Warning: Major spoilers for the end of “Days of Future Past” are ahead.
With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
He’s the best there is at what he does — and what he does is mess up timelines.
By the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the Wolverine accomplishes the mission bestowed upon him by Charles Xavier and Magneto. He’s successfully gone back in time and convinced the younger versions of Charles and Erik, along with an impressionable Mystique, to change the errors of their ways, and stop the Sentinel threat from ever occurring.
But the salvation of the mutant race comes at a cost. Continuity is warped, so that the Sentinel-filled future glimpsed throughout “Days of Future Past” never comes to pass, but at the expense of much of what fans experienced in earlier “X-Men” films.
For instance, characters like Jean Grey and Scott Summers, killed during the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” are once again alive and well. Charles Xavier’s school is back up and running. And only Wolverine and Xavier seem to know about any of it.
“I got goosebumps at the end of this movie,” star Hugh Jackman told MTV News about how “Days of Future Past” changes the problematic timeline of the “X-Men” films. “This is a fresh beginning. In a way, you can reimagine everything that’s been done. To see that moment at the end — many moments, about five or six moments at the end — it gave me goosebumps. It’s exciting.”
Jackman, the star of six of the seven “X-Men” films (and even the proud owner of an F-bomb fueled cameo in the film he otherwise missed, “First Class“), feels like “Days of Future Past” is “a celebration of the franchise,” one that honors fans old and new.
But how does it change things going forward? Can fans expect some massive changes to Wolverine, considering how he’s apprehended by William Stryker at the end of the film, rather than voluntarily signing up for the military man’s experimental Weapon X program? Like “Last Stand,” can we assume that much of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” has been erased from continuity? Are we jerks if we say we hope so?
Whatever the case, one thing is for sure: Jackman isn’t through with Logan. He’s already developing a new “Wolverine” movie with director James Mangold, even though he hasn’t signed on the dotted line. Regardless, Jackman says he’s having the time of his life with the “X-Men” films, even after all these years.
“I’m loving playing Wolverine now more than ever,” Jackman said.
“Days of Future Past” is in theaters now.