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Opinion Battles Round 10 – Favourite X-Men Character

By Newguy

Opinion Battles Round 10

Favourite X-Men Character

To celebrate the release of X-Men Apocalypse we are going to look into the confusing world of X-Men and pick out our favorite character from the franchise world.

If you want to take part in the next round we are going to look at our Favourite Johnny Depp Character, if you want to enter email [email protected] by the 29th May 2016.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Deadpool

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Deadpool has become my favorite superhero film of the modern universes because we got to see a character that knows we are watching him and plays into our hands. The character himself is hilarious throughout and can handle himself in a fight. We know we get plenty of popular culture references whenever he is on the screen too. 

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Wolverine

 

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While this might sound like a really generic choice, I’m not too acquainted with the X-Men universe.  The ladies are pretty impressive but Logan has a really decent back story that makes him Wolverine and kind of like the secondary leader of the group. He definitely strengthens the X-Men group. 

Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Nightcrawler

 

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Nightcrawler doesn’t get much screen time in the films, only appearing in X2: X-Men United and this summer’s X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, but I think the opening scene when he is infiltrating the White House in X2 is enough to show how much of a badass he can be.  Nightcrawler has the powers of teleporting short distances which he utilizes to its fullest potential.  He went through many hardships in his home country of Germany due to his appearance so he turned to his faith for support and is a very religious man.  Because of his trials, he is very kind towards those around him and supportive of all mutants.  I’m excited to see Nightcrawler in an X-Men movie again because he is one of the most awesome members of the team and had so much potential to be one of their strongest members.

Richard – The Humpo Show

Wolverine

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Hugh Jackman is one of my favorite actors, and he has made himself synonymous with Wolverine. There is a extensive catalog of films to watch Wolverine in and probably his longevity has influenced my decision in picking him, but he has performed his role as Wolverine perfectly and when Jackman finally hangs up the claws it’ll be a sad day. 

Rob – Movie Rob

Quicksilver

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Once again, my choice is an easy one.  I just love Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (not the somewhat lame other one in The Avengers).

He has a great cocky teenager attitude that believes he is truly invincible and can do whatever he wants and also knows how to have fun while doing it.  The iconic scene in the vault is shot amazingly and really highlights both his powers and his personality

Emma – Emma Explains It All

Magneto / Erik Lehnsherr

 

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The X-Men films are my favorite comic book movie franchise (and by that I mean they’re the only ones I really like). To be fair there’s a lot of cool characters to choose between but I had to go with Magneto in the end, partly because I love how he’s portrayed on-screen by both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender and partly because he’s a complex character who yes IS a baddie, but alsoisn’t a baddie. I love characters like that, dimensional people who have both good and bad in them. And as readers of my blog will know, I LOVE Magneto’s theme music in First Class!

Damien Riley – Riley Central

Professor X

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Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, it doesn’t meanthey’re lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help.”Charles Xavier (also known as Professor X)

I feel the above quote speaks volumes about the huge heart and soul ofthis character from the XMen Universe. He’s a hero we all should have.Professor X is my favorite mutant in the XMen Universe. He firstformed a group with the mutants extant in 1962 and throughout themovies, he remains a benevolent and powerful force working toward thegood of mutants and mankind.

The two actors that play him, Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy, do anexcellent job showing the physical traits of a mutant who endurespersonal tragedy and pain for the good of the world.

Though he is reduced to a wheelchair due to a spinal injury, don’t befooled: he is no slouch when it comes to his own abilities. Thefollowing is a quote from a very helpful stats page on the XMenuniverse that only begins to show his gigantic skills and powers:

Powers, Abilities, & Weaknesses [of Professor X]

PowersTelepathy – As the most powerful telepath in the world, Xavier has awide array of telepathic powers. An example would be when Charles scana persons brain and find any information he needs including memories.He used this power to help Logan unlock his memories, and in the 70’swhen he used this ability to search the mind of a woman, so he couldsee what flight Raven was going to take.

Telepathic Cloak – He can make himself invisible by manipulating theminds of others. He used this to hide himself, Magneto, and all theassault troops while en route to the dacha of the Russian generalwithout being detected while in the back of the caravan.

Telepathic Communication – He is able to telepathically communicatewith others. He demonstrated this at the end of X-Men Origins:Wolverine and in X-Men: First Class when he communicated with Moiraand Erik.

Mental Detection – He is able to sense where nearby mutants are. Hedemonstrated this when he sensed that Rogue had left the mansion andwas at the train station. This ability is enhanced when he usesCerebro. He was also able to find out that Jean Grey had left theX-mansion in X3.

Mind Control – He is able to manipulate the minds of others to getthem to do what he wants them to do. He does not like using thisability to make people do what he wants them to do all the time as hesaid when talking to Magneto while going to Jean Grey’s house when shewas a child.

Mental Possession – He is able to enter the mind of another to controltheir body and see from their perspective. He demonstrated this at thedacha of a Russian general and possessed the mind of a guard.

Mental Sedation – He can make others fall asleep simply by telling them to.

Mnemokinesis – He can erase and even implant fake memories intopeoples minds. He once threatened Wolverine, that he could make himbelieve he was a six year old girl (much more onProfessor X’s powers and abilities can be accessed at this Xmen Fan WikiIf you are a fan like me, I highly recommend the page to you.)

There is so much I admire about Professor X. I find him to bealtruistic, powerful, humble, and an example of a true leader. Itwouldn’t matter how much power a mutant mad unless she/he couldredirect it for good. I think of the example of Wolverine as being apotential leader but too controlled by anger. To some that may makehim their favorite. They may enjoy seeing him go ballistic and winsmaller battles that way. Professor X is a visionary and as hisbiggest fan, I can’t wait to see where his amazing mind takes thestory next.

Prudence – What About Movies

Magneto

 

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What makes Magneto so interesting. aside from having super cool powers, is his ideology which makes him not entirely a villain, and not entirely a hero either. His methods are clearly questionable but he has solid principles, borne not out of evil, but out of love for his fellow mutants. He is a holocaust victim and survivor. He has witnessed his people killed in the hands of the Nazis, and he is not willing to let that happen again to his fellow mutants. So now he is inclined to well, wipe out the humans, before the former does it to the mutants. I know, I know. This is not good. I myself am a human, and while I don’t want to be wiped out, his motivations and his principles at least makes sense considering his backstory. And like I said, while I don’t agree with it, I at least get where he is coming from. And let’s not forget that Magneto has awesome superpowers. I know magnetism sounds kinda lame on paper but considering that half the world is metal, bridges, cars, your cellphone, this computer. He can surely do some serious damage. And only Magneto can make that tacky-ass helmet look badass.

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