IMPORTANT: This is a speculation article. Besides dates and facts from previous films, the topics discussed are nothing other than speculation. Please understand this as you read the article. Thank you.
It’s no secret that the X-Men film universe is full of timeline and continuity errors. Ever since X-Men: First Class released in 2011, the entire X-Men universe has been all over the place. Days of Future Past attempted to fix some of the errors set up by the previous film, but this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse once again messed everything up. This article suggests that due to some recent news from the film Logan, we may get to see some sort of fixed, definite timeline as well as answers for all the continuity errors. For this speculation article, we will focus on all of the recent X-Men films.
The origin of this article began with the first lines in the new Logan trailer. The first lines of the trailer are as follows:
“Logan, what did you do?”
“Charles, the world is not the same as it was. Mutants, they’re gone now.”
Now, the way that this conversation sounds, it sounds like the two haven’t seen each other in a long time. With Professor X asking Logan what he did, it sounds like he is blaming him for something. Logan’s response is even more interesting because he sounds like he is either reminiscing or he is in some sort of future he does not recognize where all his friends are gone. Before we begin major speculation, let’s look at the current X-Men timeline. NOTE: Not all the X-Men films are listed. (Origins and Deadpool)
X-Men: First Class (1962)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (1973)
X-Men: Apocalypse (1983)
X-Men (Early 2000s)
X2 (Mid 2000s)
X-Men: The Last Stand (Late 2000s – Early 2010s)
The Wolverine (Late 2010s – Early 2020s)
X-Men: Days of Future Past [Future] (2020s)
The films we will be looking at the most are the new trilogy of X-Men films as well as the solo Wolverine films. We know that in the early 1980s, Jean Grey was recruited by Professor X to come to the X-Mansion. However, in the film X-Men: The Last Stand, we see that Professor X and Magneto recruit an even younger Jean in the mid-1980s. From this change, we can assume that the timeline has been pushed back a bit by a couple years, making some drastic changes with the age of Jean Grey, Cyclops and even Professor X and Magneto. That means the former two X-Men will be a bit older during the original trilogy and the later two will be a bit younger.
Now, moving on to the story points that support this theory. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine is sent back to prevent Mystique from killing Trask. Upon completion of this goal, he wakes up in a fixed future where the characters from the original X-Men trilogy are still alive. When he sees Professor X, he tells him that he does not remember anything from the past 50 years, and Professor X promises to explain everything. If Days of Future Past takes place in 1973, then the fixed future must be in 2023. But this is only one year before Logan, so once again something must be wrong with the continuity again at FOX, right? Not quite. Let me explain.
Since the timeline for the original X-Men trilogy has been pushed back a good amount of years thanks to Jean Grey and Cyclops‘ early recruitment, that could mean things could be very different in the future. Something like the Sentinels rising much later than expected could have happened, wiping out the mutants during the mid 2000s, leaving a long time for Logan to grow old in 2024. Another theory is that Logan wakes up around 2020 after the events of Days of Future Past and is now much older than he expected and everything is messed up again. He then would spend the next four years adapting to his weakened abilities while also looking for Professor X.
But how does this connect to the line in the trailer? Let me explain. Even if Logan did not have any knowledge of the future where everyone was alive again, he still would remember the dark future where there were mutants fighting Sentinels. Now, if he wakes up and there are absolutely no mutants, he would know that things are very different and worse than before. That would explain the line “Charles, the world is not the same as it was. Mutants, they’re gone now.” and once Charles learns of the timeline that was, he is asking Logan what he did to cause this awful timeline. With the deaths of characters like Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey, Logan can not go back and fix the worst damage, meaning he is stuck in this wasteland and forced to find the Professor and help young X-23. One last note is that we see Logan drinking at a funeral in the Logan trailer. Many have speculated this could be Professor X’s funeral, but Logan could be visiting the graves of his former teammates. The use of graves to show deaths of X-Men has been seen in many forms of media, not only in film but also in comics.
By doing this, it addresses the major issues in continuity and helps establish a single timeline that fans can follow. Remember, this is all speculation, but something that I believe can happen in Logan as a minor part in the beginning and then continue with the story of the film.
What do you think of this theory? Did I miss any important points that could add or subtract to the theory? Let us know in the comments below and on Instagram and Twitter.
Logan releases March 3rd, 2017 and stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart