There are many people who believe that you can’t complain about a fantastical movie not making sense. After all, we see situations play out that have absolutely no basis in reality, so why does the film have to match up to reality. However, in reality, that is just lazy storytelling and once you set up the rules of the world a movie takes place in, you then have to follow them.
Considering the X-Men movies can be a great deal of fun, at times it can be pretty easy to look past scenes that play out in an illogical fashion when you have a smile on your face. However, even in those cases, there is a strong possibility that once the movie comes to an end and you begin to reflect on it, the problems may eat you unless you actively ignore them. A series that is pretty notorious for having some egregious plot holes, here are 20 things wrong with X-Men movies we all choose to ignore.
In order for something to be considered for possible inclusion on this list, it needs to be an aspect of the X-Men movies that fails to make any sense when you actually think about it. As such, if you want to enjoy watching these movies you must overlook what you find here. It should also be noted that all X-Men related movies are in the running, so you can find things related to spin-offs like Deadpool, Logan, or X-Men Origins: Wolverine included here.
Here are 20 Things Wrong With The X-Men Movie We All Choose To Ignore.
20 Silverfox Betraying Logan
The principal love interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Silverfox’s relationship with Logan could never live up to what he had with Jean Grey, but they still had undeniable chemistry.
Eventually revealed to be involved with him for less than honest reasons, she was forced by William Stryker to keep tabs on Wolvie in exchange for the safety of her sister. It's an understandable motivation for someone who seems to have a great heart, but the problem is that her situation doesn’t make sense given her own mutant abilities.
She's able to force others to do her bidding once she makes physical contact with them.
Had she touched Stryker or any of his main underlings, she could have had her sister released. Of course, he would have attempted to avoid her, but surely she could have snuck up on him at some point.
19 The Location of Magneto’s Mutant Conversion Machine - X-Men
The initial film that made moviegoers fall in love with our favorite mutants, at the time X-Men was simply marvelous, but it has not exactly aged as well as some other superhero films.
Focused on Magneto’s attempt to get the world elite on his side by turning them into mutants, the movie's runtime trying to stop him and his underlings from completing their task.
This all comes to a head during an event that takes place around Liberty Island. Magneto intends to use a Mutant Conversion Machine he has stashed on Lady Liberty against the leaders of the free world.
The whole thing should have fallen apart considering there are so many guards that there is no way somebody wouldn’t have seen the arrival of the machine.
18 Wolverine’s Spotty Memory - X-Men: Days of Future Past
Considering that Wolverine has been the most popular character in these movies by far, you’d have thought that one of the major aspects of his character, his unreliable memory, would be well-handled. However, in reality, the exact opposite is true.
For instance, the absurdity of the whole adamantium bullet fiasco is so awful that it is hard to comprehend that so many people signed off on it.
Things were made an awful lot worse when he was sent back in time during Days of Future Past.
He was explained to be the only one whose mind could handle the process due to its ability to instantly heal itself, but that immediately begs the question why his memory hasn’t been repaired.
17 How Stryker Has Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse
It is clear that the X-Men movies have a history of simply ignoring major things out of convenience alone. For instance, Xavier gets his body back and Wolverine’s adamantium claws return, both of which happen with absolutely no explanation.
Another instance of that kind of thing that is less glaring, at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is revealed that the Stryker that has Wolverine is Mystique in disguise. Despite that, in the next movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine is shown to be the prisoner of the real William Stryker.
Of course, you could argue that maybe Wolverine was captured in between movies, but it really feels like the producers forgot that it wasn’t the real Stryker who had him in the previous movie.
16 Quicksilver Tells Storm Who His Father Is - X-Men: Apocalypse
As the character who managed to steal the spotlight in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse against all expectations, Quicksilver really is fantastic. One of the few things the latter of those two films really did right was give him a storyline for audiences to invest in.
Viewers spend the entire film hoping that Quicksilver will reveal to Magneto that he is Erik's son, but he decides against it for understandable reasons.
Then he reveals his biggest secret to Storm, someone he has just fought against and doesn’t know at all, in a throwaway moment that undermines his entire story in the movie.
15 Xavier Looking Like a Cabbage Patch Kid - X-Men: Origins - Wolverine
Considered by many to be the absolute worst film in the entire X-Men franchise, there is a lot of awful in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The most talked about mistake is the horrible way they handle Deadpool’s character at the end of the film, and it deserves every bit of ridicule it gets. However, that attention has resulted in many people ignoring another huge issue with the movie’s third act.
Meant to be an awe-inspiring cameo, when a digitally de-aged Xavier appears, it was a huge surprise.
Unfortunately, a big portion of what was so shocking about it is they did such a terrible job on this special effect that he looks like a Cabbage Patch Kid.
14 Mystique’s Actions After She Breaks Other Mutants Free
One of the major action scenes from the front half of X-Men: Days of Future Past is when Mystique shows up to rescue several imprisoned mutants. However, everything that takes place once she finishes fighting makes absolutely no sense.
After entering the scene disguised as an Army Colonel, once her fellow mutants are on a plane she transforms into her human-looking female form even though she is still surrounded by enemy forces. She must be insanely lucky that none of the legion of soldiers she was walking towards at the time took note that a completely new person was there.
On top of that, shouldn’t she have stayed disguised and at least attempted to dispatch William Stryker, one of her arch enemies who was already shown to be on the base?
13 Why Didn’t Wolverine Travel Further Back in Time - Days of Future Past
Wolverine helps save the day by going back in time to stop Mystique from taking out the President of the United States, an action that creates a dystopian future.
This is a very difficult task given that Mystique is not somebody that follows instructions, but made even harder by the fact that Charles Xavier and Magneto’s relationship is on the rocks.
Wouldn’t it have made much more sense if he was sent further back in time to when Mystique, Magneto, and Xavier were all pals?
After all, it was the disillusionment Mystique felt at the end of X-Men: The First Class that led her to think lethal force had to be used regularly in the fight for mutant rights.
12 The Many Timeline Related Problems
This is such a huge problem in the X-Men film franchise that this list could be filled with examples.
The timeline is totally messed up.
For instance, in one movie Xavier and Magneto are said to have built Cerebro together but then Beast is shown putting it together in another film. Then there is the fact that Xavier said that Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops were his first students but in X-Men: The First Class, he begins by teaching a wholly different group.
In another horrible example, X-Men Apocalypse, which takes place in 1981, features a still young Xavier and Magneto but in X-Men: The Last Stand there is a flashback to 1986 with them looking much older.
These are only three of the many examples of this problem. Producers have never seemed to care about keeping things straight.
11 Nightcrawler is Forced to be a Cage Fighter - X-Men: Apocalypse
Despite how kind-hearted Nightcrawler has always been, when he invaded the White House at the start of X2 it was truly fantastic. For that reason, when it came out that he would be taking part in a cage fight in X-Men: Apocalypse it was quite exciting.
However, his abilities were heavily limited by the fact that he was stuck in a cage he couldn’t teleport out of because it was electrified. While his abilities being dampened by electricity has never sat well, it also brings up other questions.
How was someone who could easily teleport away captured to begin with? Why didn’t he teleport away before they closed the doors? Was the tiny cage he was transported in electrified too? Do his captors have an electrified bathroom?
10 Darwin Doesn’t Adapt - X-Men: First Class
A true return to form for the X-Men film franchise after the lowlights of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class proved that the series still had some mojo. However, that in no way means the movie did everything right.
For instance, they really underutilized many of the mutants introduced in the movie, including all of Sebastian Shaw’s underlings, Banshee, Havok, and Angel Salvadore. On top of that, the way the movie handled Darwin was also frustrating.
Possessing the power of reactive evolution, he has the ability to survive virtually any attack since his body is supposed to adapt to them.
Despite that, he quickly passes away the first time a villain goes after him.
9 More than One Version of Several Characters
While this is something that happens in many genre franchises, it has happened way too often over the course of these many X-Men movies. We're not discussing the recasting of younger versions of characters, here, but rather the recasting of the same version of a character within a timeline.
A great example of this is the fact that the Juggernaut seen in Deadpool 2 is completely different than the one seen in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Many other characters like Blob, Bolivar Trask, Emma Frost, Angel, Moira MacTaggert, and Jubilee all have suffered the same fate and that is still only a sampling.
8 The Essex House’s Continued Existence - Deadpool 2
The most recent film in the X-Men universe is Deadpool 2. In the sequel, audiences were introduced to the horrors of The Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation.
It's an orphanage that operates as a mutant re-education center, and the children who are taken in there end up being horribly abused by the orphanage staff.
Considering the people behind The Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation have made a business out of their hatred of mutants, isn’t that exactly the kind of thing the X-Men are supposed to put an end to?
With that in mind, they should have shut it down long ago, especially considering it appears to be situated relatively close to the mansion and Xavier easily should have sensed what was going on.
7 Mystique Spends Much of The New Trilogy Looking Human
In X2, when Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn’t “look like everyone else,” she responds, “because we shouldn’t have to.”
This is the perfect way to show how passionate Mystique is about the rights of mutants, but it has since been undermined by many of the movies featuring Jennifer Lawrence playing the character.
Opting to have her look human in many scenes where her motivations don’t demand them does not fit her character.
Actually, the most likely explanations are that producers wanted to see a star like Jennifer Lawrence onscreen or maybe she doesn’t want to spend hours in the makeup chair.
6 Agent Zero Flying the Helicopter - X-Men Origins: Wolverine
One of several mutants that are introduced as teammates of the main character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it quickly becomes obvious that Agent Zero is to be feared.
A member of the Weapon X program whose mutant powers make him an expert in tracking and a near perfect marksman among other abilities, if Zero has someone in his sights, their fate is practically sealed.
Sent to take Wolverine out, Agent Zero leads several soldiers, some of whom are shown to be expert helicopter pilots, in an attack. Eventually leaping into one of the choppers, he takes over flying duties and has one of his underlings wield the weapons.
This is beyond stupid as Agent Zero isn’t taking advantage of his most unique ability and there is zero reason why he needs to take control of the helicopter.
5 How is Rogue a Useful X-Men in the Movies?
When a new X-Men series starts the writers tend to introduce a character that is brand new to being a superhero and they serve as the audience’s point of view. Serving that purpose in the debut X-Men film, Rogue discovers the new surroundings the audience learns alongside her.
It's extremely useful from a storytelling perspective, but the problem with her character being a part of the team is that her powers in the films wouldn’t make her all that useful.
Unlike in the comics, unless she has touched a powerful mutant recently her only offensive ability is absorbing the energy of her foes and she is afraid to do that.
As such, in most bouts, she would only serve as another person for her teammates to protect.
4 Apocalypse Failing to Really Use His Powers
In one of X-Men: Apocalypse’s early scenes, the new Big Bad is shown causing one man to be buried alive in a wall and others to lose their heads with very little effort. If that weren’t enough, when he first comes across Magneto, he disintegrates any men into a floor, leaving only some limbs sticking out.
As a result, when he fights the X-Men near the end of the film, he easily should have been able to take each of them out permanently. Shown to be perfectly willing to eliminate millions at a moment’s notice, and at one point instructing one of his horsemen to dispatch one of the X-Men, Apocalypse clearly had no moral qualms about taking out his foes. T
his all means that the en masse attack that takes Apocalypse out shouldn’t have happened.
3 Why Jean Had to Sacrifice Herself - X2
At the end of X2, the Blackbird is stuck on the ground as a huge torrent of water surges toward it and it falls to Jean Grey to save the day. As such, she exits the ship and uses her telepathy to both hold the water at bay and raise the jet into the air so it can take off. It's an act of sacrifice.
Once her teammates are safe the water comes rushing in and everyone presumes she has met her end.
Though a powerful moment, the truth is that it was not necessary in the least.
After all, maybe she could have done all of that from inside the Blackbird. Of course, it could be argued that she needed to see what she was doing, but then why not save everyone from the top of the Blackbird?
2 Logan's Boat Plan Makes No Sense
Logan certainly has some pulse-pounding moments but it is mostly emotional sucker punch after another. Most viewers really want to see Logan’s plan to buy a boat and take Xavier away come to fruition.
The problem is that, with even the slightest bit of reflection on how that would play out, it becomes plainly obvious that the whole thing is totally unworkable.
The film reveals that unless Xavier is heavily sedated he has seizures that have an awful effect on everyone around him, Logan included.
Considering that they only have a limited quantity of the necessary pills, both of them -- and anyone on the water near their boat -- would be totally screwed once they run out.
1 The Way Magneto Uses the Golden Gate Bridge - X-Men: The Last Stand
One of the most impressive displays of mutant power shown in these films, Magneto moving the Golden Gate Bridge shows just how dangerous he is. Using it to transport a small army of mutants so they can attack a facility where the mutant cure is produced, he lands it and his minions go on the offense.
However, keep in mind, Magneto is perfectly willing to use lethal force against his foes and the battle over the so-called cure would be so important to him that he would do just about anything.
As such, the much more effective thing from his point of view would be to fly the bridge a little bit farther and drop it on the facility. After all, that certainly would destroy all of the work being done inside and pretty much everyone involved in it.
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