Originally Posted by Nuffsaid
Iron Man 2 takes place six months after Iron Man. Does Iron Man 2 take place in November 2008? No.
For direct sequels, there’s no great confusion for audiences. For example, the events of The Bourne Ultimatum
immediately follow The Bourne Supremacy
– even though the films, themselves, were released three years apart. Similarly: Iron Man
1 & 2 or STM
. There’s an internal timeline that can be understood. And it certainly helps that there are no obvious discontinuities with, say, electric typewriters in a first film suddenly being upgraded to keyboards and flatscreens in its sequel.
It’s a different situation, though, trying to couple the Donner films with SR
. Quite apart from changes in clothing, décor and technology, specific
dates – separated by nearly three decades - are referenced. Even with generous wiggle room, a “sliding timeline” can’t reconcile a conception that occurs in or around 1980 and the birth of a child some twenty years later. Reasonable to conclude, therefore, that separate iterations and continuities are involved.