Fan Theories: Does ‘Days of Future Past’ Change More Than the X-Men?

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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NOTE: This is just a fan theory. Nothing I discuss has been confirmed or denied. All opinions are my own. Spoilers will follow.

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Adapting the popular Days of Future Past was one of the best ideas Fox ever had for the mutant franchise. Suffering greatly from the two mediocre and horrible entries in the franchise, The Last Stand and Origins (respectively), the X-Men got a major facelift thanks to returning director Bryan Singer and extremely memorable/funny moments throughout the movie (the “whiplash” moment is still one of my favorites in the film).

As we all know by this point, Days of Future Past effectively erased every single film from the X-Men timeline, starting the franchise over with just First Class as canon. But…what if there’s more to the reboot than just having an excuse to make more X-Men films? Is it possible that the X-Men changing their world accidentally messed around with other super powered beings in their universe, namely the Fantastic Four?

To start, let’s take a look at this deleted scene from the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. It’s essentially the same gag used in the film, except Reed intentionally morphs his face into that of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Now, in order for this to make sense in-universe, that means that the Fantastic Four would have to have either met, known of, or have some kind of awareness of the X-Men (or at the very least, just Wolverine), so we know both franchises exist in the same universe. This is also confirmed through Fox’s attempts to cross the two over into a single film (a la The Avengers) a couple of times (although Mark Millar later stated this crossover wouldn’t happen, he still stated that they existed in the same universe).

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Next, we can clearly see that Wolverine is changing a lot more than just some stuff in the future. He’s waking up in a world clearly not his own, needing to ask the new version of Charles Xavier for history lessons. Let’s apply this to the butterfly effect. No, not the movie, but the idea that states how even minor changes could have major effects elsewhere. When Wolverine changes things, he’s not just removing the Sentinel threat from the future, he’s also changing history, starting from the moment he arrived in the 1970s. Decades of interactions, people’s lives, works of everything you can think of, etc. are now either gone or completely reworked to fit the new timeline.

How does this apply to the Fantastic Four, you may ask? Well, this explains literally everything about the new team and why they’re so different from what we know: why Doom is an angry blogger instead of a megalomaniacal dictator, why the young Reed Richards begins working on an experiment that changes his friends much earlier than the original version, you name it. Everything about the team was changed because Wolverine wanted to save everyone in the future. In a nutshell, this reboot couldn’t be like the comic books (which, I hate to admit it, the Story films at least tried to be like, at least in the costume department) because of Wolverine’s unintentional butterfly effect.

If you liked this new type of article, be sure to let me know (you can send me a tweet with that widget on the left, or leave me a comment). If you really liked this, maybe I’ll do more in the future…provided Wolverine doesn’t change that too.

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