‘Magneto’ Or ‘X-Men: Year One’? Which Is It…?

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:41 pm,

young magneto x3 Magneto Or X Men: Year One? Which Is It...?Not a big piece of news but – hey – it’s not about Justice League, so that’s gotta be a bonus right?

Discussing the planned 2009 X-Men spin-off Magneto, writer/director David S. Goyer has revealed budgeting and location scouts for the film have begun, with the plan being to set the story in Europe and Argentina. What struck me as interesting was that he also mentioned the plot will revolve around “the origins of the X-Men with Magneto and Charles Xavier.”

So, then, which is it? A Magneto film or the origin of the X-Men? Could fan concerns about a stand-alone Eric Lensherr film have caused a rethink? Do I smell the distinctive scent of backpeddling?

I’ve gotta be honest – I don’t know where I stand on Magneto. As fascinating a character as he is, with his high ideals and concentration camp past, there’s just something about a stand alone film that doesn’t feel as though it will speak to the same crowd as X-Men does. Perhaps that’s the point. Maybe it’s meant to be more adult.

On the other hand, the addition of the X-Men in their early days will almost certainly take the focus off the title character. So, which is it going to be? Let’s call a spade a spade – if it’s ‘The X-Men Begin’, so to speak, title it accordingly. Otherwise, leave the mutant superheroes out of it.

Source: Wizard

TAGS: Magneto, X-men
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  1. I always thought that the Magneto movie sounded kinda lame. I hope this is more of a X-Men: Origins. Then again, why not just do X-Men: The New Class and give the youngsters a chance to shine.

    Either way, please no more Wolvie.

  2. Here, here! I agree! I do love Wolverine… but only when he gets to play with more visually exciting characters. I’ll be there on opening day for his film… but I’d much rather see Gambit or Iceman do their thing.

    As for Magneto, I’d probably prefer an X-Men origin too… but, as I say, call it that.

  3. I can easily see how this idea could work as a Magneto story. After all, according the the X-Men movie continuity, Magneto helped found the team originally, but had a different set of goals. I can easily see this movie dealing with that, showing his disenchantment with the direction of the X-Men. I’d think there are plenty of opportunities to develop Magneto as a character there and tell a good story in the process.

    I’m very much looking forward to this one now.

  4. Totally… I agree that Magneto has a strong role in the creation of the school… but the argument remains: why call the spin off ‘Magneto’?

    If the simple act of concentrating on a particular group member’s disenchantment is enough to make a film ABOUT that character, then the ‘X-Men’ films so far should have been called ‘Wolverine’, ‘W2: Wolverine Unites’ and ‘Wolverine: The Last Stand’.

  5. If they’re telling the Magneto story effectively then they have to deal with Charles Xavier and the origins of the X-Men. If I recall correctly he only became a rogue, hostile element, and only started calling himself ‘Magneto’ once he and Xavier decided they could not reconcile their different ideologies. I always figured that a Magneto story would deal with these kinds of plot points, since one of the most interesting aspects of his history in the X-Men universe is his friendship with Xavier.

  6. Maybe they’ll do an original X-Men movie? I’d love that! I personally prefer the original X-men by Stan and Jack over the Chris Claremont relaunch version from 1975. Maybe this will be my chance to see them on the big screen after all! It could be like X-Men First Class or something!

    A Magneto movie is a really,really,crappy idea. Let’s start make’n movies about villains once we start scrap’n the bottom of the Marvel barrel,shall we? Give me Cap any day!

  7. Not to keep repeating the same point… but, Max… you’re dead right. I just don’t see how that’s ‘Magneto’. Rather, it’s ‘X-Men: Origins’ with Magneto as the rogue element/villain.


    Is the subtle point I’m making really THAT subtle or is the title of a film just not that important to people?

  8. I guess it depends on whether it actually focuses on Magneto, with the group’s origins simply as the background of what’s going on at the time, or whether they focus on the origins of the X-Men and simply have Magneto there.

    One works as a movie about Magneto, the other doesn’t.

  9. Well it actualy excites me to hear the idea of a movie about Magneto’s past…only because i’m of Romani heritage and Magneto’s wife was also Romani…mabey they’ll finaly make a movie that explains that we were also killed in German War camps, and for once put a possitive look on “Gypsies”. I admit, simply having a character in a movie who is Romani that isn’t a dancer, prostitute or a thief may not change our stereotypes…but i’ll take what i can get.