MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD:
They gave their best effort at uniting two storylines that never needed to link. Unfortunately, there are still too many continuity errors and plot problems for it to pass as an adequate band-aid on the whole bungled X-Men franchise.
First question: Does Mystique age? If she’s 30-something in Days of Future Past, set in 1973, how is she a young woman (Rebecca Romijn) in her mid-thirties (at most) when she loses her powers in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), set in present-day?
Also, how can Xavier reassemble himself after being blown to bits? He gets killed in The Last Stand by Dark Phoenix/Jean Grey, yet he’s alive in his hover-wheelchair in the early scenes of Days of Future Past. Xavier is powerful mutant, but I didn’t think he was that powerful.
All these questions and more are (poorly, embarrassingly) addressed in a Buzzfeed interview with producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg. Days of Future Past does not click the reset button on the series, at least not for me. It does not pave the way for more films. If anything, it just raises more questions while making the First Class storyline sadly ruined.
We see who is alive and well when Logan/Wolverine “wakes up” at the end of Days of Future Past. The characters from Wolverine’s franchise and the First Class crew are the same characters, just aged a bit, so that sort of strips all tension out of future First Class films — we know who survives. I was kind of hoping First Class was a reboot, not a prequel to an already bad initial three movies.
Days of Future Past wasn’t all bad. They made some bold and beautiful choices in the last twenty minutes. McKellan’s Magneto killing with a sharp piece of metal? The poetry!
I entered the cinema with hopes that all the plot errors and problems would be righted and X-Men would be restored to its glory. I wanted a true reset. I walked out scratching my head, frustrated and a little let down.
Final bit: How does Kitty Pride (Ellen Page) not look a day older than she did in The Last Stand, even though we can guess she is at least twenty years older in the early scenes of Future Past? And how does she now possess the ability to send people back through time? The filmmakers might need a refresher on what exactly Kitty Pride’s mutant abilities are, or better yet, how to do a proper reboot.