THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
When I first watched X-Men: First Class, I had a big issue with reconciling it with the original X-movie trilogy and even X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Most of First Class did not add up continuity-wise. If both the USA and Soviet Union were made aware of mutants in 1963 (and the power they possessed), then why was nothing done to hunt them down and destroy them? If Professor X and Mystique had known each other since they were children, why was there no indication of this whatsoever in the trilogy? And so forth.
X-Men: Days of Future Past exacerbated the problem further by introducing Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels into the equation. It’s hard to believe that the US government would cancel the Sentinel program just because the X-Men saved the President. C’mon, at least unofficially, the US Government would have kept Trask onboard to keep the programme alive as a fail-safe against the mutant problem. In X2 (2003), William Stryker acts to get rid of the X-Men but there is no mention of the Sentinel program whatsoever. Again, this is ridiculous, when you consider what the Sentinels could do back in 1973 – as shown in DOFP.
And it does not stop there, of course. Even though there was a reboot of sorts at the end of DOFP, which served as a sentimental farewell to the original X-Men cast, the fact remains that the concluding events shown in 1973 (Wolverine being fished out of the lake by Mystique in Stryker’s form) makes it more confusing and convoluted. No wonder, Marvel is reportedly upset with Fox about the X-Men movie franchise, it is an abject mess.
It seems X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the early 80s, so let’s see if Fox can resolve any of these continuity issues. Not holding my breath…