It’s no big secret that the X-Men franchise has its fair share of controversies, most notably being continuity errors. While your average movie-goer can easily overlook them, it is very important to die-hard fans. This article addresses eight major continuity errors and the simple ways Fox can fix them, if they do it right.
1.) Xavier’s Walking Abilities
Continuity Problem: At the end of First Class (early 60’s), a bullet hits Professor X in the spine, paralyzing him from the waist down. However, in a flashback in X-Men: The Last Stand, we see Professor X walking with Magneto (early 80’s). He also walks toward the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Suggested Fix: At a certain scene in FC, Professor X uses his telepathy to make it look like him and the other X-Men are not there, while a soldier is looking directly at them. There’s also a scene where Emma Frost uses her telepathy to make some general believe he’s having sex with her. In the same way, Xavier could use his powers to make it look to others that he can walk.
Or, since First Class was supposed to be the beginning of a prequel trilogy, it could be written into the end of FC3 that he has temporarily regained the ability to walk.
2.) Friendship With Magneto
Continuity Problem: By the end of First Class, Magneto and Charles have officially become enemies. But in that flashback in The Last Stand, they are friends again when they go to Jean Grey’s house.
Suggested Fix: Simple—by the end of FC3, they have set their differences aside. Perhaps there is a greater threat that causes them to unite once more.
Continuity Problem: Xavier stated in the first X-Men movie that Magneto helped him build Cerebro, and that was how Magneto knew how to make a helmet that would block its abilities. But in First Class, Beast is the one who built Cerebro, and Magneto simply took the helmet from Sebastian Shaw.
Suggested Fix: Cerebro was destroyed at the end of First Class by Riptide, which leaves an opportunity for Magneto and Charles to rebuild it together. It’d be a great way for them to become friends again by the end of First Class 3. It would also demonstrate how Magneto could build another, perhaps better, helmet.
4.) When Charles and Magneto Meet
Continuity Problem: In the first X-Men movie, Charles says that he met Magneto at the age of 17. But when they meet in First Class, they are grown men in their late 20’s or early 30’s.
Suggested Fix: I could only think of one way they could fix this one, and it’s a pretty interesting idea. In either Days of Future Past or a third FC sequel, one of the plot elements is that the two have had a run-in before (at the age of 17), and there is a reason Charles kept it to himself. Maybe when Magneto finds out, he’s not happy.
5.) Moira MacTaggert
Continuity Problem: In First Class, Moira MacTaggert is thirty-two-year-old CIA agent. In The Last Stand, set decades later, she is a thirty-eight-year-old doctor/scientist.
Suggested Fix: That’s an easy one—make the MacTaggert in TLS the daughter/niece of the MacTaggert in FC.
6.) Emma Frost
Continuity Problem: In First Class, Emma Frost is Sebastian Shaw’s right-hand woman, clearly at least in her thirties, who has the power to change herself into diamond form. Yet by the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is set awhile later, we see a teenager named Emma who has the same powers. In the credits, she is listed as Emma Frost.
Suggested Fix: Personally, this is one that I would be willing to ignore. She is a very minor character in XMOW, and it never says anywhere else other than the credits that her name is ‘Emma Frost.’ But if you’re one to complain, just do the same thing here as with Moira MacTaggert: Have the FC Emma Frost give birth to a girl in a future sequel named Emma Frost. It’s cheesy, but it’d work.
7.) First Students
Continuity Problem: In X-Men, Xavier claims that Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops were among his first students when he opened up his school. But at the end of FC he is about to open his school, which would had to have been at least a decade before the three began school there.
Suggested Fix: In a future FC sequel, there could arise a crisis which prevents him from starting the school, since he hasn’t officially opened it yet. Or perhaps he does open it, but doesn’t actually start teaching there for awhile.
Problem: While not technically a continuity error yet, the way Deadpool was handled in XMOW was definitely a mistake. And if the Deadpool movie ever gets made, it will be a continuity error, since they plan to “reboot it” and stick to the Deadpool we see in the comics.
Suggested Fix: This is another one I’d be willing to ignore, but if you really need an explanation, here goes nothing. Make the ‘Deadpool’ we saw in XMOW not really Wade Wilson. It could be written in to show that Wolverine mistook him for someone else. For example, it could be shown in a future movie that it was in fact a clone of Wade Wilson rather than the actual character.
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