Wolverine Origins

… 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.


5 Responses

  1. The thing is, I don’t think the people who made this movie talked to the people who were making First Class. It doesn’t make any sense but this is a good movie to ignore.

    Also, I’m pretty sure the woman in Origins is never identified as Emma within the film. Since she’s appeared in XMFC, you can say it’s been retconned that this wasn’t her, though I’m rather fond of my own ‘Emma Frost, like Merlin, ages backwards’ theory.

  2. @Caroline I double-checked, and she’s *credited* as Emma Frost.

    So let’s stick with that whole “aging backwards” thing. It makes as much sense as any other answer.

  3. I think ‘credited’ is inconclusive — esp if they deliberately edited the movie to avoid saying her name? But yeah, the movie is nonsense and makes a mishmash of any kind of continuity which is all a shame b/c the random attempts to cram it into continuity definitely made it worse. I mean, it shouldn’t be that hard to make an interesting ‘Wolverine’ movie, they just tried to make about 5 of them here.

  4. Re: Stryker, that one at least can explained, because the Agent Stryker young Xavier is talking to is actually the father of the main X2 villain. Since Charles says he’s “thinking about your son WILLIAM”. Not Jason.

  5. Well, I don’t think First Class was supposed to work with X-Men and X-Men 2 at all, so that takes part of it out of the equation.

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