X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving these books for decades, and who just want a quick who’s who and what’s what guide. So read on true believers and find out more about Marvel’s merry band of mutants!

Magneto from THE UNCANNY X-MEN | © 2011 Marvel Comics

Magneto from THE UNCANNY X-MEN | © 2011 Marvel Comics

IN THE COMICS:

REAL NAME: Max Eisenhardt

FIRST APPEARANCE: [Uncanny] X-Men #1- 1963

If Professor X is considered the Martin Luther King Jr. of the mutant universe then Magneto is the Malcom X. The two men who met when they were younger and both had goals of a shining future for mutant kind, but Magneto would see that future with humanity crushed under his boot heel. He has gone by many names over the years, but in a recent mini-series his true name was revealed. A survivor of the Holocaust, Magneto is no stranger to the cruelties of man and the suffering of others. Most of his early years are dark and filled with death and very little salvation. It is the death of his daughter at the hands of townsfolk that finally acts as a catalyst and unleashes his full magnetic powers. From that point he vows to lead mutants into the future as Homo Superior. Though Magneto is an old man, he has been through several events which have given him youth and longevity. Currently he has sworn that he is a changed man and joined the X-Men on their island of Utopia. Now he works as an agent of peace and not destruction and tries to atone for the sins of his past.

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Michael Fassbender in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Michael Fassbender in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

IN THE MOVIE:

Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (as played by in the movie by MichaelFassbender)  is a sort of sexy, stylish assassin who is using his powers to hunt down Nazi war criminals and kill them for the atrocities of WWII. He meets Charles Xavier under far more strenuous circumstances and his rise and fall as part of Charles school and his transformation into the antitheses of everything Charles believes in is rather quick (In the comic it took years). Also, Magneto has his powers as a child in the movie, and in the comics they didn’t fully manifest until he was a young man.

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