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

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Future Sentinel Origin Story

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X-Men: First Class distinguished itself from the preceding trilogy of films (and a Wolverine Origin movie) by redefining a lot of the core character relationships within the X-Men family. The main alteration was the re-positioning of Mystique as the woman between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr – and subsequently their opposing philosophies on mutantkind’s destiny. It was certainly a departure from X-Men comic book lore (though the characters do share a lot of history), but general opinion was that it also created a compelling character drama that provided a strong core to the film. The plot of Days of Future Past also hinges on the Mystique/Charles/Erik triangle – the only problem is: that little love story has no connection to the Original X-Men Trilogy.

At the beginning of DoFP, Prof. X (Patrick Stewart) recounts to future Wolverine how and when the future went so wrong. His story – Mystique’s assassination of Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage), and her capture resulting in the creation of adaptable Sentinels – is one set within the First Class continuity, which doesn’t make sense at all. The original X-Men films indicated a close relationship between Magneto and Mystique, but the Professor X/Raven connection was never telegraphed at all. How Stewart’s version of Professor X (who supposedly exists in the Original Trilogy continuity) has memory of First Class continuity is a definite problem.

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The OTHER Bolivar Trask

The entire Future Sentinel origin story is an issue, since by all indications of Xavier’s story it’s debatable whether or not Mystique dies while being dissected by Trask industries. Even if she survived, that experience is reflected nowhere in the Original Trilogy, where Bolivar Trask just so happens to also exist. UPDATE: For those who debate whether the X3 version of Trask played by African-American actor Bill Duke  is actually “Bolivar Trask,” it has been confirmed by Bryan Singer that are two versions of the character, and that it is a continuity problem (read HERE).

The whole Trask/Mystique encounter is a good premise to drive the action of DoFP, but as a method to unify all of the films, it’s got holes.

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Wolverine’s Xavier Origin Story

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Getting into some smaller nitpicks: An early moment of Days of Future Past involves Wolverine reciting a story to young Charles Xavier about how he [Charles] first discovered his mutant powers (thought he was crazy at age 9, figured out he had telepathy at age 12). However, looking at continuity, that story doesn’t quite add up.

In X-Men: First Class, the opening scene depicts Xavier (12) and Mystique (10) meeting for the first time – a meeting in which Xavier demonstrates clear mastery of his telepathic abilities. The ages may sync, however Wolverine’s version of the origin story seemed to describe a twelve-year-old Charles Xavier who hadn’t gained as much control or confidence as the one shown at the beginning of First Class. A small, petty but noticeable issue when watching the movies back-to-back.

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Xavier’s Wolverine Quote

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One of the most amusing moments in Days of Future Past is when an agitated Charles Xavier remembers Wolverine as the man he and Erik tried to recruit during that awesome First Class surprise cameo scene. Charles endeavors to give Logan the same advice that Logan had given to him a decade ago. And yet, the Professor manages to get the message wrong.

In First Class, Wolverine tells Xavier and Erik to “Go f*ck yourself.”; in Days of Future Past, Xavier tells Wolverine to “F*ck Off.” It’s not a big deal, and we know Xavier was in the midst of a drug binge – but still, it’s an easy thing to get right.

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Possible Explanation: Alternate Timelines

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In the end, it’s clear that – despite the fact that DoFP considers all of the previous X-Men films as part of its canon – the future we witness in the film CANNOT be a direct extension of the Original Trilogy continuity. There are simply too many errors.

One possible explanation for what we DO see may be found in the film itself: Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) at one point describes time as a river: you can throw a stone into it, cause ripples and upset the flow – but eventually, somehow, the river course-corrects itself. Going with that time-travel logic, one could argue that the future we see in DoFP is a variation on the Original Trilogy; major events of the first three films that were directly referenced in DoFP  (like Stryker’s appearance in X2 or the Dark Phoenix saga of X3) still happened, only they happened within the First Class continuity line, which would allow for variant outcomes than the exact developments we saw in the Original Trilogy films, while still arriving in the future of DoFP.

Wolverine’s metal claws; Professor X’s return; the end credits of The Wolverine; a Bolivar Trask who his Peter Dinklage and not Bill Duke; the Sentinel origin story – all of it is free to exist without issue, if one simply rationalizes that Days of Future Past holds First Class as its official continuity, and that the future X-Men are only similar to the ones from the Original Trilogy, not exact representations.

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…That’s the best we can do to bring some measure of peace to fans still upset by continued X-Men movie continuity issues. Days of Future Past (or its makers) in NO WAY provide an official, irrefutable, explanation – and maybe that’s the biggest issue of all. However, if you’ve read our review or listened to our X-Men episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast, you know that we liked the film! A lot!

We hope that fans don’t get so hung up on the little details and inconsistencies that they don’t remember to sit back and just enjoy the movie. At the end of the day, this is all supposed to be fun – and really, by the end of the film, Days of Future Past manages to negate all of these issues in favor of a bigger, better, more cohesive future. Hopefully the term “X-Men Movie Continuity Errors” are on their way to being a thing of the past…

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More: Days of Future Past End Credits Scene Explained

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is now playing in theaters. It is 131 minutes (its goes fast, don’t worry) and is Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.

Want to discuss SPOILERS? Head over to our Days of Future Past Spoilers Discussion. Confused about that scene at the end of the film? Read our Post-credit Scene Explained article or listen to our editors discussion on the XM:DoFP episode of the Screen Rant Underground Podcast.

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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. 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.

  18. 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.