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Same as the Silver Age comics, Magneto’s Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants will provide the primary mutant antagonists of the first season. Though our fledgling superhero team will definitely square off against their less-virtuous counterparts before the season is through, I see the Brotherhood less as a direct presence and more as an ever-present threat – headlines and news stories. This iteration of Magneto is as much a boogeyman as Osama Bin Laden used to be, or how ISIL is today, fueling a paranoia and fear toward mutants that Xavier hopes to counter with his own team. This dynamic would allow this take on the X-Men to be much more overtly superheroic than previous cinematic versions (who aren’t really acting as heroes so much as they are acting out of their own self-interest).
Til Schweiger as Magneto.
Schweiger is best known to North American audiences as Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, as well as a few non-descript roles as stock German villains in action movies. In his home country of Germany, however, Schweiger is as famous as Brad Pitt, recognized as an actor-director-producer with an incredible range. The first season would cast Magneto as very much the terrorist, and Schweiger has the hard edges and intensity to sell it, but as the series progresses, of course, Magneto is revealed to be a much more complicated, morally ambiguous character with plenty of pathos, giving Schweiger the opportunity to show North American audiences why he’s such a big deal in Germany.
Frederik Johansen as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver.
I think it’s really telling that the Brotherhood is mostly comprised of immigrants while the X-Men are All-American. I would like to play with that notion, showing mutants as refugees, perhaps persecuted in their own countries, but left marginalized all the same in the US. Quicksilver, I think, is a classic radical – young and undoubtedly wronged, he is angry and leaps too quickly to the worst conclusions about mankind. Danish actor Frederik Johansen (A Royal Affair) could convey this marvelously, and has the lean build to make a convincing speedster. Continue reading