Tanya Tree: If I Were an X-Men

(Dani: Tanya Tree is my best friend and my platonic life partner. She’s been with me through many, many things, and she holds a piece of my heart. If luck is on our side, she and I will meet up in January 2014/15, and we will spend four days at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park. That’s the plan, at least. Here she is with a piece on Magneto, specifically from the movie Days of Future Past! There are spoilers after the cut, so read at your own risk.) 

When Dani invited me to write a guest post, I was thrilled (and honoured and felt loved :D). Although as days went on, the thrill? It slowly transformed into anxiety over the topic I was supposed to write about. In fact, I ran to her with my occasional melodrama she’s familiar with, then, having wrapped up my insecurity, bluntly said: “I don’t belong in your blog.”

As I see it (and you guys should too), she’s the epitome of hope and I’m despair. I felt that establishing my presence on her place will drain the life out of her readers.

It wasn’t until the previous month that I garnered the confidence to “blend in”. That being said, I believe my perception of myself as an outcast is the ideal guest blog post.

When I took Monday off, I scooted to the cinema to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past. By many who’ve seen it before me [and dare I say, those who decided not to be mum about it], I was informed of it being a pretty badass film, with an epic line-up and an unflawed storyline.

In past X-Men movies, from X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and the disappointment that was X-Men: The Last Stand to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, and The Wolverine, I haven’t discovered how much I value a character: Magneto.

Yes, Magneto is the bad-slash-good guy with anger management issues, okay?

Particularly, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, during the part when Magneto unexpectedly turns against Professor X, Wolverine, and Beast, by going after Raven/Mystique, I was (silently) cheering him on. Do whatever you want, man; I’ll be with you every step of the way.

If he sustained any sort of injury, instead of almost automatically saying “Meh. Serves you right. That’s what you get for being a terrible person.”, the words I’ll impart to a hypothetical audience would be along the lines of: “If someone, in any way, leaves the slightest hint of a scar in Magneto’s body, I’ll hold a grudge on him for a long time.”

I can empathize with Magneto – especially when he once said: “[I am] merely a man who has seen and done and endured what can never be forgotten or forgiven.”

Furthermore, I can tell he’s more than just a villain in a world surrounded by his stereotypically good fellows. When he’s angry, he doesn’t hold back; rather, he takes it up a notch, which in my opinion, takes courage, and is therefore, admirable.

That man, whether showcasing his beguiling wit in the Marvel series or is brought to life by either Ian Mc Kellen or Michael Fassbender, is how I define myself. Like him, I’m not an intentionally awful person. I simply have had rough years. Left untriggered, I’ll be the best person you know.

So, If I were an X-Men, I‘d, most definitely, be Magneto. How about you?


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