Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

X-Men movie timeline: Fans LOVE new theory explaining those confusing plot hole problems | Films | Entertainment

The X-Men movie timeline is pretty convoluted, especially after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past. In that movie, Kitty Pryde sends Wolverine back to 1973 to change the past. While Deadpool and Cable’s time travelling makes things even more confusing.

But now a popular new fan theory argues that the plot holes across the X-Men movies can be explained away by the ever-changing timeline.

It’s similar to the way that Marty McFly returns to a different and better 1985 at the end of Back to the Future, following his meddling in 1955.

Reddit user filmnerd14 argued: “The timeline is muddled and features characters looking different and being younger or older in places where they shouldn’t be.

“Sometimes they’re even undone and brought back to life…my theory? In Days of Future Past, it’s confirmed that Kitty has been sending people back into the past multiple times to avoid death and such. Not only that, Deadpool has been using Cable’s watch as shown at the end of DP2.”

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The theorist wrote: “What if, because of all the time travel from all these different points in time and different areas, the timeline was always changing and therefore couldn’t stay consistent.

“Think of it as the butterfly effect, where one small change in human history has a MASSIVE effect for the future.

“Maybe if Wolverine changes the past…it creates a butterfly effect of Colossus being Russian instead of the one we saw in the OG trilogy and DOFP.

“Then when Deadpool time travels in DP2, he undoes the effect and makes him American again and able to shift back to human form like we see at the end of Days of Future Past.”

They continued: “Another possibility is if Deadpool kills Hitler like in the extended edition, it causes the universe to still have a mass genocide event but instead of Nazis, it’s Alkali and their elimination of mutants like in Logan – by poisoning water and [don’t forget] Charles’ seizures.

“But because Deadpool and Kitty have both been using time travel, the universe has to stay balanced with two idiots changing time itself in different ways. So therefore it’s affecting the people in the past and future as well, to stay in place.

“Now Angel has been alive since the 70s, Sabretooth hasn’t met Wolverine or doesn’t acknowledge he’s his brother, Logan references events from the new and old timelines and Mystique has never killed Trask.

“Not only that, Logan confuses things by having Charles in a deleted scene say Logan killed Jean and say he saw him cage fighting. But it also mentions something like Wolverine killing the villain’s dad in Apocalypse, jumbling it all up.”

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They added: “What if the universe was fixing itself in the middle of the movie, which meant Wolverine could also suddenly know he was in a program with Sabretooth despite never knowing who he was in the first movie?”

The theorist summed up: “The universe needs certain events to happen or have the same effects on history in order to stay at peace, [hence[ why the X-Men continuity is constantly changing.”

With Fox being sold to Disney, this incarnation of the X-Men is coming to an end.

However, there is one more movie to go in The New Mutants, before the X-Men are rebooted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Originally set to release over two years ago, The New Mutants is the first X-Men horror movie.

The synopsis reads: “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.”

The superhero movie stars Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy, but who knows how it will impact the X-Men movie timeline.

The New Mutants is set for release in UK cinemas on September 4, 2020.

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