*Contains spoilers for all of the X-Men movie universe and the #MarvelCinematicUniverse.
After 17 years since #XMen (2000), #HughJackman portrayed #Wolverine for his ninth and final time in #Logan (2017). A satisfying final portrayal nonetheless left many disappointed we never saw him alongside his other Marvel team #TheAvengers, an idea Jackman himself may have reconsidered retirement for.
Since the late '90s and early '00s as superhero movies started to prove more successful with franchises like #Blade (1998), X-Men (2000), #Spiderman (2002) and #FantasticFour (2005), despite some less than superb sequels, more and more fans wanted to see their favorite heroes together like they've seen them for decades in comics like #TheAvengers (1963) and #MarvelTeamUp (1972) and animation like Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-1986) and the '92 and '94 X-Men and Spiderman animated series where Spider-Man was seen with the X-Men and encountering grittier heroes like Blade and the #Punisher. Then Marvel released #IronMan in 2008 and its sequel in 2010 and after the success of the riskier Thor (2011) we were well on our way to The Avengers (2012) and the minds of fans went wild, only to have their dreams destroyed when the video property rights were laid out and realized Marvel couldn't freely use their own characters.
With the rebooted #TheAmazingSpiderman missing the cameo opportunity with The Avengers in 2012 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel in 2014 and a confirmed plan for 2 more sequels and a rumored universe of its own fans were sure we were nowhere a crossover of those 2 franchises. Then it was announced before the quasi-Avengers sequel #CaptainAmericaCivilWar (2016) Sony and the Disney Marvel execs had come to a rights agreement and before we knew it Tony Stark broke some labor laws and had himself a pajama wearing wall-crawling ally in his spat with #CaptainAmerica.
While we got ourselves the Spiderman agreement we wanted things between Disney and Fox haven't sounded too promising. With X-Men: #DaysofFuturePast (2014) resetting many inconsistencies and erasing the events of less enjoyed and mistake filled movies like X-Men: The Last Stand (2005) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and not being used to bridge universes and #AvengersAgeofUltron (2015) introducing its version of brother-sister duo #Quicksilver and #ScarletWitch--who are well-known as 2 of fan-favorite mutant #Magneto's children--certainly a crossover seems an impossibility anytime soon, or have Disney and Fox been laying the foundation for their next shared universe this whole time?
Certainly with even Hugh Jackman himself wanting the character to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and desperate fan theories such as the one of #Deadpool (2016) containing a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier (confirmed as untrue) haven't gone unheard by the studio powers that be. If Sony could work it out certainly Fox would be able to and when you start to look at the reset timeline of the X-Men Universe it begins to add up,
First, we'll look at how Days of Future Past reset the universe and the timeline up to Logan and how they've chosen to continue moving forward with subsequent sequels. After erasing the events of X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine we are left with:
- the events of #XMenFirstClass (2011) in 1963
- the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) in 1973
- the events of #XMenApocalypse (2016) in 1983
- the untitled X-Men Apocalypse sequel set in the '90s,
- Deadpool (2016)
- Deadpool 2 (2018) - actual placement unknown - continued below
- 2023 scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past where Wolverine visits Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and finds Jean Grey and Beast alive
- 2023-2029 Events of and referenced to in Logan
Some time between 2023 and 2029's events of Logan, #TheWestchesterIncident, where Professor X has a seizure paralyzing and killing a bunch of mutants,
Logan takes place in 2029; Professor X and Wolverine are killed leaving only a group of mutant children and no known place for them to go. If age exists in these movies Magneto, who was at least a teenager during World War II should be pretty close to dead.
Looking at various facts and coincidences it seems very likely a reboot is inevitable in both universes:
- the next main X-Men sequel takes place in the 1990s
- no mutants were born since 2009, as mentioned in Logan, coincidentally the duration of much of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, except for Iron Man (2008), #CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger (2011) and parts of #AntMan (2015).
- Marvel's confirmation of plans to continue the Marvel Cinematic Universe through 2028, coincidentally one year before the events of Logan. Certainly, a studio that plans 14 years ahead is also likely to have plans beyond that.
- the weird way Marvel and Fox made a compromise regarding Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch and killed Quicksilver in Age of Ultron anyway and Fox coincidentally uses Polaris, Quicksilver's other popular mutant sister, in Days of Future past and doesn't even mention Scarlet Witch
- the other confirmed X-Men titles are Deadpool 2 (2018), X-Force, New Mutants and Gambit. Central to X-Force is Cable, or Nathan Summers, the time traveling son of Jean Grey's clone Madelyne Pryor and Scott "#Cyclops" Summers. Did I mention time travel?
- Time travel: If the effects of time travel weren't made clear in Days of Future Past go watch CW's #TheFlash (2014-). With this the Westchester Incident and Logan might not even happen and they can recast Wolverine, but a reboot would make recasting more acceptable. By 2029 it'll probably be likely much of the MCU and X-Men movies will need recast too.