Obviously those two look nothing alike, but that’s not actually a continuity error since their ages do match up well enough.Adding to the confusion a bit is the fact that James Mc Avoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult are all playing characters who have aged 30 years across the films they starred in, even though in the real world less than a decade has passed.

Also Read: 10 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From ' Dark Phoenix' to ' Detective Pikachu' In “Days of Future Past” we get a glimpse of what the new version of 2023 will look like when Wolverine returns to the updated version of his present at the very end of the movie.

We see Jean hanging around the school, with Xavier in charge.

The original film timeline, in chronological order, prior to “Days of Future Past,” went like this: “First Class” - The frame story of “Days of Future Past,” set in an apocalyptic future in which the sentinel robots have destroyed the world in their quest to eliminate all mutants, takes place at the end of that timeline, several years after “The Wolverine.” In that terrible future, they send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back in time to 1973 to try to prevent that robot apocalypse from happening, and he succeeds.

The net effect there is that everything that took place after 1973 was wiped from history, and the following decades were very different from what they were in the original “X-Men” movies.

“New Mutants,” as far as we can tell, won’t feature any character from the other Fox “X-Men” films.

And as for post-“Dark Phoenix,” since Disney now owns 20th Century Fox, Marvel almost certainly intends to introduce the main X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, and it’s definitely not gonna be this version.

Hoult is still a few months short of his 30th birthday, but in “Dark Phoenix” he’s playing a character who’s in his 60s without the aid of makeup to age him up. Of course, “Dark Phoenix” goes out on a note that throw one last wrench into the messy continuity of the “X-Men” films.

At the end of the movie, Jean takes full control of her Phoenix powers and is seen flying around in space, with Xavier’s school now called the Jean Grey School, and Professor X implied to have left the school with Hank Mc Coy to run.

So it’s time to say goodbye to a franchise that kicked off nearly 20 years ago — and more importantly, to a crazy timeline built up over the years that makes it hard as hell to nail down what the story even is.

That difficulty stems from two factors: The fact that “X-Men: Days of Future Past” included an in-universe soft reboot of the franchise using time travel, a la the JJ Abrams “Star Trek”; and the series’ general lack of concern with maintaining its continuity as it began doing prequels with “First Class.” All we can say with absolute certainty is that the main continuity is probably everything except the “Deadpool” films and “Logan.” Also Read: All 57 Marvel Movies Ranked, Including ' X-Men: Dark Phoenix' So let’s talk about the time travel thing first, since it’s the biggest issue that throws people off.

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