‘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

  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?

  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

  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.