Days of Future Past, Parts One and TwoReturn to X-Men Comparisons: Comics to Cartoon
Comparison By A. Magik, Media By Stu and James Harvey
X-Men often adapted stories from the comic to the screen. But due to the different nature of each medium,
no episode could be directly translated. Presented in the list below is a list of changes from the comics to the
episode for "Days of Future Past" (Uncanny X-Men #141 - 142) by Chris Claremont and John Byrne..
-The basic premise is left intact.
-There is a future where Sentinels rule, where Mutants are hunted down, killed, or locked away in concentration camps.
-It is revealed that the key factor that led to this future was the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by Mutants, leading to anti-Mutant hysteria.
-Wolverine is a survivor and fugitive, aged but no less a formidable force. Still, he dies.
-A plan is made to send a person to the past, to warn the X-Men of that era so they could stop the assassination (and change time).
-The assassination force is the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, led by Mystique and including Blob, Pyro, and Avalanche.
-The Brotherhood start their plan by attacking a congressional meeting by Kelly about the Mutant threat, where Professor Xavier is a speaker (his mutant power a secret).
-Informed, the X-Men come to the rescue and stop the Brotherhood
-Storm and Wolverine are X-members in both versions.
-During the battle, an X-Man finds a parent in Mystique.
-The assassination fails, the time-traveller returns to the future. In the end, the future remained the same (evidently, stopping the Kelly assassination created a different timeline and a new future for the X-Men of that past).
-The X-Men membership at the time. In the comic, it was Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Angel, and Sprite (Kitty Pryde in an X-uniform).
The cartoon has it Cyclops (who was taking a leave of absence in the comic), Storm, Wolverine, Gambit (not a member yet), Rogue (ditto), Jubilee
(ditto), and Jean Grey (dead at the time).
-In the comic, Wolverine wasn't the only X-survivor in the future. Kate Pryde (middle-aged Kitty), Colossus, and Storm also survived
(all died of course). Magneto was also present, as well as Rachel Summers, the daughter of Cyclops and Phoenix, who would later transport
herself into the past and become an X-Man.
-Bishop wasn't in the comic story, nor was Forge. Kate Pryde was the time-traveller.
-The comic X-Men did not travel to the future. Although the New Mutants and Excalibur (with Rachel, Kitty, and Nightcrawler) did.
-The comic future had not used Nimrod yet. This advanced Sentinel would travel into the past and fight the X-Men.
-In the comic, there was no suspicion that the assassin was an X-Man, let alone Gambit. The cartoon adaptation is basing this on Bishop's
comic position as a mutant from the future where most of the X-Men have been dead- killed by a traitor from within. Bishop accused Gambit of
the crime, since he was the only survivor in the future (BTW, Gambit wasn't the X-Traitor in that story. It was an insane Professor Xavier. It was resolved).
-The method of time travel used in the comic didn't have a person physically go to the past. Instead, it had a telepath causing the mind of
Kate Pryde to switch with the mind of Kitty Pryde at the time before the assassination.
-In the cartoon congressional meeting, Kelly questions Xavier about his school. The comic meeting had no such accusations, though Xavier
was an important speaker.
-The comic Brotherhood also included Destiny, a blind mutant who can 'see' the future.
-The comic Mystique was her own woman, unlike the cartoon servant to Apocalypse. She did this on her own.
-In the comic, it was Nightcrawler who recognized a familial tie with Mystique, being both of blue-skin (it would be a while before it was
revealed that she was his mother). In the cartoon, it was Rogue (in the comic, Rogue knew Mystique's blue form, and even worked for her Brotherhood
of Evil Mutants shortly after the botched assassination. As a villainess, she kicked the butt out of the Avengers and the X-Men before she
-The comic had a subplot where the future X-Men tried to stop the Sentinels (before the other free nations declared Nuclear war). They
failed - big time.
-The cartoon ended with Bishop returning to the future, only to see that nothing changed. The comic didn't end that way (though later issues
like Uncanny X-Men #192 confirmed the unchangeable timeline)
-There was no kidnapping of Kelly by Magneto in the comic book. The master of Magnetism had his own plans (as revealed in a memorable issue
in Uncanny X-Men #150)
-The cartoon Kelly became a reformed pro-Mutant. The comic Kelly remained steadfast in defense against the Mutant threat.