What the X-Men Origins: Magneto Movie Should Be
As we all know, two scripts have hit the reviewers so far, both of them focusing on Magneto hunting Nazis.
And as you know, this just doesn’t work. It’s been done, to death, in other films. It doesn’t include the major aspects of the character’s development, nor does it include what fans actually want to see: His friendship with Xavier and its eventual break down. So when one reviewer actually asked his readers what they thought the script should include, I got to thinking.
If I could write the X-Men Origins: Magneto movie, what would it be about?
So here’s what I came up with.
Terrorism is a topic that we read about daily, so we need to connect Magneto, M.U.’s most famous terrorist, to that topic in a way that will make people think about terrorism, its evil and its the causes.
In my extreme layman’s opinion, the most common cause of terrorism is exploitation and the abuses that accompany it. That’s what human beings do: exploit the living hell out of everything. From the Nat Turner rebellion to the
So we are talking either Genosha, a technological “utopia” built on the back of mutant slavery, or better yet: The Hellfire Club. A group of corporations with government contracts and sanction to kidnap and enslave mutants for their own profit. In fact, in both cases governments could be quietly sending either Genosha or the HFC their “mutant problem” in exchange for favorable trade agreements. This become a world wide conspiracy, perhaps even involving the U.N. turning a blind eye to it due to the power of the nations profiting from this trade, including the
The plot of the film itself would go something like this:
We see Magnus at Auschwitz (January 18-26 1945) throwing bodies into the ovens, while the SS guards look panicked and keep hurrying them up. As Magnus takes the ashes to the burial ground, he hears women screaming. He rushes over to see S.S. guards killing the women they had held behind to help dismantle the camp before the Russian advance reaches them. Magneto rushes over, kills a guard with his own rifle, grabs Magda and runs for it.
Years later, we see Magnus in
Finally, the school is attacked by
But what about Anya and Magda, you ask?
Ah, in order to focus on the real “meat” of the story, I think one could get away with having Magnus tell Charles about them. I’m not entirely sure when to place this scene. Perhaps while they are tracking down the mutant captured in
Whenever that scene was placed, it'd be one most actors would eat up with a ladle.
The attack by
Now doesn’t that sound like a much more interesting story than mad scientists and hunting Nazis ?