With the news that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are in talks to reprise their roles as Professor X and Magneto, respectively, in the upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel Days of Future Past, Fox made a statement: That the X-Men movies are one continuity. They also made another statement: We are morons. In a mere five films, the X-Men movie-verse has managed to contradict itself multiple times, not just in little details, but key events, major characters and more. Here are the most grievous errors the X-movies have made… so far.
1) Professor X
In First Class, Magneto accidentally paralyzed his friend Charles in 1962, then abandoned him and his cause of peace between mutants and humans. They must have patched things up - literally - because the two are seen palling around together in The Last Stand's flashback, where they both walk into young Jean Grey's house at some point in the ‘70s. And in 1985, according to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Professor X is still standing when he's summoning all those kids out of the mutant prison - only to be in a wheelchair when 2000's X-Men rolls around (sorry about the pun). Guess Chuck must've slipped in the shower or something.
2) Emma Frost
In the ‘60s-set First Class, Sebastian Shaw's second-in-command is the pro-lingerie Emma Frost, who can turn into diamond (and acts almost as well as one, but whatever). Yet at the end of Wolverine, set in 1985, we clearly see a young girl who can turn into diamond at the mutant prison facility. Is she a relative of Emma's? Another girl with the same mutation? Well, the cast lists for both movies name each girl Emma Frost, so it's probably just a fuck-up.
In the ‘60s, Hank McCoy looks like a regular dude… who turns into a blue cat person. In X-2, he's fully human again (and played by Steve Bacic). And then in The Last Stand, he's blue and furry again and talks like Frasier from Cheers… but he's clearly a furry blue human, not a cat person. His mutation must be mutating!
4) The Summers Brothers
In First Class, Xavier and Magneto recruit Alex Summers, a.k.a. Havok, a.k.a. Scott Summers' brother. Since Cyclops is a main part of Professor X's 2000 team, that means his brother is about 40 years older than he is (although technically Havok is Cyclops' younger brother in the comics,). Except when Professor X uses Cerebro in First Class in the ‘60s, he sees a kid who is pretty clearly Cyclops - and he definitely sees a young Storm. Which means both Cyclops and Storm should be about 50 when X-Men starts in 2000. They aren't.
When Wolverine meets Professor X and Sabretooth in X-Men, he doesn't know them. Of course, he was recruited by Xavier - very briefly - in the ‘60s, and spent most of the 20th century with his half-brother Victor Creed. I don't begrudge Wolverine not remembering someone he met (but didn't even look at) for 30 seconds in the '60s, and regarding Sabretooth, Logan has the excuse that someone shot a magic amnesia bullet into his brain (which is a plot device so stupid even the X-Men comics never used it). But even if we assume Professor X is playing it cool when Logan finally joins his team 40 years later, what the hell is Sabretooth's excuse for not recognizing his half-brother in X-Men? Also, why does he look completely different?
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So what do you guys think? Personally, I agree. It's one of the reasons why I could like the Marvel movies more, they have a proper timeline going on even after Banner's recast. I wish Marvel could acquire the rights back from Fox but I don't see that happening anytime soon. =/