Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Time Won’t Let Me Edition


The sequel to X-Men: First Class is apparently well underway, and recent announcements seem to indicate that the creators are intending to keep it in continuity with the first three X-Men movies from earlier in the century.  The internet has many theories on why this is good or bad, most of which focus on changing the ages of characters like Havok and the White Queen to be a few decades older than Cyclops (who is their brother/comic-book-ex-lover, respectively.)  Of course, this argument seems to be a bit disingenuous, given that the original X-Men franchise trilogy has already changed the ages of the characters whenever they wish (e.g. making Iceman a new member while Cyclops is a respected faculty member around thirty, and the Beast a fifty-ish elder statesman character while each of these characters was a roughly high-school-aged founding X-Person in the comic book continuity.)  I have long been vocal in my dislike of the Ultimate Universe because if forces me to deal with a new timeline and all-new interactions for parallel versions of the same characters, but for some reason the adaptation of the X-Men to an entirely new medium lessens the pain for me, leaving me unruffled while I try to figure out who was where at what time in the movie-verse.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is the best there is at what it does, but what it does ain’t pretty, asking:  Is it a deal-breaker when different versions of the same property change the chronology of characters’ lives to tell the story they want to tell?