There are many people who believe that you can’t complain about a fantastical movie not making sense. After all, we see situations play out that have absolutely no basis in reality, so why does the film have to match up to reality? This, however, can also be regarded as lazy storytelling because once you place rules within the world that a movie occurs, you are then obligated to follow those rules. Considering the X-Men movies can be a great deal of fun, at times it can be pretty easy to look past scenes that play out in an illogical fashion when you have a smile on your face. However, even in those cases, there is a strong possibility that once the movie comes to an end and you begin to reflect on it, the problems may eat you unless you actively ignore them.
Several aspects in the movie, upon further reflection, fail the logic test, the very test that has made the franchise one of the greatest of all time. Problems with timeline gaps; introduction of a character, writing them off only to have them back on your screen in the next installment without an explanation are some of the challenges that the creators of the X-Men movies have refused to address, leaving you to plain out ignore them if we are to enjoy the movie in any way. Here, are 25 things fans choose to ignore about the X-Men:
25. SILVERFOX BETRAYING LOGAN
The principal love interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Silverfox’s relationship with Logan could never live up to what he had with Jean Grey, but they still had undeniable chemistry. It was revealed that she had been hired by Stryker to keep tabs on him in exchange for the safety of her sister.
This is a bit odd given her mutant ability. She’s able to force others to do her bidding once she makes physical contact with them. Had she touched Stryker or any of his main underlings, she could have had her sister released.
24. LOCATION OF MAGNETO’S CONVERSION MACHINE
The initial film that made moviegoers fall in love with our favorite mutants, at the time X-Men was simply marvelous. Its main focus was Magneto’s attempt to get the world elite on his side by turning them into mutants.
Magneto intends to use a Mutant Conversion Machine he has stashed on Lady Liberty against the leaders of the free world, and the X-Men trying to stop him and his underlings from completing their task. The problem with this is how heavily guarded the area usually is; how could even a single guard not have spotted the machine being reeled in?
23. WOLVERINE’S SPARSE MEMORY
Considering that Wolverine has been the most popular character in these movies by far, you’d have thought that one of the major aspects of his character, his unreliable memory, would be well-handled. This is very clearly seen when he travels back in time during Days of Future Past.
He was explained to be the only one whose mind could handle the process due to its ability to instantly heal itself, but that immediately begs the question why his memory hasn’t been repaired and he still has issues with memory gaps.
22. HOW STRYKER GOT WOLVERINE IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
It is clear that the X-Men movies have a history of simply ignoring major things out of convenience alone. At the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it is revealed that the Stryker that has Wolverine is Mystique in disguise. Despite that, in the next movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine is shown to be the prisoner of the real William Stryker.
21. QUICKSILVER TELLS STORM WHO HIS FATHER IS
As the character who managed to steal the spotlight in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, Quicksilver really is fantastic. One of the few things the latter of those two films really did right was give him a storyline for audiences to invest in.
Viewers spend the entire film hoping that Quicksilver will reveal to Magneto that he is Erik’s son, but he decides against it for understandable reasons. Then he reveals his biggest secret to Storm, someone he has just fought against and doesn’t know at all. It felt more like a throwaway to what would have been a defining moment in the film.
20. WHEN XAVIER SUDDENLY BECAME YOUNGER
There are movies within the X-Men franchise that fans would rather not talk about. The crème of these has to be X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Truth be told, it did not live up to its billing with many thinking there are several things in the film that could have gone differently. First was the way they treated Deadpool’s character at the end of the film.
19. MYSTIQUE’S ACTION AFTER SETTING THE MUTANTS FREE
One of the major action scenes from the front half of X-Men: Days of Future Past is when Mystique shows up to rescue several imprisoned mutants. However, everything that takes place once she finishes fighting makes absolutely no sense.
After entering the scene disguised as an Army Colonel, once her fellow mutants are on a plane she transforms into her human-looking female form even though she is still surrounded by enemy forces. She must be insanely lucky that none of the legion of soldiers she was walking towards at the time took note that a completely new person was there.
18. HOW FAR BACK WOLVERINE TRAVELLED
Wolverine helps save the day by going back in time to stop Mystique from taking out the President of the United States, an action that creates a dystopian future. This is a very difficult task given that Mystique is not somebody that follows instructions, but made even harder by the fact that Charles Xavier and Magneto’s relationship is on the rocks.
17. THE TIMELINE RELATED PROBLEMS
This is such a huge problem in the X-Men film franchise that this list could be filled with examples. The timeline is totally messed up. For instance, in one movie Xavier and Magneto are said to have built Cerebro together but then Beast is shown putting it together in another film.
Then there is the fact that Xavier said that Jean Grey, Storm, and Cyclops were his first students but in X-Men: The First Class, he begins by teaching a wholly different group. It is like producers have never seemed to care about keeping things straight.
16. NIGHTCRAWLER IS A CAGE FIGHTER
When it came out that he would be taking part in a cage fight in X-Men: Apocalypse it was quite exciting. However, his abilities were heavily limited by the fact that he was stuck in a cage he couldn’t teleport out of because it was electrified.
While his abilities being dampened by electricity has never sat well, it also brings up other questions. How was someone who could easily teleport away captured, to begin with? Why didn’t he teleport away before they closed the doors? Too many things about this do not make sense.
15. DARWIN DOES NOT ADAPT
A true return to form for the X-Men film franchise was X-Men: First Class, which went to prove that the series still had something to give. However, it was not without its kinks. One that really stuck out was how the movie handled Darwin.
Possessing the power of reactive evolution, he had the ability to survive virtually any attack since his body was supposed to adapt to them. Despite that, he quickly passed away the first time a villain wet after him. They really underutilized many of the mutants introduced in the movie but Darwin’s was a bit painful to watch.
14. SEVERAL VERSIONS OF SEVERAL CHARACTERS
While this is something that happens in many genre franchises, it has happened way too often over the course of these many X-Men movies. We’re not discussing the recasting of younger versions of characters, here, but rather the recasting of the same version of a character within a timeline.
A great example of this is the fact that the Juggernaut seen in Deadpool 2 is completely different than the one seen in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. Other characters like Blob, Bolivar Trask, Emma Frost, Angel, Moira MacTaggert, and Jubilee all have suffered the same fate.
13. THE ESSEX HOUSE EXISTING IN DEADPOOL 2
In Deadpool 2, audiences were introduced to the horrors of The Essex House for Mutant Rehabilitation. It’s an orphanage that operates as a mutant re-education center, and the children who are taken in there end up being horribly hurt by the orphanage staff. Isn’t that exactly the kind of thing the X-Men are supposed to put an end to?
12. MYSTIQUE LOOKS HUMAN MOST OF THE TIME
In X2, when Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn’t “look like everyone else,” she responds, “because we shouldn’t have to.” This is the perfect way to show how passionate Mystique is about the rights of mutants, but it has since been undermined by many of the movies featuring Jennifer Lawrence playing the character.
Opting to have her look human in many scenes where her motivations don’t demand them does not fit her character. Maybe the producers were more starstruck by Jennifer Lawrence, preferring her in front of the camera than spending many hours in hair and make-up.
11. AGENT ZERO FLYING THE HELICOPTER IN X-MEN ORIGINS-WOLVERINE
One of several mutants that are introduced as teammates of the main character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it quickly becomes obvious that Agent Zero is to be feared. A member of the Weapon X program, his mutant powers make him an expert in tracking and a near perfect marksman among other abilities.
If Zero has you in their sights, then your fate is sealed. When sent to track down Wolverine, it did not make sense for him to take over a helicopter as his underlings wielded the weapons. This was not playing to his strengths and made the whole scenario feel off.
10. WHAT WAS ROGUE’S IMPORTANCE?
When a new X-Men series starts the writers tend to introduce a character who is unaware of their abilities and allow the audience to learn alongside them. This is what they attempted to do with Rogue in the first X-Men installment.
However, in the films, her powers do not make her all that useful to the team. Unlike in the comics, unless she has touched a powerful mutant recently her only offensive ability is absorbing the energy of her foes and she is afraid to do that. As such, she only served as one more person that her teammates had to protect.
9. APOCALYPSE DID NOT USE ALL HIS POWERS
In one of X-Men: Apocalypse’s early scenes, the new Big Bad is shown causing one man to be buried alive in a wall and others to lose their heads with very little effort. As a result, when he fights the X-Men near the end of the film, he easily should have been able to take each of them out permanently.
Shown to be perfectly willing to eliminate millions at a moment’s notice, Apocalypse clearly had no moral qualms about taking out his foes. This all means that the en masse attack that takes Apocalypse out shouldn’t have happened.
8. WHY JEAN SACRIFICED HERSELF
At the end of X2, the Blackbird is stuck on the ground as a huge torrent of water surges toward it and it falls to Jean Grey to save the day. As such, she exits the ship and uses her telepathy to both hold the water at bay and raise the jet into the air so it can take off. It’s an act of sacrifice.
Though a powerful moment, the truth is that it was not necessary in the least. After all, maybe she could have done all of that from inside the Blackbird or on top of it if she needed to see what she was doing.
7. LOGAN’S BOAT PLAN
Logan certainly had some pulse-pounding moments. However, most viewers really wanted to see Logan’s plan to buy a boat and take Xavier away come to fruition. In hindsight, however, the whole thing is totally unworkable.
The film reveals that unless Xavier is heavily sedated he has seizures that have an awful effect on everyone around him, Logan included. Considering that they only have a limited quantity of the necessary pills, both of them – and anyone on the water near their boat would be in danger.
6. MAGNETO’S USE OF THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
One of the most impressive displays of mutant power shown in these films, Magneto moving the Golden Gate Bridge shows just how dangerous he is. Using it to transport a small army of mutants so they can attack a facility where the mutant cure is produced, he lands it and his minions go on the offense.
However, the much more effective thing from his point of view would be to fly the bridge a little bit farther and drop it on the facility. After all, that certainly would destroy all of the work being done inside.
5. PROFESSOR X’S RETURN
The events that occurred in X-Men: The Last Stand got their salvation through Days of Future Past which established a completely new timeline. But we are never given resolution to how Charles Xavier was resurrected. This mystery has been left unresolved with many arguing that it was immaterial to the later plotlines.
And that is true as well seeing that Xavier’s demise would have meant Days of Future Past could not have been possible. His story continued up to Logan where he met his second, and perhaps final, demise.
4. NO ONE RECOGNIZED MAGNETO IN X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
After the events of Days of Future Past, Magneto goes on the run and is the most wanted fugitive on the planet. Even accounting for it being the 1970s and 1980s, there is still television and radio pretty much everywhere. So, how does Magneto manage to spend a decade living incognito working a blue collar job?
Yes, semi-recognizable people can sometimes manage to just blend in, but think about it — he’s literally the most wanted man on the planet. Even overseas, it’s silly to think he could hide in plain sight for a decade.
3. BEAST’S SURPRISE AT THE MUTANT CURE
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hank McCoy, AKA Beast, created a special serum that could suppress mutant powers, which he utilized to treat Xavier’s paralysis. It was a major discovery and something that could’ve transformed the lives of mutants with difficult powers, such as Rogue.
Fast-forward in the timeline to X-Men: The Last Stand and Beast was shocked when his hand transformed into its original human form after he encountered Leech. More worrying, he seemed to have completely forgotten about the serum he’d created decades before. Was he honestly shocked or just playing possum?
2. WHEN ERIK AND CHARLES MET
Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier are the friend goals we should aspire to. Even when they’re fighting for different causes, and against each other, these two still possess a respect and unwavering appreciation for one another. When Erik and Charles became BFFs, though, is a point of contention.
In 2000’s X-Men, Charles explained that he met Erik when he was 17 years old when they were both teenagers. However, in X-Men: First Class, Charles met Erik in the ’60s, when he was already in his 20s. However, due to the power of their friendship, we have let this inconsistency slide.
1. WHAT DID XAVIER HAVE IN LOGAN
In what was Logan’s curtain call as a mutant, we see a few interesting things that do not make sense. More so, with Charles Xavier. Now old and grey, we are told that the most powerful mind in the world has dementia as a result of an unmentioned illness.
We see the potential damage that Xavier’s decaying mind can inflict when Reavers attacked the casino in which they were hiding. Charles has a seizure paralyzes nearly everyone around him with crippling psychic pain. What illness could have caused the most powerful mutant to become such a danger to himself and everyone around him?
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