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Leftover Questions: X-Men: Days of Future Past Edition (Warning: SPOILERS)          

I know that Simon Kinberg, Bryan Singer, and the other creative forces behind the most recent film adaptation of the X-Men comic book series did their best to create a more cohesive continuity and narrative for the film franchise, but lingering questions remain. There are HUGE SPOILERS throughout this write-up, so if you have yet seen the film (which was reviewed here, and which was quite good), I suggest skipping over this write-up and reading the spoiler-free review and seeing the film soon. As always, these are meant to be more tongue-in-cheek than anything. Try not to take it too seriously. Anyway, here goes…


In the future, Wolverine is shown to still have his adamantium claws when fighting the power-shifting Sentinels, yet at the end of last summer’s The Wolverine, he lost his adamantium claws. How did he regain the adamantium in the interim? These are the questions that plague me at night.

Future Kitty Pryde is shown to be able to project someone’s consciousness back in time a few days in order to have that person then warn the others of an impending Sentinel attack. When did Kitty, who had only previously been shown to walk through walls, gain this extra ability? Did she always have it? It was something not explored in X3: The Last Stand and has no explanation in this film.

In 1973, Wolverine “wakes up” in his past body and he is performing as a body guard for the daughter of a mafia man. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, however, he is shown to be part of a special operations squad that should arguably still be together at this point. How did Wolverine leave the group to become a sometimes body guard?

Near the end of the Vietnam War, Mystique uses her mutant powers to free a group of American-allied mutants (including Havoc and Toad) from becoming test subjects for Col. Stryker and Bolivar Trask. Mystique informs the mutants that she recently split off from Magneto and has her own agenda. We later learn, however, that Magneto has been imprisoned for years. Wouldn’t the mutants know this?

Young Professor X is able to walk due a serum created by Hank McCoy that inhibits his mutant powers but heals his spine. McCoy also takes this serum to suppress his blue fur and keep him hidden. McCoy is shown to be able to control this, turning into Beast seemingly at will when he needs to. Professor X, however, is unable to use his powers at all while under influence of the serum. Why is Beast able to transform conveniently, but Professor X is not?

Why does film go out of its way to make references to President Kennedy and actually feature President Nixon as a character when previous films in the franchise made no effort to connect the X-Men film universe with our real-life counterpart? Arguably, X-Men: First Class came closest, but no film in the franchise did this, nor did any need to. What is the point of bringing real world historical characters into the film only to blend them with fiction ones like Bolivar Trask?

In the film’s silliest scene, Magneto uses metal wires to infiltrate the “space age plastic” of the Sentinels and thus control them. However, their circuits are still intact and the Sentinels programming seems uninterrupted. How then is Magneto able to control their actions and command them? Just because he has the power to manipulate metal does not mean he can also control a computer with a wire cable wrapped around it.

At the end of the movie, Wolverine is rescued from imprisonment at the bottom of the Potomac River, having been trapped there by Magneto. It is revealed that his rescuer is not actually Col. Stryker, but Mystique in the guise of Stryker. What purpose did this solve? Are we to believe Mystique is attempting to recruit Wolverine to her cause? Or that she was somehow in league with Stryker? This makes no sense.

In the future, it is revealed that Jean Grey, Cyclops, and probably others who died are still alive, having been saved through the retconned Sentinel-less timeline. Why are their deaths avoided if they had nothing to do with the Sentinel attack timeline originally established by the films? Did Professor X then go out of his way to warn them they would die so that their deaths could be avoided? If Wolverine is the only one to remember the original timeline, what kind of sense does this make? What implications does it have for other characters as well? Is Lady Deathstrike still alive? What about the countless mutants who perished on Alcatraz Island during the climactic battle of the third movie? What does this mean for characters introduced in Days of Future Past like Blink, Sunspot, and Bishop? How is Magneto involved? Is he now a good guy?

What are your leftover questions?


2 responses to “Leftover Questions: X-Men: Days of Future Past Edition (Warning: SPOILERS)          

  1. Nick! June 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Responses and ideas for the questions you present. I don’t suggest these are necessarily good or definitive answers.

    1) Wolverine not having metal claws does seem like an error. While this is speculation, I can buy into the fan-theory that Magneto was able to give him the metal back.

    2) Yeah…that’s dumb. Almost as dumb as not really explaining how Prof. X is alive when he clearly died in X3 (yes, I know about the post-credits sequence, but you’d think the movie would at least acknowledge it).

    3) The Wolverine being a bodyguard makes sense as the Team X sequence supposedly takes place in 1975 in “Origins” two years after the events of this film.

    4) Magneto states that he hadn’t seen Mystique since the night before JFK’s assassination, and Mystique only states that she was going solo from Magneto (with no time frame given). This actually works.

    5) Beast says he takes enough to “balance him”, but Prof. X overdoses on it. I know that sounds dumb, but it actually kinda works (especially since we saw in X3 and “Origins” that Prof. X can walk and use his powers – presumably he balanced it out too for certain situations).

    6) The earlier films said claimed they took place in the “not to distant future”. I guess that’s sort of an excuse. To be fair, that has been a constant thing with movies since forever. Reference real past presidents with fictional present-day presidents.

    7) Yeah, that makes no sense! Couldn’t Trask or whoever just turn them off?

    8) As far as I am concerned, that is the biggest “wha-huh?” this movie presents. Presumably, there was a butterfly effect happening after the 1973 events of DoFP that created a whole new timeline where the events of all the previous films never happened. I would guess that from the little Prof. X saw of the future (through Wolverine’s mental images), he made sure that the original team was kept safe or better trained for whatever evils await. I am also assuming that the events of future X-Men films will dive into this. Can’t give it all away since one of the goals for the film was to free up the continuity for future installments. For what it is worth, it is the same ending that “Back to the Future” gave us.

    My questions below.

  2. Nick! June 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This movie presents the idea that the Sentinels have been around since the 1970s and during the events of the original trilogy. Give the escalating crazy events of X1, X2, and X3, why were they never featured (especially during X3). Yes, I know the reason was that the story for this film wasn’t drafted yet, but that is a mighty big retcon without bothering to give some sort of half-hearted explanation.

    By the end of X3, mutants were, politically, mostly accepted into society. The film goes into various lengths to stress this. However, (according to promotional materials) the future events take place roughly 20 years after this. What happened that caused all the good will to go crumbling down to such levels? Since the future date is never actually referenced on screen, the average movie goer might just assume this takes place 8 years after X3 (“real” time), making the problem even more perplexing.

    The bad future is averted when Mystique decides not to kill Trask. What about when Magneto BLEW UP THE WHITE HOUSE? Sure the president was saved by a mutant, but wouldn’t Magneto’s actions be enough to hasten the domino effect for humanity to turn on mutants? Given that the film indicates that the good that all the X-Men did by the end of X3 ultimately meant nothing, why would what one mutant does affect anything on this scale?

    Why is Trask such a lynchpin? Sure, his death allowed his Sentinels to be built, but wouldn’t the government already be ready to pounce on mutants since they are under the assumption that Magneto killed JFK, the then-sitting president of the USA? Wouldn’t that be enough justification?

    If Magneto could manipulate the sentinels by putting metal in them, how come “old Magneto” didn’t do such a thing?

    Why does Wolverine have grey hair in the future? I know it is there to make him look older, but isn’t not-aging sort of Wolverine’s thing? Sure, you can say it is the stress of being hunted in the bad future, but he still has the grey hair in the “fixed” future.

    What was JKF’s mutant power? Not a bad thing or anything. I just want to know.

    Why did this movie feel the need to give viewers a post-credits homework assignment?

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