Magneto is part of the two ‘founding fathers’ in Marvel’s X-men Universe. He has been known by many names including Magneto, Magnus, Erik Lehnsherr, White/Grey King, Michael Xavier, Erik the Red, White Pilgrim and The Creator. In the films he was known as Erik Lehnsherr, so thats what we are going to stick with for his alternate name. The main archenemy of the X-Men he is gifted with an extraordinary power to manipulate metal. Created by the dynamic duo of Stand Lee and Jack Kirby, Magneto has been around since September 1963 with the release of the first X-Men issue number one. In the modern installment of featured films, a younger Erik helps Charles Xavier in gathering the first few members of the X-Men force. Inadvertently he helps found the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, or less formally known as the Xavier Institute, a safe-haven where mutant children could learn to control their powers and to protect them from the outside world. As reports of mutants become more and more public, hostility towards them leads Erik to leave Charles with a small group of loyal followers, now under the guise of Magneto to form a more radical group of mutants who are opposed to human integration. Revealed by creator Stan Lee years later in an interview, he based the Magneto character off of the more violent opposer to Martin Luther King, the civil rights activist Malcolm X, during our own history of civil rights protests and minority oppression.
He has been portrayed for literally decades in comics, animated series and live-action movies. In the original trilogy he was portrayed as an old man by renowned actor Sir Ian McKellen, who has played the role in four films and counting. In the modern reboot and adaptation he is played by another talented male lead, Michael Fassbender, in X-Men: First Class circa 2011 and X-Men: Days of Future Past circe 2014. Both actors are to continue in the role of two eras of Magneto in the upcoming film X-Men: Apocalypse circa 2016.
As with any character that has been around as long as Magneto, there will be multiple eras of costume to choose from. Below we have provided guides to both the classic and modern movie adaptations of the Magneto X Costume.
For the purpose of this guide we will abbreviate movie specific costume parts by an acronym of the movie title, for example X-Men: Days of Future Past will be DOFP.
Magneto Costume: The Classics
Magneto Costume: Modern Basics
Magneto Costume: Accessories
Magneto Costume: Reference Images
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