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Defending the Adamantium Claws in X-Men: Days of Future Past,

 

  I’ve seen the latest X-Men film, X-Men:Days of Future Past three times thus far since it was released, so suffice to say I loved it.  There hasn’t been a movie that’s prompted such a strong reaction from me in a while.  I also saw Amazing Spider-Man 2 three times, but by the third time of that I was done with my interest in the film, for the time being, unlike X-Men, which has reawakened my passion for the characters, which has always been there, but just been in relapse mode, especially when compared to other  characters and comics like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, or Spider-Man.    You can read my review of the film on here as well, but, you can already tell I loved the hell out of this movie.  Now, I did mention some flaws to the film earlier, and on the internet, as fans are want to do, there’s loads of speculation and complaint about certain flaws that the fans have picked out about the film,  but one in particular comes up the most I’ve seen, and that’s why does Wolverine have his Adamantium claws back in the future?

 

  You see, if you for whatever reason skipped out on seeing last summer’s The Wolverine because you either aren’t into comic book movies, or were burned badly by the last not so good Wolverine movie, by the end of the film, he had his Adamantium pulled from his bones by the villain of the film, not Magneto as the event happened in the comics. After which, in the post credits sequence we see Professor X and Magneto recruiting Wolverine to help them in their fight, setting up this latest mutant X-travaganza.  Now, between those events and where we pick up in the future in this film, it’s been a few years, to go from the world as we know it to the judgement day eque world ruled by Sentinels.  So in theory,  other adventures have happened between those two time frames, and he could have gotten his adamantium back in an infinite number of possibilities.  But the theory that came to my mind when watching the film this last time was something altogether different, and it has to do with the timing of the showing of the claws.  

 

   In the film, Wolverine doesn’t pop his claws in the future until he’s mind transported to the past in order to stop Mystique from killing Bolivar Trask at the Vietnam peace talks in 1973, after they stop her from killing him then, and then he sees the younger version of William Stryker, the head of the Weapon X program, or to be, head of the program I should say that will give him his claws and starts freaking out with flashbacks of the pain he went through in the process of getting the metal grafted to his bones.  His body in the future responds accordingly, popping metal claws, which they show close ups of twice.   

   

   Now it could be that they just showed them in closeup because it’s the only time we see them in the movie, and they wanted to make sure that we knew it was his metal claws and it looks cool.  But I think it has to do with the timing, like I said.  We don’t see the claws until after the future has been altered.  First timeline, Mystique kills Trask in 1973, gets captured and experimented on, where they take her DNA and other samplings of her, leading to the creation of the future Sentinels, and also I imagine the cold, calculating borderline mute Mystique as played by Rebecca Romijn in the first X trilogy, tramautized and scarred mentally from the experiments.

    That’s the timeline that The Wolverine film came from, so just by changing the way Trask dies, it changed that whole timeline, so the events of The Wolverine either didn’t happen or happened differently, either way Wolverine still has his Adamantium in the future.    Now, the whole future wasn’t yet changed, as we saw in the film, so it set things up to be their potentially Darkest Timeline had they failed in the past, but things were already changed.  And that was one of them.  So not an error of continuity, but rather a subtle bit of genius that few people caught on to, that’s how I see it at least.   

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Mike’s Super Spoiler Heavy Review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, with a non spoilery section.

 

   Hey guys,  it’s been a while, a few months.  Been super busy with my new…well I’ve been there 6 months now so it’s not really a new job anymore, but it’s been keeping me busy plus I haven’t really felt that spark to write much as of late, nothing that my twitter or facebook can’t handle anyway.  But that’s changed for me today when I treated myself to seeing the latest Brian Singer (!) directed X-flick, X-Men: Days of Future Past.   Now if you haven’t seen it, I wouldn’t suggest reading further, because I will spoil the crap out of this in this review, not unlike the trailers for Amazing Spider-Man 2 chose to show a really quick version of basically the whole movie with it’s marketing.  I still liked that movie, a lot, despite it’s flaws, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about today.  No sir, today is all about my favorite mutant team since I was 12, the X-Men.  

 

        Now, before I get into the specifics, I went all out and saw the movie in 3-D, which looked amazing, (last sidenote the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer was in front of the movie, and seeing that on the big screen, in 3-D was truly breathtaking…so psyched for that one).  But okay, to the X-Talk.   Right from the beginning of the film we know we’re back in Brian Singer territory, with the X-theme from his first two movies going over the credits, and right there you know that this is not the crap we’ve been subjected to in the interim years (exception being X-Men:First Class, loved the hell out of that movie)   But I digress, we’re in the future, and crazy super sentinels which are like the sentinels from the Matrix movies crossed with traditional sentinels crossed with the t-1000 had a baby with the Destroyer from the first Thor movie have decimated the world, leaving the few surviving X people, including new mutants Sunspot, Blink, Warpath and Bishop are at their wits end.  Professor X and Magneto (the returning Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellan) have an idea to send someone’s conciousness back in time before the world ended to fix everything.  And because this is an X-Men movie, the man for the job is Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.  Whom they send back into the past to the 1970’s First Class timeline to save the world (and the franchise) .  

     So back in his younger pre adamantium bonded body he has to assemble the younger X-Men from the first class universe,well Professor X (James Macavoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to stop Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) from assassinating sentinel developer Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) that kickstarted the darkest timeline.    That’s all you really need to know about the movie.  Now, go see it, and come back here for the spoilery part.   It’s okay, I’ll wait, Orphan Black is coming on now anyway.  

 

 

 

        

 

       Awesome, so you saw the movie, awesome right, I know!   Okay, so now here’s what I loved, and a few nitpicky things here that keep the movie from being a perfect X-Men movie.  I loved seeing the returning cast in this movie from the original trilogy, even in cameo form at the end of the film, which now post DoFP negates X-Men 3:The Last Stand and Wolverine:Origins, which should in theory mean that that version of Deadpool never happened, and Ryan Reynolds can play a proper Deadpool now if they ever get around to doing that movie.   I grinned from ear to ear when I saw Famke Jannsen and James Marsden onscreen, that was just a great moment.

    And the First Class cast, that’s in this movie really stepped up their emotional game as well, Jennifer Lawrence is impressive as always as Mystique, and I hope to see more of her in future X related shenanigans.     I was also impressed that Bryan Singer had John Ottman return to do the score, with the not quite classic, but well missed X-theme.  Loved the hell out of that.    Also, I really liked Evan Peters’ brief role as Quicksilver here, I was ready to hate him from the marketing but he really worked for me, I just wish we had more time with him in the movie, but he shines in his brief spot here.  I can’t help but wonder how his Kick Ass costar Aaron Taylor Johnson will handle his role as the Quicksilver of the MCU in Avengers 2, but right now I’m digging the X version.  Different from his personality in the comics, here he’s like if The Flash was also a klepto.    

 

  And the post credits scene setting up Apocalypse was pretty dope as well, not sure if that’s the same guy that’s going to play the older version of Apocalypse, but it was great to finally see Apocalypse acknowledged in the X-film universe, as to me he’s always been their ultimate villain, moreso than Magneto who’s more misguided and has a different point of view on how to get mutant rights, Apocalypse is just pure evil.   I hope that a new version of Angel plays a role in this next story so we can see his transformation into Archangel.   

 

   Now for what didn’t really work for me, which wasn’t really a whole lot to it.  I didn’t like how they killed off the majority of the First Class cast offscreen in this one, namely Banshee and Emma Frost,  who we saw also in the Origins:Wolverine movie younger than she should have been if she was in First Class…you know what that movie didn’t happen now, so I guess not too important.  And Banshee getting killed off….we saw his daughter Siryn in X2…how does that work?    Also, that whole scene with Mystique breaking Havok, Toad, and (Pestilence?) out of a military prison that we saw a clip of in the post credits of Spider-Man?  That’s Havok’s entire role in this movie, I thought there was going to be some sort of setup with that, but nope, that’s it.   Also, I’m assuming in this universe Havok is the older sibling, what with being a teenager in 1962 and whatnot.  Never quite got that.    There were too many characters at times to really do anything with, but they wanted to show them I suppose.  

 

  And lastly that last shot of the General Stryker that now has younger Wolverine in custody reveal to be Mystique threw me off as well.  I was happy with it being Stryker that had him, thus setting up the new timeline for Wolverine’s Weapon X origins, and at that point in the movie I was like, okay, sweet, so that movie never happened now either. (Literally the only good thing about that movie was Ryan Reynolds in the opening of the movie, and Liev Schrieber’s Sabretooth performance, they should get him back if they ever do anything else with that character).   But then the reveal happens and ok it’s Mystique.  Why?  I’m still pondering that one, but again like I said, minor nitpicks on an otherwise great, awesome, fun time at the movie theater.  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did, and you enjoyed my review.  Til next time, be sure to keep it Reel.

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