The ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past had a sudden reveal that Mystique has started impersonating William Stryker, but come the next movie (Apocalypse), it seemed that it had no consequences whatsoever; Wolverine was still experimented on, and mutants were still being oppressed. Now director Bryan Singer has come out to explain what that scene was supposed to mean.
Here’s his explanation on Instagram:
Cast of #Xmen #xmendaysoffuturepast In our mini theater. I caught your question on #reddit I have to be honest, the idea to have #stryker ’s eyes turn yellow was added to the film very close to its completion. However I ended up liking it because it showed #mystique ’s path of secretly helping mutants. In that case #wolverine It is a path that continues into #xmenapocalypse
Like I said, I don’t really know how Mystique ended up helping Wolverine at all. He was still turned into Weapon X in the movie, and nothing was significantly different. Sure Mystique had become a Katniss-like figure come Apocalypse, but we didn’t really get any proper explanation as to how impersonating Stryker changed anything.
Personally, I think they should have just let the actual Stryker recover Wolverine instead of saying it was Mystique. The timeline makes a lot more sense that way. Then again, you have James McAvoy playing Professor X over the span of 30 years with no visible age difference. It was obvious nobody cared about continuity in the timeline anymore.
For now, the X-franchise has been given to Simon Kinberg who is at the helm of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Catch that film in theaters Feb. 14.