The boy with the yellow star on his chest clutches at the thin air as his parents are dragged off to the gas chambers. At this moment, something happens to show the world that this boy has powers that will make him something to be reckoned. Silently, he swears to himself, "never again." This is the world Erik Lensherr knows. One of hate. One of defending your people. With a growing fear of superpowered "mutants" in the land, this man knows from history what will come next. And he will do whatever he needs to do to prevent that .
Comics Continuity: When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Magneto in the very first X-Book, he was nothing more than a one-dimensional would be world ruler. An absolute opposite to Xavier's dream of human-mutant cooperation. In the simple comic book good vs. evil world of 1963, that was sufficient. But Magneto, and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, appeared much too frequently in the book's run and quickly wore out their welcome. Fact is, they just weren't all that interesting. Roy Thomas and Neal Adams moved Magneto to a forgotten "Savage Land" deep beneath the antarctic ice cap. There, free from X-Men interference, he experimented with technology to forcibly evolve the natives. One hundred fifty issues into the original run, writer Chris Claremont dropped the bombshell that "Magnus" was a survivor of the Holocaust, an internee at the Auschwitz concentration camp. This sparked heated controversy in the Marvel Universe. For years, it had been assumed that Magneto was a gypsy (his wife, Magda, was) though at times the man was described as Nordic. Placing him at Auschwitz, despite the fact that gypsies were persecuted as well as Jews, pushed the question "Is Magneto Jewish?". It's a question Marvel ducked for twenty years.
Bryan Singer: Marvel didn't blink about Magneto. Avi Arad, who owns Marvel, is Israeli and a majority of the targets of the Holocaust were Jewish; by no means all the victims were, but it seemed fitting for that group of prisoners. At the last moment I made an executive decision and put the yellow star on his chest.
Film continuity: Erik Lensherr's plan is not so much as to dominate the world, as to show the world's leaders the true face of humanity's fear of Mutants. He is in possession a machine that is the key to his plans to transform the world.
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