ByFranco Gucci, writer at
I'm an avid movie fan whose favorite movie ever is Back to the Future. I'm the type of person that if I like a TV show, I'll binge watch it
Franco Gucci

Deadpool opened last-last friday to record-breaking numbers to top that the mercenary with a mouth finally got the film he deserves, and all thanks to the rebooted timeline created by [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942) erasing the Wade Wilson seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and every unsuccessful launch of different characters since then... or did it?

Since I haven't seen a lot of fans who've realized this, here's a list that will show you how the X-Men's new timeline is wrong:

1. When 'Days of Future Past' Takes Place

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set in 1973.

2. The 'Weapon X' Program

X-Men Origins: Wolverine took place during several time periods but its plot focused on the late 70's - early 80's. Stryker finds Wolverine and Sabretooth at the end of the Vietnam War, which was in 1975; they then become part of Team X, which had Blob and Wade Wilson as members. They were together for maybe a year and Wolverine left; then they jump six years into the future, which is when the film enters the 80's era.

Wade Wilson's age, while not established, can be easily deducted to be late 20's; let's work on the assumption he was 25. Remember the scene when Wolverine and Team X went to a compound to get adamantium? That had to have taken place at the latest in 1977, which means Wade Wilson was born in the 50's.

3. Gambit

As mentioned above, the second half of X-Men Origins: Wolverine took place in the 80's; this is when Wolverine meets Gambit, a pocket player, in a bar. When presented to us, Gambit is a grown man most likely in his late 20's to mid 30's, meaning he was born in the late 50's to early (very early) 60's.

4. When the changes in 'Days of Future Past' Took Effect

In 'Days of Future Past', Wolverine went back in time to 1973 to stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask and change their bleak future, which is what the filmmakers of new X-Men films now use as the explanation for the new versions of their heroes... but Days of Future Past only changed events that took place from 1973 onwards, not what happened before that.

Follow me here: Wade Wilson and Gambit, having been born in the 50's and 60's, were teenagers when Days of Future Past took place, so the time-wipe, that erased all events moving forward couldn't have deleted their already-existing versions.

What I mean by this is that, when Magneto was dropping a stadium, making a mess with Sentinels and almost getting permanent neck damage, Wade Wilson and Remy LeBeau were probably watching it live on their TV sets just as Quicksilver was.

5. When 'Deadpool' Takes Place

The newly released film, Deadpool, was set in modern times, at its earliest in 2012. So let's do the math: Wade Wilson in this film is in his late 20's-mid 30's, meaning he was born in the 70's, maybe 1979... but the Wade Wilson we saw in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was born in the 50's, being in his 20's in the 70's... He should be 60 years old. How is this reasonably possible?

Let me tell you: It's not. And no, the "maybe that Wilson was the real Deadpool's father" doesn't count. First of all that would be one of the dumbest excuses out there (and trust me, I've heard my fair share), second of all, in the behind the scenes of 'Origins: Wolverine', it's clearly stated that the Wade Wilson seen in the film has yet to go through his illness ordeal and become the Deadpool we know.

6. When 'Gambit' Takes Place

As stated above, Gambit was more than grown up during X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now, the upcoming 'Gambit' has been stated to be set, like Deadpool, in modern times and that it will be an origin story for the character. Then explain to me how a mutant that was in his mid-30's in the 80's, having being born in the late 50's, will have a clean slate and be in his 20's in the 2010's after Wolverine changed the future from 1973 ONWARDS? In a timeline that makes sense, Gambit would be 70 years old.


One of the arguments that don't count is "It's a comic book movie", because, believe me, I've heard that before. So because it's a comic book movie the continuity that they've established and screwed up for 16 years doesn't matter and we are supposed to take whatever half-assed explanation we get?

With that. the producers are basically telling us: "Yeah, you didn't like X-Men Origins or X-Men 3? Here is another movie that erases those two. What's that? It doesn't make sense? So what? You're still going to give us money so... there's your explanation."

Something that also doesn't count is saying "having incoherent things with Deadpool doesn't matter since that's how the character is"; why? Because the character is part of the X-Men UNIVERSE... plus Gambit doesn't have any reasonable explanation to not be coherent with FOX's universe timeline.

So is the X-Men movie timeline wrong? Yes and very. The only semi-coherent plot point is Cyclops being a teenager during the events of Origins, which probably fits in with the Scott Summers of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.

Now, I am not saying any of these films are bad, I am actually a huge fan of the Deadpool film and think is one of the best super hero movies out there... oh and... Days of Future Past is okay too; I am just trying to point out the lack of care in a reasonable storyline.

Hopefully in the future we will get more effort from the filmmakers to make a more cohesive film universe.

What do you think? Do you agree? Did you notice this error before?


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