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.