

29 Metascore

Warring Alien and Predator races descend on a rural Colorado town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause | Stars: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps, John Ortiz

Votes: 110,178 | Gross: $41.80M

2004 AD: The events of AVPR occur directly after AVP.

12. Predators (2010)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race.

Director: Nimród Antal | Stars: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga

Votes: 201,351 | Gross: $52.00M

2010 AD: The events of this movie occur during the new timeline between Sarah and Kyle leaving 1984 and their return in 2017.

13. The Predator (2018)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 99,291 | Gross: $51.02M

2018 AD: The events of this movie occur one year after the collapse of Genisys, as well as occurring on the eastern coast of the US while the western coast thrives with technology.

14. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 635,675 | Gross: $32.87M

2019 AD: The events of this movie occur two years after the collapse of Genisys and one year after the events of "The Predator."

15. Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 (2017 Video)

15 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

In 2022, a powerful weapon causes a global blackout that has massive implications all over the world.

Director: Shin'ichirô Watanabe | Stars: Jovan Jackson, Luci Christian, Bryson Baugus, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 6,392

2022 AD

16. Soldier (I) (1998)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Jason Isaacs, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 49,333 | Gross: $14.57M

2037 AD: The events of this movie occur within the Blade Runner timeline, being an indirect sequel.

17. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

R | 164 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista

Votes: 386,159 | Gross: $92.05M

2049 AD

18. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 542,116 | Gross: $126.48M

2093 AD

19. Alien: Covenant (2017)

R | 122 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

65 Metascore

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride

Votes: 230,718 | Gross: $74.26M

2104 AD: The Yutani Corporation has acquired Weyland Corporation by the time of the events in this movie, forming Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

20. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 722,884 | Gross: $78.90M

2122 AD

21. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 607,002 | Gross: $85.16M

2179 AD

22. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 257,838 | Gross: $55.47M

2179 AD

23. Alien: Resurrection (1997)

R | 109 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman

Votes: 213,097 | Gross: $47.75M

2379 AD

24. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 228,621

2511 AD, "The Train Job": Mal Reynolds is shown utilizing a turret gun manufactured by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation.

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