Dark Phoenix, the next entry in the X-Men film series set to hit theaters on June 7, will introduce audiences to Marvel's infamous island nation of Genosha.
While speaking at a panel at Ace Comic Con Phoenix, Dark Phoenix star Michael Fassbender, who will reprise his role as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, revealed some details regarding this new take on Genosha, as well as how it plays into the next chapter of his character's story.
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"Well I think Genosha's a pretty cool idea, and always it's that thing with Magneto. You can't really argue with his philosophies in some ways, but his methods, of course, are very extreme," said Fassbender. "What he's done in Genosha is kind of cool because he sort of stepped out of the conflict, if you will, and said, 'Okay, just give us this place that's our own and just leave us be and we'll be self-sufficient and anybody who's willing to not bring violence to the area and sort of pitch in and do their part, then they have a home there and they're welcome there. And I think... it's a pretty cool philosophy.'"
In comics, Genosha has been an island of extremes. When it debuted in Chris Claremont and Rick Leonardi's Uncanny X-Men #235, it was a land where a human-controlled government used mutants as mindless "mutate" servants. After the X-Men freed the mutates, the island became a mutant haven, which Magneto eventually gained control over. Sadly, the entire island and its entire population were destroyed in a massive Sentinel attack.
While there's no telling whether or not that will happen in Dark Phoenix, Magneto won't stick around the island for the entire movie.
"There's only something that happens outside of Genosha that sort of drags him away from this place that he's set up. But it was cool when Simon Kinberg was developing Genosha and we were walking around it and it's like, it's sort of off-the-grid, self-sustained community.
"It's pretty beautiful. But then of course, then you see the other side of him once he makes the decision to do something it's go big or go home," he added.
That being said, while Magneto is no longer on the front lines, as it were, his perspective on the conflict between humans and mutants hasn't exactly changed.
"I think the ends justify the means, you know?" he added, referring to Magneto's worldview. "He's quite Machiavellian in that, and like you said, because of his history, because he's endured so much sort of suffering in terms of the personal relationships he's developed and what humans have done and taken that away from him you understand his extremism and sort of his motivation."
Written and directed by X-franchise veteran Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain. The film is scheduled to be released on June 7.