Originally Posted by Spider-Fan83
saying it was 1985 based on the "20 years ago" tag line, your assuming TLS was set in 2005, just cause it was made in 2005...
but, since the movies were never given an exact year, they have some wiggle room
I mean, even tho, the first movie had the "not too distant future" tag line it could've been set only a short time into the future (less then a year) the events of all 3 of the OT only took place over the course of a few months, maybe a year (definitely not 5 years)
they could easily say that that TLS was set in 2001, 2002... making that flashback 1981, 1982... a year or 2 before when Apocalypse is suppose to be set...
I agree that the time gap between each of the 3 X-men films is very short. Considering that the World Trade Center was featured in X1, we could say that the movie took place in 2000. The liberty island attack was mentioned a few times in X2 and Wolverine had just returned from his trip to Alkalai lake so 3 or 4 months may have passed. With X3 featuring a different president and Cyclops still mourning Jean's death, you're right about the 2001 date. Knowing now that X-men: Apocalypse is set in 1983, then the X3 flashback scene occured in 1981 (2 years before the events of Apocalypse).