‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Continuity Problems & Errors

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[WARNING: Major SPOILERS for X-Men: Days of Future Past in this Article!]


X-Men: Days of Future Past is now theaters, bringing with it the promise of a (semi-)rebooted X-Men Movie Universe where the missteps of past films will be course-corrected (or outright wiped away) in favor of providing the franchise with a clean slate on which to build toward a bigger, better, “fewcha” (future).

Of course, throughout the marketing campaign for Days of Future Past, hardcore fans of both the X-Men comic books and/or films have remained wary of the lingering issue of continuity errors. The six films in the preceding X-Men movie saga (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last StandX-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine) have nearly choked themselves to death with inconsistencies and contradictions in shared universe storytelling. It was an annoyance in the past, but it is a downright deal-breaking flaw in the era of shared universe franchises.

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As we stated in our official X-Men: Days of Future Past review, the film does a lot of good things for the franchise – but that doesn’t mean it is able to completely clean up the messy continuity. Granted, Days of Future Past manages to negate the other X-Men movies (with the exception of First Class) in favor of a much-needed mulligan; but how well it earned that second chance at better continuity is up for debate.

We selected some of the biggest and most glaring continuity issues in Days of Future Past - and some additional ones that meticulous viewers will no doubt notice and likely criticize, even as the franchise tries to leave its ugly blemishes behind.


Prof X. Lives

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One of the biggest continuity issues that has been apparent ever since Days of Future Past was first announced was the return of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor X was vaporized by Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey – only to achieve resurrection by transferring his consciousness into the body of a comatose patient who was under the care of Moira MacTaggert (as seen in a post-credits scene):

Now, if you read around the Interwebs, you’ll hear all kinds of justifications for how Xavier’s resurrection could result in what we see in DoFP - and also the post-credits scene of The Wolverine, which serves as a direct lead-in to DoFP. The most popular theory is that when Xavier transferred his consciousness, he did so into the body of a twin brother. This familial relation is never specified in X3, but it isn’t impossible (just soap opera-style cheesy). However, even it that WAS a viable explanation, it still wouldn’t explain how or why Xavier’s twin brother also ended up paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

At the end of The Wolverine, any direct explanation is left to vague references, as Wolverine asks “How is this possible?” upon seeing Xavier alive, and  Xavier answers, “You’re not the only one with gifts,” suggesting that some aspect of his powers has allowed him to cheat death. A lot of fans hoped that Days of Future Past would detail exactly how Xavier made it back, but alas, that explanation is nowhere to be found. And since DoFP insists that X3 is official canon, that unanswered question is certainly a big one.


 Future Wolverine’s Adamantium Claws

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Days of Future Past clearly recognizes the events of both X-Men: The Last Stand and The Wolverine, and when last we saw Logan onscreen, his Adamantium claws had been destroyed in a battle with the “Silver Samurai.” From early marketing of Days of Future Past, the question of how Future Wolverine got his claws repaired was nagging the minds of fans everywhere. In the actual film, we get zero explanation of how this particular restoration occurs.

Director Bryan Singer promised all would be revealed. The easy answer seemed to be having Ian McKellen’s future Magneto be the source of Wolverine’s re-attachment to his famed metal; all it would take is a throwaway line of dialogue and the whole thing could be settled.

The most we get from the film is implication: In the 1970s, young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) reveals the imaginative vision for endowing Wolvie with a metallic upgrade, as the pair are on a jet flight to Paris. You could call that an implied explanation, but most fans would, in turn, call B.S.

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  1. dude u clearly do not get it.. ofcourse the story doesnt go with the first 3 movies cuz they no longer happened so its not cracks in the story ratther a complete alternate timeline. do u get that so the story cannnot be related to first 5 movies cuz that past doesnt exist. wow for someone who grew up during Back to the Future idk how u dont get this..
    THere are a few errors like go f yourself and stuff.. But if Jean is there and she is alive so she must not have killed the professor so in the new future he would be fine. yeh it doesnt explain how and why he came back in a new body still paralyzed. but just becuz the original never talked about charles and raven doesntt change the history. u gotta realize those first 3 xmen are now irrelevant. they change the time line so non of that stuff happened. i would have taken it a step further and showed the prison from x3 repaired. and everything else that was destroyed being just fine.

    • I Totally Agree! In short, the XMEn trilogy including the ending scene in The Wolverine never happened at all after DOFP. So the Xmen continuous with the ending credits in DOFP of showing the Apocalypse Saga.. So lets move forward and wait for the next Xmen installment which is the Apocalypse.

    • Continuation problems everywhere in this movie. Deal with it.

      One being Quicksilver wasn’t in the future. He’s assumed to be dead since there was no presence of him, thus, the sentinels should have been light speed and invincible.

      If they were smart they could have thrown Leech at the sentinels making them all useless and or use the “CURE” from the X3 movie. Mags could have filled an infinite amounts of syringes with the Cure and splattered the sentinels, easily destroying them all.

      Apocalypse would have been awake and raped everyone. Yet no where to be seen in the future. And you cant say he was in slumber because that means all that a mutant has to do is go to sleep and the sentinels can’t find them LOL

      • That’s because all that stuff you posted is just random trivia you read in a comic book. It’s not a story and it would be incomprehensible to nearly everyone who saw the movie.

      • The movies are far from perfect, especially in terms of continuity, so I’m not trying to defend them or anything but I think there are some answers to the questions you raise so just thought I would take a crack at answering them.

        1. Quicksilver in the future.
        First of all, why do you assume he’s not in the future? Just because he’s not hanging out with Prof X doesn’t mean anything. It is implied that there are multiple different bands of mutants, though not that many of them. We see two: Xavier’s group (w/ Magneto, Storm, Wolverine), and Bishop’s group (with Shadowcat, Warpath, Blink, Sunspot, Iceman, and Colossus). These are not the last 11 mutants on Earth. So Quicksilver could be off on his own somewhere chilling or with another group, maybe surviving with his help.
        Second, if he really is dead, well that could have happened any number of ways. You are assuming he cannot be defeated by a Sentinel because he’s too fast, but these Sentinels adapt maybe they found some way. Even if they couldn’t catch him while he was awake, the guy has to sleep sometime, right? And as we saw in DoFP sometimes he sits still for 30 seconds or so to have a conversation with a regular person. He could have been stabbed in the back like Storm. If he didn’t see the attack coming. But that’s only assuming he was killed by Sentinels. Why couldn’t he have just died in a plane crash? Or car accident? Or gotten cancer? Or committed suicide after he went to go see The Return of the King in theaters and realized that at the rate time passes for him it was going to take roughly 3 million years to finish? Seems like living as he does would be a pretty surefire way to get incredibly bored and develop depression. Suicide is the silent killer. Or maybe he tripped once and since he was running at 10 times the speed of sound when his head hit the ground it just exploded…

        Next point: just because the Sentinel’s technology was inspired by Mystique’s mutation doesn’t mean that they are mutants. Or even organic. They’re still robots. There’s no guarantee that Leech would work on them. Even if he did, his power is pretty pathetically limited. We saw in The Last Stand it only affected Beast when he was close enough to shake his hand. The sentinels could easily stand at a distance and incinerate him. He had no other powers. As to Magneto shooting cure vaccines at them… that seems pretty silly, too. Since they can harden their skin and are probably impervious to bullets I doubt that hypodermics would be much use against them at all. And again… they don’t have a blood stream, do they? That’s how a syringe works. If you really want to believe they have organic elements (and they don’t, in my opinion) then think of them like the Terminator. Machine on the inside, alive on the outside. If you injected the Terminator with a syringe full of ebola do you think it would kill him? Works pretty well on humans.

        Re: Apocalypse… Apocalypse went to sleep to wait for mutants to evolve to a point when they would be stronger. He’s interested in evolution and finding the strongest of the species and weeding out the weak. He doesn’t care about robots killing everybody. He could have slept through all of that war. But maybe when some mutant developed the power to send another mutant back in time 60 years and alter history… that might have activated his snooze alarm. Maybe that’s what woke him up. Or maybe something different happened in the intervening 10 years between DoFP and AoA.

  2. One thought. In the Joss Whedon penned X-Men arc, we see Xavier projecting his appearance to “Danger”, making the being believe he is in one place when actually isn’t. While it’s somewhat of a stretch (though way less than the twin brother theory), Xavier could have been projecting his presence, making everyone believe that he was there and experiencing the physical effects of Jean’s Phoenix powers, when in reality he wasn’t there at all. This “I’m not really there but it sure seems like it” was even used in DoFP (airport with Mystique). Why was he in a hospital at the end of X3? Perhaps violent barfing due to Ratner’s suckiness. But he was unable to attend the confrontation with Jean or perhaps sensed the danger.

    • Still doesn’t explain why Xavier would just let all his loved ones believe he was dead and ditch them at what was obviously a very critical moment.

      • I got the impression he was just waking up when that scene took place, *after* everything went down. Wolverine probably left before Xavier got a chance to make contact.

  3. X-Men 3 revealed why Professor X was alive in the End credit scene. Doesn’t explain how, n its not the point you have to use your own interpretaion. I’m intpreting as a process that took some time, perhaps when he projected his conciousness in another vegitable it changes their appearance aswell, why is he crippled, because Professor X is n his crippledness is on his concious.

    Kitty Pride’s time traveling power is discovered later in her life after the original XMen trilogy, she is able to phase someones mind thru time the same she is able to phase their body thru objects.

    Wolverine’s claws is simple to explain Im sure he laced them with admantium hisself, their in war with sentinels, admantium claws would be a good asset.

  4. Hey, I thought I heard trask say there wasn’t “an ounce of metal” in his sentinels. If so how is professor xavier controlling them???????

    • “Hey, I thought I heard trask say there wasn’t “an ounce of metal” in his sentinels. If so how is professor xavier controlling them???????”

      Well, MAGNETO was able to control the plastic Sentinels by weaving metal through their bodies. Remember when he found them being shipped on the train?

  5. The problem is simply that Hollywood involved time travel at ALL. The truth is that the X-Men franchise was probably too lucrative to allow dignified closure, and in typical Hollywood fashion they employ time travel ala Star Trek, reboot and pretend none of the past movies happened.

    And this happens in SO many movies. In fact I can’t say I’ve seen a movie about time travel YET that didn’t have at least one illogical thing that caused me to protest at the screen.

    Time isn’t a “thing”, it is an abstraction, it is a measurement of CHANGE, just like an inch is a measurement of length. Traveling in time is like asking someone to squeeze 2000 inches into a foot that is equal to another foot of 12 inches. You can redefine what inches and feet MEAN but you’ve done nothing magical or scientific and only created confusion about your WORDS. The greatest problem with “time travel” is that we have disparate concepts of what the term means. I believe time is zero point. Nothing exists except the NOW and there is no way to violate causality. We live in a universe where things are in motion, but it is impossible to sample their past or future state; there is only the now. There is no “field” or stream, or cosmic projection system advancing us forward frame by frame. A second, like the inch, is not atomic in nature, but infinitely divisible. Matter moving one inch does not skip through space but traverses ALL the distance in between. Likewise, matter over time does not skip around by frame, from time A to time B, but exists and elapses at ALL moments between.

    • Interesting theory. But still just that: a theory, like every other time travel theory people discuss. And just as valid – unless you have proof?

    • This is your first complaint about a movie where a single mutation in a single generation gives a guy the power to control electromagnetic forces with his mind?

      • hahaha… yeah, exactly. If you want intelligent and plausible science fiction then you should not be watching comic book movies. I mean… a machine that turns everyone into a mutant with big white waves of radiation? A cure that makes Beast’s hair fall out and then immediately regrow when it’s out of range? Adamantium bullets??

        That said, the X-Men films are good for comic book movies. And Days of Future Past handled the time travel aspect much better than MOST movies do. I mean… it was way less stupid than Looper.

  6. This is all pretty straight forward. X1-3 is set in an alternate reality than First Class and DoFP. The X-Men are founded earlier in this 2nd reality, but many of the same large events have occurred in both realities. Though there are differences. That’s the answer that cleans up the continuity errors. It would be more apparent if Singer had reshot the Wolverine flashbacks with different clothing, settings, etc… but – real world – they saved money just using footage from the previous movies. So perhaps in this reality, Xavier wasn’t killed by Jean Grey. So this Xavier is just the same guy. In the X3 reality, that Xavier wakes up in a new body that looks different and walks (but we never got to see that.) And the idea that the man is Xavier’s twin brother is kind of BS.

    Young Prof X saying “F off” instead of “F yourself” is easily hand-waved. He was on Hank’s drugs, not in his clear mind and remembering an insult from years ago. His mind probably just auto-corrected it from the American (and Canadian?) slang to British slang. Which is F off.

    Future Wolverine’s adamantium claws could have easily been handled as well. Singer could have either disavowed The Wolverine (which I don’t think he would do) or just include a line by future Magneto along the lines of, “Remember, Logan, when you go back, you’re not going to have that metal I gave you.”

    The different Trasks is even easier: The X series Trask exists in an alternate reality from this Trask. Real world answer: Recasting. Don’t read too much into it.

    • the weird thing is, in the comics, Xavier is an American born and raised in NY. In the movie, even if born in the UK, he was raised in America. He should have an american accent.

      there is a fan-theory that the Bill Duke’s Trask is Peter Dinklage’s Trask son, biological or adopted is up for debate

      • And Magneto should have some kind of eastern European accent, not Ian McKellan’s usual British accent or whatever Fassbender is doing. Hilarious how whenever he gets mad or gives a speech he slips into an Irish accent

        • Why would Magneto need to have an East Europen accent? It’s not impossible to learn a language without an accent. Fassbender’s character is obviously very well traveled and educated. He seems to speak fluent German, English, Spanish and French. He could have learned to speak English in the UK or from a British teacher. If he was a good student, and there’s no reason to suspect he wasn’t- Magneto is supposed to be a genius- then he would have learned proper enunciation and therefore not be speaking with a heavy Polish/Jewish/German accent or whatever you think he should have.

      • If Xavier was born in the UK, grew up in an obviously very wealthy British family where he was probably pretty well-isolated, was sent away to boarding schools as a child and then went to Oxford as a college student it’s not unlikely that he would have a British accent even if his family owned a mansion in New York.

  7. I think you’ve got it all wrong. First Class and the Original trilogy are NOT separate continuities. They are the same. First Class is just the past of the original trilogy. Wolverine Origins, however, is NOT continuity and has been stated multiple times as such. Because of this the older Professor X can have knowledge of the past (First Class). As for his relationship with Mystique, it can be seen that they just drifted apart when she killed Trask and returned to Magneto. In the past, Magneto could have easily been released from his prison by Mystique and joined back up with him. They never state she was killed when she was captured and because of the limited knowledge of DNA at that time it could have taken them 40 years before they perfected the sentinel technology. As you stated, Magneto could be responsible for putting the adamantium back on Wolverine’s bones. No explanation is given as to how Prof X came back, but characters come back from the dead all the time in the comics. The two Trasks are simply two separate people with the same name. Unlikely, yes, but totally doable. Because Origins is NOT continuity the two Emma Frosts and Stryker’s role within the film can be written off. One thing they don’t explain, however, is how Moira is a government agent in the sixties and a geneticist in the 00′s. Most of your errors can be easily covered up. It’s possible the sentinels were released right after The Wolverine and that they were able to trace their appearance to that day when Mystique was captured. Sometimes filmmakers try too hard to make messed up stories work, and sometimes people try too hard to make them not work. I’d hardly call Charles and Raven’s ages concrete at the time of their meeting and it’s understandable that Charles wouldn’t remember the exact words Wolverine spoke to him ten years prior.

    • You got this exactly right. Well done.

  8. Singer is just taking after other creators who don’t want to be weighed down by another artist’s work. That said, my problems with the X-Men series is more fundamental and petty. I can’t buy the Mystique/Xavier relationship at all. She just shows up in his house and the next thing we know she’s going to university with him? What the h*ll did his mother say about the little blue girl staying in the mansion? They have a much better built in story between Rogue and Mystique.
    My biggest pet peeve with DOFP is how Wolverine calls Xavier “Charles”. Ugn……anyone who ever read an X-Men comic knows he only ever calls him Chuck or Prof. Get it right people! :)
    And can we get past the whiny, angry Magneto? He was in solitary confinement for years, but he still can’t control his powers if he gets too angry? Is this the Hulk or the Master of Magnetism? double ugh

    • You are seriously contending that Magneto doesn’t lash out hastily with his powers in the comics? It’s like 50% of all comics panels containing Magneto.

  9. This movie is an insult to the audience. As soon as Wolverine woke up one day in 1973 with the knowledge and memory of the next 50 years, the movie was over. The future timeline no longer existed.

    • Yes the future timeline still existed when Wolverine woke up in 1973. The fact that Wolverine has knowledge of future events does not stop Mystique from being captured and being used to create Sentinels who wipe out the mutants in the future.

    • So I take it you’ve had a lot of experience sending people’s consciousnesses back in time to their younger selve’s bodies? Because it seems like you know what you’re talking about.

  10. Ok, I am a late comer to this party as I just watched X-Men DoFP this weekend. I will also preemptively state that I have never read the comic books so what I know comes from all the X-Men cartoons growing up. A travesty I know but it is what it is.
    I have many of the same gripes with some of the inconstancies you all have, but one of my biggest complaints is the bouncing around of Strykers age.
    Now I am ok with the 1st two Strykers we saw, the age of the men playing him adds up in my head, the really old Stryker in X2 and a somewhat younger version in Wolverine’s origin story. But here is where I get aggravated…. In X-Men: First Class, which time wise is before Wolverine Origins and his adamintium claws do not yet exist, we see Stryker, and he is older in First Class than he was in Wolverine Origins, that’s Stryker problem one for me. Now, in DoFP we have yet another Stryker and now he is suddenly in his 30′s AFTER First Class took place only a few years before. Unless he is a secret mutant and can magically change his age he is one of my biggest gripes yet.

    Here are the ages of the men who played Stryker by movie and age:
    X2 – Brian Cox age 62
    Wolverine Origins – Danny Huston age 52 (i can live with the 10 year age gap since he looks older than he is)
    X-Men : First Class – Don Creech age 66 , even older than the other 2!
    X-Men : DoFP – Josh Helman age 28 !!!!!!!!!

    I had been hoping someone one else would have addressed this as a major incontinuity with this movie series but I can’t find this anything about this glaring inconsistency. Surely I am not the only human on the planet this is truly aggravated with this?
    The fact that the makers of these movies seem to think no one would recognize these age jumps, to me, seem insulting to the fans that have watched all these movies.
    This is my continuity rant, I feel better now.

    • Don Creech in X-Men: First Class plays William Stryker’s father!! Wolverine Origins takes place a long time before X2… that’s why they cast a younger actor. X-Men Days of Future Past takes place long before Origins, which is why they used a younger actor still. There’s no jumping around here though the actors are, of course, not exactly the same age as the characters they are playing and that’s very normal.

  11. Some of these are pretty easily explained, some not so easily (but potentially) and there is something to be said for leaving some things in movies unexplained and up to the viewer’s imagination. Other points, like the Xavier misquote, are not continuity errors at all. I mean… seriously… do you remember verbatim every single two-line conversation that you had at a bar ten years ago? He probably just recalled that Wolverine was rude, told him to get lost, and that the F word was involved. Close enough and it would actually be unrealistic if he remembered it perfectly.

    There are bigger continuity errors in the X-Men film universe than these. A lot of them. But the film (at least minus The Last Stand and Origins) have been excellet and while Marvel worries about consistency and franchise-building, Singer and Vaughn have focused on making good movies with great stories and character development that is worth watching and rewatching. I went to see Thor 2 because I knew it would play into the next Avengers movie but was snoring inside through most of it and will never watch it again. Unlike Days of Future Past which I think I saw in theaters 6 times, already downloaded a bad Chinese camcorded version of, and will buy the DVD for when it comes out. Sort of like how Nolan cares more about theme and style than plot holes… Singer obviously cares more about character arcs and emotional and powerful storytelling than franchise continuity.

  12. For all those who think the first movies are irrelevant, those movies ARE relevant for the beginning of this movie.

    Now, my question is this: where does Logan’s conscience go when he is fished out of the water? Presumably, he cannot go back to his body in the (now obsolete) future.

    • his mind went into his body in the new future reality. It’s why his memories don’t match up with the history everyone else experienced

      • You are thinking in a ‘movie viewer’ point of view. Logan did live those years so who, if not him, lived them?

  13. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    • Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”

    • @Joe @Muhammad

      Lighthouses are more helpful then churches. — Benjamin Franklin

      • @ran76 Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

        • “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

  14. Its possible that wolverine’s claws aren’t restored until after he goes back in time…you only see them once hes laying down. The events that previously took place between 1973 and the present don’t happen now…perhaps he never loses them…remember time is continuous so it would make sense that his actions ob the past would affect his future self in real time. Also Xavier could have just been an illusion that Jean grey killed in the last stand the same Xavier uses illusions multiple times in dofp…tho I like the theory of another mutant reconstituting him also. Why can’t Logan remember anything rthat’s happened to him when he wakes up likechow mystique ends up taking him to get the claws put in…he should know what’s happened in the alternate reality unless these are part of his infamous memory problems Xavier is helping him with…perhaps being blocked by Xavier or being jolted back erases themInterested to see if Jean grey/phoenix comes about using the alien story line in the future

  15. Giga La Seoshi

  16. The adamantium claws could be explained at the end. When Wolverine is pulled out of the water, Mystique disguises herself as Stryker and under his name claims jurisdiction over Wolverine. Not a full explanation, but at least it recreates the link between the two characters. Up for debate and interpretation of course.

  17. Pretty much all of the continuity issues can be rationized without alternate continuity shenanigans. The Trask thing is especially easy. Yes it was caused by an oversight. However in the films themselves Senator Trask is never even referred to by his first name. So, just as how there are multiple people in REAL LIFE with the last name “Trask”, it’s really not unlikely at all for two people in the films to have that last name. They don’t even have to be related. So I don’t even consider that one an issue at all, unless you think real life has plotholes because names are reused by different people.

  18. I thought the blue mutant Hank was introduced in the 2nd X-Men film, and that was where he met Dr. Xavier for the first time, but when Wolverine went back in time to 1973….Xavier and Hank were living together at the school.

    • Hank McCoy (Beast) first shows up in terms of film release dates in a cameo in the second X-Men movie. He’s giving an interview on a television screen in the background. However he is not properly introduced as a character and there is no interaction between him and Xavier. The only blue mutants in X2 are Mystique (who was introduced in the first film), and Nightcrawler (who is a different character entirely from Beast, though they are both blue, furry, nimble and acrobatic so maybe there is so potential confusion). Beast gets a proper introduction in X-Men 3: The Last Stand, where it is shown that he and Xavier already know each other well and have a long history together.

      The original meeting between Xavier and Hank/Beast is depicted in the film X-Men: First Class, which takes places in the 60s, many decades before the first 3 X films in terms of continuity. Days of Future Past is a direct sequel to this film.

  19. No need to explain. We saw Magneto move the chess piece at the end of Last Stand. We knew fully well the cure was temporary after seeing that scene.

  20. Yes the cure was temporary and could have easily destroyed the sentinels since they are partially organic in the future.

    Mags could have made an arsenal of the cure and destroyed the sentinels then every mutant alive destroying them all.