Posted by Jmorphman in Marvel Cinematic Universe: THE END (until the next movie comes out) (Started by Iced July 15, 2012, 03:54:44 AM
Like, take Captain America, for instance. When Kirby and Lee revived the character and introduced the element of him being frozen at the end of WWII, that played very differently than it does now. Back then, Captain America's stint in the ice only lasted barely 20 years: he was still very much a "man out of time", but he still was in a world that was recognizably his own. As time progressed, however, the sliding timescale at work at Marvel meant that the time Captain America spent in the ice kept getting longer and longer, which naturally has changed the dynamic considerably. It used to be pretty easy to introduce a character that Cap knew back in the 40s (like Cap's childhood friend Arnie Roth, who first appeared in the 1982 as a guy who'd be in his 60's) and play off the that gap in time. But that story probably couldn't work now, at least not in the same way; heck, we're going to approach to the point soon where it'd strain credulity that anyone is still alive that Captain America knew before he was frozen. They're already starting to explore that kind of thing in his current book, but it's only gonna get worse, and new problems will continue to pop up too (we're only 2 decades out from the point where Captain America will have been frozen for a full century, which is gonna be a real trip).
In the end, though, even with all the complications and issues that have arisen from Captain America's origin being fixed to WWII, he's had an extremely good track record of keeping the character and his relationships updated and adapted to fit the "present", even as the present keeps moving forward and forward. And I totally think the same is possible with Magneto.
Also sidenote I really really really fucking hope that if they do use Magneto, they just skip the villain stuff. Almost every X-Men movie has heavily featured him either as a full-on villain (the first three movies) or even just kinda mostly one (the First Class movies). I'd honestly be way more interested in seeing the fully reformed Magneto-as-headmaster of the 80s (like what the X-Men 97 show is doing) or even just modern (post 2004ish) Magneto where he's just straightforwardly an X-Men ally.