I hadn’t thought of it quite like this before, but it just occurred to me that assuming Erik is telling the truth about trying to save JFK (and I do believe that), then that whole mess would have radicalized Magneto pretty much automatically, because he will always be hunted for “assassinating” a President, and he has no way to ever prove he was attempting to save his life.
Due to the time gap, we don’t actually know what the Brotherhood were doing for the year that Erik led them. The Brotherhood might’ve spent that year helping little old ladies cross the street, for all we know.
But in the end, it doesn’t matter if Erik & Co. were murderous terrorists or friendly flower-crown weavers for that year. Once Erik is arrested and imprisoned for JFK’s assassination, he’s a public enemy forever. After that, he has to work outside the law.
I’d had a vague hope that Apocalypse might include Magneto joining the school in some capacity, since Apocalypse will be set in ~1983 or so, and in the comics, Magneto reformed and began leading the New Mutants in 1986. But Erik’s involvement in the JFK assassination makes that almost impossible. :-/
The Charles / Raven resolution really warmed my heart in DOFP. :’)
ETA I ADDED A TON MORE TO THIS after posting it the first time, JSYK xoxo codenamecesare
I don’t usually write meta or talk about my feelings, but in light of the posts below lamenting the lack of Erik love, I have to say: I love Erik. I’m here for Erik. I’m in this fandom because of Erik. I love Charles, too, but Charles doesn’t keep me here. Erik does.
Charles Xavier might be my sun and stars, but there’s a lot to like and admire about Erik Lehnsherr, and if people talk smack about him and reduce him to nothing more than a one-dimensional villain, that also would reflect poorly on Charles and his judgment, since he sees plenty of good in Erik. Both are formidable characters with stellar qualities and interesting flaws (the same goes for Raven Darkholme as well), so all of us in this fandom should try to give them their due and resist making sweeping black-and-white generalizations.
Most of the meta I’ve seen has talked about the poor writing choices when criticizing Erik. When I write meta I try to emphasize that I love the character even when I am boggled by the writing choices involved in his actions.
But I realize that’s cold comfort when you see that kind of meta reblogged among a stream of gifs and macros and gag Twitter accounts full of “Erik shot his best friend in the back lol” jokes and “way to sling a stadium around Mr. Subtle” jokes and cape & helmet jokes and comments and references that oversimplify everything.
Scene in which we see that Magneto is willing to kill his own kind in order for his ‘cause’. Magneto DID NOT know that Wolverine had a healing factor at this point, so his intentions were in fact to kill Wolverine when he threw him into the water.
Arguably he knows about the healing - he saw the claws come out, and if he watched them go back in, he would have seen the skin mend. So it’s not impossible he knew about the healing factor.
This, incidentally, might make this even worse, because it means Logan would survive far longer than anyone else would, while drowning. I can excuse killing for a cause, I ranted long and wide how I thought the plan to kill Mystique was a good plan, for a man Erik claims to be, but this is just causing pain for the sake of causing pain.
What also springs to mind - Erik’s second thought upon meeting Logan and seeing his claws is “imagine if they were metal”, which is an odd thought to have about a man you’ve just met who’d done you an enormous favour.
"Imagine if they were metal" is obviously pretty artificial and contrived dialogue, but I don’t think it’s weird that Erik says something hostile to Logan at that moment; Logan’s giving him the stink-eye and using his claws to stop Erik from picking up what might be the first newspaper Erik has seen in years. ‘Too bad I can’t move the claws you just put in my way simply by thinking about it’ is an understandable sentiment under the circumstances, IMO. Also he has little reason to feel Logan specifically did him any favors: we don’t see Logan do much during the exit part of the escape, it’s mostly Quicksilver who gets them out.
As for Logan’s healing factor, didn’t Magneto SEE it in action during that last fight? I guess I don’t remember but I thought Logan was getting hurt and coming after Magneto anyway, so Magneto removed him from the field of play. In any event, it was a long flight from D.C. to Paris, so I have no doubt that they told Erik what Logan’s powers are. He’d need to know that in order to work with all of them to stop Mystique.