… Was the movie Wolverine Origins supposed to work with the rest of the X-Men movies?
X-Men First Class takes place in the 1960s. During The Bay of Pigs fiasco. In that film, Xavier is young and has all of his hair. Emma Frost is in that film. She is also quite young – early 20s, perhaps.
In X-Men and X-Men 2, Scott Summers is in his late 20s or early 30s. That movie is set around the year 2000, more-or-less-ish.
William Stryker is in X-Men 2, at an age of approximately 55-65.
So, Emma Frost and Scott Summers have an age difference of between twenty and thirty years, more-or-less-ish.
Mystique, Sabretooth, and Wolverine don’t age for Plot-Related Reasons Which Are Consistent If Not Exactly Reasonable. Xavier and Magneto age consistently between First Class and the original X-Men movie.
Stryker appears in Origins as a man of about forty or so. Emma appears as a teenager. Scott appears as a teenager. Xavier appears to be about 45-55 years old.
So Wolverine Origins take place in one of the following time frames:
1950-1960, based on Emma’s age
1990 or so, based on Xavier
1985-1990, based on Scott
1980 or so, based on Stryker
or 2010 based on the clothes, weapons, aircraft, guns, phones, and all other real-world-plausible technology.
Moreover, Origins postulates that Scott and Emma are the same age, and that this film takes place BEFORE The Bay of Pigs.
Even by the loose, broadly forgiving standards of continuity to which I hold my beloved X-Men comics, this is terribly inconsistent.