X-Men Days of Future Past was a way to rectify all the missteps that were made in X-Men: The Last Stand and even in some ways X-Men Origins: Wolverine. There were so many things in those two films that went awry that it made sense that those who where retaking the helm wanted to fix everything that went wrong. In the process, that meant wiping clean the previous slate. Nothing worked better than adapting the Days of Future past story line which essentially brings us in to an alternate timeline, though the movie suggests that the prior future was merely erased. The result of wiping clean the events of one movie and also means that they brought down all of the other films in the process, three of which ranged from decent to really good.
The only films that are now relevant and contribute to the ongoing story lines are now X-Men First Class, and X-Men Days of Future Past. Yes, every other film is now gone, including last summer’s The Wolverine. The rest are just a series of potential events or events which exist in an alternate time line. For the first time, the movies are beginning to feel a bit more like the comics in that one of the comic events are spurring massive changes, but that means turning other things on their head. Another result of that are various continuity issues. While some of the issues are more logic issues, many others call in to question prior events. Thankfully for the creators, the majority of the issues actually called in to questions events that occurred in the films that are no longer part of the main story line.
Charles Xavier’s existence in the Future
Most people will remember that Charles Xavier died in X-Men: The Last Stand. In fact, saying that he died is taking it lightly. He was completely obliterated. However, even X-Men: The Last Stand couldn’t live with that decision and included a tag that clearly implied that Charles Xavier survived the attack. The assumption was that Charles Xavier was able to mentally project his consciousness into someone else, likely someone who was in a coma. This would have allowed Charles to continue to exist and thus survived the attack. While this is hard to believe, the clues were there but that leads to other questions. One being that Charles shouldn’t be in his own body, it was destroyed after all. Yet in Days of Future Past it is very clearly the Charles Xavier that we all know and love. How he got his body back, we’ll never know. One guess that is floating around is that when Charles Xavier temporarily moved his consciousness it was to a twin brother. However in that case, it makes no sense as to why Charles is still wheelchair bound. The likelihood that he had a twin brother, in a coma, who also had a spinal injury is very slim.
We know there is a toad in the future. Most people probably remember the worst joke in the X-Men film when Storm laid it on as she shocked Toad. Yes, Toad in the 2000s and he definitely was not an old man. Instead, he was just one of Magneto’s lackeys. However, in Days of Future Past we clearly see that Toad was in the military in Vietnam. Yes, he was a young guy, but that would have made him much older by the time we got to X-Men in the timeline.
Lack of Sentinels
We spent the entire original trilogy, plus the Wolverine films, with no sign of Sentinels. If Mystique really had assassinated Bolivar Trask which led them down that dark timeline that would mean the Sentinel program would have gone into effect in the 70s. Yet mysteriously there were no Sentinels in any of the prior films. There wasn’t even a mention of the potential threat of Sentinels. One would think that the Sentinels would be around in the big events of X-Men and X2. And the Sentinels would have found the final battle in X-Men: The Last Stand a freaking field day to go kill crazy. Yet, they were entirely absent. One could say that maybe it as an alternate time line, however that doesn’t work. Even if say X-Men existed in its own time line where the assassination was stopped, then X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last stand would be in an entirely separate third dimension due to the lack of Sentinels.
Mystique’s power wouldn’t make Sentinels that effective
This is more of a logic issue, but it doesn’t make complete sense as to why Mystique’s power was what would allow the Sentinels to become so powerful. It was rationalized that it was because she is a metamorph, shapeshifter. By studying her DNA that allowed them to adapt her ability to the sentinels. However, as a fan of the comics this doesn’t make total sense to me. Mystique is a shapeshifter, she doesn’t adopt others powers, that’s Rogue’s deal. Thus applying Mystique’s ability to the future Sentinels would simply allow the Sentinels to adapt to the mutants they were fighting by changing shape. Now, if they captured Rogue, it would make total sense. That said, one could rationalize that because Mystique has the ability to shift, that was all that they would need and they could simply develop outward from there.
With Azazel dead how will Nightcrawler come to be
We know that Azazel died, even if they managed to change the future, Azazel was still dead in both instances of the time line. Azazel along with a bunch of the other characters from first class including Angel, Emma Frost, and Banshee. They are all dead and they aren’t coming back. But if they are dead and had been away for a while as Trask did his experimentation how could Mystique and Azazel ever hooked up so they could have baby Kurt. I guess I should have said spoilers but this is a fact that’s out there. Mystique is Nightcrawler’s mother and Azazel his father. This can not be if Azazel is dead. Thankfully they do have an out on this one, they could always go the route that you can’t kill a demon, even if he’s not a true demon.
Wolverine’s Adamantium Claws
There is a lot of messy stuff going on with this one. Everyone remembers Wolverine for his Adamantium claws. Which is why it makes sense that when we were in the future we saw Wolverine with his classic metal claws. It also helped to strike a difference between future Wolverine and past Wolverine. What says different more than metal vs bone. Unfortunately, that came at the cost of not making sense in terms of the time line. In The Wolverine we ended the film with Logan stripped of his Adamantium claws. Like they were literally broke off his body and he was left with his original bone claws. Sure, he still had his Adamantium laced skeleton, but the claws were gone. So how did he get them back. It would be hard to believe that Logan would put himself through the mental torment along with the physical pain of going through the process to get the Adamantium back on his claws. Thus it doesn’t make much sense. Again they can manage to create an out by suggesting that things had really got so bad in the future that he would go through the process to be a bit stronger.
Alex and Scott Summers
This is one of those things that has been bothering me since X-Men First Class. I’ve ranted and raved until I lose my breath, but it doesn’t make sense. Alex and Scott Summers are brothers. They have similar abilites and they awakened at roughly the same time. However Alex Summers was included in First Class and Days of Future Past as a young man. Yet, there was no mention of Scott Summers. It is likely that the filmmakers will likely go the route that Alex is Scott’s father, but it really dampens the Scott Summers character by losing that sibling rivalry.
Dueling Moira McTaggerts
Moira was a major part of First Class. Despite major changes to her character, I was totally okay with it. The film even implied that they were going to have some sort of future together. Moira was entirely absent in this film. It doesn’t seem like her character to disappear, unless part of Xavier’s fall out had to do with Charles dive into the serum. I could buy that. What doesn’t make sense is that Moira also existed as a person who must have only aged a year a decade in the time between First Class and X-Men: Last Stand. She also had a major job change. What continuity errors did you pick up on? Do any of these issues bother you?