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Peace Was Never an Option.
by The Alpha Craig

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From humble beginnings.

From humble beginnings.
Greetings superheroes, time another magnetically metallic mag of mirth. Today's topic was spawned from my recent viewing of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Let me say this now, "Abandon all hope to he who doth post spoilers here!" That being said, you won't read anything here that will detract from your viewing pleasure (Even though mine wasn't as great as I had hoped for - Secret Wars Alpha.) There was a lot of interesting things in this movie, but a lot of room is left between this movie and the beginning of X-MEN, specifically the amount of time it would take Michael Fassbender to age to Sir Ian McKellen. I think this would be a great opportunity to show his exploits in recruiting mutants to the Brotherhood of Mutants. Now we know from X-MEN who he ends up on the team, but there is no rule saying he couldn't have recruited and had members leave the fold or die (I am looking at you Nightcrawler - Wise-cracking Craig.) This column is going to be me just throwing out some ideas of what I would love to see in a Magneto spin-off movie.

The island of Genosha was brought to life in October of 1988. It is fictionally located
Truly a land that floweth with milk and mutants.

Truly a land that floweth with milk and mutants.
east of Africa and north or Madagascar. Its government and society strived based on the high standards of living and economy. These things were sadly based on the mistreatment , imprisonment and abuse of Mutants. A geneticist named David Moreau/the Genegineer developed a way to identify the mutant gene in children and manipulate it to his own selfish end. By altering the genes before they could naturally manifest, he was able to modify them to his needs (mutants to go has a nice ring to it - Advocate Alpha.) Now of course Magneto is all for mutant supremacy so this of course would not sit well for him. There is a ton of story that could be told about him liberating the Mutant population from oppression. Much like everything else in comic book movies, it doesn't have to be 100% accurate to its source material, but it could be pretty damn faithful to it.

Asteroid M
Asteroid M was an artificially constructed meteor in geosynchronous orbit above earth. It was created, and subsequently re-constructed after multiple destructions, by Magneto as a safe haven for mutants. It became the base of operations for the
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a meteor?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a meteor?
Brotherhood of Mutants and set the stage for several story arcs. There isn't much to tell on this, obviously Magneto could demonstrate his full power level by creating this object in space. Throw in some conflict with the Shi'ar, Skrulls or the Kree and you'd be set. It that is too much, have it be a set up for future movies by simply adding it as a base. In any even I really feel like this is worthy of being in a movie.

Savage Land
This is a hidden island set up by a race of aliens called Nuwali at the orders of a nigh-omnipotent race called the Beyonders. The idea was to observe the evolution of species destined for extinction to decide if helps was justified. This started during Earth's Triassic period. Since then many species had been brought to the Savage Land as a safe haven. The environment is regulated by Nuwali technology. At one point in the comics, Magneto and Professor X were stranded in the Savage Land which had the unusual effect of dampening their mutant abilities and restoring the Professor's ability to walk. There have been several stories since its introduction in 1965. I think it would be great
Mutant energy signature detect.

Mutant energy signature detect.
to incorporate it into a Magneto movie as he once was its ruler for a brief period. If not, have a quick stop in order to say hi to residents Kazar and Shanna.

These are giant robots designed to detect and destroy Mutants They were manufactured by an even bigger Sentinal called Master Mold which was created by anti-mutant activist Bolivar Trask. The idea is simple, and one even made a brief appearance X-MEN: LAST STAND. They are highly adaptive machines programmed to kill most efficiently, going as far as modifying themselves according to the powers of the specific mutants they are programmed to hunt and kill. There was even a line or them constructed from Kevlar plastic so there was no metal for Magneto use against them. There is no reason why Trask and his Sentinals couldn't be the antagonists in a movie.

Okay so I dropped enough knowledge for a few movies and I am not suggesting this all be in one. I do feel Magneto definitely should have his own movie, especially after seeing X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Let me know what you think and as always thanks for reading true believers, EXCELSIOR!

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Mike Thomas
Jun 6, 2011 12:32 PM
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Good column, Craig!

Which actor would y see in these spin-offs? I felt that although Fassbender was perfect as the young Magneto, I don't think he would have the maturity to oversee the larger projecss of Asteroid M, which would be my vote for the best spin-off.

And 20th Century Fox has been teasing the Sentinals since X3, and I'm afraid that will never come to be. They would make a great movie, but they're probably afraid that robots are overdone these days.

Still, I'd like to see where they go from here with this storyline though it upsets my perspective of the canon (read my review).
The Alpha Craig
Jun 7, 2011 1:37 AM
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I know where you are coming from, but these movie have nasty habit of know they can't make the true fans happy so either try a little or not at all. I think, if there is any chance of Sentinels, it is now or never. I am not sure big robots are a problem, after seeing the trailer for real steel people may not want robots at all. That is another topic. I hope they push Magnus and try to get back to the basics of the character,
Mike Thomas
Jun 7, 2011 1:49 AM
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So I'm not the only one that the image of the "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" immediately popped in my head!

One more question, while I have you here: was Patrick Stewart totally worthless as Professor X? In the first one he goes into a coma for half the movie, the second one he's catatonic, in X3 - he dies (allegedly). The most powerful mutant in the world, and he's flat on his back for a good part of the series!
The Alpha Craig
Jun 7, 2011 1:56 AM
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Well I think back to X-Men #1 and Professor X was practically comatose. They actually had to make him more mobile as time went on because it was to much of an odd idea to have a leader that never spoke.
Mike Thomas
Jun 7, 2011 2:01 AM
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Yeah, but he was functional. I think Kirby got off on using thought balloons so he didn't have to draw mouths. He had a problem with drawing mouths that didn't look cartoonish, and he didn't want Professor X to be a cartoon.
The Alpha Craig
Jun 7, 2011 9:20 AM
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It is a pretty damn forward-thinking idea if you really think about it, the most powerful psychic in the world and he can't so much as utter a word. He did function, but how cool would be for a "What If" scenario to be that he was never a psychic and the whole suffered mass group delusions?
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