X-Men Origins: Magneto plot revealed
While we're all awaiting an official trailer for and the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Magneto is on hold, as are all X-Men projects and Fantastic Four films. However that hasn't stopped the studio releasing a little titbit for the X-Men Origins: Magneto film.
One of the surprises is the allegiance of the young Magneto, and it heavily involves Professor X although only Ian McKellen will be returning from the X-Men acting line up.
The plot line for X-Men Origins: Magneto carries on from where the teaser in the original X-Men film took us. It showed Magneto as a child being led into a Nazi concentration camp and his powers beginning to run wild as he became more and more frightened and anxious. This is apparently the period in which the film will begin, following him to his meeting with Xavier (Professor X) and his turning away from him to become Magneto.
"The original X-Men film began with a prologue that showed the character as a child being led to a concentration camp by Nazis and that is the period in which the Magneto film will take place. This setup will allow a future villain to at least flirt with the designation of protagonist since the character will be seen almost exclusively in his formative years…
…The storyline will heavily involve Professor X, the wheelchair-using X-Men leader. That character was a soldier in the allied force that liberated the concentration camps. The professor meets Magneto after the war and while they bond over the realization that they are alike in their special powers, their differences soon turn them into enemies."
So we'll see Magneto begin as a good guy, and during his friendship with Xavier, turn into the Magneto that we know and love. It's great that the film is going to heavily feature the relationship between Magneto and Xavier, because that relationship that sees them as friends and as enemies is a superb one to explore.
The plot sounds good, although it doesn't really cover anything we didn't expect, but the article goes on to mention that Tom Rothman is still incredibly keen for a Silver Surfer film and that all the other X-Men and Fantastic Four projects are on hold until X-Men Origins: Wolverine is complete, and then I would presume there might be another hold while X-Men Origins: Magneto is completed.
It's interesting that Ian McKellen will be the only one returning from the original cast, and the article suggests that he will be adding a voiceover and perhaps bookend scenes for the film, but not Patrick Stewart, instead of the computer regression that was used to make them look younger in the X-Men film, they will be played by younger actors. That makes sense really, especially considering the amount of time they will be on screen and the amount of CGI that would be needed.