X-Men: The Fox/Marvel Universe

A list to attempt to keep track of the connections in Fox's X-Men Universe... listed in the most logical order possible.

This list shows how the individual movies reference each other and establish a shared universe... (There are therefore potential SPOILERS!)

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1.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start World War III. (132 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ In 1962, we see the formative years of Erik Lensherr and Charles Xavier leading to Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Dr. Klaus Schmidt aka Sebastian Shaw experiments on young Erik in a Nazi concentration camp before going onto form the Hellfire Club with Emma Frost, Azazel and Riptide.

The first group of X-Men includes Mystique, Beast, Darwin, Banshee, Angel and Havok (aka Alex Summers, the brother of Scott Summers, aka Cyclops).

Wolverine has a cameo appearance.

A young Storm is seen via Cerebro.

The CIA Agent that Mystique impersonates is the father of William Stryker.

Moira MacTaggert appears. ” - koomy
 
2.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years. (107 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ A prequel to the X-Men trilogy. This follows Wolverine from his childhood in the 1840's onwards, although the bulk of the film takes place in (approximately) 1985, around 15 years before 'X-Men'.

Sabretooth (later seen in 'X-Men') is revealed to be be Wolverine's half-brother.

William Stryker (and his son Jason Stryker), later seen in 'X2', are featured.

There is also some background to Scott Summers/Cyclops and a cameo from Charles Xavier.

Team X is comprised of James Logan (Wolverine), Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Wade Wilson (Deadpool), David North (Agent Zero), Chris Bradley (Bolt), John Wraith (Kestrel) and Fred J. Dukes (Blob).

In one scene a black vintage Mercedes Benz can be spotted moving around. This was the vehicle Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr used in the beginning of X-Men: The Last Stand...

Some of the mutants William Stryker has captured and encaged are recognizable:
* the tongued boy is Mortimer Toynbee (Toad);
* the teenager with the tornado is Sofia Mantega (Wind Dancer), who can summon winds;
* the boy vibrating in his cage is Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver, son of Magneto), whose power is super-speed;
* the boy with the tape over his mouth is Sean Cassidy (Banshee), whose power is sonic-level screaming.

The old couple Logan encounters are named Travis and Heather Hudson. These are the civilian names of Guardian and Vindicator, the leaders of Alpha Flight, a Canadian governmental mutant team. ” - koomy
 
3.
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ In the not too distant future, we are introduced to Professor Xavier's X-Men via Wolverine and Rogue, showing the conflict between the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto.

We see a flashback to Magneto's time in the concentration camp.

Jubilee, Shadowcat, Colossus; Iceman, aka Bobby Drake, and Pyro all feature. ” - koomy
 
4.
X-Men 2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Following on from 'X-Men', Colonel William Stryker (also seen 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', 'X-Men: First Class', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse') brainwashes Xavier into locating every mutant on the planet to kill them. The X-Men must team up with the Brotherhood to prevent Stryker's worldwide genocide.

In the bar, the TV is showing a debate on the mutant situation. One of the panellists is Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast.

On Yuriko's computer, a number of files are listed;
Guthrie (2) (aka Paige Guthrie/Husk, and Samuel Guthrie/Cannonball who is set to appear in ‘X-Men: New Mutants’);
Harada, Keniucho (aka Silver Samurai as seen in 'The Wolverine')
Kane, Garrison (aka Weapon X);
LeBeau, Remy (aka Gambit as seen in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine');
Lensherr, Eric (aka Magneto);
Maddicks, Artie (has a cameo in X2);
Madrox, Jamie (aka Multiple Man as seen in 'X-Men: The Last Stand);
Xi'an Coy Mahn (aka Karma);
Maximoff (2) (aka Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), and Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as seen in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse');
McTaggart, Kevin (aka Proteus);
Moonstar, Danielle (aka Moonstar) who is set to appear in ‘X-Men: New Mutants’;
Munroe, Ororo (aka Storm);
McCoy, Hank (aka Beast);
Callasantos, Maria (aka Feral);
Cassidy (2) (aka Sean Cassidy/Banshee and Tom Cassidy/Black Tom);
Cheney, Lila;
Creed, Victor (aka Sabretooth as seen in 'X-Men' and 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine');
DaCosta, Roberto (aka Sunspot as seen in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past, and set to appear in ‘X-Men: New Mutants’);
Dane, Lorna (aka Polaris);
Drake, Bobby (Iceman);
Dukes, Fred (Blob as seen in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse');
Espinosa, Angelo (aka Skin);
Gibney, Kyle (aka Wild Child);
Omega Red (a Russian mutant super soldier);
Muir Island (Scottish mutant research facility);
Project Wideawake (a code name for the Sentinel project);
Franklin Richards (the son of Fantastic Four's Reed Richards and Sue Storm; born a mutant);
Cerebro;
Pyro;
Sabra;
Dr Ceclia Reyes;
Synch;
Penance;
Nightcrawler (as seen in 'X-Men: The Last Stand and 'X-Men: Apocalypse');
Mystique;
Lady Deathstrike; (as seen in 'X2');
Copycat (aka Vanessa Carlysle as seen in 'Deadpool');
Deadpool;
Cyclops;
Dazzler;
the Von Struckers;
Jamie Braddock;
David North (aka Agent Zero as seen in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine');
Sunfire;
Boom Boom;
Mimic;
Dr Nathaniel Essex (aka Mister Sinister as hinted at in 'X-Men: Apocalypse');
Toad (as seen in'X-Men' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past);
Wolfsbane, who is set to appear in ‘X-Men: New Mutants’;
Strong Guy;
Kitty Pryde;
Karl Lykos (aka Sauron);
Forge.

There are also files on Alpha, Beta and Gamma Flights (Canadian Superhero teams), Weapon X (as seen in the X-Men trilogy, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', 'Deadpool' and 'X-Men: Apocalypse'), Dept H, the Brotherhood, Graymalkin, Zero Tolerance, Massachusetts Academy, Blackbird, the Danger Room, Legacy, Morlocks, Xavier's School, the Salem Centre and Trask. ” - koomy
 
5.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto. (104 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ Following on from 'X-Men' and 'X2', a pharmaceutical company has developed an antidote to the mutant gene, provoking controversy in the mutant community. Magneto declares war on the humans and retrieves his own weapon: the telekinetic and telepathic Phoenix, who is the resurrected former X-Man, Jean Grey. After Phoenix kills Cyclops, a final battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood ensues, and Wolverine must accept that in order to save Jean from her second personality, he will have to kill her.

The team fight Sentinels in the Danger Room

In this film, a man called Trask is Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

The characters Phat and Spike make cameo appearances.

In the last scenes Magneto discovers the return of his powers and Professor X reveals his survival.

Moira MacTaggert appears. ” - koomy
 
6.
The Wolverine (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Although there are scenes set during WW2, the majority of this film takes place approximately eight years after 'X-Men: The Last Stand'.

The mid-credits scene is set two years later and shows that Magneto has regained his powers and Professor X has returned. They are working together to stop Bolivar Trask (of Trask Industries) the creator of the Sentinels. This ties into 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' leading to the post-apocalyptic version of 2023.

Kenuchio Harada appears. ” - koomy
 
7.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (132 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Days of Future Past is a direct sequel to First Class and a spin-off pre/sequel to the original trilogy(!). Director Bryan Singer has said "it's not a sequel, it's not a prequel, it's a 'inbetwequel'."

Following on from the 1960's set 'First Class' this is mostly set in 1973 but is tied into events occurring in 2023, many years after 'The Last Stand'.

The end of this film results in creating two timelines

1. First Class/Origins: Wolverine/X-Men/X2/The Last Stand/The Wolverine

2. First Class/DoFP/Apocalypse/Deadpool/Deadpool 2/Logan

In effect the original trilogy, most of the Wolverine prequel (anything after 1973) and The Wolverine sequel all now occur in an alternative timeline.

As well as returning cast members from 'First Class'; James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magento), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast) and Lucas Till (Havok); several actors reprise their roles from the original X-Men Trilogy including Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Halle Berry (Storm) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus).

A younger version of the mutant known as Toad, as seen in the original 'X-Men' film, appears. There are also franchise newcomers including Quicksilver, Blink, Bishop, Warpath, Sunspot - and Peter Dinklage as the primary antagonist, Bolivar Trask of Trask Industries.

William Stryker is shown as a soldier and ally of Trask, involved in sourcing mutants for experimentation. He has a run in with Wolverine which hints at Weapon X (later seen in X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool).

It is revealed that Angel, Azazel and Emma Frost were killed since First Class.

When Magneto is retrieving his helmet you can see Havok's damaged X-Men uniform, one of Angel's wings and the coin Magneto used to kill Sebastian Shaw all from "X-Men First Class".

It is hinted that Quicksilver's father is Magneto. His sister (Polaris) is also seen.

The dissertation Bolivar Trask reads from during his senate committee hearing, which outlines that the emergence of Homo Sapien lead to the extinction of the less evolved Neanderthal ancestors, was written by Charles Xavier and was partially read to Mystique in X-Men: First Class.

The mutant solders Mystique rescues are Havok, Toad, Spike and Ink. An older version of Ink is visible in the Mutant Internment Camp scene early in the film wearing an inhibitor collar to prevent him from using his powers.

In the 'corrected future' Wolverine and Xavier are shown to be the only ones who remember the timeline altering events of this film. This may be further explored in 'Logan'.

The post-credit scene sets up 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. ” - koomy
 
8.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After the re-emergence of the world's first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan. (144 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Apocalypse is seen briefly in the post-credit scene of Days of Future Past, in ancient Egypt when he was known as En Sabah Nur or "The First One". However, the film takes place mostly in 1983, 10 years after the end of Days of Future Past.

Due to the new timeline established in Days of Future Past we meet new, younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler and Angel. New versions of Jubilee and Psylocke also feature after very minor roles in the original trilogy, and there is a glimpse of a new version of Blob (previously seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine).

Havok, Moira MacTaggert, Stryker and Quicksilver reprise their roles. Havok/Alex Summers from 'First Class' and Days of Future Past is revealed as the older brother of Cyclops/Scott Summers.

Magneto, Storm, Psylocke and Angel/Archangel serve as the Horsemen of Apocalypse

Caliban, a mutant with the ability to sense and track other mutants, makes his debut. He will also feature in 'Logan'.

Moira MacTaggert mentions that she has a son. In the comics her son Kevin MacTaggert becomes the villain Proteus, and Bryan Singer has said he'd like to use Proteus in a future X-men movie.

Kinberg confirmed that the after-credits scene that references the Essex Corporation (and so by extension Mister Sinister) will affect and set up 'Logan' as well potentially inpacting on other films; “It’s a nod toward potentially a lot of different movies. I mean certainly the Wolverine movie is related to what happens at the end of it, but there’s also another character that’s introduced, at least in name, in the tag and he could show up in any host of different X-Men films. Maybe a Gambit movie, maybe another X-Men movie.” ” - koomy
 
9.
Legion (2017 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever. (60 mins.)
“ It is unclear when/if this is set in the current timeline.

The main character is the son of Charles Xavier so logically this could take place sometime around Apocalypse in the 1980's.

The brief shot of the wheel of the same wheelchair that Xavier uses in Apocalypse would seem to support this. ” - koomy
 
10.
The Gifted (2017 TV Series)
In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.
Director: Bryan Singer
“ This upcoming television series will be called 'Gifted'. It will follow a couple on the run from the government due to their mutant child. The family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. 

Matt Nix serves as the series' writer and showrunner. He has stated the series will reference the X-Men films and that characters from the films will appear.

One of the actors says "But in terms of timeline, because obviously we just had Logan which was a lot further forward and obviously Legion which is a lot further back. So we definitely slot into a timeline, but as of yet, we’re not allied. I think they have given themselves a lot of leeway in order to be able to go places, but we’ve enough story within our universe to propel us forward without having to do that."

It is not clear when this will be set, although there is expected to be flashbacks to WW2. This may tie into the appearance of Lorna Dane/Polaris who, in the comics, is the daughter of Magneto and can control magnetism like him.

Blink will appear. Blink was previously seen in the post-apocalyptic future of 2023 as seen in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' but this would appear to be a new version of the character in the new timeline.

Other confirmed characters are Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, and John Proudstar/Thunderbird.

Sentinels will feature. They were last seen in 'Days of Future Past' but thier construction was thought to have been halted in the new timeline... ” - koomy
 
11.
X-Men: The New Mutants (2018)
The story of the New Mutants, a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier's school.
Director: Josh Boone
“ This confirmed film is said to be a standalone (at least for the time being) spin-off movie, that'll introduce a fresh bunch of mutants to the big screen with the focus on young characters.

This is expected to feature Illyana Rasputin/Magik, (the little sister of Colossus) and her alien dragon companion Lockheed, as well as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar/Mirage, Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Roberto da Costa/Sunspot (last seen in the now erased future in ‘Days of Future Past’), and Warlock (a cybernetic alien).

However, the new version of Storm (from ‘Apocalypse’) will reappear, as will Professor X.

Early promotional material suggests Demon Bear will be a villain. It is thought Mister Sinister may appear after being teased in the post-credit scene in 'Apocalypse'.

Since ‘Apocalypse’ is said to be the final chapter for the set of characters introduced in First Class, this film could be a way to introduce a new core cast. They could be based at Xavier's school and could then join or be joined by any remaining characters from the First Class trilogy in a later film.

Producer Simon Kinberg has said the film after 'Apocalypse' will be set in the 1990's. This presumably relates to the as yet unannounced/untitled X-Men 7, but it could mean this film as well or instead.

Kinberg has also hinted The Essex Corp, and by extension Mister Sinister, may feature in this film after being teased in ‘Apocalypse’. ” - koomy
 
12.
“ Following on from 'X-Men: Apocalypse' this film will be set in the 1990s.

It is expected to at least start a new adaptation of "The Dark Phoenix Saga" and may be partly set in space.

The title may be 'X-Men: Supernova' or 'X-Men: Teen Spirit'. ” - koomy
 
13.
Gambit (????)
Plot is unknown.
“ It is unclear when/if this will be released.

Presumably this film will still take place some time after Apocalypse so perhaps in the 1990's, like X-Men 7 and/or New Mutants?

Although a version of Gambit appears in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' this will be a brand new approach to the character thanks to the new timeline established in 'Days of Future Past'.

The female lead will be Bella Donna Boudreaux, who in the comics is Gambit's childhood love as well as being an assassin and a mutant.

According to comments by Producer Simon Kinberg The Essex Corp, and by extension Mister Sinister, may feature in this film after being teased in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. ” - koomy
 
14.
Deadpool (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge. (108 mins.)
Director: Tim Miller
“ Although a version of Deadpool appears in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' this is a brand new version of the character thanks to the new timeline created in 'Days of Future Past'. This is addressed within the film directly thanks to the meta "breaking the fourth wall" aspects of Deadpool.

This was released before 'Apocalypse' (which occurs primarily in 1983) but has a modern day setting. Therefore it must take place years later on the current new timeline. “It takes place within the X-Men universe and references that universe. It’s not the same time period as our past tense X-Men movies, like First Class, Days of Future Past. Apocalypse take place in the past and Deadpool takes place in the present, but it acknowledges everything that’s happened in those other movies and the universe.”

X-Men member Colossus appears, after featuring in the original trilogy and the future scenes in 'Days of Future Past'. However this appears to be a new version of the character. Fellow X-Men Negasonic Teenage Warhead (aka Ellie Phimister) also appears, and the X-Men mansion is seen.

Ajax is the main villain, assisted by Angel Dust. They run a version of the Weapon X program.

Deadpool's love interest is Vanessa, who in the comics is a metamorph called Copycat and is connected to Weapon X and X-Force. Her name also appears on William Stryker's computer in X2. However she does not have any mutant abilities in this film.

When Wade Wilson is being taken to begin the experimental healing process, there is a glimpse of Marrow, leader of the Morlocks, sitting up with her back turned. In X2, a file named "Morlocks" appears on the desktop of Stryker's computer. The Morlocks also appear in X-Men: The Last Stand but they are referred to as The Omegas.

The post-credit scene in Deadpool hints that Cable will feature in Deadpool 2. ” - koomy
 
15.
Deadpool: No Good Deed (2017 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Deadpool sees an opportunity to save the day, but it doesn't go entirely as planned. (4 mins.)
Director: David Leitch
“ The short film 'Deadpool: No Good Deed' was released alongside 'Logan'. It is set between Deadpool 1 and 2. It references Cable/Nathan Summers, and may also tease the upcoming appearance of Hope Summers Cable’s sister/adopted daughter. ” - koomy
 
16.
“ Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead will feature again in some capacity.

Cable is confirmed to appear and Domino is also expected to feature.

In the comics Cable is the adult son of Cyclops (aka Scott Summers) from a possible future timeline, having been transported as an infant to the future, where he grew into a warrior, before returning to the present. This suggests time travel will feature in 'Deadpool 2'.

Cable is traditionally the leader of X-Force and Domino is his partner and fellow team member. ” - koomy
 
17.
Deadpool 3 (????)
The film is rumored to involve another popular group in the X-Men mythos, X-Force.
“ The third Deadpool film is in early development stages and may feature the X-Force team assembling. ” - koomy
 
18.
Logan (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces. (137 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ This appears to take place on the new timeline a few years after the reset 'happy' future (with the original cast) that we briefly see at the end of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. That was approximately 2023.

This film takes place in 2029, and we learn that one year earlier, in 2028, Professor X accidently killed the X-Men in a seizure-induced psychic attack.

Charles Xavier is now 90 years old and Wolverine is around 190 years old.

The mutant population has mostly died out due to the secret ongoing work of the Alkali Transigen company. We learn that Dr. Zander Rice's father was killed by Logan when he escaped from Alkali Lake in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.

In the post-credit scene in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' an employee of Essex Corp collects a blood sample from Weapon X (aka Wolverine) in 1983 and stores it with other samples. These samples seem to have been used by Transigen and Dr. Zander Rice to create the weaponised cloned mutants, including Laura (aka X-23) who is Logan's genetic daughter.

Caliban, last seen in 'X-Men: Apocalypse', features. His mutant detecting abilities are used by Donald Pierce, the leader of The Reavers. The Reavers are a team of cyborgs, working for Transigen.

One of the Transigen case files reveals that DNA was taken from Christopher Bradley aka Bolt. He featured as part of Team X in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. His electrical powers are displayed by one of the cloned children.

One of the children is called Rictor. In the comics they were an original member of X-Force who could create earthquakes. One of the files Logan found in X-23's bag lists Dominic Petros (aka Avalanche) as the genetic template for Rictor. In 'X-Men: The Last Stand' Avalanche appears as part of the Brotherhood.

One of the children is called Bobby which may be a reference to the use of DNA from Bobby Drake aka Iceman, as freezing powers are displayed.

The Adamantium bullet may be from the same batch that Stryker has in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'. ” - koomy
 
19.
X-Force (????)
A time-traveler assembles a team of mutants in order to prevent the wrecked future he came from.
Director: Joe Carnahan
“ X-Force are a more militant and aggressive group compared to the X-Men.

X-Force is led by Cable, who was the son of Cyclops. He was born in the present but was sent into a distant future. Cable will appear in the Deadpool sequel, and Deadpool himself may appear in X-Force. Domino (Cable's partner and fellow team member) will also appear in Deadpool 2.

Early concept art showed Cable, Domino, Warpath, Cannonball, and Feral as members of the team. Sam Guthrie/Cannonball is expected to appear in New Mutants.

There were rumours that characters from the 'bad' future in Days of Future Past could also feature, such as Bishop and Blink, which could tie into the use of time travel.

Bryan Singer has stated that he would like to see X-23 (a female clone of Wolverine) feature. This seems quite likely, especially as 'Logan' would seem to be introducing the character, and will be the last film to feature Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.

Although this film would be inspired by the "X-Force" comic it may incorporate elements from other comics such as 'Cable & Deadpool' (both will feature in Deadpool 2) or 'Cable and X-Force' (the team goes on the run trying to stop the future). There are also reports that Deadpool 3 will either incorporate or set up the X-Force film.

In the comics the team grew out of 'The New Mutants' so that is yet another possibility of how this film will link into the existing films. ” - koomy