I’m not going to do much of a review of this (do I say that every time?), due to spoilers and stuff, and also the fact that I had a slightly more interesting idea that I was going to try, time permitting. But I’ll have a quick swing at it.
Just be warned, spoilers and stuff.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was a pretty cool film. I think First Class was more BST heavy, in the flashy use of multiple mutants and bright colours, while this one was darker, focussing on a couple of characters (predominantly Magneto and Mystique, with a hint of Wolverine) and a look at a grayscale dystopian future and a rather utilitarian military 60s-70s period. This film centred on post-Vietnam and the start of Trask’s very, very slow war on mutants that would ultimately lead to the extermination of everyone, because of genetics and the Sentinels being able to see mutation potential down to the nth generation.
But you know what? I won’t even go into it. Suffice it to say, there was time travel involved and the result is a complete continuity reset, doing for the X-Men franchise what the new post-Vulcan continuity did for Star Trek. Basically, every film except First Class – the original trilogy and the two Wolverine films – are completely tossed out and the story starts over. With ramifications we’re not sure of yet.
Which is actually pretty cool. I was one of the few people (do I say this every time as well?) to rather like pretty much all the films, even X3, but they had their problems and I guess there’s nothing wrong with a reboot.
Okay, here’s one thing that’s not so much a problem, as sort of chilling and horrifying.
Wolverine’s mind was sent back into his young self, so he could affect the past. In the “present”, he’s asleep and then when he wakes up the changed timeline takes effect. He will be the only person to remember the old one.
So this happens, and it all seems hunky-dory. Wolverine wakes up and is all stunned and amazed that everything has changed and all his friends and frienemies are back. He goes to Xavier and he realises Wolverine is “back” (Xavier remembering only that young Wolverine turned up in the 60s-70s and said he was from the future), they smile about how he’s got some catching up to do, and ha ha aww, roll credits.
But there’s the other side of it.
Whatever happens in the wake of the first Sentinel fight (also known as “the fifth or sixth time mutants show humans how easy it would be to wipe them out and give them the option to not be jerks”), Wolverine goes off and lives through the next forty or fifty years doing whatever. At some point he joins the X-Men and becomes a teacher at the school. He gains new memories and experiences, and lives out that entire timeline.
Then, as soon as he “wakes up” at the point on the timeline corresponding to the final Sentinel fight, all that vanishes. That Wolverine, the one everyone knows, ceases to exist. Like he’s just had a psychotic break and suffered a complete personality switch. The broad strokes seem to be the same, by the reactions of the other X-Men, but he’s not the same guy.
That’s sort of horrible.
But yeah, pretty cool. There were a few problems that have been bugging me, here’s a little list:
Trask’s Sentinels, in the 1970s, could remotely detect mutation on a genetic level. How? And never mind the “recessive genes mean humans can and will inevitably produce mutants at some point, generationally” problem, all humans have mutations of some sort, even if they’re not as cool as metal-powers. I’d’ve thought Trask would realise that better than most people. There must be a special kind of mutation they’re finding. Not “mutation” in the common understanding of the term.
Where was Sabretooth? Wolverine Quantum Leaps into himself at the end of the Vietnam War. At this point Stryker should have recruited them already. But Stryker seems younger now, and has no idea. He doesn’t seem to be on the mutant strike force building Deadpool, his son is 8 years old. How’s that going to play out, especially since Mystique has taken over?
How can Kitty do Quantum Leaps now?
How do the Sentinels do their Mystique-Rogue transformation? Oh well, I’ll allow that one on future-baloneyum technoplop.
Why did the whole thing have to be sorted before Wolverine went back? Once he’d convinced Magneto and Xavier, they’d have fifty years to stop Trask. So he’d wake up into a new world anyway.
On that topic, look at Magneto in this. He reprograms the Sentinels with railway tracks, and drops a football stadium on the White House. He’s a God. Humanity, let alone 1970s-tech humanity, would have no chance. Let alone when he’s teamed up with all the others. Trask is right. Homo sapiens is over. Where he fucks it up is, homo sapiens’s only hope is to become mutantkind’s lovable pet-slave worker class. Making enemies of them in even the most minor way is going to end in eradication. Mutual eradication, since the Sentinels were so poorly thought out.
Wolverine was about 100 years old in the first movies. By the future-time, he was about 150? Why did he have grey hairs? Presumably this means his immortality and invincibility isn’t going to last forever. That must be good news for him.
Why didn’t they let Hammy the Squirrel, I mean The Flash or whoever he was, Magneto’s son apparently, do the whole job for them? He was funny.
Dang, in a bit of a rush now. Will have to continue this later, there was more. But all in all, a very fun movie. It’ll be interesting to see where they head with it.