How Fox Can Fix The X-Men Continuity

How Fox Can Fix The X-Men Continuity

While opinions differ on the quality of the X-Men movies, one thing is for sure: They messed up the continuity, and boy they messed it up bad. This article presents nine continuity issues and the simple ways Fox can fix them. Enjoy.

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By GliderMan - 7/22/2013
There’s a theory out there, whether true or not, that I believe came from the mouth of Satan (or Mephisto, if you prefer). The theory is that all the time-traveling in Days of Future Past will culminate in XMO:W, the X-Men trilogy and maybe even The Wolverine being retconned out of canon, and that the X-Men universe will continue with the First Class cast or just do a reboot with the same actors.

The thing is, while I hate the very idea of that, it’s actually very possible. I could see Singer doing it. But here’s why even THAT would cause up a continuity error:

The above image indicates that Sentinels have been set up for the past 50 years. Well, guess what.. no Sentinels appear in any other X-Men movie other than briefly in the Danger Room in The Last Stand. And that one wasn’t even real.

Anyhoo, I just don’t see the point in retconning FIVE MOVIES out of storyline, especially when it’d be so easy to fix the continuity errors if they do it right (I know, they probably won’t, but a guy can dream, can’t he?). I’ve never been a complete lover of Fox’s X-Men but I’ve never been a hater, either. This article is an update of one from my old account, and it shows how they can fix—in the most simple way possible—the continuity errors they’ve made. Enjoy and comment. :D

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.

3.) Cerebro

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. I honestly think this would be really cool.

5.) Moira MacTaggert and Emma Frost

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. Additionally, 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: That’s an easy one—make the MacTaggert in TLS the daughter/niece of the MacTaggert in FC. The Emma Frost one doesn’t bother me at all, 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.

6.) Beast

Continuity Problem: In X2: X-Men United, we see Beast in human form on a news channel. In First Class, we see him transform from human to blue mutant. How does this work? Does he just go back and forth?

Suggested Fix: Thankfully, it looks like this is a continuity error that really will be fixed! You could have him with a cure that only heals him for a short amount of time, and maybe if he uses it too much it’ll hurt him. Who knows, but in this photo from the set of Days of Future Past, it looks Beast will have temporarily returned to human form.

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.

8.) Deadpool

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: Look, man, who cares? It’s Deadpool. He can do whatever he wants. He’s Deadpool! If he doesn’t like the way he was portrayed in a movie, he can fix it himself. I could ignore it; it really doesn’t matter to me.

But… if you’re just begging for an excuse, to somehow tie it all together, I came up with a few things. Although I really don’t care. Just make the freaking Deadpool movie.

Maybe they did tests on him to make what Stryker called “the Deadpool,” and that was a clone. Maybe it wasn’t really Wade and Wolverine mistook him. Maybe they took the real Wade Wilson, and while doing tests on him to get his DNA, they put something else in him that slows his age down, just like Wolverine.
Maybe, if the blasphemous “Deadpool” we got at the end of Origins really was Wade Wilson, they fixed him afterwards and the only additional thing he had after that was his slowed age.
WHO CARES, IT’S DEADPOOL! Yes, he deserves justice, and since he knows he’s in a movie, he can look at Origins and give himself justice.

9.) Mystique and Xavier

Problem: In the original X-Men trilogy, there is absolutely nothing that indicates Mystique and Xavier even know each other. But in First Class, they are best friends.

Suggested Fix: This is another easy one. At the end of First Class, we see their relationship is already strained. As heartbreaking as it is, by the end of FC3, have Xavier have done something that hurt her so bad that she hates him, and wants nothing to do with him. I think this is what they will do. Can’t wait to see how.

Well, that concludes this article. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section. If there is any other continuity issues you think I should address, let me know. Thanks for reading.
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jjk2814 - 7/22/2013, 7:53 PM
They seem to be banking a lot on The Wolverine and have alluded to the fact that it leads into DoFP.

I think it works like this...

The timeline of X-Men 1-3 and Wolverine Origins happened, (as well as the Upcoming Wolverine)...all of it, but DoFP will fix many if not all the things that you mentioned above.
RedHood13 - 7/22/2013, 8:19 PM
Here's how they fix it. Wolverine goes back in time after X-Men First Class. That means that everything from that point and after it changes. That then sets the first X-Men movie through DOFP into a whole new reality and an new timeline is created that picks up where X-Men FC left off.
breakneckbeck - 7/22/2013, 8:40 PM
I highly doubt a lot of these will get addressed. Which is fine most of them are little. But yeah my biggest question is also how are Havok and Cyclops related.
AshleyWilliams - 7/22/2013, 8:54 PM
Good ideas man.
I think of first class as an alternate dimension.
TheOneAboveAll - 7/22/2013, 11:06 PM
lol @justbecause
jjk2814 - 7/22/2013, 11:51 PM
@JUSTbCAUSE: Hey, it can happen to the best of us...

Really I dont think there will be direct "corrections" but a very clear understand that things changed. The VERY obvious flaws of X-Men 3 and XMO:W will just be understood as no more!
Jollem - 7/23/2013, 4:20 AM
are these continuity "problems" really a make-or-break thing with people? i see no problem with anything, and my life goes on fine knowing something isn't "perfect"
MoonDoggyX - 7/23/2013, 4:43 AM
The only problem with X3 is that they either killed or depowered everyone so they could not really make a direct sequel. Ratners movie was so good that it is to day the highes grossing X-film and is considered the best to many people(not on this site). Singer messed up the continuity when he worked on First Class because he and fox obviously does not care about continuity, source material or just plain making sense. Not bashing first class at all, I actually think vaughn did a great job with what he had to work with. Singer is the only reason why I'm not as excited about about this film as batman/superman and age of ultron. This should be EPIC but is probably going to out with a convoluted whimper...

About fixing continuity issues, its not necessary. The havoc thing will always bug me. He will be 40 by the time scott is born. There's no changing that. Once wolvorine goes to the past, the future automatically goes into a state of flux. All he has to do is tell xavier about the events of x2 and not to let jean "die" and x3 would never happen.

The only problem with first class's sequels is that they willl all take place in the past. That can't go on forever. End fc 3 with the scene at the end of xmo: wolverine with xavier rescuing scott(younger than he was in xmo:w) and then start a whole new x-men series. New cast of course. And just don't make the same mistakes twice, fox!
CorndogBurglar - 7/23/2013, 5:27 AM
10. Cyclops is shown during first class as being a youg the 60's.

In the 70's, during XMO:W, he is shown to be a young teenager.

During X1-3, he looks to be around his mid 30's.

So are we to believe that Cyke is in his 50's during those movies?

Even though First Class had a decent enough story, the movie was a joke. They made a full on prequel movie and just made up stuff as they went. How stupid can they be?

And don't even get me started on that horrible scene at the end where all the flying characters were fighting each other. That shit looked like something off the SyFy Channel.
marvel72 - 7/23/2013, 5:38 AM
explain how professor x got his body back after being disintegrated,go to 1:33 point of video.

Donekin - 7/23/2013, 7:04 AM
Xavier's walking ability. Think more meta. At the end of X3, we see that Xavier transferred his mind into the body of his brain dead twin brother. This may not be the first time he's pulled that trick. In DOFP, Patrick Stewart's Xavier warns Logan that he "was a much different man in that time." It could be that when Xavier reached the end of his life, he transferred his mind into the body of the first brain dead twin (Patrick Stewart's Xavier) to continue living. The near death experience changed his thinking, he tried to rekindle his relationship with Magneto, recruited a few mutants, they had another disagreement, and Magneto ironically and intentionally crippled Xavier as he once had by accident.
KoonEl - 7/23/2013, 8:55 AM
The vast majority of the movie going audience has no idea that there are any continuity errors in these movies. Beast in X2 was an easter egg, and barely anyone saw that. Emma Frost in Origins is little more than a cameo, and never mentioned by name. It's easy to forgive that one. Havok and Cyclops being brothers is their biggest error, but they might just not have them related in this series. The MCU seems to have done the same thing in Thor with Sif and Heimdall.

People need to stop getting so worked up over easter egg continuity. They throw these things in there as a nod to the fans, not so the general audience can put the small little pieces together.

Another big one is the Sabertooth issue, but they made him so much better in Origins that all is forgiven.
Odin - 7/23/2013, 11:18 AM
Why has my comment been deleted?
megabatfan - 7/23/2013, 1:52 PM
1. Xavier's Walking Abilities:
I agree with Prof X using his mental powers to project himself as walking.
2. Friendship with Magneto:
I really don't get that Prof X & Magneto became enemies at the end of FC. I really don't. I saw a friendship that was strained by difference of opinions, & some event would have to take place to make the relationship what it became in X1.
3. Cerebro:
The Cerebro that Hank built in FC was really a sort of prototype. So considering the theory that Prof X & Magneto are full blown enemies at the end of FC, the could have come together at some point to create the Cerebro we know in the mansion/ school.
4. When Charles and Magneto Meet:
I choose to ignore this point. To me it's not as major a continuity error as others.
5. Moira MacTaggert and Emma Frost:
Yeah this is one continuity error I have no idea how the hell they're gonna explain (Moira) For Emma, she WAS NOT listed as Emma Frost in the credits. I have XMO:W (hey it's part of my CBM collection). She is credited as Kayla's sister, and called Emma in the movie. In promotions she stated her name as Emma Frost, but who the heck really cares. I bet you general audience goers will not remember that, but rather what she was called in the movie or credited as. So it can simply be dismissed as another mutant with diamond abilities (hey, lots of mutants have the same types of abilities)
6. Beast:
Just as you said. He's back to human form in the 70s, as well as his beast form. So maybe he's continuing his experiments. At the end of FC he definitely showed that he still had problems with his appearance.
7. First Students:
Ignore... Charles lied i guess? Lol.
8. Deadpool:
Don't know much about this character, but I think I heard that Wade Wilson went through alot of experimentation before he became facially deformed and the Deadpool we all know. Couldn't Weapon XII (The deadpool) be one of the early stages of experimentation?
9. Mystique and Xavier:
Same with Charles & Magneto at the end of FC. They didn't seem to become enemies to me. They just parted ways. So maybe some event has to happen to push their relationship to such an extreme. Hey I know of a relationship where a friend of mine totally ignores the existence of her Ex. Love spurned... Watchya gonna do
Tainted87 - 7/24/2013, 10:11 AM
I really don't think FOX gives a damn about continuity.
Me, I really don't care too much for this side of the Marvel playground, because there is no established universe. Its just X-Men, and the producers really only concerning themselves with what they think will sell.

Once that becomes apparent, you'll realize that there's no point getting worked up about inconsistencies, inaccurate portrayals, distilled adaptations, or character substitutions. FOX knows their product sells, so they'll do whatever they want with it.

So long as it doesn't directly affect other CBMs, I could care less. I just want to enjoy performances and geek out.
MrCBM56 - 7/24/2013, 1:17 PM
You left one continuity error out. In X3, bolivar task was the old bald black dude, but in DOFP he's the main antagonist.
mook - 7/25/2013, 5:31 AM
WolverineOrigins/X1/X2/X3/TheWolverine all happen in one timeline.

FirstClass happens in a different timeline (hence the many difference in continuity between it and the other films).

DoFP follows on from FirstClass, ten years later in the 1970's. In this film some mutants will appear from 'the future' (or so it seems). This future will actually be from the other timeline; 50 years after the events of 'The Wolverine'.

So this is not conventional timetravel but rather travel from 'The Original Trilogy' timeline, which from the perspective of FirstClass is an alternative or parallel timeline.

This allows Days of Future Past to be a direct sequel to First Class and a spin-off pre/sequel to the original trilogy(!). Director Bryan Singer has said "it's not a sequel, it's not a prequel, it's a 'inbetwequel'."

Singer continues; "I'm taking into account every movie. I'm not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I'm taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up, but ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either."

It is not yet known how this film will link the whole franchise together but my thoughts/hopes are that at the end of Days Of Future Past we could have a kind of Ultimate collection of X-Men; some from the ‘First Class Universe’ and some from the ‘Original Trilogy Universe’, all going forward together in a 'New Universe', into the third film without having to worry about what has happened in the already released films…
GliderMan - 7/25/2013, 11:43 AM
@mook it is absolutley stupid to do that when they could easily fix it.

@MrCBM56 that one doesn't really matter. In X3 they only called him Trask. However it'd be hilarious if in DOFP Peter Dinklage has a tall black girlfriend. Lol
GuardianDevil - 7/26/2013, 12:18 AM
I think it works, possibly like this:

The way I've seen things, X-Men Origins: Wolverine happened and Logan's story was told while all the imprisoned mutants were found by Charles at the end and a handful of them joined him which leads into X-Men: First Class. Right Before Xavier can open the school only four stay at the school while Beast (who's condition is worsening) and multiple other mutants move on. Which leaves it open for Xavier's storytelling in X-Men, and X2 happens, as does X3 in which Magneto and Xavier unite again in the beginning due to the fact that the most powerful telepath ever has been found. (Phoenix) who dies in X3, leading into the Wolverine.

As for X-Men: Days of Future Past?? Who knows...
mook - 7/26/2013, 2:20 AM
@GliderMan I think my idea, of something along those lines, is much easier, more pleasing and more likely - especially based on what Singer's being saying.

I think DoFP will be a (form of) time travel Superhero film linking the six previous films, tidying up any issues in one nice bow and then allowing the franchise to continue on one non-conflicting timeline.

Especially if they plan to set the Fantastic Four reboot in this universe as well.
TypingWriter - 7/30/2013, 8:58 PM
Nice! I'd love to see everything get rewritten though so that the only movie in continuity is DOFP and First Class.

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