Thursday, October 6, 2011

X-Men Movie Continuity Errors (Attemptedly) Solved

Hello, I'm KalKratos. This is my first blog on the site. Eventually I'm going to write a film review series called Unoriginal Review. But until then, I am going to bring something to your attention that has been bugging me for the last few days. Most of us have seen the X-Men movies. While there is disagreement on which ones are good, they all have usually avoided major continuity errors. But with the latest X-Men movie out, there are a lot of continuity errors. And X-Men: First Class is in canon with Singer's X-Men movies. Hugh Jackman makes a cameo as Wolverine. And Rebecca Romijn makes a cameo when Mystique briefly shapeshifts into an older version of her human form.

Sure you can just say that X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine aren't canon anymore. I have heard rumors on the internet that that's what the producers of First Class have in mind for it. But what about people who didn't hate Last Stand or Origins, maybe even liked them? How are people, who can't stand continuity errors (such as myself), going to continue watching all of the X-Men movies without becoming frustrated. Well I'm going to address the continuity errors and a way around them. Now these explanations come from various sites around the web and are not at all official. So, let's get started. Now BEWARE, there are SPOILERS for all of the X-Men movies if you haven't seen them yet. So if you haven't, go watch the ones you haven't yet; and come back here when you're done.

1. Charles Xavier becomes paralyzed in First Class

I thought I would address this first, since it is the biggest. In X-Men: The Last Stand, we see Charles walking in the prologue. And in X-Men Origins Wolverine, he is able to stand for a few seconds with no chair in sight.

Well in the comics, there were times when Professor X would regain the use of his legs. Why can't we assume that in between X-Men First Class and those scenes that he would regain the use of his legs, but lose them again before the first X-Men movie.

2. Charles and Magneto become enemies in First Class

This is kind of like the first one, but not as bad since it is only established in one movie and alluded to in the first movie. In X-Men: The Last Stand, we see Charles (walking) and Magneto go and recruit Jean Grey in the prologue. In the first X-Men movie, Charles says to Wolverine that Magneto helped Charles build Cerebro.

It could be possible that Charles and Magneto rekindled their friendship long enough to build Cerebro and recruit students.

3. Havok and Cyclops are supposed to be brothers

In X-Men: First Class a teenage/young adult Havok is one of the main characters set in 1962. We can clearly see Cyclops as a teenager in 1979 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Bryan Singer said that Havok and Cyclops aren't brothers, but has alluded to them being related in some way. As for the "cameo" that Cyclops makes in First Class, I wouldn't make anything of it. People are seeing what they want to see.

4. Two Emma Frosts in two separate movies

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we see someone with near identical powers as Emma Frost near the end of the movie who is Kayla's sister. In X-Men: First Class, she is clearly named Emma Frost several times, dresses the same as the character, and has all of the powers of that character.

The "Emma" that appears in Origins, is never named Emma Frost in the movie. It can logically be assumed that the character that appears in Origins is coincidentally named Emma and has her mutant power as a returnable diamond form.

5. Two Strykers

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X2, Colonel William Stryker plays an important part as the villain of those movies. In X-Men: First Class, a military man who seems to not like mutants during Xavier's meeting with the CIA, is named Stryker.

In X-Men: First Class, when Xavier is reading Stryker's mind, he talks about his son William. So the Stryker we see in Origins and X2, is actually the Stryker in First Class's son

6. Human Beast in X2

In X-Men: First Class, Hank McCoy tried to cure his monkey feet mutation; but ended up making it worse by turning his entire body into the blue skinned, blue furred man we all know and love. But in X2, we can clearly see Hank McCoy in human form on a news program in the background.

In X-Men: First Class, Hank got so much praise about the way he looked after his transformation; but he was looking for a way to return to normal. Maybe sometime between now and X2, he found a way; only to lose it by the time X-Men: The Last Stand comes around. And the reason Beast was uneasy about returning to human in The Last Stand, was because he had finally come to terms with looking the way he does during his second transformation.

7. Sebastian Shaw in X2

In X-Men: First Class, Sebastian Shaw is the main antagonist of the movie, but dies at the end. In X2, a man, who we don't see, is interviewing the human Hank McCoy. His name is Dr. Shaw.

Just because his name is Shaw doesn't mean that he is Sebastian Shaw.

8. Magneto's helmets in X-Men: First Class and the X-Men Trilogy

In X-Men: First Class, Sebastian Shaw had the Russians develop a helmet that would block psychic detection, reading, and control. When Magneto killed him, he took that helmet. At the end of the movie, we see his helmet looks more like it does in the comics: red with a purple border and tiny horns on the front of it. In the first three X-Men movies, we see that Magneto's helmet is a completely different design, ergo a different helmet. It's a red helmet with a similar, but different design, and from a glance, a different texture.

It seems incredibly likely that the helmet he stole from Shaw was destroyed, so he eventually had a new one made.

So those are some fan-made resolutions to the continuity errors that started to plague the X-Men film series. Hope you enjoyed my first blog. If I didn't mention an error, bring it up in the comments.

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