'[X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267)' and 'Wolverine 3' are on the way, and according to Bryan Singer and Hugh Jackman, these movies will be the end of the 'X-Men' franchise that started in 2000. But one thing that a lot of moviegoers notice is that after 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', the movies drop their relationship to the previous entries. To clear things up, I'll explain whether or not it matters if the next movie follows the previous flick. I also have a final SPOILER ALERT here.
At the end of the 2013 spinoff flick 'The Wolverine', we see a Trask Industries easter egg and Professor Xavier and Magento coming to Logan asking him to help protect mutants against the Sentinels. Fast forward almost a year later and we see some differences in 'Days of Future Past'. For one thing, Logan's claws lost their adamantium in his solo adventure, but here, it's clearly seen that he has them. That's not just it, at the beginning of 'The Wolverine', it's shown that he's had to kill Jean Grey, making it apparent that the original trilogy (even 'Last Stand') still happened. Yet somehow Professor X, Jean Grey and Scott Summers are all alive and well when 'Future Past' ends. And there's more! It's made clear in the movie that mutants have been hunted since the 1970s, which means that this movie is taking place in an alternative universe.
Now at this point you could be wondering how a franchise could still hold onto it's credibility despite so many plot holes. But there is a simple answer that put all this to rest.
A little story telling technique I like to call: “The Comic Book Consistency”
See in comic books there are some stories that are unaffected from previous events. For example Batman kills the Joker in the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke. Then in 2011, DC relaunched its universe, and with it came Detective Comics #1 which saw Batman taking the Joker to Arkham Asylum and the famous Death of the Family story begins. But the thing is, The Killing Joke story was still intact whereas everything else was either erased or altered. The main reason for this is because it's such an iconic story.
It's the same deal with the 'X-Men' franchise, Days of Future Past was a phenomenal story and Bryan Singer just wants to tell that story, even if the other movies don't add up. Unlike the Marvel or DC cinematic universes, 'X-Men' plays by its own rules and it makes those who follow the franchise have that same feeling that a comic book reader gets when a hero is suddenly resurrected or some event from one issue doesn't impact the other. The important thing is, they're great stories and the films are worth watching (except for 'Last Stand' and 'Origins').
And in the words of MatPat, “That's just a theory. A FILM theory.”
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