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.
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.
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.
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.
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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