Oh sweetie, you really need to go out and visit with people a little more. You’re in Switzerland. Eat some chocolate. It can only help.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie. It’s a beautiful introduction to the adult Erik - haunted, single-minded, coin, Shaw. It tells you exactly what’s going to happen and it does it to great music. (Also there’s the great symbolism of the coin flipping into the X crest flipping back into the coin. Erik and Charles are very much together and yet interpret the world very differently.) (Also also Michael Fassbender looks super hot.)
You were made to be ruled.
So, I want a movie where Loki and Magneto are best buds who bond over hating humans and haberdashery.
You know you want this too.
(Meanwhile, Professor X and Thor enjoy hot beverages and assure each other that peace is an option and eventually certain stubborn people will realize this.)
It’s incredibly shallow of me, but every time I see this still, my thoughts are as follows: 1) HOT, 2) I totally believe that Erik left his fashion sense behind when he broke up with Charles. Lamentations, rending of garments, etc.
When I read about the costuming of Charles Xavier in the film (sixth picture in the gallery), I trufax punched the air and shouted, VINDICATED. To wit:
“He’s still stylish, but in a laidback and understated way,” says Sheldon, who sourced classic suiting materials from the shops on London’s Saville Row.
Yes, the cut/colours could be more flattering, but it’s all about lasting quality and comfort for exorbitant sums, not flash — Charles’s clothes speak to his class and academic background. James McAvoy has surprisingly (for his height, in relation to Michael Fassbender) broad chest and shoulders. His wardrobe for most of the movie, however, serves to de-emphasise that.
During my later incarceration, I had a lot of time to think about the choices I made in life. Should I have feathered my hair more in the 1970’s? Should I have been a better father to my three incompetent, yet somehow surviving, children? Should I have designed a metal skateboard to ride into battle? These were the thoughts that kept me up at night. I also thought a lot about Charles, if only because that smug cripple kept visiting me. We would play chess, of course. At this point, we had played 543,846 games of chess together in our lives. We never spoke about our feelings. We just made small talk about impending holocausts and fanboyed out over our mutual love of children’s fantasy novels like The Once and Future King. There was a brief moment when I thought that maybe we could make it work again as friends. Not as allies, but as members of a children’s fantasy-themed book club. I had wanted to share The Chronicles of Chrestomanci with him, but then Stryker struck in the way that only Stryker could ever strike…
—p. 423, Volume 7, The Autobiography of Magneto X, by Erik Lensherr
I am fond of reading. Through reading, we can visit other worlds and inhabit personas strange and foreign to us. I, for one, find it refreshing how almost every character I read about in a book is weaker than I am.
When I read about King Arthur’s court in The Once and Future King, I can step outside myself and imagine I am ruling Camelot, and that my hubris and stupidity are leading it to ruin. If I was King Arthur, Camelot would still exist. One, Guinevere would never have chosen a pansy like Lancelot over the virile hulk of manhood that is me. I bathe in sandlewood and champagne. Those aromas, combined with my natural tang, make me irresistible to females. Two, I would not have had an evil bastard with my sister, because that’s just poor judgment. Three, I would not have relied upon the Knights of the Round Table because I don’t need Knights. I have done the mathematics and can wield 1,283 swords at once.
The way most people watch an Arthur Miller play is how I read everything: with amused pity. Sometimes, a man must weep in empathy to remember that his tears taste like quicksilver.
Reading is so wonderfully droll.
— p. 544, Volume 7, The Autobiography of Magneto X, by Erik Lensherr