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What is this a sequel to?

In chronological order, this film is a sequel that starts several years after the events of both X-Men: The Last Stand and The Wolverine in a dystopian future, and involves a travel back in time some years after the events of X-Men: First Class, in the middle of the 1970s. Cast members from all those films appear. The first three X-Men movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine follow chronologically from a timeline established in X-Men: First Class (although several retcons have been identified); however, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, due to changes made into this original timeline, a new timeline is created (comparable to what happened in Star Trek), leading to a new separate chronology in which future movies will take place.

Bryan Singer has stated that most of the film will take place in 1973. The future portions of the film will take place in 2023, 50 years later. The reason for Wolverine being sent back is to stop the assassination of a "key figure" - at the hands of Mystique - in order to avoid annihilation at the hands of the Sentinels. As for how exactly Wolverine is sent back, Kitty Pryde will use her phasing powers to send his mind back into his 1970s body. It's also revealed that the school - in the past - has been closed for ten years by 1973, perhaps explaining why the team are no longer together.

Original Trilogy: Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, Shadowcat, Professor X, Magneto and Colossus

X-Men: First Class :Beast, Mystique, Magneto, Professor X, and Havok are the confirmed characters from X-Men: First Class that will make an appearance.

Director Bryan Singer recently revealed that an action sequence featuring Rogue and a few of her X-cohorts has been cut from the film. Rogue only appears at the end.

Evan Jonigkeit plays 1973 version of X-Men villain Toad.

Nightcrawler was meant to be part of the film, but actor Alan Cumming declined due to high make-up requirements for his character. Mystique makes mention of having a son, so it's possible she is alluding to NightCrawler

Magneto mentions that Angel, Banshee, Azazel and Emma Frost are all dead.

Jean, Cyclops, Beast and Rogue appear at the end. At one point during the film, Logan mentions them to young Xavier and tells him to take special care of them. It altered the future and Jean and Scott are still alive.

This film basically takes the key ideas and plot points from the briskly paced two issue Claremont-Bryne comic book story arc and re-purposes those plot points with the established movie versions of the X-Men as well as including many additional subplots. In the film, it is Wolverine who is sent back to the year 1973 to find the young Charles Xavier; however, in the comic it is Kitty Pryde (AKA Shadowcat) who goes back in time to the year 1980 (which was present day at the time of the story's publication) and takes all the active X-Men straight to the assassination attempt. In the comic book Kitty's past and future minds switch places, which allows us to see each time line from both perspectives; but, in the film Wolverine's body remains motionless in the future and his future mind simply pushes aside his past mind. The assassination that sets the war in motion is of Senator Robert Kelly in the comic book, but since that character was killed in the first X-Men movie, it is Bolivar Trask in this film. The would-be assassin in both versions is Mystique, but in the comic book she was already decidedly evil and there was nothing close to the subplot of her redemption which is found in the movie. The end to both versions also differ as in both cases the heroes stop the assassination, but whether or not the war will fail to happen in the comics is left open to the reader, since the bad future in the comic books remains as a separate reality whether the heroes succeed or not.

Erik Lensherr/Magneto is indeed very proud of his mutant abilities, and is one of the most powerful mutants to have lived. However, in a breakdown of the trailer with EMPIRE Magazine, director Bryan Singer addressed Magneto's use of a firearm: "There's a line in the movie, He's always had a way with guns'. That's how he crippled Xavier, and he's such a powerful mutant, but in this particular moment he's holding a gun and I like that. He's a product of the Second World War and he knows how to use a gun as much as he does his powers." He has used guns before, such as killing a German in First Class as well as threatening the police outside the train station in the first X-Men, proving he is not adverse to using them when it suits his needs.

How can Magneto fly?

In the comics, Magneto can fly by manipulating the magnetic field around him. In the movies, it's been alluded that he uses his powers to fly using metal plates in his boots. This also has been shown in the train scene from the first X-Men

Why is Magneto in prison?

In a mini documentary titled 'The Bent Bullet', a promotional video for the film, it is revealed that Magneto is imprisoned after being arrested and secretly tried for the first-degree murder (and conspiracy to murder) of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. According to the video, Magneto changed the trajectory of the second bullet Lee Harvey Oswald fired at Kennedy that would not have actually killed him, but due to Magneto's tampering hit the President in the head and subsequently killed him. In the film, Erik claims Kennedy was actually "one of us"; he was trying to save the President by bending the bullet away from him, but due to being interrupted, he lost control and accidentally hit the president in the head, ultimately resulting in JFK's death.

More specific, Magneto is a free man as early as the 1980s, as can be seen in the prologue of X-Men: The Last Stand, which still takes place in the unaltered timeline. So somewhere between the original 1973 and the 1980s, he got out, which seems pretty remarkable for a man who was imprisoned for the murder of John F. Kennedy. So what happened?

Some speculations can be made. Magneto may have escaped, as he would do later in X2. This would have necessitated him to live in hiding for years, as he would still have been a wanted man. Magneto does indeed have a secret base of operations in X-Men, but he also comes out in the open quite often. Perhaps his face has aged enough by then to prevent anyone from recognizing him (the general public doesn't know him anyway), but the authorities would be expected to still keep an eye om him. In that case, they would also know not to assault him with metal weapons (which happens in the first X-Men). So this may imply that Charles Xavier (Professor X) or some other mutants learned about Magneto's innocence later on, and made a successful effort to free him. Charles could have made a case for Magneto, even used his mental powers to convince the people in charge. Or he simply helped him escape if the authorities did not listen and subsequently helped him to hide, until the commotion had died down. In any way, Charles' knowledge of his innocence would also explain why Professor X and Magneto temporarily reconciled in the 1980s.

No. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, while Disney owns the rights to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and TV Series, although Magneto's children, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be seen in MCU-related projects and Quicksilver will be featured in this film, because both Marvel and Fox share the rights to these two characters. The difference is that Quicksilver will not be portrayed by the same actor in both franchises because they are two different versions of him (he won't be a mutant in the Marvel films), and the X-Men do not exist in the MCU.

Yes, it occurs at the very end of the credits. In ancient Egypt, a group of people kneel before a cloaked figure chanting "En Sabah Nur." This is the real name of the mutant Apocalypse who is thought to be the first mutant. Marvel Comics (incorrectly) states this means "The First One" in ancient Egyptian. He is assembling the pyramids with his mind while four men on horses watch (a reference to Apocalypse's Four Horsemen of which Archangel/Angel, Gambit, Wolverine, Psylocke, Banshee, and even Hulk have been part). This foreshadows the currently in-production film X-Men: Apocalypse.

Scarlet Witch, real name Wanda Maximoff, is the twin sister of Pietro/Quicksilver. She is likely changed from his twin sister to younger sister and is seen in a shot at the finale with Quicksilver. The two are set to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron together, although Quicksilver is not portrayed by the same actor and he's presumed to have slightly different characteristics from the character in this film. However, only Quicksilver appears in this film. Scarlet Witch was going to be mentioned in the film, but was left out due to time constraints. During the finale, a shot of Pietro shows him with a younger girl (see here). However, she's not presumed to be Wanda, as Wanda is Pietro's twin and should be the same age. The little girl could be Polaris aka Lorna Dane, the half-sister of Wanda and Pietro and daughter of Magneto with similar magnetic powers, though her hair is red instead of Green. This may be what confused people into thinking she was Scarlet Witch.

Yes. While rescuing Magneto from the prison, Quicksilver mentions that his mother knew someone with magnetic abilities. It is never directly stated in the film. The comics similarly introduced both characters long before confirming the parentage.

When the younger Charles is using the Cerebro after a long time, Logan tells him to enter inside his mind and see what will happen. Charles then sees Logan killing Jean. Likely, when Charles recruits Jean (as shown in The Last Stand) he wouldn't repress the "Phoenix" and helps Jean to control it. Thus, she would not lose control like she did and not kill Scott or the Professor (meaning he is still in his original body in the end).

Before sending Wolverine back in time Kitty says that time will pass at the same pace in the past and future. Since Wolverine is in the past for at least a few days this means that Kitty had to sit still, awake and maintain a vigil on Wolverine's mind for the same amount of time. This sounds very difficult and unlikely under lesser circumstances but she did it because she had to. It was a matter beyond life and death and if she failed she would fail the entire world, which would be more than enough motivation to try her best. She could also keep in mind that if she succeeded, all memory of the difficult few days (along with the last few years) would be erased. Also she didn't have to do it by herself, as others were there to give her water and emotional support. Although there is no evidence of it in the film, Xavier could hypothetically use his own powers to repress her need for sleep and hunger, as he is seen by her side the entire time.

Wolverine: Healing ability and claws, Skeleton is laced with heavy metal called "Adamantium" that makes him near indestructible (Future only, Past Wolverine has not yet undergone the treatment)

Magneto: Manipulation of metal/Magnetism

Mystique: Shapeshifting

Xavier: Telepathy

Quicksilver: Super speed

Kitty Pryde: Intangibility, Time-Phasing

Storm: Weather/climate manipulation

Bishop: Absorbs energy directed at him and channels it out

SunSpot: Flame control, Flight

Warpath: Super tracker, Strength

IceMan: Ice control

Havok: Shoots powerful energy from hands and chest

Toad: Toad-like appearance, whip-like tongue, super agility

Beast: Enhanced strength and agility, beast-like form

Blink: Creates portals

Collosus: Transforms his body into living steel, super strength

Cyclops: Projectile beams shoot from eyes

Jean Gray (Phoenix): Telekinetic, Mild telepathy

Rogue: Able to drain life/Powers from others

Ink: Not actually a mutant, he gets tattoos from a mutant tattoo artist, each one gives him different powers. The only one depicted in the movie is his Bio Hazard tattoo that makes people extremely ill.

There is an unnamed mutant with quills on his head who appears to have the ability to control people for a couple seconds. Some have said that he is Spyke, a nod to Evolution, but his powers contradict this.

It is never truly explained how Kitty has those powers, or if she's always have them, or developed them at some point between her last appearance and this film. She's never had them in the comic books. It would appear that she learned it sometime after the beginning of the mutant war since their existence is news to the mutants she hasn't seen in years, including her mentor Charles Xaiver. In the comic book story of "Days of Future-Past", Rachel Summers (a telepath and Jean and Scott's daughter) sends Kitty back in time, the same way Kitty did with Logan in the movie. However, since Rachel was never introduced in the movies and Jean was never revealed to be pregnant, the producers felt it would have been far too untrue to the comic book to bring Rachel into the film without her being Jean and Scott's daughter. Since Kitty had a major role in the original comic book they tried to keep it that way by making her the one who sends Logan back in time. Also in the comic books, mutants have been shown to develop secondary mutations like Beast's blue form and Emma Frost's diamond form, so it can be assumed Kitty acquired this mutation.

It isn't directly stated in this movie. However, in the post-credit scene to X-Men: The Last Stand, it is revealed that Xavier transferred his consciousness to the body of a brain dead man. This brain dead man was shown earlier in the film in a scene where Xavier discusses the ethics of transferring the mind of a dying cancer patient into this body. In the post-credit scene, the body wakes up and says "Hello Moira" in Xavier's voice to an attending Dr. Moira McTaggert. In the mid-credits scene of The Wolverine (2013), Xavier is revealed to be alive in his old wheelchair bound body. With Wolverine wondering how this is possible, Xavier simply responds with "As I told you a long time ago Logan, you're not the only one with gifts".

Although a full explanation is absent from both The Wolverine and X-Men: Days Of Future Past, there are two different theories uttered by the producers of the franchise about how all this is possible. The first is in the dvd commentary for X-Men: The Last Stand, where it is theorized that the brain dead patient was in fact Charles Xavier's identical twin brother. This brother was born without any brain activity due to Charles' overpoweringly strong brain in the womb. The second was given by X-Men: Days Of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg in an interview. He stated that dialogue was written for the 2023 scenes that explained how Xavier's old body was reconstituted by an unnamed mutant to its old and familiar state, allowing Xavier's consciousness to transfer back to its own body. However, the dialogue didn't make the cut as it would clutter the film's already complicated plot with even more explanations.

None of the two theories have been confirmed to be canon, which leaves the answer to this question open to the interpretation of the viewer.

In X-Men: The Last Stand a company creates a drug called "the cure" that removes mutant powers. By the end of the movie Magneto has been given the cure. However, the very last scene before the end credits shows Magneto sitting alone at a chess table in the middle of a park, staring at the metal chess pieces. He raises his hand to one of the pieces and it moves ever so slightly before the credits roll. This implied that the cure was wearing off and eventually he would regain his powers. This would also mean any other mutants who took the cure would regain their powers as well, which makes sense since by the time of the future war mutants are not being given the cure as a means to subdue them.

At the end of The Wolverine, Silver Samurai hacks off Logan's adamantium claws with a super-heated adamantium sword in order to drill into his bone marrow. Eventually, Wolverine's bone claws grow back, but he has lost his sharp, adamantium claws. Yet in this film, the Wolverine of the future has adamantium claws again. It's likely, given the escalation of the war against mutants, Magneto and/or the Professor found a way to re-graft adamantium blades over his bone claws so he'd be as formidable as possible. A deleted scene explains that Magneto used his powers to restore them.

Why has Wolverine aged?

Wolverine does in fact age, he just does so incredibly slowly. Wolverine looks to be about 35-40, when he's actually close to 200 years old. While the X-Men films have always taken place in the "not too distant future" we can assume that about 20 years have passed since the original film. (Not a stretch from the actual 14 years) so it's possible that he's simply added a few more years to his looks in that time. Also, in The Wolverine, Silver Samurai drilled into Logan's bone marrow and took the life from him while rapidly aging him in the process. Logan is saved and appears to heal completely. That being said, literally having the life sucked out of him and not to mention participating in yet another war that is decimating the planet may have taken a toll on him even with his healing ability. At the end of the film, after the future has been reset, Logan still has his grey hairs, but it seems somewhat less.

It is unknown at this time. In the original timeline, Wolverine gained his adamantium skeleton in a procedure ordered by William Stryker. Due to the changes created by Wolverine in the 'past' segment of Days of Future Past, a new timeline has been created in which not every event is guaranteed to happen again. We see Wolverine getting rescued by Stryker at the very end, saying he has plans for him, suggesting that Wolverine may become a candidate for the adamantium procedure anyway, but this is negated by the fact that Stryker was Stryker was actually Mystique in disguise. Assuming that Wolverine in 1973 is restored to his normal memory as soon as his 2023 consciousness leaves his body (which happened upon drowning), he will no longer know who Stryker is and what he has in store for him, and may very well agree to the adamantium procedure again. However, in the 'new' future, the returned Wolverine has no recollection of his changed past, so he doesn't know if he underwent the procedure or not. We don't see him exposing his claws, so we won't know until the next movie. Another thing to consider is that Wolverine had regained his metallic claws in the 'future' segment, despite having them be previously destroyed at the end of The Wolverine. For this reason, it is possible that he regains the claws one way or another, but for the moment it is open to speculation.

Legal complexities over the license to the character resulted in his omission from X-Men: The Last Stand and The Avengers. In May 2013 both Marvel and Fox Studios announced a resolution to the previous legal issues, announcing that Quicksilver would appear in this film as well as an Avengers sequel though under certain parameters: no allusion to his relations to the X-Men or Magneto (the character's father) can be made in an "Avengers" film, and no reference to Quicksilver's membership in the Avengers can be made in an "X-Men" film; the rights agreement between Fox and Marvel even goes so far as to stipulate the character cannot be referred to as a "mutant" in any Marvel film. Additionally, the day after Fox announced Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Marvel and Fox entered into a legal standoff over provisions of the rights agreement for the character, including the issue of whether Peters would be allowed to portray Quicksilver in any other film outside the "X-Men" franchise, possibly necessitating a second actor to play Quicksilver in any Marvel film, resulting in Marvel Studios hiring actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson to portray him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and both studios writing two different versions of the same character appearing in two competing film series.

Yes. Viewers of the first trailer for this movie may have seen a quick shots of Rogue, particularly one of her fleeing down a hallway with Iceman and Magneto. However a few months before the film's release Bryan Singer said that these scenes (along with any other of Rogue not seen in the trailer) had been cut. Writer Simon Kinberg explained to The Daily Beast that this scene was a rescue mission that he wrote so that older Xavier and Magneto could have an action scene in the film, since McKellen and Stewart most likely will not play the characters again. Without going into exact detail Kinberg also explained that the scene may have shown why the Sentinels had the ability to copy mutant powers even though that precise ability would not be found in Mystique's DNA. The scene was cut for pacing purposes and while Kinberg said it was very good he believed it added nothing overall to the story. In the final movie we only see a brief glimpse of Rogue in the good future.

As the closing lines in the film state, the future is the outcome of collective choices and moments throughout a lifetime. It was imperative that Raven desisted on the idea of killing Trask, since that choice alone would alter the future drastically: distancing herself from Trask would make it impossible for them to get a hold of her DNA, thwarting the creation of the future Sentinels. Charles knew this and put that view in the forefront, instead of his guilt about knowing that he's tried to control her since they met (which is also a contributing factor to her stubbornness). If he had simply controlled her mind and shut her down, he would have created an endless cycle of her planning a new assassination scheme and him redoubling his efforts to stop it, until she had this realization on her own or Erik successfully killed her, breaking the cycle.

When we go back to the reformed past, we see a newspaper stating that world leaders are looking for Magneto, but it's not stated alongside that they are looking for Mystique as well. Instead, she's made the headline after saving the president and his cabinet. It is probable that even though she is a dangerous mutant, her attempts to kill Trask and her subsequent surrender can be interpreted as a cry of desperation on behalf of the mutant community, and the cabinet decides to forgive her actions after saving them. It also helps that Charles was present and could have advocated her actions and defended her in front of the president, as well as giving them some guiding words on mutants and offering his assistance on mutant affairs. Likewise, Magneto was already in prison before the events in the film, and since he didn't take the opportunity to clean his name (instead adding another attempt of terrorism to his record), these actions made his fugitive status far more critical than it already was.

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