X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 6 “Plot Holes” Explained


Though Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past is indeed a victory, and unquestionably one of the best comic book movies in recent history, it is by no means a perfect film. But then, bearing in mind the pressures of working within a franchise that has been badly maltreated by two wayward sequels, and the huge requirements of bringing two casts together. Singer was faced with the duty of fixing a timeline that was all but insuppressibly broken, and in adding the understandably ruinous element of time travel to the mix he could well have been accused of asking for trouble.

When the film was released, bloggers, fan boys and girls came out of the woodwork to point out the seemingly endless plot holes and inconsistencies. While some of these are reasonable (how exactly were the Sentinels able to adapt to any mutant power via Mystique’s blood, when her shape-shifting powers were purely cosmetic?), others are not. Today we are going looking at a few so-called “plot holes,” unanswered questions and attempting to clarify a bit.

6. How Did Magneto Get His Powers Back?

X-Men The Last Stand Magneto Chess

Thanks to a tactical cure administration by the cunning Beast (Kelsey Grammer), by the end of The Last Stand, Magneto has lost his powers. During the final scene of the movie we see Magneto playing chess, he tries move one of the metal chess pieces and (similarly to the spinning top in Inception) it is sort of opened ended as to whether he actually moves it or not. There has been a debate as to whether the “cure” was simply temporary for years after the film was released. Did Magneto get his powers back? Well, the debate has been officially settled. How so, you ask? Because Magneto clearly has his powers back in Days Of Future Past! Moving on.

5. How Has Wolverine Got Grey Hair?

X-Men Days Of Future Past Wolverine Older

When we first begin to get reintroduced to what’s left of the X-Men in this dystopian future, the first thing you’ll notice is how much older everybody is (understandably), this includes Wolverine who now has white hair at his temples. Wolverine has a healing factor that means he can survive bullets to the head and even an atom bomb, which makes him the prime candidate for time travel, and there is a blunt mention that he will look on the whole, the same when he arrives in his old body because of his mutation, which makes sense. But what’s up with the white hair? Wouldn’t his mutation explicitly prevent his genes from going bad and changing the color of his hair?

The simplest explanation would be it being a result of what happened to him at the end of The Wolverine. During the climatic final battle Yashida (Tao Okamoto) basically sucks a bunch of Wolverine’s bone marrow out of his body, extracting his healing ability. While it’s never explicitly explained, this assumedly dampened his healing factor; thus he heals a little slower and ages slightly faster. Also, it’s surely a nod to how Wolverine looks in The Days Of Future Past comic, where it’s not explained at all.

4. How Did Professor X And Magneto Unite?

Professor X Magneto

Some people have actually considered the fact that in the future of the X-Men universe, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) fighting side by side is something of a mystery. Sure, we never got an explanation as to why or how these two teamed up, but really? With a threat as huge as Sentinels that are systematically killing every mutant on the planet, do we really need to explain how or why these two put their differences aside and teamed up? Plus, with a movie that is dealing with so many characters, did they really need to include a scene that would reiterate the obvious?

3. Where Did Shadowcat Learn Her New Powers?

Ellen Page X-Men Days Of Future Past

In Days Of Future Past Ellen Page reprises her role as Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat, a mutant with the ability to phase through solid objects. In the film we learn that Kitty, now has the ability to project a person’s consciousness back in time to deliver warnings of Sentinel attacks. When exactly did this happen? Well, if you follow the comics, secondary mutation would be your explanation. In the Marvel universe secondary mutation is a phenomenon with many previously established mutant characters abruptly developing new or immeasurably expanded powers. This included characters like Gambit, Emma Frost, Iceman and others.

Now we agree that these arguments don’t hold much weight for anybody who is unfamiliar with the comics. But if you were to ask when did Shadowcat learn her new powers, then why not ask when she learned about her original powers? Or why not ask when Bishop, Colossus, Blink, Sunspot, or any other random mutants learned their powers? You get the point?

2. How Did Wolverine Get His Claws?

X-Men Days Of Future Past Wolverine Claws

By the end of The Wolverine – which is a part of DOFP due to the presence of Jean Grey – Wolverine’s claws are back to being bone, but by Days Of Future Past, he once again has his adamantium claws. How did he manage that exactly?

Well, now that Magneto and Wolverine are allies in the future it is now unreasonable to think that Magneto with all his metal wielding powers simply reinserted the precious metal claws. This is hinted when young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) reveals the imaginative vision for bequeathing Logan with a metallic upgrade, as the pair are on a flight to Paris. One could argue that Magneto did more than allude to this, he demonstrated it on numerous occasions in the film. Firstly, on the on the Sentinels as well as the twisted metal incident involving Wolverine toward the end.

1. How Is Professor X Alive?

X-Men The Last Stand Xavier Dies

The biggest (and easiest to answer) question regarding Days Of Future Past is the question; how is Professor Xavier alive. In The Last Stand, director Bret Ratner seemed to want to kill everybody off, from Cyclops (James Marsden) , Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), and of course Professor X. Then years later, the post-credits scene for The Wolverine featured Xavier alive and well. Wolverine asks how it’s even possible for him to be alive, and Xavier simply replies, “As I told you once before, you are not the only one with gifts.”

In a after-credits scene for The Last Stand, we see Xavier speak through the body of a comatose man, implying that his consciousness survived by transferring itself into the body (an action that Xavier had talked about at the beginning of the film as part of an ethics class, the query being if it would be ethically appropriate for a mutant like himself to attempt such a transference, noting that the man in question was effectively brain-dead).

On the DVD Commentary of the film, it is revealed that the body in question was a “P. Xavier”. One of the writers explained that this was an original twin brother, written for the scene, who was born braindead (due to Professor X’s amount of power). This scene was not in the script but was, on the sly, added during filming. The filmmakers surely couldn’t foresee Days Of Future Past, but they seemed to be smart enough to leave the death of Xavier open-ended for the likelihood of future installments.

Though, when it’s all said and done. Marvel Comics never seemed too worried about continuity errors and the timeline, why should the movies?

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One thought on “X-Men: Days Of Future Past – 6 “Plot Holes” Explained

  1. thank you so much for the sound explanations, particularly for 1-2-5… 4-6 already too obvious they shouldn’t be on this list. Even 2 is clear for the watchful eye and it’s a nice touch in fact. They satisfied me and I hope Brian Singer & Fox have the same explanations with you. Cause even 5% deviation from those explanations and the continuity is trash once again.

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