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

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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. I’m 29 now….and I grew up with X-Men…buying all the comics, cards, figures, figurines, and of course a subscription to Wizard, not to mention watching (and buying if I could) all the animated TV shows. I was so stoked to see the first movie when it came out…I knew all the story lines and how they interacted, and I am saddened that those who’ve made these movies didn’t stick to those story lines and bring them to life from the pages of the comics that so deeply held my interest as a kid. This movie franchise is a huge disappointment. They should have never made the movies if they weren’t going to stick to the comics. It’s somewhat cool to see it all come to life, but these movies are by far the biggest let down to any true fan of X-Men .I hope whoever has made these movies understands that, and realizes they are failures to those of us who grew up with it.

    • A lot of the comics are crap. I’m glad they changed some things. If people do not like it they should just reread the comics

    • Having just reread the Days of Future Past graphic novel I was reminded of something.

      Marvel has split up so many of it’s characters (they were broke and before making their own movie studio, selling movie rights was a great way to make money and boost comic sales) that any “loyal” straight adaptation would be difficult if not just impossible.

      I think the film was a competent adaptation of the comics, my only complaint was that there was no reference of a “Franklin”. Even if there are no current plans for an X-Men/ FF crossover, a little cameo of a character in the future named Franklin would have been awesome and got people talking. Especially since he was such big part of the graphic novel.

    • Come on, now. The animated series was different from the comics. The movies are different than both. Just think of the movies as another alternate reality like Ultimate Marvel.

  2. I am a huge fan of X-Men. The only movies I have not seen are The Wolverine (many reasons) and DoFP (Work). I plan to see the movie, but I am a little let down how they have basically started to phase Anna Paquin’s character out. I am a gigantic Rouge fan, so I am possibly biased. Even with that said, I just don’t think it would be a common X-Men adaptation without the character. They could have at least described why she was absent. I will definitely go and see the movie though. I must truly give it a rating. Also, Jerome, you are correct, they have taken that classic feel away.

    • DoFP will set everything right for you. The time thing made it so that there was no feasible way for Anna Paquin’s character to be in the film, however (and I don’t feel I am spoiling this for you since you read this article full of spoilers.) She is back at the end of DoFP, just like the rest of the cast and characters of the original trilogy, and is very available to be included in future films.

    • your a gigantic fan of makeup? or perhaps the color red. If your that big of a fan get the character name right.

    • I know how you feel, dude. Rogue is, by far, my favorite female comic book character. I do not care for Anna Paquin. I don’t know if she is going to continue to portray Rogue, or not. All I know is that Rogue is no Sookie. I think that if they are going to go forward with a Gambit movie after the Apocalypse movie, they are going to need to build up Rogue. I don’t know if I like Channing Tatum as Gambit, but I don’t see Anna Paquin and Channing Tatum heating up the big screen together. I think Rogue is going to be re-cast, and she is finally going to get Ms. Marvel’s powers. I think the Apocalypse movie will give us the Rogue we have always wanted. I hope so, at least.

    • The Wolverine was one of the best superhero films in that they wrote as a drama which just happens to have Wolverine in it. The 3rd-act climax aside (w/the ridiculous interpretation of the Silver Samurai), it was very impressive.

  3. file this under who gives a S^%T

  4. The author of this article is looking at First Class as a reboot, which is incorrect – it is a sequel. It DOES exist in the same continuity as the original X-men trilogy.

    1. We are to assume that Mystique eventually escaped captivity and rejoined Magneto. This allows for all of the events of the original trilogy to proceed as they did.

    2. Professor X’s new body may be paralyzed because it’s been in a comatose state all its life and its muscles have atrophied.

    3. We can rest assured that if Fox had had a “grand plan” for its X-Men franchise back in 2000, as Marvel does with its Avengers universe now, there would be no such continuity flaws. The original trilogy would have been designed to fit in with the plot of the overall franchise (in perfect continuity with First Class and the Mystique-kills-Trask storyline), and then lead into the ‘future’ portion of Days of Future Past. Instead, they have had to allow continuity flaws to exist in order to tell the best story. In the end, nothing in the continuity takes away from the story making sense. It’s not important how Wolverine got his metal claws back – the ‘future’ in DoFP takes place 12 years after he loses them to the Silver Samurai (approx. 50 years after 1973 = 2023, ‘The Wolverine’ takes place in 2011), so there’s ample time for him regain them with Magneto’s help. Xavier may not be shown talking about his history with Mystique in the trilogy, but it could be because it’s a sore subject, and he doesn’t enjoy revisiting it.

    The only plot hole that I didn’t like at first was this: in DoFP, Magneto is able to pull his helmet to him through the glass in its vault. In other words, he can control it, meaning it’s made of metal. But in his fight with Sebastian Shaw in First Class, he had to use the metal parts of the submarine to remove the helmet from Shaw. Why couldn’t he just use his own powers to toss it off Shaw’s head? I’ve decided to accept the idea: the paint that Magneto applies to the helmet to turn it red contains some metal. This lets him control the helmet via controlling the metal in the paint, which was not there when Shaw wore it.

    • Good points. First Class is a prequel common to both the X-Men trilogy and Wolverine films and the DoFP ‘reboot’.
      I’m not convinced how, in the intervening years between 1973 and the X-Men trilogy, Bolivar Trask changed height and race. The reboot would have allowed existing people to change circumstances and actions, not physiognamy.
      My remaining major bugbear is Professor X’s cameo at the end of the Wolverine Origin movie, where he appears as Patrick Stewart but walking and using his mutant powers. DoFP posits that a drug enables Xavier to walk, but only at the cost of his telepathy.

      • What we see in Origins may be a projection of professor X. In DoFP, he projects himself to Mystique in an upward position. Same goes for the first scene in The Last Stand.

    • They can’t be set in the same timeline, because there are no sentinels :)
      Original timeline, 1973: Mystique kills Trask, Sentinels are created blah blah.
      If the X-Men 1-3 films are set in the same timeline, where are the sentinels? Shouldn’t they have hunted mutants to near-extinction in the thirty years they’ve had to do so? Sentinels won’t exist in the new timeline, but supposedly X-Men 1-3 are still part of the old timeline (before Wolverine time-travelled), so they should still be around. And yet there’s no trace, not even a hint of them anywhere.

      • I’m going to be that guy. When Raven kills Trask, it puts a stop to the Sentinel program. They actually mention it. However, her killing Trask sort of assures them of the program’s importance (them being the US government) and so with new funding and fresh samples of Mystique herself, they eventually create the Sentinels of the future which do more or less wipe out mutant kind and a big portion of humanity as well.

    • Not to bend over backwards to make things make sense, but… Magneto definitely would have modified the helmet so that he could control it in the time between First Class and Days. Maybe he mixed in some iron with the paint or something. If I had his powers, I would be duct-taping nickles to everything I owned that was plastic.

    • Problem is that first class was a reboot originally, and was wrote as such.
      They got freaked out on the possibility that that would hurt sales and added 2 cameos to make it a prequel. But in the end the story was still very different than a prequel made with the original continuity in mind would have been. Thus the many and quite a few cases serious continuity issues.

  5. I watched first class again and saw the old man Sryker in the 60s. He has continuity problems and has been played by FOUR ppl!!!

    • @michael:

      The Stryker from first class, the older one sitting at the desk as charles and magneto do their demonstration, was the father of William Stryker. Xavier even says to him “I know you’re thinking of your son William” who at this time was like 14 or 15. 10 years later in DOFP we meet the 25 year old, the now grown up Stryker. This isn’t a continuity error.

      The only stryker continuity error at this point is the xmen origins version of stryker which took place in 1975 ( i think) who appears to be a lot older (like 40) than the 25 year old Stryker from 1973 in DOFP. Oh well I can accept that Origins was just canned from the storyline if that’s whatever else can do.

      Of all the plot holes I think the three biggest for me are Bolivar Task being a small white dwarf in 1973 and a tall black man in 2006. The Charles – magneto relationship continuity issues such as in X1 he says he met magneto when he was 17 but first class suggests he was really in his early 30s, Charles not knowing what magnetos helmet can do in X1, but its established early on in both First class and DOFP that he knew all about it, the falling out in 1963, but they get back together in the 1980s to go find Jean Grey etc…One I think no else even realizes is if Wolverine lost his memory in the 1980s (after he got his claws) as its suggested in Xmen 1 when charles is reading his mind and can’t find anything and wolverine actually says I have no memory, then how does Wolverine remember the events of WWII in the WOlverin movie. He meets the Japanese guy and remembers everything. But, its already established he lost his memory any everything leading up the 3-mile island disaster and that’s he just been wandering since. Did he get his memory back at some point in the original trilogy? Maybe after he met stryker in xmen 2? Then of course there’s the mess that is xmen origins like the Sabertooth character being completely different then the one in xmen trilogy, two January Jones characters, the older stryker in 1975, and where is wolverine in 1973 Vietnam as show in this Origins or new york as shown in DOFP when he a wakes up, maybe he was on leave?)

      Anyway I think the mystique/charles relationship and wolverine claws “plot hole” are overrated. It’s not hard to believe that between 1973 and the beginning of X-1 in 2000 that Charles & mystique have just completely moved on from each other. I mean I have friends that I were extremely close with 5 years ago that I don’t even talk to anymore. Some childhood life long friends. And as for wolverines claws. Its already been established that Magneto can manipulate metal on a bio level. So its not hard to imagine that he got his claws back from the 10 plus years he spent with magneto after the end of the Wolverine.

  6. at least it’s not like the Riddick series…that continuity is truly a mess

  7. What’s more. There wouldn’t have been a need to make “a mutant cure” for X3 if Beast had already made his own serum to suppress his mutant form and abilities…

    • Suppression is not a cure. A cure would eradicate the mutation completely. Like, antipsychotic drugs suppress symptoms of psychotic disorders, but doesn’t ‘cure’ them. It’s a misnomer used in the films, evident by Magneto getting stuck with the ‘cure’, but regaining his powers…

      This is my own speculation, off what I gathered from X:FC, that Beast is a pretty selfish/vain character (so far), brilliant, yes, but flawed all the same. I’m sure the suppressive cocktail he uses is specifically for his deformity (blue fur wasn’t originally part of his mutation, right? A result of Mystique’s blood/blueness?), and since Charles is his friend, then he also made one specifically for him…possibly compatible with mutants with ‘similar’ mutations. But I doubt it.

      Just sayin’. My opinion.

  8. There is one continuity that i don’t think can be explained and thats the fact that there where 2 Emma Frosts. Given that the first one we see in Wolverine origins is a teenager, but in XMFC she is an adult who then is apparently killed before DOFP. Even the whole time travel river metaphor doesn’t work that out.

    • They actually fudge their way out of this one, by pointing out that the girl that helped young Scott was not Emma Frost. Her name was Emma sure, but we never get her last name and we only ever see her display her diamond form ability. So while obviously there are two Emmas they at least can pretend that young diamond only Emma is a different character or maybe a descendant of Emma Frost.

      • Actually they didn’t fudge their way out if it at all. Emma in Origins was Kayla Silverfox’s sister. So it was never even implied she was the telepathic Emma Frost. This was a case where the audience ran with an idea that young Emma Silverfox was actually Emma Frost.

        • well if you can name another X-men related character that’s female, blond, can turn into a diamond and named Emma I’d like to hear it

  9. Lets see In X-Men First Class Emma Frost is a woman but many years later she’s a girl helping a young Scot Summers in Wolverine Origins … and Xavier is standing at the end. (It was also unnecessary to show Xavier and Magneto at the air port at the end of Wolverine Origins. Since Logains conscience was sent to the 70s, not at the time frame)

  10. Weren’t the sentinels shown in the training room at Xaviers mansion in X2?

    • Actually, it was in X-Men 3.

  11. Soo… if DOFP kept (most) people from fearing/hating mutants at the end and canceled out X3 from happening than wouldn’t it cancel out Wolverine Origins and X2 out?

    • “most” is the important word here, there could easily be a contingent within the government/military that was unchanged despite Mystique’s actions in saving Nixon. Somethings could easily have played out in a similar fashion. Remember what McCoy said about time being like a river?

  12. Anyone else notice the Quicksilver seen where he is in the kitchen and how his music didn’t seem to be a going super slow. If he is moving that fast I would think the music he is listening to would be moving as slow as everyone else in the room. They could have easily solved this by him removing a head phone and at the audience’s normal time his music sounds super fast/ like the Chipmunks. Minor movie error and I am picking on a work of fiction; so forgive me.

    • or his tape deck plays superfast

    • That scene was perfect. The music was for the audiences benefit. Who’s to say that was even the song on he was listening to.

    • It seemed pretty clear that the music was playing at the same high speed he was running at. Showing that after he stopped running would be overkill.

  13. another continuity issue is that the balding Professor X was walking with Erik when they visited the young Jean Grey in the Last Stand. The professor should have already been wheelchair bound.

    • You don’t remember the drug Hank gave Charles that allowed him to walk for a while?

      • Yes, but dont you remember that the drug cancels out his powers, which he clearly has in that scene.

        • Yes, but don’t you remember Charles projecting himself in an upward position in DoFP?

          • Yes, but why would charles ride in a car if he could just project himself to Jeans house?

    • Not a continuity issue. Alternate reality. X1-X3 aren’t in the same timeline as First Class and DoFP.

  14. How come no one ever mentions the fact that Mystique is alive during the original X-men movies, yet in Days of Future Past she supposedly get’s killed in the 70′s before Wolverine goes back in time to change history? It’s like killing Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars 1,2 or 3 yet having Darth Vader a part of 4,5 and 6. Poor story writing.

    • I think you misunderstood the film.

      Mystique wasn’t considered killed in the past (I don’t think they really mentioned her current whereabouts in the future timeline), she was captured. She kills Trask (the midget) and then the Sentinels program is revived decades later. Using Trask’s research, they capture Mystique and use her powers to help develop the Sentinels ability to shape shift (you see how they were able to change shape, size, and make their limbs sharp in the future scenes).

      You probably remember the scene where she sneaks into Trask’s office and finds his files and sheds a tear. That showed that Trask has been tracking, capturing and killing mutants as part of his research. Presumably, after his assassination, someone carries on his work and tracks Mystique in the future.

      • My bad. There is a single line at the start of the movie that eludes to the fact that Mystique did escape capture at some point; however, the movie still asks you to assume too much (Wolverine getting his claws back from Magneto, Xavier transfers into, apparently, his twin brother’s body who is also crippled, or who’s legs ONLY have atrophied from being in a coma). And I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but I didn’t like the fact that they started giving mutants powers they’ve never had (Mystique can’t copy powers, Kitty Pride can’t time travel etc.)

    • Maybe because she was never killed

    • “Poor story writing.”

      Not so much poor writing as writing before First Class or DoFP were written. Can’t fault them for that. The in story explanation is those 2 movies were set in a different continuity than X1-X3. Like Marvel’s 616 continuity vs Ultimate Marvel.

  15. The unknown truth is that xmen first class was made with the intensions of being a reboot. This movie was supposed to be a direct followup to X-men FC, however when Bryan Singer was hired to direct DOFP, he decided to combind the FC continuity and the trilogy’s continuity, which just dosnt work. These movies are just like 2 pcs of a puzzle that wont fit together, jam em togather all you want they just wont fit. Look, even if we approach Xavier’s obvious mistakes in X-1 as him going senile, too many things still dont fit. I dont care what kind of family issues Charles and Raven had, the Raven from First classes continuity wound never try to kill or help kill him like she did in X-1 and X-2, plus how was Charles walking in the beginning of X-3 and origins, while using his telepathy at the same time? Plus, how does Charles still look the same after Jean killed him, and why does he still need a weal chair? Someone said because his brothers muscles weren’t in use for so long they stopped working. Then why do his arms still work. Just accept it, FC was a semi-reboot. While the major events from the original trilogy still happened in the FC continuity( liberty island, stryker invading the mansion, alkatraz island, jean killing Scott, wolverine killing jean) some things were also different. In the FC continuity Magneto was probably still in prison for JFK, since he turned against humans far before he did in the original continuity,( he was still palling around with a walking Charles in the 80′s while in FC’s continuity, they broke off in the 60′s). This is how I see the time lines:

    Timeline 1 (trilogy continuity)

    Wolverines mutation manifests, him and Sabertooth run away from home, they fight in the US civil war, WW1, WW2, -> Wolverine saves Yashida from the Nagasaki bombing -> at the age of 9, Charles mutations manifest -> at the age of 17, Charles meets a 19 yr old Erik, the first person he knows who has a mutation besides himself, the two become good friends -> Wolverine and Sabertooth fight in Vietnam -> around 1970, Ravens mutation manifests, prompting her family to try to kill her, making her run away and giving humanity the idea that mutants exist -> with a growing hatred against mutants, Erik and Charles build cerebro together to help mutants -> events or X-Men origins: Wolverine -> Charles recruits Scott -> Sabertooth experiences a secondary mutation-> by 1985, Erik already becomes angry with humanity and views them as inferior, but still goes with a walking Xavier to visit and recruit Jean -> Xavier forms his school -> Erik, who now formed his brother hood, recruits a wandering Raven ->Xavier recruits storm and beast -> Xavier get shot in the spine while him and the X-men trying to stop a battle between Erik’s newly formed brother hood and the friends of humanity(human supremacy group) -> events of X-1 -> events of X-2 -> beast experiences a secondary mutation -> events of X-3 -> Xavier transferred his consciousness into that of his brain dead twin brother, wakes up to Moria -> Beast is killed by friends of humanity -> events of the Wolverine -> Erik tries to recruit Wolverine, who doesn’t trust Erik, so Charles projects an image of himself(wheel chair included) to convince wolverine -> unknown further future events.

    Timeline 2(FC Continuity(no time travel))

    Wolverine(who has no half brother), mutations manifest, runs away from home, fights in the US civil war, WW1, WW2(never goes to japan, fights in Germany), gets tired of all the fighting after WW2 -> at age of 9, Charles mutations manifests, -> at age of 6, Ravens mutations manifest, runs away from home – > at the age of 12, Charles adopts Raven as his sister -> Erik’s mother is killed and Erik is tortured by Shaw at aushuwitz -> events of X-Men FC -> Beast develops temporary mutant suppression -> Erik is charged with killing JFK, goes to prison -> After the school is shut down, Charles becomes a addicted to the mutant suppression drug -> Trask begins experimenting on mutants -> Wolverine sleeps with too many mobsters daughters, to escape the mob he joins the weapon X program -> Raven kills Trask,then she gets captured and experimented on -> a guard has too much iron in his blood, which lets Magneto brake out of prison, and then he frees Raven -> Wolverine gets Adamantium bonded to his skeleton, losses his memory from the procedure -> around 1980 Charles gets off drugs, accepts his power and he and hank reopen the school -> Charles recruits Jean -> Charles recruits Scott and storm -> events of X-1, (minus Charles stating he and Erik met at 17, instead he says they met at 30, Charles doesn’t look for Erik in Cerebro, since he knows about his helmet, Raven never poisons Charles because she still cares for him,) -> events of X-2, (Minus Erik and Raven trying to kill Charles in dark Cerebro, also Wolverine stalls with stryker and kills stryker himself, Jean still dies) -> events of X-3 Minus, Charles dying( Erik saved his friend from jean) the African american Trask and Moria are not present, Hank isn’t surprised by the cure, because he made something similar to that already, the Sentinels were fighting against Magneto and the brother hood on Alcatraz) wolverine kills Jean -> Wolverine gets depressed and goes into hiding, Erik and Charles recruit him because of the coming threat -> future parts of X-men Days of futures past.

    Timeline 3(FC Continuity(time travel))

    Wolverine(who has no half brother), mutations manifest, runs away from home, fights in the US civil war, WW1, WW2(never goes to japan, fights in Germany), gets tired of all the fighting after WW2 -> at age of 9, Charles mutations manifests, -> at age of 6, Ravens mutations manifest, runs away from home – > at the age of 12, Charles adopts Raven as his sister -> Erik’s mother is killed and Erik is tortured by Shaw at aushuwitz -> events of X-Men FC -> Beast develops temporary mutant suppression -> Erik is charged with killing JFK, goes to prison -> After the school is shut down, Charles becomes a addicted to the mutant suppression drug -> Trask begins experimenting on mutants -(TIME LINE DIVERGENCE)-> past events of X-men Days of Futures Past -> X-men age of Apocalypse -> unknown events -> alternate version of X-1 -> alternate version of X-2(where Jean lives) -> unknown events -> Time traveling Wolverine wakes up in Mansion.

    • If First Class was meant to be a reboot, why did they use Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?

      • Because he’s awsome? And it was just a 5 sec cameo, it was eaiser to ask him then to recast the roll for 5 sec.

        • Well considering Singer was originally asked to direct First Class (but couldn’t due to scheduling issues with Jack the Giant Slayer, but stayed on as a producer) I don’t think the studio, or the writers from what I’ve read, had the intentions of making FC a reboot film. And sorry, but it would’ve been easier to recast Wolverine rather than paying Jackman a large sum of money for a 5 second cameo (same goes for Rebecca Romijn).

          • They could have saved some money recasting Wolverine for that cameo in First Class (or shoot someone who looks like him from the back and imitated his voice), but it wouldn’t have gotten that big audience reaction. That was a great laugh and it was perfect.

      • For the same reason they used Judy Dench in Casino Royale.

        On top of that, until DoFP, he could have been playing anyone. They never said nor gave any indication he was Wolverine. It wouldn’t have been any different than any other movie where they pull some past cast member to appear in some random role within the new version in an attempt to give the redone version some sense of validity.

      • Because at the last second they were afraid it was too soon to reboot and threw in 2 cameos to make it a prequel but they did not change enough of the plot to make things match. The movie was originally announced as a prequel.

    • YES!! Thank you!! Finally someone gets it. Most everyone else here is trying to shoehorn X1-X3 into the First Class/DoFP continuity…or just focus on continuity errors without even considering alternate realities.

  16. If you “don’t want fans getting hung up on the details”” then why publish the article?

  17. Im really, really curious as to what Wolverine POSSIBLLY could have affected in the past timeline of his universe to change Bolivar Trask from a large black man into a white dwarf.

    • Alternate timeline? Lol. Just F’ing with you. Me either.

    • Has any one ever possiblaley thought that black boliver trask is just another man named boliver trask or that when Charles goes into that body he mentally couldn’t move his legs
      And him walking when finding jean grey whith magneto is just
      A mishap because first class wasn’t done yet and they just changed it so Charles
      Lost his legs then HMMMMM?!?!? People use your brains and stop complaining

  18. I didn’t really think it would take much explanation as to how Logan got the metal back on his claws. I mean, his girlfriend now controls a company that has quite the large stockpile of it in that fortress. If her grandfather could make the samurai out of it, how hard could it be to re-encase the claws? And it’s not like the metal would get destroyed in that explosion.

  19. I’m a bit late to the game here (just got a chance to see the flick today). Yes, there were major continuity issues but I will gladly accept them to banish the memory of “The Last Stand.” The way it dismissed the introduction of the epic Phoenix storyline teased in X2 while casually killing off so many major characters was downright offensive to X-men comic fans from the 80s-90′s.

    “First Class” and “The Wolverine” started righting the ship and “DOFP” put the X-men films on a course that has huge potential going forward if done right. A few things I would really like to see in the films going forward:

    1. Take the focus off of Wolverine: I know Hugh Jackman is a big draw for the ladies (see the gratuitous ass shot in DOFP), but the draw of the X-men comics was always the team aspect. If they give Rogue,Cyclops,and Storm the gravity and backstory their respective characters deserve Wolverine doesn’t have to be the main character.

    2. Introduce Gambit properly, and for the love of god don’t cast Channing Tatum.

    3. An obvious one given the next movie is about Apocalypse is turning Angel into Archangel. Now that the past has been reset Angel most likely will not be dead.

    4. Bring in Cable,Psylocke and give Bishop a bigger role. Apocalypse, Cable and Bishop are all intertwined and now that Cyclops is alive again the potential is there for the Nathan Summers story arc.

    • Well, unfortunately:

      1. Not going to happen. You said it yourself. Hugh Jackman is the big draw for the non-comics audience (who make up the vast majority of the audience.

      2. Again, bringing in the ladies. Anyway, I never really got into Gambit in the comics. He worked in the animated series, but I don’t know how well he’ll translate into live action if they go the full Cajun.

      3. Obvious to you and me, but not to the bulk of the non-comic reading audience. We just have to hope the people behind the next movie base it on that source material. They may have their own ideas about where to take the story. I have a feeling TPTB will be looking to make Wolverine one of the Horsemen. See #2. He’s the big mass audience draw.

      4. See #3. While seeing Cable on the screen would get applause from the comic guys, the bulk of the audience would be looking at us and wondering why we’re so excited.

      You have to face it. Despite appearances, superhero movies aren’t for us. They’re for the mass audience. We just have to hope Singer puts as much of the source material in as will fit.

      • #4 well by that logic, what’s the point of making any comic book movies at all?

        • The reasons are:

          1. The studios see that comic book movies make them a lot of money. Even though the bulk of the audience aren’t comic book folk, enough of the comics have made it into the national gestalt that they’re somewhat familiar with the characters.

          2. Accept that your not going to get shot by shot recreations of your favorite comic arcs and be happy with the well-made comic films we are getting…and hope they stay fairly close to the gist of the source material and not do something stupid like have Kitty Pryde send people’s consciouses back in time using her WHAT psychic abilities?

  20. Just sounds like a bunch of obsessive fanboy navel-gazing; the same kind that has nerds missing sleep on messageboards discussing topics of such import as “why did Han say the ‘Falcon made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs when a parsec is a measure of distance, not time”, or, why Superman’s ridiculously godlike Silver Age powers aren’t depicted in the movies.

    • sounds like someone’s upset people have interests in things that doesn’t involve him

  21. ["The only stryker continuity error at this point is the xmen origins version of stryker which took place in 1975 ( i think) who appears to be a lot older (like 40) than the 25 year old Stryker from 1973 in DOFP. Oh well I can accept that Origins was just canned from the storyline if that’s whatever else can do."]

    I disagree. I find it difficult to swallow that a “25 year old Stryker from 1973 in DOFP” would have a ten year-old son, who was mentioned in the film. So . . . I find it a lot easier to accept Danny Huston’s 1973 version of William Stryker.

    Exactly how did Trask’s legal downfall led to the resurrection of Jean and Scott? They should have stayed dead.

    ["The unknown truth is that xmen first class was made with the intensions of being a reboot."]

    No, it wasn’t. X-MEN FIRST CLASS was made to be a prequel to the first three X-MEN movies. Which is why there were a good deal of plot inconsistencies in that film.

    • ["The unknown truth is that xmen first class was made with the intensions of being a reboot."]

      No, it wasn’t. X-MEN FIRST CLASS was made to be a prequel to the first three X-MEN movies. Which is why there were a good deal of plot inconsistencies in that film.
      ——
      LoL, u just proved my point! There was a lot of inconsistencies, too many to be considered in the same continuity.

      • I can confirm that X-Men First Class was originally conceived as a reboot. It was a prequel to the events of the first film, but also was meant to set up a new timeline and sequence of events and live in a separate universe from the original 3 films. Then, when Matthew Vaughn dropped out as the director if its sequel, Bryan Singer came on board (and event never anticipated, as his leaving X-Men 3 left a lot of bad blood between him and Fox), Singer saw an opportunity to tie the two worlds together and try to eliminate X-Men 3 and Wolverine Origins from the timeline (based on the wild unpopularity of the films).

        By the same token, The Wolverine was intended to be a stand alone film, and not fit into the X-Men Universe. It was to be directed by Darrin Aronofsky and feature the Wolverine character, but not be an X-Men prequel or sequel (hence why it never had the X-Men moniker in its title). Aronofsky had to drop out when he and Rachel Weisz split up and he fought for custody of their child and then production delayed again based on the nuclear meltdown in Japan. By then, Marvel was deep in the “each film sets up the next” universe with end credit scenes and easter eggs, so Fox jumped on board with their superhero franchise and made the end of Wolverine tie into DOFP.

        The only other “supposed to be” of the X-men franchise is that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was supposed to be a good movie. That failed as well.

    • “Exactly how did Trask’s legal downfall led to the resurrection of Jean and Scott? They should have stayed dead.” simple. when it comes to time travel one small change can change a lot of things. And Trask being imprisoned instead of dead is not a small thing. And the fact a mutant saved the POTUS’ life, causing at least some good will among the general public, could have changed history enough that Scott, Jean and any other mutant that died during the trilogy to now still be alive, and in some cases never have joined up with Magneto and be with the X-men(Psylocke in this case)instead

  22. I really liked the movie, there were many mistakes and I would have liked more of the original trilogy but it’s pretty good

  23. Why don’t you mention how in First Class, in the CIA building you see “William Styker” but he is young in “Days of Future Past” u don’t just get young again like that…

    • That was not the same Stryker that was in DOFP, Origins, and X-2. that was his father. Remember when Xavier read his mind and mentioned his son William?

  24. This movie absolutely SUCKED. Watch it more than once and then tell me it was good.

  25. What if the chronological order is this: First Class/Origins Wolverine, then The Wolverine/DOFP, then the trilogy? For example, because of Wolverine traveling back in time, he changed what was supposed to happen, therefore in the future (the trilogy) Things like the sentinel program dont exist anymore. I mean, in X3, they had to have existed at one point because Wolverine decapitates one in the Danger Room. Secondly, the world DOES know about mutants, but it is more of a political debate rather than a war now, possibly because of the events in DOFP have made people nervous about out-right attacking them. The FUTURE we see in DOFP was Timeline 1, and when Wolverine travelled back in time, he Ended Timeline 1, and created Timeline 2.

    • the problem with your theory is that The Wolverine takes place a couple of years AFTER the trilogy, remember he’s dreaming about Jean Grey and her death.

      the timeline, from what I can tell is this: The first few minutes of Origins(1845-1945), First Class(1963), Origins(1980s), X-men 1-3(Late 90s-early 2000s), The Wolverine(2000s, 2 years after X3), the future scenes from DoFP(2023), the 70s scene taking place between First Class and Origins(1973), creating a new timeline, Apocalypse(new 1980s), whatever movies Fox makes in the future and then the Epilogue of DoFP(new 2023)

  26. So many words, yet there is one very simple solution…..

    This wasn’t the first time Wolverine traveled back in time…….

    • Weird post sorting,
      just posted this, and it’s been jammed in the last quarter of the thread, with posts that are a month old?

  27. Annddd there goes your credibility bub. Origins was your favorite one, please…

  28. as far as i can tell Dofp erased Xmen origins from continuity or at least is proof that it does not exist in the same universe. Think about it. In days of future past logan goes back to 1973 where he finds himself not in vietanm. in x men origins logan was in vitenam with victor during 1973. That doesn’t really bother me though what bothers me is that the stryker in Dofp is a good 20 years younger than the one in Origins. Also when wolverine has flash backs to the procedure that gave him metal claws during days of future past the footage used for the flashbacks is from the original trilogy and not x men origins. however i may be wrong consider that the footage of victor breaking logans bone claws is used in a flashback during x men days of future past.

  29. Everyone have a right to his/her opinion. This is a free country, is it not?

  30. Yes, it was the claw crunching scene from Origins. If you watch the credits at the end, they give credit to using footage from that movie.

  31. They used footage from both X-2 and Origins I believe. Either way, both movies never happened!

  32. 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.

  33. Yeah, as far as I can tell the plan was to erase Origins (Wolverine’s metal skeleton will originate under different circumstances now) and X3 (Scott and Jean still alive). But by erasing Origins, you’re also erasing X2, which is my favorite of the entire series… or second favorite.. I really like DoFP, despite its flaws it’s well made and exciting.

    X1 was erased too because Wolverine, Prof X, Mags, Hank and Mystique all have a relationship that didn’t exist in the first movie.. Well, Wolverine won’t remember them but they’ll remember him. It’s not like we haven’t watched it already, we remember these films and (they wouldn’t do this, but it’d be cool) if they did a Star Trek thing where they remake X1 and 2 but change a lot of the circumstances to make it new. That’d be exciting to see how the timeline has changed but still tries to correct itself. That would also mean that we’d get to see a new and improved Phoenix, and Lady Deathstrike can actually get some lines and character development.

  34. Hmmm not ALL of Origins:W , as the period up to him meeting Kayla should still be good . Or , if they wish to paint it , that DOFP is Logan and Stryker’s 1st meeting , then that takes you back to the prison Stryker got him and Victor out of . There’s over a hundred years of his Origin before THAT , or 1973 …. What I see this REALLY taking out , is ALL of THE Wolverine , as if Jean = never dies , he never becomes Mountain Man Logan , and Yashida has no reason to send Yukio for him . And so , no Mariko either ..ironically , this is the arc Jackman himself was pushing to play Wolverine in , and Singer just rendered it irrelevant , in an alternate universe ..( FOX told him he had to make an Origins-type film 1st )
    No need to destroy X1 : ‘Charles” with his powers back , can erase or block Beast’s memeory of the incident . Th Professor clerly remembered , once Logan said HE did … Mags and Mystique however , wouldn’t care to share ALL they know . after all he barely spoke to Mystique , and the convo between Mags and Logan on the airplane set their mutual antagonism up for THIS universe . Much less Mags shoving bars in his body and tossing Wolverine into the Potomac ….
    a re-do could be interesting , but they’ve already jumped over that point . As the last scene shows the WHOLE team , basically ready for Apocalypse ….. There was a CB series called ‘What IF ….? ” where they explored such alternate universe stories . but I think Hollywood’s too scared to do that( alt uni go-back or go-forward movies ) full time …

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