‘X-Men’ Writer Wants More Fassbender in Sequel

In an interview with MTV News, X-Men: First Class screenwriter Simon Kinberg expressed his admiration for Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Magneto. He suggested that the character would likely have much more screentime in the next film in the series than he did in First Class (2011) and even offered some general storyline ideas. At a press event for his newest film This Means War (2012), Kinberg had this to say, “Magneto becomes the villain ultimately of the franchise but he’s a much more complicated character as a young man. He’s someone you sympathize with, you care about you root for even though might not necessarily agree with his methods, you understand his philosophy.”

Kinsberg went on to explain how Magneto might straddle the line between villain and anti-hero: “We’re still figuring that out. I think the truth is ultimately that because Michael is such an interesting actor, he’ll never be full-on anything. He’ll have a villainous side and he’ll have a sympathetic human side you’ll be able to relate, but you’ll also be afraid of him. He becomes Magneto, he says ‘Call me Magneto’ at the end of the first movie.”

Watch the full interview here: