In adapting a classic 1981 X-Men comics arc, 2014’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past used its time-travel plot as an ingenious way to stitch together the flashback X-Men of 2010’s First Class with Hugh Jackman and company’s core crew from the original trilogy (while also conveniently erasing the troubles caused by a less-popular entry in the series). However, many changes had to be made from the source material, as certain facts didn’t jibe with liberties taken with the mythology in earlier films, and other complicating factors.
First of all, there’s the issue of the apparent agendas of the respective works. In the case of the comic book story, the narrative primarily was an end in itself. Self-contained stories were more common back then and if there was a particular editorial “reason” for the tale, it was likely to throw a spotlight on the then-new character Kitty Pryde, who served as the main character in the story.
That’s the biggest change between the movie and the comic, of course; Kitty Pryde has been seen in a number of the X-Men movies, but is a very minor character onscreen. In the case of the movie, her role – to be slingshotted psychically back through time, her consciousness possessing her younger body – was fulfilled by Wolverine.
Today, the folks over at CineFix break down all the significant ways the movie diverged from the original comic (and obviously, major spoilers lie ahead for those who haven’t seen the film yet).
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