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Kinberg Talks X-Men First Class Sequel

Writer on scripting out First Class sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 16, 2012
Source: MTV Movies

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Just a few weeks after it was confirmed that Matthew Vaughn would be returning to direct 20th Century Fox's untitled X-Men First Class sequel, the man in charge of scripting out the story has talked briefly on the matter. In a red carpet interview with MTV Movies, writer Simon Kinberg expressed his excitement on being tasked with continuing the "First Class" storyline as well as hinting that Magneto will play a central role in the upcoming follow-up.

"I’m a huge X-Men fan. I grew up loving the comic books and it was really exciting to be able to do the origin story of Xavier and Magneto, and getting those two actors, [James] McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender, were really amazing. So being able to explore those characters with actors of that quality will be exciting a second time around, and doing some things unexpected with those characters, which is the plan."

On Magneto, here's what he had to say:

"That’s what was so cool about the first one and what we want to continue. Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy."

Sound off with your thoughts below.




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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 2/16/2012 12:45:24 PM

Sounds fair to me. I always thought of Magneto as more the Malcolm X to Xavier's Martin Luther King.

violator14 2/16/2012 12:57:00 PM

So in other words.... no new development or news whatsoever.......

.....In other news, Todd McFarlane is trying to produce a new Spawn movie......

Pendragon0 2/16/2012 12:57:22 PM

That's the comparison that's been made for decades.  I don't think its accurate to call Magneto a villian.  He's a man who's seen just about every shade of hell imaginable and he's bound and determined that it'll never happen again, no matter what the price to be paid.  I don't know exactly what you'd call that, but not necessarily 'villian'.

xenomorph 2/16/2012 3:10:19 PM

Hell, Magneto turned himself in to the U.N. after killing a billion people, plead guilty, and was found not guilty by a jury. If that doesn't make a character complicated, i don't know what does.

Wiseguy 2/16/2012 3:16:38 PM

Well I agree that at times he wasn't a villain a lot of times he was. You have to keep in mind that some villains always start off with good intentions. Hitler I'm sure never thought he was a villain but rather taking his people to their just destiny. Most villains believe that they are doing the right thing and loose their sense of right and wrong because of extreme positions.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

jorson28 2/16/2012 6:05:23 PM

WISEGUY - You make good points, but while you might be right about the destiny part, according to what I've seen and read and some of the testimonials gathered, Hitler knew what he was doing and, in some sense, knew quite well that it would at least be perceived as wrong or villainous.  Not only that, but having enjoyed his military service during the first World War and actually becoming depressed when the fighting was over, he revelled in it.  He controlled everything - which some say led to the Third Reich's undoing because, later in WW2, everything needed Hitler's approval even though Hitler, himself, was not the best military strategist and not really in a position to lead, either physically or mentally.  He was, however, a keen manipulator and VERY image-conscious.  He loved Wagner, he loved the Norse mythology of the region and he fashioned his regime very much after those icons in Germany's culture and lore, even the less benevolent ones. He used PRE-EXISTING RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM to villify the Jews and pretty much all foreigners and non-Aryans, then to galvanize many and scare the rest into obedience to him because he gave Germany and its people what the first World War and the Treaty of Versailles INTENTIONALLY took away, which was a sense of self-worth.  

I don't think Magneto is a good fictional counterpart for Hitler because he really is more of a Malcolm-X type.  To my knowledge, Magneto is a terrorist, but he's not any world leader.  The only similarity between Hitler and the fictional Magneto is the belief in the superiority of a certain type of person BECAUSE they are that type.  Of course, I don't think this really makes Magneto very special in the so-called pantheon of comic book villains, especially nowadays, when almost all of the big ones - from Magneto and Dr. Doom to Lex Luthor and Sinestro, etc - are invariably called "Fascists," and with little or no regard for what the word really means in a historical context or where it originally comes from.    

Duckbeaver 2/16/2012 7:45:56 PM

jorson, I agree that the Magneto/Hitler comparison isn't as strong as it is to Malcolm X.  I'd say his "superior race" mentality and ability to rally people to his cause much in the same way Hitler did with the German people following WWI are where the similarities stop.  Of course the irony is not lost on me that Magneto, a character with origins essentially tied into Nazi atrocities and the concentration camps, would adopt the belief of mutants being the superiors of humans, but at the same time I feel he adopts it initially to ensure the survival of his people whereas Hitler's intentions may have never been so noble to begin with.  By the time Magneto comes of age, mutants are already being persecuted & hunted much in the same way that Jewish and non-Aryan people were during his childhood.

With regards to his comparisons to other villains, I feel his motivations are more tragedy-driven than those that you mentioned.  Dr. Doom has always struck me as having a need for ultimate knowledge/power regardless of its consequences on others mainly as proof that only he can attain the pinnacle of human perfection.  Lex Luthor believes that he already is human perfection and goes to great lengths to let the world (and Superman) know it.  Sinestro is the one I think comes closest to Magneto's viewpoint mainly because he is one of the few villains that has actually seen things from a heroic viewpoint.  He became disillusioned with his role as a Green Lantern much in the same way Magneto became disillusioned with Xavier's vision for mutant/human coexistence.  Sinestro believes he can provide a better way to maintain order in the universe much in the same way Magneto believes he can lead mutants to a better world with his methods.

Debating aside, I'm looking forward to more Fassbender as Mags.  :)

OmegaDean 2/18/2012 8:48:28 AM

Nothing agaist Fassbender as Magneto... Actually loved him.  Wat I'd like to see though would be mags being secondary and give us some Mr Sinister.  I would like to see more of the X-Men rogue's gallery aside of from Magneto.

The analogy of Professor X (MLK jr.) and Magneto (Malcolm X) is completely correct.  Stna Lee even stated that the X-Men were created in direct response to racism in the country




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