Naturally I have a plot bunny inspired by my current love affair with His Favorite.
Charles and Erik are both in third grade at a school for mutants. Erik’s there on a scholarship, he’s self-conscious about not having as much as the other kids, he’s homesick and sullen, he’s short and skinny, and so far all he can do is sense metal, so he’s close to the bottom of the heap as far as popularity. Charles, of course, is rich and smart and cute and friends with everyone, plus everything’s even easier for him because he’s been an empath for as long as he can remember. Erik resents him and rejects any overtures of friendship, but they get thrown together by circumstances often enough to get to know each other a little, so they aren’t exactly friends but they’re something. This is an Erik who might make a “Mortal Enemies 4ever” valentine for Charles.
When they’re in fifth grade, though, Charles falters. He becomes withdrawn. He lays his head down on the desk during class. He keeps being sent off to the nurse’s office to treat his headaches. Eventually it comes out that he’s manifesting more powers: he’s become telepathic as well as empathetic, but his ability’s too much for him to handle so far. And then he disappears from school.
Erik doesn’t see him again til high school. By now, Erik’s shot up and filled out some, he’s manifested his ability and he’s incredibly powerful. He’s outspoken and driven about the mutant cause, and most of the other kids are at least a little fascinated by him if not out and out infatuated.
Charles comes back to school after being who knows where while his powers were developing. He finally has them under control now, but he’s lost that air of confidence and ease with people. He’s still smart and intellectually arrogant but now it comes off as cold. Between that and the wariness teenagers feel toward the idea of mind-reading, he doesn’t have many friends, but Erik makes a point of being one of them, since mutant acceptance is for every mutant. Of course Charles falls for him, and of course Erik doesn’t know how he feels in return, and ponders it all throughout the [mock UN/a chess tournament/insert nerdy pasttime here] that they’re both participating in…
"We’re going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie - well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now - it’s hard for me to believe that!"
"Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle."
Says they are close to go time: “we’re currently breaking the story.”
"I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f-ck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!"
This is so interesting and I’m definitely excited to see what comes, and it is WAY too early to worry about a movie that hasn’t even started filming yet, but still…I wonder if the massive scope of this, the “mass destruction,” will allow for the kind of character development/focus I am pining for?
(essentially, I don’t trust Bryan Singer anymore after the MAGNETO-SMASH ending of DOFP)
Yeah… I do kind of feel like SINGER, LEAVE MAGNETO ALOOONE
Except I don’t want him left alone! I WANT ERIK WITH CHARLES. Can we just maybe lay off the character assassination for ONE MOVIE. JUST ONE. PLEASE.
(I lie, I want a dozen X-Men movies with no Magneto character assassination. I want to go back and change the timeline from 2000 on so that none of the movies have Magneto character assassination and then I want a dozen more on top of that.)
do you ever think about how fucking powerful charles is like he can seize full control of another class-4 mutant and operate his powers through his mind and like
considering how he only goes to measures like these as an absolute last resort, how do you think he even learned he could do that? everyone else in the x-men universe needed to train themselves to hone their skills; how do you suppose charles trained?
part of me believes there’s a huge dark time in charles’ past, maybe when he was a teenager, where he actually couldn’t reign himself in and found himself stretching his powers to their limits relatively frequently - freezing entire cities in their tracks, delving into the depths of peoples’ brains whenever he touched them, brushing by murderers and abusers who suddenly found themselves in a vegetative state with their minds wiped clear of any trace of humanity. and the worst part was - he never intended to do any of it.
maybe that’s why he’s so adamant to raven about big slip-ups. maybe he’s had to freeze rooms of people and wipe their memories more often than he’d have preferred (he’d prefer zero, honestly). charles never wanted to hurt anyone. he never wanted to invade anyone’s privacy or change their lives in any way but for the better.
the fact that charles can do all of these things while exerting minimal effort just astounds me, especially since he never does. he could literally kill every living being on earth in a few short minutes. to hold such raw power so dormant inside of you and then to be able to wield it as flawlessly as he does - charles xavier never gets enough credit wow bye
I don’t know if it was intentional on the part of the original X-Men writers, but this is where having Kurt and Cain Marko in Charles’s backstory can really come in handy. Cain was canonically abusive toward Charles and it’s easy to imagine younger, smaller Charles learning to use his powers by defending himself against Cain.
(And since I love making Charles neurotic about his telepathy, I always imagine him wondering, later in life, if he had been psychically pushing Cain into bad behavior so that Charles could feel justified in using him for telepathic target practice.)
Check out this great listen on Audible.com. A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A so…
Hey, guys! Audible has Neverwhere as today’s Daily Deal book — $1.95 until 11:59pm EST!
(Supposedly it includes audio bloopers and outtakes! YES PLZ.)
NB: Audible is a DRM company (sigh) but it’s a terrific deal and the software is super easy to use. I buy audiobooks on Audible because a lot of them have the tie-in feature with Kindle, where you can read on your Kindle/app, then switch to the same place in the audiobook, then switch back. It’s fantastic and seamless and I get a LOT more reading done that way. (Also, if you already own the Kindle version of something, you can often get a ridiculous discount on the audiobook. I would probably balk at paying $30 for a DRM edition of something, but for $3, the convenience is worth it. And it usually is that steep a discount!)
Who are you getting your Ferguson information from? I'm having problems verifying what's actually happening!
That’s actually what’s taking me so long to update some of my posts; not only is the information surfacing slowly about his case specifically, but I make sure to cross reference at least three sources because some people are just blatantly lying to stir shit up.
Also live feeds keep going down and new ones pop back up but I know some of you are sensitive to video, so
Here’s a list of some twitter handles:
Journalists (All of these are either on the ground in Ferguson as I type this or actively covering events in Ferguson, both Brown’s case and the rallies):
I’m sure I forgot a bunch but here’s a start. I’ll update it periodically and reblog. Some of it is compilations from a bunch of sources, some is original content. Disclaimer: I’m not vouching for any other content on any of these blogs/twitters/instagrams or any that may be posted after this list but as of right now, the information regarding Ferguson and discussions taking place about the rallies/police and Mike Brown’s death seems accurate.
if you want to be included on any of these lists, shoot me a message with your web-address and I’ll check it out
You will find everything I’ve posted under tagged/ferguson, tagged/police-brutality or tagged/michael-brown
You may think it’s unfair that we have to counteract and adjust ourselves for the ill behavior of other men. You know what? You’re right. It is unfair. Is that the fault of women? Or is it the fault of the men who act abysmally and make the rest of us look bad? If issues of fairness bother you, get mad at the men who make you and your actions appear questionable.
Because when it comes to assessing a man, whatever one man is capable of, a woman must presume you are capable of. Unfortunately, that means all men must be judged by our worst example. If you think that sort of stereotyping is bullshit, how do you treat a snake you come across in the wild?
…You treat it like a snake, right? Well, that’s not stereotyping, that’s acknowledging an animal for what it’s capable of doing and the harm it can inflict. Simple rules of the jungle, man. Since you are a man, women must treat you as such.
The completely reasonable and understandable fear of men is your responsibility. You didn’t create it. But you also didn’t build the freeways either. Some of the things you inherit from society are cool and some of them are rape culture.
Hate doesn’t breed hate. Hate inspires anger in victims of hatred and that anger is called hatred to delegitimize it and villainize people. If you wanna help people who are victims then first you gotta stop acting like they’re just as bad their oppressors and abusers.
“You realize that everything the police are doing in Ferguson is carefully calculated, right? They’re purposely turning peaceful protests into riots. They’re purposely committing violence to incite violence. From saying ‘We won’t be answering 911 calls,’ which is a very clever way to set themselves up to be able to say, ‘We were afraid for our safety - any call could really be an ambush, our lives were in danger’ right down to the camouflage and the military tanks and wearing more body armor than a soldier in a war zone. Its exactly why they’re going for a media blackout - yet allowing certain photos through - they WANT you to see their tanks. They want you to see their riot gear. They WANT you to see a war-zone. They’re trying to sell the world the idea that this community is inherently and constantly a source of violence and turmoil - they want you to think that they [the police] are being attacked daily in a place so vicious they need full body armor. You know why? Because then, at the end of the day, you might just be able to believe the story they’re going to spin. They’re going to tell you that this (white) officer goes to work in this war zone every day - that he spends every working moment in constant fear for his life. They’re going to tell you that Michael Brown attacked this officer. And then they’re going to bring up everything that has happened in the aftermath and try to use it to convince you that he shot that little boy because he was afraid for his life. They’re setting up a defense. You mark my words, they’re trying to set up a defense.”—