In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of the G.I. Joe franchise. With two successful movies under its belt, fans are clamoring to see more of their favorite characters on the big screen. But with so many different films and spin-offs, keeping track of the G.I. Joe universe can be challenging.

We’ve created this blog post: to give you a definitive guide to watching the G.I. Joe movies. We’ll take you through all the films, from the original classics to the latest blockbusters, and help you understand the complex timeline of the G.I. Joe Universe.

The G.I. Joe movies are the perfect mix of action, adventure, and heroism--all rolled into one. The G.I. Joe team has the best action heroes, from Bruce Willis to Dwayne johnson. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. joe characters, comic, and media franchises, these films were instantly successful when the first installment was released in 2009.

So this is the perfect resource whether you’re a longtime fan or just getting into any Joe Movie. So please sit back, relax, and enjoy as we take you through the G.I. Joe films.

G.I. Joe Movies in Order of the Release Date

  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)
  • G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant (TBA)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009) Official Trailer - Channing Tatum Movie HD

“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on the toy franchise created by Hasbro, with particular reference to the comic book series and toy line G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Stephen Sommers directs the first volume in the live-action G.I Joe film series. The story follows two American soldiers, Duke and Ripcord, who join the G.I Joe Team after being attacked by Military Armaments Research Syndicate (MARS) troops.

“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is packed with thrilling action sequences, larger-than-life characters, and exciting special effects. It’s no wonder the film was such a hit with audiences worldwide. 

The film stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Lee Byung-hun Sienna Miller. Jonah Hill plays a weapons dealer named Storm Shadow, while Channing Tatum is Crios.

The film was a box office success and a critical success; and was praised for its action sequences, acting, and special effects and went on to gross more than $300 million at the box office against its budget of $175 million.

This is the first film in G.I. Joe movies in order of the release date; if you are a fan of action, heart-pounding stunts, and intense battle sequences, then “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” is the perfect film for you.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation Official Trailer #3 (2012) - Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis Movie HD

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is a 2013 military action film directed by Jon M. Chu, based on the Joe toy franchise created by Hasbro. The film is a sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and features an ensemble cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, and Luke Bracey.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” is an explosive, action-packed sequel that builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor.

The story picks up shortly after the first film, with the G.I. Joes facing their greatest challenge yet: a traitorous insurrection within their ranks. Led by the ruthless Cobra Commander, the traitorous Joes launch a devastating surprise attack that nearly wipes out the entire team. But a few survivors, including Roa.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” was released in 2D and 3D theaters on March 28, 2013, and grossed over $375 million worldwide. The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, with praise for its cast and action sequences but criticism for its plot and emphasizing visual effects over the story.

Any action lover would enjoy “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” It’s the perfect mix of action, drama, and suspense.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - Official Trailer (2021) Henry Golding, Samara Weaving

“Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” is a 2021 American superhero film directed by Robert Schwentke from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse.

The third movie in the G.I. Joe Movie series is based on Hasbro’s G.I Joe characters in the thrilling action-adventure game and tells the origin story of the title character Larry Hama, as well as being a reboot of the G.I Joe film series.

Henry Golding portrays Snake Eyes as the main character, with Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, and Iko Uwais in supportive roles.

This part of the G.I. Joe franchise was not as successful as the last two. Critics gave the film primarily negative reviews, stating that the action scenes’ writing, editing, and direction were subpar. They did praise the performances and production values, however.

The movie was considered a box-office bomb; it only made $40 million globally against a budget of $88 million to break even between $160 and $ 175 million.

Apart from its visual effects, “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” is a forgettable entry in the G.I. Joe franchise that action fans may want to skip. However, if you are a franchise fan, you may want to watch it.

We are at the end of our list of G.I Joe movies in order. These action-packed films will surely get your heart pumping and keep you on the edge while watching the team fight the cobra commander. Watch them get the whole experience of the G.I Joe story. The actions and epic battle sequences are not to be missed.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and settle in for a marathon movie session. We hope you enjoyed reading it. If you are a fan of action, these films are definitely for you.

“And now you know and knowing is half the battle.”

FAQs about the G.I. Joe Movies

Are all the G.I. Joe movies connected?

Yes, all G.I. Joe movies are connected and form one continuous story. You should watch them chronologically to get the whole experience of the G.I. Joe story. They are based on the toy franchise created by Hasbro and follow the story of the G.I Joes, a team of elite soldiers who use their skills to fight the evil forces of the cobra commander.

Will There Ever Be Another G.I. Joe Movie?

Yes, another G.I. Joe superhero is in the making by the name of “G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant.” There are few film details available; neither the date of release nor the cost of production has been announced yet.

How did Snake Eyes become mute?

Zartan shoots Snake Eyes in the throat so he will not be able to notify their master, leaving him unable to speak.

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