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‘MCU should revive ‘X-Men Origins’ canceled plan to make Magneto better’

Published : 10 Jan 2022 08:56 PM | Updated : 12 Jan 2022 06:55 PM

It’s only a matter of time until the ‘X-Men’ are woven into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one character who deserves special attention is Magneto. Arch-nemesis of the X-Men, Magneto is one of the most sympathetic and complex villains in the entirety of Marvel’s comic book canon. It may be difficult for anyone to top the performances of Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, thus far the definitive ‘X-Men’ movie Magneto actors. Yet, an MCU version of Magneto could be given even greater depth by reviving old plans to give him his own movie.

‘X-Men Origins: Magneto’ was a canceled plan to give the infamous character his own detailed origin story in the days when he was still known as Erik Lensherr. Before ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ was announced, there was a lot of discussion at then-20th Century Fox about the idea of making a Magneto movie. The plans went ahead far enough to include a script written by screenwriter Sheldon Turner (via Reddit). Eventually, after ‘X-Men Origins: Magneto’ had a delayed start, the project was shelved and eventually confirmed as canceled in 2010. Magneto’s story was reworked into ‘X-Men: First Class’, which used many of the story beats from Turner’s script. First Class finally showed audiences the history between Erik Lensherr and Charles Xavier, including one of the most moving scenes from any Marvel character movie, famous for Professor X’s line: “True focus lies somewhere between rage and serenity.”

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The MCU has often tried to make its villains sympathetic (even at times when they arguably shouldn’t have), and Magneto is a villain whose name is often mentioned in lists of villains who actually had a good point. 


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