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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?