Foreword to X-Men Movie Visual Timeline
Hey there, true believers. Again, if you have not seen Days of Future Past yet, I recommend doing so in order to avoid spoilers from this post. I made this visual timeline because like you, I love these movies for what they are. I thought it would be interesting to map out the events of the world that was before Days of Future Past's ending. Hopefully you enjoy looking through this as much as I had fun making it! - Anthony L.
P.S. - My sources for these information are from the movies, along with real life dates. The other two big ones were Empire's Fox Official Movie Timeline which can be found at this link: http://imgur.com/a/RBheD and the 25 Moments Website which can be found at this link: http://www.25moments.com/. I also used casting sheets and script descriptions when it came to character ages (only for XO:W and XM:FC).
The Rise of Apocalypse - 3000 B.C.?
En Sabah Nur, the first mutant, constructs pyramids in Ancient Egypt using telekinesis while followers chant his name. His Four Horsemen accompany him.
The Birth of James Howlett - 1832
James Howlett is born to John and Elizabeth Howlett in 1832 in the North-Western Territories now known as Canada.
The Birth of James Howlett, Part Deux - 1845
In 1845, there was a dispute in James' father's estate. Victor Creed and his father (Thomas Logan) were the cause. James heard a gunshot and ran down to see that John Howlett has been shot. Bone claws slowly emerged from in between his knuckles for the first time. In a wild rage he screamed and attacked Thomas Logan. James killed Logan, who as he died, revealed to James that he was his real father. James ran away, but Victor caught up with him and vowed that since they were now brothers, they would look out for each other no matter what.
American Civil War - April 12, 1861 – May 10, 1865
James and Victor fight for the North in American Civil War.
World War II - December 7, 1941 - September 2, 1945
James and Victor fight in World War II.
Note: James and Victor are seen participating in D-Day on June 6th, 1944.
Erik's Awakening - 1944
12 year old Erik Lensherr's powers first manifest while a boy in a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Sebastian Shaw notices Erik's powers and kils his mother.
The Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki - August 9, 1945
James is held in a Japanese POW camp near Nagasaki. During the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Logan rescues an officer named Ichirō Yashida and shields him from the blast. This leaves a lasting effect on Yashida...
Charles Xavier and Raven Darkholme Meet - 1952
12 year old Charles Xavier catches 10 year old Mystique attempting to rob his mansion. He befriends her, and treats her as an adopted sister.
Note - X-Men Apocalypse seems to retcon Mystique's age. She says that she wasn't much older than Jean Grey during the events of First Class. Xavier also prevents her from drinking during First Class, hinting that she isn't yet 21.
First Class of X-Men - 1962
Events of "X-Men: First Class" take place. 30 year old Lehnsherr and 22 year old Xavier meet for the first time, and will form an antagonistic best friend relationship. Darkholme is now 20 years of age. The CIA forms Division X, which includes Professor X (Xavier), Magneto (Lehnsherr), and Mystique (Darkholme). James Howlett tells Xavier and Lehnsherr to fuck off. Magneto kills Sebastian Shaw. Mutants prevent World War III. Xavier is injured and wheelchair-bound. Magneto forms the Brotherhood of Mutants. Cuban Missle Crisis takes place.
Note: Xavier lies to Logan in the first X-Men movie, stating that he met Erik when he was 17. They were in fact both 30, Xavier possibly lying to add emphasis to the longevity of their friendship.
Assassination of John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963
The mutant known as Magneto is implicated in the assassination of John F. Kennedy by a witness on the grassy knoll. Magneto denies direct involvement, sparking the "Free Magneto" movement. Magneto is imprisoned under the Pentagon.
Note: In the new timeline, he insists that the bullet was bent because he was trying to save Kennedy (who is implied to be a mutant).
Note 2: (From Simon Kinberg)
""The notion was that Trask was a little bit involved in the assassination of JFK. I'm just telling you back story, it's not in the movie, but Trask identified that JFK was a mutant, and then the people that wanted JFK killed for all their political reasons, whoever it actually was who actually killed him, they were motivated by the fact that this guy was a mutant. So Eric got wind of that, and tried to stop them, but there were too many of them.
"We talked about what JFK's power was for quite a bit, and my answer for you may be a bit obvious and not that smart, but it's a telepathy, a mind-control, the ability to persuade people to do things. There were other theories from other people that were slightly more… tawdry."
Charles Xavier opens the School for Gifted Youngsters - 1965
25 year old Xavier opens a private boarding school with a hidden agenda: to ensure young mutants have a safe haven to study and safely develop their powers.
Trask Industries Develops Artificial Limbs - 1967
Bolivar Trask revolutionizes the world of prosthetics through DNA-generated artificial limbs.
Prolonged Silence on Nixon White House Tapes Points To Scandal - 1972
Congressional investigators seeking evidence of an improper relationship between Trask Industries and the Nixon White House are stymied when they discover that 18½ minutes of a meeting between Bolivar Trask and President Nixon have been completely erased.
James Howlett Between Wars - 1973
James Howlett, seemingly separated from his half-brother Victor, acts a bodyguard for a mafia lord's daughter. Sleeps with said daughter. Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy (Beast) are the only two original X-Men remaining on American soil. Charles states that many of the others (including Alex Summers aka Havok) were drafted into the Vietnam War.
Mystique's First Kill at the Paris Peace Accords - Late January 1973
Raven Darkholme, aka Mystique, finds the autopsy reports of Tempest (Angel Salvadore), Azazel, Banshee, and Riptide. She then kills Bolivar Trask at the Paris Peace Accord, before being captured and imprisoned by William Stryker. Interrupting the Paris Peace Accords may of had the consequence of extending US Military Involvement in Vietnam.
Note: Emma Frost's Diamond abilities are used by a Mark X Sentinel later in the movie. In the new timeline, Erik mentions on the plane that Azazel, Emma, and Banshee and their other mutant brothers and sisters had been killed as well (with Mystique, Beast, and Havok seemingly the only exceptions).
Trask Industries Announces the Sentinel Mark I Program - 1973
Through a defense contract with the Nixon administration, Trask Industries begins production and deployment of the Sentinel Mark I. While the heavily funded project raised the level of national security capabilities, it also resulted in America moving away from the Gold Standard.
Vietnam War, Recruitment Into Team X - (1973/1974?) - 1975
James and Victor reunite and join the tail end of the Vietnam War. Victor attempts to rape a young woman, leading to him brutally slaughtering the soldiers that attempt to stop him. James comes to his aid, and they are both placed in front of a firing squad. Major William Stryker, the man that imprisoned Mystique, comes to recruit Jimmy and Victor into his own private unit, Team X.
Note: Stryker seems to have aged significantly in the span of two years.
Xavier Goes To Washington - 1975
35 year old Charles Xavier appears before the U.S. House of Representatives in a private closed session, asking for mutant freedoms including integration and privacy.
Pietro Maximoff's World Record Scandal - 1977
Athletics officials adopt a genetic testing policy in partnership with Trask Industries in which no athletes carrying the mutant X-gene can compete in professional sporting events. This occurs following the investigation of Pietro Maximoff, Quicksilver, who broke 8 world records in track and field events.
Leaving Team X and New Identity - 1979
Team X, composed of Wade Wilson, William Stryker, Victor Creed, James Howlett, John Wraith, Fred Dukes, Chris Bradley, and David North, go on one final mission as a complete team to retrieve a meteor which would be the origin of Adamantium. After the mission's success, Howlett is disturbed by the team's lack of regard for human life. He leaves the team, and begins to go by his biological father's last name: Logan.
Recruiting Jean Grey - 1981
Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, both at the ages 41 and 49 respectively, are united in their effort to recruit Jean Grey (who is around age 13 or 14). Lehnsherr has either escaped from prison by this time, or has had his innocence proven. Farther more, the two have fallen back into being close friends judging by their banter. Xavier seems to be using the serum that McCoy developed in order to walk. Jean Grey, after being recruited, will go on to become one of the first modern X-Men.
Minister Dubs Mutants "God's Curse" - 1984
Popular televangelist minister, Bob Bell, and his organization, "The Human Majority," champion a strong anti-mutant movement. Among their principles is the belief that disease is God's curse for mutant integration.
The Birth of Wolverine - 1985
Logan goes through the Weapon X operation to lace his skeleton with Adamantium to make him strong enough for revenge against his half-brother Victor (for killing his girlfriend and ex-teammates). During this process he takes on the code name Wolverine because of a tale Silverfox tells him before her death. Wolverine's attack on Stryker's facility on Three Mile Island takes place. Deadpool (Wade Wilson) undergoes Weapon XI transformation. Wolverine is rendered amnesiac. 45 year old Xavier shows up at Three Mile Island to take 18 year old Cyclops under his wing.
Note: The original version of the movie states that 6 years pass in between Logan leaving Team X and the timeskip to his time back in Canada.
Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster - 1986
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant melts down, causing a spike in premature mutant expressions for generations. Piotr Rasputin, who will go on to become the X-Man Colossus, is born.
Berlin Wall Protests - 1988
Germany is the first nation to adopt mutant segregation policies.
A few renegade mutants knock down a mile-long section of the Berlin wall in an act of protest, killing 23 people and injuring over 200. The protest alarmed citizens of West Germany, sparking anti-mutant policies. The Berlin Wall stands today and East Germany has been designated as a mutant zone.
Note: Logan was seemingly present for this event.
DNA Evidence - 1989
The FBI cracks down on criminals and mutants.
In partnership with Trask Industries, the FBI unveils a method of using DNA evidence at crime scenes to identify criminals. Off the record, Trask Industries also begins building a private Mutant Registry from this database of DNA, with plans to sell the information to wealthy world governments.
South African Reform - 1991
South Africa ushers in an era of acceptance and equality, becoming a safe haven for mutants.
As the global conversation on mutant-human relations grows, South Africa proudly declares their country a unified and united refuge for all.
Zapatistas Ally With Mutant Supporters - 1994
The Zapatista resistance militia enlists the help of mutant soldiers.
The Zapatista resistance, aided by mutant freedom fighters, engages in armed conflict against the Mexican government in Southern Mexico.
Note: It is implied Mystique was present at this event.
Mad Cow Disease Outbreak - 1996
X-Gene testing at Trask Industries leads to global epidemic.
An early attempt at the cure for the x-gene fails when animal testing goes awry, causing widespread sickness commonly referred to as Mad Cow Disease.
The Wings of Warren Worthington III - 1997
Warren Worthington III is caught trying to clip off his wings, caused by his mutation. After being discovered by his father, his father uses his company's resources to kick start the search for a mutant cure.
Guantanamo Bay Mutant Detention Center - 2001
Trask Industries is integral in the construction and secret management of Guantanamo Bay detention center.
The U.S. Government contracts Trask Industries to build Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Camp is a detention center for mutants dangerous enough to be deemed national security threats.
Modern X-Men - 2005
The events of "X-Men" take place.
The US Senate discusses a Mutant Registration Act. 17 year old Marie D'Ancanto (Rogue) runs away from home after an accident with her powers and meets Wolverine. They meet the X-Men. Wolverine joins their ranks which already consist of Jean Grey, Cyclops (Scott Summers), and Storm (Ororo Munroe). The X-Men battle Magneto and his mutants on the Statue of Liberty who are once against at odds against Xavier (73 and 65 respectively). Magneto is attempting to convert all of the world leaders into mutants. His Brotherhood of Mutants now include the ranks of Logan's half brother Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Mystique, and Toad (who was saved by Mystique in 1973 in Vietnam). Magneto is defeated and imprisoned.
X-Men United - 2006
The events of "X2: X-Men United" take place.
Nightcrawler attacks the White House demanding Mutant Freedom. Magneto escapes from prison. Colonel William Stryker's forces attack the X-Mansion. X-Men join forces with Magneto and Mystique against Stryker. After their attack on Stryker's base at Alkali Lake, Jean Grey is killed.
Note: Nightcrawler is theorized to be the son of Azazel and Mystique. Because of Azazel's death, he was more than likely born sometime in between 1963 and 1973.
Warring Mutant Factions Destroy the Golden Gate Bridge - Late 2006
The events of "X-Men: The Last Stand" take place.
Jean Grey is resurrected as Phoenix. Cyclops is killed. Phoenix kills Xavier and joins Magneto. X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants battle another until it culminates in Wolverine killing The Phoenix. Xavier transfers his consciousness into his twin brother's comatose body.
Worthington Labs introduces a vaccine that claims to eradicate the X-gene, leading to violent uprisings from mutant factions that resulted in the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Recognizing the need to improve human-mutant relations, the President appoints Beast as ambassador to the UN.
Note: The explanation that is given for Charles's resurrection (and elaborated in the tie-in novel) is that Charles had a twin brother named P. Xavier. P. Xavier was born into a comatose state that he stayed in his whole life, theoretically because of Charles's psychic abilities in the womb being so powerful and uncontrolled. P. Xavier eventually ended up as a care subject of Moira's who Charles transfers his consciousness into when Jean kills him.
His paralysis in his new body could be due to atrophied spine muscles, or the explanation given in Days of Future Past, where his paralysis and telepathy seem to share a relationship.
(Explanation found in DVD Commentary for X-Men: The Last Stand during the credits.)
U.S. Erects Wall to Strengthen Border - 2008
"Mutant Wall" hinders movement of mutants across the U.S. border.
The U.S. erects a 2,000 mile long wall along the Mexican border. Politicians maintain that the structure is a necessary measure for the prevention of illegal immigration. Others contend that the wall is a last-ditch effort to contain Mexico's growing population of mutant rebels.
Mutant Inhibitor Collar - 2009
Revolutionary collar proves that mutant abilities can be suppressed.
After a string of breakouts from Camp X-Ray by high-powered mutants, Trask Industries develops a collar to inhibit mutant abilities. One is used at some point on Kitty Pryde, aka Shadowcat.
Trask Industries Acquires Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters - 2010
The mutant safe-haven becomes testing lab for Trask Industries.
Xavier's School for Gifted youngsters closes. Trask Industries renovates the mansion into a research facility.
March on X-Mansion - 2011
Mutants protest, claiming that they don't need a cure.
To protest the billion dollar "mutant cure" arms race led by Trask industries, Yashida Corp and other multinational pharmaceutical companies, Occupy Wall Street marches from the X-Mansion to Zuccotti Park. Sentinels attack the peaceful mutant demonstration. In the ensuing chaos, Warren Worthington III, the mutant known as "Angel," is killed.
Note: In this photo, Rogue is unusually not present with Iceman. This plays into more later.
Wolverine in Japan - 2011
The events of "The Wolverine" take place.
Notable events including Wolverine now living as a hermit 5 years after killing Jean Grey, still feeling guilt. He is taken to Japan under the pretense that Yashida (head of Yashida Corp), the man Logan saved during the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki, wanted to cure him. In reality, Yashida wants Logan's healing factor in order to gain his youth once again. Yashida dons the Silver Samurai armor in order to defeat Logan, but ends up meeting his demise. Logan loses his Adamantiun Claws in the process, but regains his bone claws. His granddaughter, Mariko, takes over as CEO of Yashida Corp, likely disbanding their competition in the mutant cure arms race. Logan and his "bodyguard" Yukio go to travel to destinations unknown.
Mutants Escape Trask Prison Camps - 2012
30 mutants are rescued from Trask mutant prison camps.
Clarice Ferguson, Blink, is instrumental in smuggling 30 detained mutants out of Trask prison camps.
You're Not The Only One With Gifts - 2013
Two years after Wolverine defeats the Silver Samurai in Japan, he encounters Magneto and Professor X who are once again working together. Magneto warns that dark forces are at work, building a weapon that could wipe their kind off the face of the map. That weapon is...
Trask Announces Mark X - 2013
The next generation of the Sentinel program promises a definitive containment of the mutant threat
Responding to the rise of mutant rebels, Trask Laboratories unveils the next generation in its Sentinel line — the Sentinel Mark X. Among the new model's many upgrades is its ability to shape shift and physically adapt to environments.
Note: Fan-theory - Rogue was not seen with Iceman during the protest 2 years ago. It is likely that sometime before then, Rogue has been imprisoned, and her DNA has also been used like Mystique's. While Sentinels can change form because of Mystique, it is possible that they are able to change power sets because of Rogue.
Death of Hank McCoy - 2015
Mutant most famous for successfully integrating with human population is murdered.
Hank McCoy is dragged from his home and murdered by an angry mob of Human Majority protesters outside his home in upstate New York.
Bishop forms the Free Mutants - 2018
Bishop forms the first militant mutant organization.
Bishop, a Camp X-Ray escapee, builds a global network of mutant resistance dubbed the "Free Mutants."
Days of Future Past - 2023
Future events of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" take place.
The world is now a dystopia. Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat has gone through a secondary mutation where she can send the consciousnesses of others back in time. She usually does so to Bishop while Blink, Colossus, Iceman, Sunspot, and Warpath hold off the Mark X Sentinels. The younger Bishop then warns the others of impending attacks, and they prepare accordingly. Wolverine once again has Adamantium claws, more than likely due to Magneto's abilities. Professor X proposes that one is sent back 50 years, and Wolverine is the only person with a mind who can heal from such an excursion. Wolverine's consciousness is sent back in time. Eventually, all the X-Men save for Shadowcat and Wolverine are slaughtered. Right before they meet their demise, the past changes and another timeline takes the future's place...
Note: Xavier is now 83 years old, while Lehnsherr is 91. Howlett has them both beaten at 191.
Good Morning, Logan - (NEW 1973 - 2023)
Past events and ending of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" takes place.
Due to Wolverine's interference with the old universe, a new one has been created in it's stead. In this universe, a future exists where Rogue is no longer missing but is seen happily with Iceman. Shadowcat and Colossus are seen teaching a class, with Beast roaming the halls. Storm is also seen praising students, while Jean Grey and Scott Summers are in Xavier's office. Charles Xavier, along with all the previously mentioned characters, have all been resurrected. Logan is now a History teacher, and Charles promises to catch Logan up.
What is a likely major change is that Jean Grey was never forced to remain behind at Alkali Lake. She does not seem to be influenced by the Phoenix persona, and Cyclops is still alive. It is also of note that Rogue still has her white streak, implying that the climax of "X-Men" still took place. She is also able to touch Bobby's hands, but whether it is due to control over her powers or due to Worthington Lab's Cure has yet to be determined.
James Howlett left his bodyguard job in 1973 to find Charles Xavier, and in the process found Hank McCoy and introduced himself as Logan.
Logan's knowledge of the future led to them finding Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), who they used to break Magneto out of the Pentagon (his means of escape in the Prime timeline is unknown).
Xavier and Magneto's actions led to Mystique's assassination being thwarted, but led to her, Beast, and Magneto being seen and recorded publicly.
The Sentinels were then expedited in production, but laced with metals by Magneto. This allowed him to set center stage inside the White House, where he would kill President Nixon and Bolivar Trask. Mystique prevented this and spared the humans as an act of mercy. Magneto and Mystique parted ways with Xavier and Beast. Mystique saves Logan from drowning under the guise of Major Stryker.
The Past, A New and Uncertain World, A World of Endless Possibilities and Infinite Outcomes - (NEW 1983)
We had a wonderful movie to wrap things up. Let's talk about what's next.
(Update) Confirmed to take place in 1983!
We know that "Apocalypse" will be a sequel focusing mainly on the First Class cast. That leaves us with Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, and potentially Havok. Young Cyclops, Young Jean, and Young Storm have been thrown around. Channing Tatum as Gambit is a possibility also, but with the confirmation of his solo movie, it is up in the air. It has been stated that Quicksilver will play a bigger role in the next film. Bryan Singer has said that he wants to use Nightcrawler in Apocalypse. That's already a fairly packed cast of 9 or 10, especially when it's all but guaranteed that Wolverine will be part of the main cast.
Some information of interest to me is Jean Grey, in 1981 of the original/prime universe, was recruited by Prof. X and Magneto. Judging by appearances alone, I'd say she was somewhere in between 10 - 14 years old (her actor, Haley Ramm, was 13 at the time of shooting). Coincidentally, in the 616 universe, Jean unlocked her telekinesis for the first time at the age of 13 (New X-Men #148) before Xavier created her telepathic blocks. While a "butterfly" effect from the events of DOFP may of caused a change of the date when the other X-Men were born (therefore changing ages), it seems likely that the Jean Grey (and other original X-Men) will be about 15 or 16. This will cause a nice symmetry with the All-New X-Men comic as well.
Note: (source for in-movie date) http://www.comicbookmovie.com/news/?a=101942
For The Future Is Never Truly Set - (?)
The Wolverine sequel will be a curious situation. Do they just add another film entry into a timeline that effectively no longer exists? Or do they do a whole new story in the current universe? Only time will tell.
As for as X-Force goes, I'm willing to place bets that Deadpool gets a proper introduction in this film. Liefield, who has read the draft, has stated that fans of Cable and Deadpool will be satisfied with the current iteration of the film. If that doesn't scream that Cable and Deadpool are on the roster, I don't know what does. Whether his standalone film will come before, after, or happen at all is a mystery in itself. The Wolverine sequel, X-Force, and Deadpool all have interesting opportunities now that the reboot has taken place. Let's see where the pieces fall. Thank you for reading!