This blog series chronicles my first viewing of the complete MCU movie saga. I’ll examine each film under various categories that reflect popular discussion points. Next up is the fourth film, “Thor” (2011):
This summer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” does an in-universe reboot of the “X-Men” saga via time travel, similar to the 2009 “Star Trek” movie, which jumped back to the early days of Kirk and company, and the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” which time-jumped ahead of “Terminator 3.” As such, the seven existing “X-Men” films form what I’ll call Timeline One. (Timeline Two gets a sneak preview of sorts in “Future Past,” and it will presumably start in earnest with “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 2016.)
Sure, there are probably dozens upon dozens of comic books that explore the early friendship between Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lensherr (Magneto). But in the “X-Men” movie franchise, that relationship had only been illustrated by the allies-turned-enemies regretfully reflecting on their former friendship.