Anonymous said: Headcanon for what Erik did/thought of during his years in prison?
Oh hey Anon, I’m sorry this one got lost D:
I imagine that, after Erik’s captured and put on trial and declared guilty and thrown in prison, after he’s had absolutely no one listen to him (including Charles) and no one who would believe him or help him (including Raven), he’s absolutely furious. But it’s not the explosive, destructive rage we see in the beginning of XMFC; it’s the quietly focused rage of the end. We see him sleeping, meditating, and I imagine he’s meditating on… pretty much everything. His mother, his life, Shaw, Charles, Raven, the Brotherhood, how his allies were captured by Trask and experimented on and murdered. He takes the anger from all of that and locks it deep down inside, to save for the day when he can let it out.
Even though we don’t see it, I like to think that Erik kept a diary, written in crayon (no lead pencils allowed, no pens with metal nibs or springs), where he records some of those thoughts. None of the guards even think about confiscating it to see if he’s planning anything nefarious, because the rare times he meets their eyes, when they come with food or clean linens or a clean uniform, they’re surprised to walk away alive. Erik brings it with him when Quicksilver breaks him out, and maybe leaves it on the plane for Charles to find—half-vindication/justification for what he wants to do, half apology.
This reminds me that Erik’s imprisonment is a character plot hole that has increasingly bothered me since seeing DOFP, actually.
The person Charles Xavier is presented as, and supposed to be, would not just leave Erik in a cement hole in the Pentagon for 9 years. No matter how pissed off he was at Erik personally, and even if he believed Erik was guilty, just on principle, Charles should have done something about the fact that by all appearances, the government put a mutant in prison secretly, without a public trial, without even publicly acknowledging the existence of mutants, when the only proof they have against Erik is his mutant ability over metal. That is a tremendously dangerous precedent to allow the government to set and it endangers all mutants to just let it happen.
Erik should be seething, because seriously, how much effort would it have taken Charles to cruise by the Pentagon— or use Cerebro!— to read Erik’s mind and discover he was innocent, and DO something about his unjust imprisonment? No matter how bitter he was or how abandoned he felt, Charles clearly demonstrated aspirations to be a leader and spokesman for mutants, and as such, he should have at least checked this out. Even if he just spared .001% of his fortune to put a law firm to work on Erik’s case, that would be something!
I’m personally headcanoning around this by assuming that while Erik was stopped from saving JFK in 1963, he escaped capture at that time, and was only captured and imprisoned later, after Charles gave up his powers and went into decline. And even then, I’m pretty pissed off by it. I see it as a major failure either on Charles’s part or on the writers’. Mostly the writers, because honestly, it feels really shoehorned in just to have an “Oooh Magneto killed JFK” moment. (Like who in time-travel fiction hasn’t killed JFK at this point. It’s always either him or Hitler.)