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Exclusive: In The X-Men: Days of Future Past Timeline, Magneto Assassinated JFK

The video below, which is actually a clever viral marketing tool to direct fans to, a documentary-style exploration of the famous John F. Kennedy assassination purports that Erik Lehnsherr was responsible for the infamous “shot from the grassy knoll” that many conspiracy theorists believe killed the young President. Lehnsherr, of course, is the great master of magnetism Magneto, eventual leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! In this instance his magnetic manipulations are used to explain the so-called “magic bullet” found bent at a weird angle near the dead Kennedy’s head.

I’m hoping more fun facts like this pop up as we move closer to the release of Days of Future Past, it does make you wonder how many more alternative conspiracy theories there would be if we lived in a world where such things were real. Super heroes and mutants would make for interesting scapegoats for almost any unexplained crime, and I’m hoping director Bryan Singer further explores just how drastically the reality of mutant powers could alter the outcome of the future as we know it.  We’ll find out  when the film opens on May 23rd.


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  1. jim says:

    The Warren commission’s account was in poorer taste..

  2. ATTS says:

    Agreed that the writing and design is great, but the timing is ill, FOXy and bad taste. Kept me from sharing with my networks as they’ll lambast me, not Fox.

  3. James Samson says:

    An excellent piece of viral marketing. Well written, well executed. After taking in all the site has to offer I can’t image the film being any better than the twenty minutes I spent exploring every nook and cranny of the sites videos, timelines, and texts. Despite the unfortunate timing, it’s an amazing piece of work I highly recommend diving into.

  4. Jake says:

    I’ll say it.

    I find this to be in poor taste given that we just observed the 50th anniversary of the assassination. It would be an interesting plot point, but given that Fox is building a digital marketing strategy around it feels a little gross to me.

    If only for the reason that they include the murder of Officer Tippit in the story. One could make the case that President Kennedy’s is free game, but Officer Tippit was an 11 year veteran of the police force shot and killed in the street.

    Not saying I won’t see the movie opening day and certainly understand the appeal of tying in real history to the movie, but I just think this particular situation is in poor taste.