X-Men ’97 retains one of Magneto’s defining (and tragic) character details

To reinforce the comparison, Cooper (who eventually suffers an attack of conscience and frees Magneto) compares Mister Sinister to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, one of Auschwitz’s worst butchers. Mengele tragically fled to South America and died with impunity, inspiring conspiracy thriller ‘The Boys From Brazil’ starring Gregory Peck. Sinister only hates the comparison because Mengele thought it was too small.

That “X-Men ’97” is so blatant is refreshing because, if you don’t remember, Magneto’s past is an area where the 1992 “X-Men” cartoon kept things vague. Magneto is introduced in episodes 3-4, “Enter Magneto” and “Deadly Reunions.” The previous episode features a flashback to “Uncanny X-Men” #161 (by Claremont and Dave Cockrum). In that comic, Professor They learn that each other are mutants when Nazi losers (led by HYDRA leader Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker) attack and kidnap their friend Gabrielle Haller.

In the episode Jubilee, when Professor The setting is shifted from Israel to Magneto’s unnamed homeland and the Nazis are replaced by a generic invading army. In “Deadly Reunions”, Xavier monitors Magneto by telepathically forcing him to relive memories of his family’s deaths; Tellingly, the episode uses footage of a war-torn city, and not of young Magneto being torn from his parents in a concentration camp, as in the opening of the first (and at the time yet to be released) ‘ X-Men” movie. . (This is the rare scene that kept the timeline of the “X-Men” films consistent, as seen in the shot-for-shot remake in “X-Men: First Class.”)