Days of Future Past – Comic v TV v Movie

Days of Future Past is an iconic story line that has been used numerous times over the years. While there are similarities between all versions of the story, there are some unique differences. So while we always see that they are in a pretty terrible situation in the future with nearly all the mutants dead or in a bad place things often diverge from that point.

What Always Remains the Same

The entire concept behind the Days of Future Past story line is that the X-Men are living in a dystopian future that is their reality. Many mutants have died as the Sentinels have gone on their rampage taking out all of mutant kind. In a last ditch effort, the final X-Men send one of their own back in time to prevent the chain of events that led to their demise from happening. The person that is sent back must convince the X-Men of the past of what that means in the future. Once they’ve accomplished this, they return to the task of stopping an assassination attempt. In the end they all manage to stop Mystique from completing her mission, but not without some devastation around the site. This changes the future as they knew it.

Uncanny X-Men #141-142

Uncanny X-Men #142

Uncanny X-Men #142

Method of Time Travel: Rachel Summers uses her telepathy to send Kitty Pryde back in time to when she first joined the X-Men
Assassination Target: Senator Robert Kelly

Differences: Considering, this was the first time this story was done, there were no differences so to speak of. Instead, I’ll just discuss the major differences. When Kitty went back in time, her goal was to convince the team, particularly Storm that they needed to stop the assassination. The story focuses on Kitty as she arrives and then immediately goes with the team to to stop the death of Senator Kelly at the heads of Mystique’s reformed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. This version had Mystique’s motivation for going after Kelly being her devotion to Apocalypse. Also by the end of this, it was clear that the future was not fixed.

X-Men The Animated Series

X-Men The Animated Series

Days of Future Past

Method of Time Travel: Bishop is sent through a Time Portal created by forge and facilitated by transceivers.
Assassination Target: Senator Robert Kelly

Differences: Not all mutants are treated quite as miserably. Some mutants, those who help bring in mutants for the Sentinels are in a better position. Rather than having someone’s consciousness projected back into their former selves, Forge creates a time machine that Wolverine was supposed to go through. The goal was still the same, to prevent a murder, but Bishop goes instead of Wolverine. One of the major points in the plot had to do with Bishop actually remember his mission as he seemed to have forgotten what it was after he went back in time. The result was a Bishop vs the X-Men story line as they struggled to work together. This story line also included the ultra powerful enhanced Sentinel Nimrod.

X-Men Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future PastMethod of Time Travel: Kitty Pryde mentally projects Wolverine’s conscious back into his former self.
Assassination Target: Bolivar Trask

Differences: While the goal of the story line was to prevent the assassination of Bolivar Trask, much of  the focus was actually on the emotional journeys of Charles Xavier and Mystique. There was no conflict as to who actually did it because it didn’t matter, they knew from the start it was Mystique who sparked the war and it was her DNA that enabled the Sentinels to become even more powerful. While Mystique is taking action for the good of mutants, she is acting on her own rather than on a team. One of the other major differences is that humanity on a whole doesn’t know about mutants. Also Mystique is portrayed not just as a straight-out villain, but as a person who is conflicted.

What interpretation of the Days of Future Past is your favorite?

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