X-MEN CINEMATIC UNIVERSE TIMELINE: Page 3 of 3

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CHARACTERS

X-MEN

Professor X (Charles Xavier) 1,2,3,XOW,FC,TW,DOFP,Apoc

• In the original timeline, it was never addressed how Charles Xavier got back into a crippled version of his original body between X3 and The Wolverine.
• In the new timeline, it's unlikely Jean ever became Phoenix and killed Charles.
• In X1, Xavier claimed he met Magneto for the first time when he was 17, and that Erik helped him build Cerebro. Even before the timeline shift, First Class showed neither of these statements were fully correct.

Cyclops (Scott Summers) 1,2,3,XOW,FC(?),DOFP(new timeline only),Apoc
• Scott Summers made several anachronistic cameos as a teenager in 1963 (First Class) and 1979 (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Neither lines up with him being under 30 in 2000 (X1).
• The relationship between Scott and Alex Summers is one of several timeline anomalies in the new movies. X-Men: Apocalypse confirmed that Scott and Alex are brothers, with Scott apparently 20 years younger than Alex or more.

Rogue (Marie D'Ancanto) 1,2,3,DOFP(new timeline only)
• Rogue was given a full name for the first time in the movies. This name was explicitly rejected in the comics when Chris Claremont created a separate character by that name in X-Treme X-Men.
• Rogue took the mutant cure in X3. Her presence at Xavier's at the end of DOFP suggests she did not take it in the new timeline.

Wolverine (James Howlett / Logan) 1,2,3,XOW,FC,TW,DOFP,Apoc

• Although X1 and X2 repeatedly hammered home that Logan had been amnesiac for fifteen years (i.e. since roughly 1985), X-Men Origins: Wolverine tied his amnesia to the meltdown at Three Mile Island from 1979. In the new timeline from X-Men: Apocalypse, he escapes from Weapon X in 1983.
• Days of Future Past left it ambiguous whether Logan ever lost his metal claws (as in The Wolverine) in the new timeline.
• When exactly Logan "woke up" in the new future is unclear as well. Scientifically, *cough* it makes the most sense for him to awaken in 2023, the revised version of the moment he "left". However, contextual clues seemed to indicate Iceman and Rogue were still students at the Institute, which shouldn't be true 20+ years after their recruitment.

Phoenix (Jean Grey) 1,2,3,DOFP(new timeline only),Apoc
• Famke Janssen did appear in The Wolverine, but only as Logan's guilty dreams or hallucinations of Jean after her death.
• Most, if not all, of X3 no longer seems to be in continuity following Days of Future Past, including Jean's murders of Scott and Xavier and her own death.
• In the new timeline, Jean is at least ten years older in 1983 than she was seen in X3's flashback to 1986.

Storm (Ororo Munroe) 1,2,3,FC(?),DOFP,Apoc
• A young girl resembling Ororo Munroe appeared in the Cerebro scans from First Class, but its unlikely the young woman from X1 in 2000 was already an adolescent in 1963.
• In the new timeline, Ororo's white hair is a result of Apocalypse augmenting her powers.

Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner) X2,Apoc
• While both of Kurt's parents, Mystique and Azazel, appeared as members of Magneto's Brotherhood in First Class, a relationship between them and any offspring were never alluded to.
• Following X-Men: Apocalypse, an entire movie where Mystique saved Nightcrawler and interacted with him regularly, it seems highly unlikely Raven is his mother in this timeline.
• Nightcrawler's early recruitment into the X-Men from the above movie seems to complete overwrite his storyline from X2.

Beast (Dr. Hank McCoy) X2 (TV),3,FC,DOFP,Apoc
• Hank McCoy had a brief cameo in X2 as a normal-looking television panelist. Retroactively, one can assume he was using the mutant inhibitor serum from Days of Future Past.

Iceman (Bobby Drake) 1,2,3,DOFP

• DOFP seemingly indicated that Iceman and Rogue's relationship continued after the timeskip, and so his relationship with Kitty Pryde may not have happened.
• Bobby Drake has a non-mutant younger brother in the movies, which he does not possess in the comics.

Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) 1,2,3,DOFP
• Two other actresses played Kitty Pryde in bit roles for X1 and X2 before Ellen Page was cast in a leading role for X3.
• Her relationship status with Iceman following the altered timeline is unknown.
• Her ability to mentally transport people through time was never explained in the slightest.

Colossus 1,2,3,DOFP,DP
• Colossus was not noticeably portrayed as Russian until the Deadpool movie.

 

 

Angel FC

• Magneto's Brotherhood were apparently all captured and killed by Trask's people between 1963 and 1973, Angel presumably among them.
• Because of their short time as recruits, it's unlikely that Angel and Darwin count as official X-Men in this timeline.

Darwin FC

  • • Because of their short time as recruits, it's unlikely that Angel and Darwin count as official X-Men in this timeline.

 

Havok (Alex Summers) FC,DOFP,Apoc

• Alex and Scott Summers are brother, which means Alex is at least two decades older than Scott, when he is traditionally the younger brother.

 

Banshee (Sean Cassidy) FC
• Banshee was reportedly killed during the time period between First Class and Days of Future Past, 1963-1973.
• A captive mutant resembling Banshee appeared on The Island in 1979.
• A redheaded young woman with sonic powers appeared in X2 and X3, obviously intended to represent Theresa Cassidy, Banshee's daughter. If Banshee did die prior to 1973, however, this could not be true for the movie timeline.
• Data on Sean Cassidy existed in Stryker's Wideawake files in X2.

Jubilee X1,2,3,Apoc
• A bit role in all movies, mostly recognizable by her yellow jacket, Jubilee was played by a different actress in X1, X2 and X3, and finally X-Men: Apocalypse.

Theresa X2,3
• Based on her hair and sonic scream, this girl was obviously intended to represent Theresa Cassidy, Banshee's daughter. If Banshee did die prior to 1973 at DOFP suggested, however, this could not be true for the movie timeline.
• Data on Theresa Rourke existed in Stryker's Wideawake files in X2.

Angel (Warren Worthington III) X3,Apoc

• Like many characters, Angel's timeline no longer makes sense. The young Warren cutting off his wings in 1996 from X3 cannot be the 1983 punk cage fighter from X-Men: Apocalypse.
 

Days of Future Past X-Men (Bishop, Blink, Sunspot, Warpath)

 

 

• Sunspot's powers in the movies more closely resembled Sunfire's abilities.
• Bishop is portrayed as a contemporary of the X-Men in the film, as opposed to a time traveller from generations in the future.
• Blink is portrayed by Chinese actress BingBing Fan. A little known fact in the comics is that Blink was born in the Bahamas, but her unique pink/purple skin has always made her ethnic background rather ambiguous.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead DP

• In the comics, Ellie Phimister was a psychic with telepathic and precognitive abilities. The Deadpool movie gave her powers more similar to Cannonball which reflected her name better.

BROTHEROOD

Magneto (Erik Lehnsherr / Henryk Gurzsky) 1,2,3,FC,TW,DOFP,Apoc
Retroactive continuity has complicated several aspects of Magneto's story.
• In X1, he reportedly helped Xavier build Cerebro. In First Class, Cerebro was already built by Hank McCoy when Xavier and Magneto met him.
• In X3, Xavier and Magneto attempted to recruit Jean Grey for the school during the 1980's. Future movies established Magneto had already split from the X-Men by 1963, although he potentially could have returned for a brief period. X-Men: Apocalypse has explictly made those scenes no longer canon in the new timeline.

Sabretooth (Victor Creed) X1,XOW
• Sabretooth took the role of Dog Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, officially making him Wolverine's brother.
• As a side effect, he is never directly referred to as Victor Creed in the movies, only as Victor. The exception being the Wideawake files seen in X2.

Toad X1,XOW,DOFP
• What seemed to be a younger version of Toad appeared in Havok's military unit (1973) and as a prisoner on The Island (1979).

 

Mystique (Raven Darkholme) X1,2,3,FC,DOFP,Apoc
• Raven's deep and emotional history with Charles Xavier, including being a founding member of the X-Men, goes unmentioned in the first three movies.
• Unless Raven was keeping her feelings very well hidden, it seems unlikely from X-Men: Apocalypse that she is Nightcrawler's mother in this timeline.

Pyro (John Allerdyce) X1,2,3
• Pyro was played by a different actor for his cameo in X1.

 

 

Psylocke X2 (mentioned?),3, Apoc

• Because of her small role in X3 and the temporal chaos following DoFP, it's unclear if the two versions of Psylocke were meant to be the same character. Given Psylocke's comic history, it's possible one could be Elizabeth Braddock while the other was Kwannon.
• The Brotherhood's Psylocke demonstrated a chameleon-like invisibility. In X-Men: Apocalypse, Psylocke showcased her traditional telekinetic katana.
• Elizabeth Braddock was mentioned in the Wideawake Files from X2. It's unknown if either of the Psylockes seen on screen were meant to be her.

 

 

 

 

X3 Brotherhood: Callisto, Arclight, Kid Omega, Juggernaut, Multiple Man, Spike

• Callisto was nigh-unrecognizable in X3, demonstrating the powers of super-speed and Caliban's mutant detector ability.
• Likewise, Kid Omega was an Asian male with bone spikes, bearing no resemblance to Quentin Quire.
• This Juggernaut is a mutant with no known connection to Charles Xavier, more akin to his Ultimate universe counterpart.

Other Prominent Characters

Colonel William Stryker 1(FB), 2,XOW,DOFP,Apoc / Jason Stryker X2
• William Stryker's apparent father was present during the FBI's introduction to mutants in X-Men: First Class.
• It's unclear why Stryker needed intelligence reports and interrogation sessions with Magneto to learn about Xavier's School when his son Jason Stryker supposedly attended the same school. The distinction may be that Stryker knew it was a school for mutants, but not that it was the home of the X-Men.
• Jason Stryker was 10 years old in 1973. As XOW took place in 1979, Jason may have been in attendance at Xavier's already during the events of that movies, or already returned home and caused his mother's injuries.
• The name Jason and his illusionist powers suggest Jason Stryker was based in part on Jason Wyngarde, Mastermind.

Yuriko Oyama X2
• Yuriko Oyama (according to the Wideawake Files) was a mutant in this timeline with abilities similar to Wolverine. She was never referred to as Lady Deathstrike.

 

Bolivar Trask X3,DOFP
• A black man opposed to mutantkind named Secretary Trask appeared briefly in X3. Both characters in the movies obviously drew from the same comic character, but they appear to have no other relationship in-continuity.

 

Moira MacTaggert X3,FC,Apoc

• The movies have yet to connect Moira the FBI agent to Moira the famous scientist from between her two movie appearances.
• Moira's son, Proteus, was referenced before her in the Wideawake Files from X2. X-Men: Apocalypse confirmed that she does have a son in the new timeline as well.
• "MacTaggert" is Moira Kinross's married name in the comics, but this did not seem to be the case in the movies.

Gambit (Remy LeBeau) XOW

  • • A Gambit solo movie has been in production for several years. It almost doesn't bear mentioning that Gambit's appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine likely won't be acknowledged or followed.

Wade Wilson / Deadpool XOW,DP

• Deadpool's history in his own movie is completely incompatible with the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
• As a normal human, Wade Wilson could not realistically have been active as a mercenary in 1973 and in 2016, looking roughly the same age.
• XOW Wilson was also apparently a mutant with superhuman reflexes and skills before becoming Deadpool.
• In his film, Deadpool's powers stayed close to the comics, while XOW Deadpool was a combination of several mutant abilities including optic blasts, healing, and sword-length claws.

Team X: Wolverine, Sabretooth, Wilson, Zero, Wraith, Fred Dukes, Chris Bradley, Kayla Silver Fox

 

 

 

 

• Zero is a reference to Agent Zero, an identity briefly assumed by David North, Maverick of Team X. His bullet-curving gun-fu is unrelated to North's traditional mutant powers. A "David North" did appear in Stryker's Project: Wideawake files.
• Chris Bradley was the second Maverick in the comics, unconnected to Team X other than being the protege of the original Maverick.
• Kayla Silver Fox was given a new first name, sister, and hyper-persuasive powers for the movie.
• An unnamed character in Blob's traditional suit was seen cage-fighting in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Hellfire Club characters: XFC Sebastian Shaw (Klaus Schmidt), Emma Frost, Azazel, Riptide

• Shaw's alternate name and history as a Nazi doctor was invented for the film canon.
• A television panelist called "Dr. Shaw" appeared in X2, but otherwise appears unrelated to Sebastian Shaw.
• Emma Frost, the telepathic diamond-morph from 1963, seems unrelated to Emma, Kayla Silver Fox's diamond-morph sister from 1979.
• Riptide was never actually named in the film.

The Wolverine characters
Yashida, Shingen Yashida, Kenuichio Harada, Mariko Yashida, Yukio, Viper (Dr. Green), Noburo Moru, Silver Samurai

 

 

 

 

• The events and characters of the movie were drawn almost exclusively from the first Wolverine limited series and its epilogue, Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #172-173, although several elements were changed or switched between players.
• In the comics, Harada of the Black Clan (totally NOT the Hand) was Kenuichio Harada, the Silver Samurai, and Mariko's half-brother by Shingen.The elder Yashida, who becomes the Silver Samurai in the movie, is a new creation.
• The Silver Samurai's energy blade is the result of a mutant ability in the comics, not mechanically-derived.
• The Viper's snake-like mutant abilities and Yukio's precognitive death-sense were created for the movie.

Quicksilver / Peter Maximoff DoFP, Apoc
• Wolverine remarks that he's familiar with Quicksilver, meaning he knew him in the original timeline.
• Quicksilver is a character famously strained between the Avengers (Marvel) and X-Men (FOX) movie franchises. Both characters retained their speed while Avengers' Quicksilver retained his Eastern European heritage and twin sister, while X-Men's Quicksilver retained his (at the time) mutant heritage and being the implied son of Magneto.
• Peter's mother and clearly younger sister appeared in DoFP, although not explicitly identified as Magda and Wanda. Magda was identified as a separate woman in X-Men: Apocalypse.
• A super-fast mutant resembling Quicksilver appeared among the experimental subjects on The Island in 1979.
• Two "Maximoff" subjects were listed in William Stryker's Wideawake Files from X2.

Deadpool characters: Ajax, Angel Dust, Vanessa, Weasel, Blind Al, Marrow, Bob

 

 

 

• Vanessa Carlysle appeared in Willaim Stryker's Project: Wideawake files back in X2. She does not demonstrate any mutant abilities in the Deadpool movie.
• Ajax is portrayed as an experimenter in the movie, whereas in the comics Francis was an enforcer while Doctor Killebrew was responsible for Deadpool's transformation.
• Angel Dust was a Morlock unrelated the Weapon X Program in the comics.

Apocalypse / En Sabah Nur (Elohim, Shen, Ra) DoFP, Apoc

• Apocalypse's original mutation is unknown. He demonstrated the ability to use rituals in his pyramid to transfer his consciousness into the bodies of other mutants, gaining their youth and abilities while maintaining the abilities of all his previous hosts. He acquired a healing factor from his final host, but also demonstrated powers of teleportation, telekinetic force, the enhancement of other mutant's powers, some psychic influence over others, and molecular manipulation powers, including disintegration and considerable control over sand and stone, or manipulating raw materials into restoring his pyramid of creating others structures. He could also learn English and extract enormous amounts of information on the modern world by touching a television set.

Original Four Horsemen

• Apocalypse's ancient Horsemen were not specifically identified in their scene. They demonstrated powers of telepathy and telekinesis, producing shockwave or pressure blasts, pyrokinesis, and superhuman strength.

Minor characters

• X1 - Senator Robert Kelly, Gyrich
• X3 - Warren Worthington, Jr., Kavita Rao, Jimmy (Leech), Phat
• XOW - John Howlett, Elizabeth Hudson-Howlett, Thomas Logan, Cornelius
• FC - Fred Duncan
• DOFP - Ink, Quill
• Apoc - Caliban

X2 Wideawake Files

While reviewing Stryker's Project: Wideawake files in X2, Mystique uncovered dozens of cameos with known mutants named on his database. Below, we've separated the Wideawake file characters into those who have appeared in the cinematic universe, and those who have yet to be depicted. The Honorable Mentions section at the bottom lists other recognizable concepts other than character names that were mentioned in the Wideawake Files.

Identified Unseen
John Allerdyce Amara Aquilla
Vanessa Carlysle Ruth Bat-Seraph
Cassidy (2) (one ID'ed) Allison Blaire
Victor Creed Sally Blevins
Roberto DaCosta Elizabeth Braddock
Raven Darkholme Jamie Braddock
Bobby Drake Maria Callasantos
Fred Dukes Guido Carosella
Remy LeBeau Cassidy (2) - Tom Cassidy
Erik M. Lehnsherr Lila Cheney
Jamie Madrox Lorna Dane
Maximoff (2) (one ID'ed) Angelo Espinosa
Ororo Munroe Dr. Nathaniel Essex
David North (possibly ID'ed) Forge
Yuriko Oyama Kyle Gibney
Katherine Pryde Guthrie (2) - Paige Guthrie
Theresa Rourke (possibly ID'ed) Kenuicho Harada (invalid?)
Scott Summers Garrison Kane
Trask Dr. Kark Lykos
Kurt Wagner Artie Maddicks
Wade Wilson Xi'an Coy Manh
  Kevin MacTaggert
  Danielle Moonstar
  Doug Ramsey
  Calvin Rankin
  Illyana Rasputin
  Cecilia Reyes
  Franklin Richards
  Nichole St. Croix
  Claudette St. Croix
  Rahne Sinclair
  Tabitha Smith
  Andrea von Strucker
  Andreas von Strucker
  Everett Thomas
  Shiro Yoshida
  Omega Red

Honorable Mentions

In addition to the many characters and teams listed above who have appeared in the movies, the following important X-related groups, locations and concepts have also been mentioned:

Massachusetts Academy, Greymalkin, Zero Tolerance, Project Wideawake, Beta Flight, Danger Room, Dept H, Brotherhood, Weapon X, Gamma Flight, Cerebro, Legacy, Salem Center, Alpha Flight, Muir Island, Morlocks