10 Movie Franchises That Didn't Care About HUGE Plot Holes

Fans haven't forgotten.

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It's fair to say that even the very greatest and smartest movie franchises have their share of plot holes, because when intricate, labyrinthine series consisting of possibly dozens of movies are concerned, it's practically impossible to keep all the plates spinning together in a fully consistent way.

Something's gotta give somewhere, especially with so many writers, directors and producers being involved, and so there are always going to be those things that don't quite add up.

And while this often results in easily-ignored nitpicks, sometimes these issues will be egregious enough that it's plainly clear the filmmakers just didn't give much of a damn about flouting basic narrative and character logic.

Granted, there are certainly cases where this is the right thing to do: sometimes a story or scene is intriguing enough that it's worth the trade-off of exposing a glaring plot hole, but that doesn't mean fans are just going to quietly accept it.

These 10 hugely successful movie franchises, then, gamely threw logic aside and hoped audiences wouldn't care enough to make a big deal out of it. Oh, how wrong they were...

10. The Totally Nonsensical Timeline - X-Men

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The X-Men franchise's timeline has becoming increasingly messy and difficult to understand since the release of 2014's Days of Future Past.

Though the film cleverly used time travel to wipe several lesser efforts from the X-Men continuity - namely The Last Stand and parts of Origins: Wolverine - it was also the start of the series' distractingly cavalier approach to depicting its mutants through the decades.

While most fans were probably able to buy the mutants not changing too much between First Class (set in 1962) and Days of Future Past (set partially in 1973), things started to get incredibly silly by the time Apocalypse transpired in 1983, and even more so with Dark Phoenix's 1992 setting.

In Dark Phoenix, Professor X (James McAvoy) is supposed to be over 60 years old and only around a decade away from resembling Patrick Stewart, while the same is near enough true for Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Ian McKellen, also.

It gets even dafter when you consider that the baby-faced Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult) is supposed to be in his 50s, while Evan Peters' youthful appearance doesn't exactly suggest a Quicksilver that's pushing 40.

Really the only character where the bizarre ageing makes any sense at all is Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), whose shape-shifting abilities are well-known to slow her cellular growth.

This is all without mentioning how Dark Phoenix fails to convincingly tether itself to the 2023 end-point shown at the conclusion of Days of Future Past, showing just how little Simon Kinberg and co. really cared about the series' internal logic.


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