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Whether you’ve read the comics, watched the movies, or even watched the cartoons, it’s clear to see Marvel doesn’t make flat villains. They’re actual characters with feelings, backstories, families, friends, dreams, and goals. We may not agree with their ways of doing things, but we can at least understand them. Sometimes we may even find ourselves relating to them.
This series of blog posts will take an in-depth look at 3 of my favorite Marvel antagonists.
Now that the intro is taken care of, on with the blog!
Now as the oh so famous actor Tom Hiddleston said:
“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
A lot of people like to apply this to Loki Laufyson, but I find this quote more fitting for Magneto.
One of my favorite villains of all time, he’s mostly known as the X-Men’s main antagonist, a mutant who has the power to control all magnetism. An INTJ with a plan, Magneto is one of the most intelligent and terrifying Marvel villains.
He also has a pretty tragic back story.
When Max Eisenhardt (Magneto) was young, he watched his family get brutally murdered by the Nazis. He then was sent to the Auschwitz death camp where he and other Jews were forced to operate the gas chambers, ovens, and fire pits of the camp.
He eventually makes it out, gets married, and has a daughter. But tragedy strikes when his wife and daughter are trapped in a burning house started by a mob. Max is able to use his mutant powers to save his wife, but not his daughter. In his anger and grief, Max unleashes his power and slaughters the nearby humans. His wife, who is terrified, leaves him.
Ow, right? On top of that, he starts to notice the mistreatment him and his fellow mutants are dealing with. The government is constantly on their backs and normal every day people treat them like freaks. It gets Max thinking:
If humans can be cruel to each other, what’s stopping them from being cruel to mutants? What’s stopping them from creating another Holocaust, with mutants as the target?
Max becomes afraid. And not the “I need a night light and teddy bear” afraid, more like “I’m a caged tiger and they can do whatever they want to me” afraid. This is the point when Max becomes Magneto.
Magneto feels that mutants are better then humans. He also feels that humans need to be stopped altogether. He begins to gather mutants who think like him and start a group called the Brotherhood of Mutants. Magneto is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the mutants, dangerously so.
Why? Because deep down inside of Magneto is a terrified Max Eisenhardt. Max just wants the mutants to feel safe. He doesn’t want another young boy to see his family brutally murdered. He wants mutants to live happy and normal lives.
If your family was killed brutally, wouldn’t you want revenge? If you saw the possibility of another Holocaust happening, wouldn’t you try and stop it? If you are more knowledgeable, more powerful, and overall better than everyone, wouldn’t you want to rule the world? Wouldn’t you make it a better place?
Sounds logical right?
For you maybe. All of these would work nicely for you, but sadly life doesn’t work like that. The world is filled with a lot of people and we can’t forget them in the process.
That’s why Magneto is a villain. Because in his mind, the only thing that matters is him and the mutants. He doesn’t realize he’s causing the same pain he faced to someone else. Magneto thinks he’s helping everyone, when in the end, he’s helping no one but himself.
None the less, all of this makes him one of my favorite villains. Everything he does, makes sense in some way or another. He’s not a mindless killing machine. He’s a person who is stranding up for his rights, his beliefs, and his people.
Also the whole “I can lift metal objects with my mind and crush people with them” is freaking awesome too. So what kind of villain would I call Magneto? He’s what I’d classify as a “Logical Villain”. Magneto has a very logical and valid reason for why he does what he does. He also doesn’t always rely on his powers to get the job done. Sometimes all it takes are the right words at the right time.
There was also a time when Magneto created a whole Island for mutants and stopped trying to killing the humans. That was a nice time.
Stay tuned for Part II: The Winter Soldier!
*Fangirls start to sob in the distance*