Seven mainstream films over 19, plus the films "Wolverine" and "Deadpool", are a legacy, but Fox's "X-Men" movies are made after Dark Phoenix. one time – the "New Mutants" horror spinoff is all we have left before Marvel takes over these characters and presumably restarts them.
Yes, "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. Yes, the spinoff "Novos Mutantes" is in progress. And yes, a third Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds is a virtual certainty. But the "Deadpool" movies are very similar to them, connecting to the "X-Men" series of movies usually just to make jokes. "New Mutants," as far as we can tell, will feature no character from Fox's "X-Men." As for post-Dark Phoenix, since Disney now owns 20th Century Fox, Marvel almost certainly wants to introduce the main X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, and it definitely will not be that version.
So it's time to say goodbye to a franchise that started almost 20 years ago – and more importantly, to a crazy timeline built over the years that makes it difficult to figure out what the story is.
This difficulty stems from two factors: The fact that "X-Men: Days of the Past Future" included a mild reboot in the franchise universe using time travel such as JJ Abrams "Star Trek"; and the overall lack of concern of the series in maintaining its continuity when it began to make prequels with "First Class". All we can say with absolute certainty is that the main continuity is probably everything except the "Deadpool" and "Logan" movies.
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The story of the "Days of the Past Future," set in an apocalyptic future in which sentinel robots destroyed the world in their quest to eliminate all mutants, occurs at the end of that time line several years after "The Wolverine ". In that awful future, they send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to 1973 to try to prevent the robot's apocalypse from happening, and he succeeds.
The net effect is that everything that happened after 1973 was erased from history, and the following decades were very different from what they were in the original X-Men films. The events of "Apocalypse", for example, occurred because the existence of mutants diffused much earlier than in the previous time line, which in turn triggered the chain of events that brought In Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac) from again wreak havoc on the world.
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Similarly, the whole Dark Phoenix situation of Jean Gray happened differently after Wolverine's journey in time. The scenario prerequisite for Jean Go Phoenix is that she has to die or be put in a situation where she will die – in the old timeline that happened in 2003 at the end of "X2", and in the new timeline that happened in 1992.
That's the basic essence of this, although the movies have not been so good at keeping continuity in order, but most of the bullshit comes from characters with wrong eras in different films. For example, the character Moira McTaggart appears in "X-Men: The Last Stand" (played by Olivia Williams) and "First Class" (played by Rose Byrne). Both actors were in their 30s when their respective films were released – but the two films are separated by 44 years.
"X-Men" movies are full of this specific kind of continuity, because they continued reusing characters from the original films in films set decades ago, even when that made no sense – Angel, Jubilee and Psylocke are other prominent. examples. It was also fun to watch Trask's character, played by Bill Duke in "The Last Stand," to be reworked in "Days of Future Past" with Peter Dinklage. Obviously, the two do not look anything like this, but this is not really a continuity error, since their ages combine well enough.
To further increase confusion, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult are playing characters who have aged 30 years in the films they starred in, even though in the real world less than a decade has passed. Hoult is still missing a few months from his 30th birthday, but in "Dark Phoenix" he is playing a character who is in his 60s without the help of makeup to get old. That kind of thing can mess with your head.
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In "Days of Future Past," we get a glimpse of what the new 2023 version will look like when Wolverine returns to the updated version of his gift at the end of the film. We see Jean walking around the school, with Xavier in charge. A lot can happen in three decades that can still bring the future to fruition, but with this major series ended now it's hard to draw a line from what happened at the end of "Dark Phoenix" to where "Days of Future Past" shows everyone ending.
This means that "Dark Phoenix" may or may not have introduced some new continuity errors in the series, and we will never find out why there will not be any more films that follow this topic. To me, that kind of ambiguity in the timeline is the perfect way to end this whole thing.
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