Will the Timeline For the X-Men Movies Ever Come Full Circle?

Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 7:44PM
Marvel
X-Men
Thursday, 14 April 2016 - 7:44PM
Will the Timeline For the X-Men Movies Ever Come Full Circle?
Without a doubt, Fox's X-Men films have weathered the test of time. Of all the cinematic universes currently in existence, the X-Men universe has technically been around the longest, though they haven't necessarily released as many titles as the MCU.  

However, because the X-Men universe has been around so long, Fox did something extremely gutsy and performed what could certainly be considered as the first official reboot of a cinematic comic book universe with Days of Future Past. By altering the timeline, everything in the X-Men universe changed, allowing for the films to move forward and tell whatever stories they wish without being restricted by the events of the other films.

This decision has confused a number of people, but it's exactly the same type of thing that happens every decade or so in the actual comic book universes (such as with DC and Marvel). The MCU and the DCEU may not take this same route, but honestly, would it really be surprising if they do decide to perform a similar reboot to the X-Men's DoFP several years down the road as well, allowing the franchises to start over with entirely new actors and stories?

However, because of all of these complicated and somewhat confusing universal change-up's, the X-Men timeline is sort of in a weird place, with stories taking place in present day, the past, and the future. It begs the question, will fans ever see the timeline come around full circle and focus on chronological storytelling ever again?  

Well, producer Simon Kinberg sat down with CinemaBlend recently, and here's what he had to say:

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Well, some of the movies take place in the past tense, some take place present tense, and some of them take place in the future. It's complicated! What we've done with the mainline X-Men movies, up from First Class to Days of Future Past to Apocalypse is they jump 10 years in the past with each movie. First Class was '63, Days Of Future Past was '73, and Apocalypse is '83. The hope and intent is that we will be able to jump enough decades that maybe they can all meet up somehow someway someday.
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It would definitely be cool to have the studio refocus to storytelling from a common reference point eventually, especially with Deadpool recently entering the universe. At the same time, the fact that this situation has allowed for period stories and, in the case of Wolverine 3, futuristic stories, is actually pretty cool, too.

In the end, though, it seems like Fox has a lot of work to do if they're going to get things caught up. It may be years before it happens, but the X-Men movies have stood the test of time. As long as Hugh Jackman's exit from the role of Wolverine doesn't spell doom for the universe itself, it just may happen one day.
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