As the summer of the movie nerd draws to a close, one wonders what in the world I’m going to start talking about. Just kidding. There’s still SOME snippets of news however as: The Hobbit is now a trilogy, The Wolverine is shooting in Australia, Skyfall has a new trailer, and these lesser known Marvel projects have been green lit. Speaking of marvel projects:
Simon Kinberg, who is co-writing X-Men: First Class 2 with director Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, spoke about the hotly anticipated mutant sequel at Comic-Con last weekend. Unsurprisingly, he’s not allowed to give any details about the plot, but he did say that the film is “extraordinarily ambitious” and “unlike the other X-Men movies and yet very much a celebration of the X-Men movies.”
Sources say Vaughn has mentioned the idea of Magneto’s magnetism being correlated with a fictional rendition of JFK’s infamous “magic bullet” assassination. Which would make sense. Because Magneto controls metal. Get it? Noobs. The film’s story will focus primarily on the Days Of Future Past plot-line, depicting a dystopian alternative future in which mutants are incarcerated in internment camps. As the political conflict between humans and mutants escalates, former friends Magneto and Professor X realize that they posses two different and opposing fundamental perspectives. Which ones? You ask? Let’s take a look.
Idealists will always trust their intuition, seek identity, and prize recognition. While Rationals will always trust reason, seek knowledge, and prize deference. The two come into contact frequently, whether it be in marriage, friendship, family or business; these two basic personality types are drawn to one another by nature. Though they may get along for the most part, these two abstract minds are fundamentally juxtaposed, and thus, the synergy among this dyad is irregularly strong. Such synergy can be cultivated through cooperation, or ignited through conflict.
Such a conflict exists between the fictional arch-rivalry that is Magneto and Professor X. Max Eisenhardt is the commanding general and leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants, who is skeptical of mankind’s affinity for peace. Charles Xavier is the altruistic founder and champion of the X-men, who is credulous about finding a diplomatic solution. The two started out as comrades, but ultimately realized that fundamental differences in opinion would set them apart. As the conflict in their fictional universe begins to escalate, the two evolve from being best friends to bitter arch-enemies, consequently igniting flashes of greatness in their opposing mentalities.
“These Idealist-Rational relationships do not always remain harmonious, of course. Conflicts of NF emotional expressiveness against NT self-control, of NF intuition against NT logic, and of NF ethical or humanitarian concerns against NT technical pragmatics can prove challenging.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 238
“Counseling is the side of mentoring that focuses on helping people to realize their human potential, and INFJ’s have an unusually strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others and genuinely enjoy guiding their companions toward greater personal fulfillment. INFJ’s are scarce, a little more than one percent of the population, which is too bad, considering their usefulness in the social order. Although these Counselors tend to be private, sensitive people, and thus are not usually visible leaders, but they work intensely with those closest to them, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes with their friends, families, and colleagues. These seclusive and friendly people are complicated themselves, and so can understand and deal with complex ethical issues and deeply troubled individuals.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 152
Charles Francis Xavier is a paraplegic telepath and the founder of the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, a safe-haven for troubled and misunderstood young mutants. A man who has devoted his entire life to mediating a peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants: Charles Xavier puts all of his powerful intellectual efforts into protecting humanity from evil mutants and safeguarding innocent mutants from human oppression. Extraordinarily intuitive, highly diplomatic, exceptionally empathic, and an extremely powerful psychic Professor X is a perfect fictional rendition of a Counselor Idealist. Indeed Xavier frequently uses his telepathic abilities to link into the minds of others, share their pains and attempt to alleviate them. Charles like many Counselors has spent most of his life empathizing the agonies of those closest to him, as his passion for nurturing the personal development of others is unmatched. Certainly, the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters is a place where troubled mutants can go to seek guidance and realize their full potential. Of course, Charles ultimately uses his powerful diplomatic talents to create the X-Men: an elite task force formed to keep the peace between humans and mutants. Xavier’s diplomatic powers however do have limits, as he failed to calm the mind of his profoundly troubled friend holocaust survivor Max Eisenhardt, who subsequently evolves into the powerful Supervillain Magneto.
Counselors indeed have an inherent knack for the empathic bonding and nurturing of those closest to them. It’s not all daisie’s and lollipop’s however, as such a gift has it’s price. In order to better understand and guide their peers, Counselors delve deep into the trials and tribulations of those around them. The tendency for Idealist’s deep empathic bonding with others cant oftentimes leave them with an overwhelming sense of disillusionment. And thus powerful Idealist’s are often drawn to strong psychological burden’s, self-lessly throwing their mind’s at mankind’s inner foils and fables. Such a sacrifice however is often complimented with a profound sense of mysticism and destiny. Indeed Idealist’s often come to a realization that all of life’s heartache’s and struggles ultimately show them just how beautiful the world can be; “Idealist’s believe that life is rich with potentials waiting to be realized, filled with meanings calling out to be understood. The Idealist is drawn to exploring these potentials and uncovering those meanings, to divining the true nature and significance of things.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 136
“And when championing causes and healing divisions NF’s naturally empathize with others, becoming personally engaged and finding themselves seeing through another’s eyes.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 131
“Living a life of significance making a difference in the world does satisfy the NF’s hunger for unique identity. It is no wonder that he/she experiences life as a drama, with each encounter pregnant with significance. The NF can bring to each relationship a heightened sense of meaning.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 143
Any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. – Charles Xavier (Earth-616)
“Although Fieldmarshals are just as rare as the other Rationals, something less than two percent of the total population, they seem to have influence beyond their numbers. Such individuals, male or female, of whatever age, are bound to lead others, and from an early age can be observed taking command of groups, so forceful is their climb to the top. In some cases, Fieldmarshals simply find themselves in charge of groups, and are mystified as to how it happens. But the reason is that they have a strong natural urge to bring order and efficiency wherever they are–to harness people and resources and to lead them toward their goals with minimum waste of effort and maximum progression. Every operation needed for achieving the objective shall be executed, and all unnecessary operations are quietly and permanently eliminated from the planned sequence of events.” – Please Understand Me II, p. 197
Magneto born Max Eisenhardt is the ruthless and commanding leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants, an organization that has abandoned hopes for diplomacy and seeks to enforce Mutant supremacy. A German Holocaust survivor, Max witnessed first-hand how mankind treats those who are deemed “different”. As he evolved into an exceptionally powerful “mutant”, and harnessed his ability to manipulate metals; Magneto developed an aggressive superiority complex, and decided that human’s are destined for subservience. Pragmatic in his dismal chain of logic, skeptical of a peaceful coexistence with humans, and systematic in his ranked and regimented army of “mutants”, Magneto bears the mark of a fictional rendition of a Fieldmarshal Rational. Indeed Magneto’s ruthless and intelligent leadership abilities, coupled with his ability to manipulate the metallic portion of the table of elements gives him a power over nature that most Rational’s dream of:
“To make man more like the gods Prometheus gave him fire the symbol of light and energy. In harnessing light and energy mankind gains control and understanding of nature. To understand and control nature is to possess powers and it is that –the desire for powers– that sets the Promethean apart from others.” Please Understand Me, p. 47
Though Max heeds the diplomatic pleads of his old friend Charles Xavier, Magneto has come to a realization. A man who spent his childhood in the Holocaust, Max Eisenhardt learned long ago that mankind is fickle and ultimately corruptible. Emerging as a world superpower in the X-men universe, Magneto decides that being on the winning side of humankind’s moral fallacy is better than being on the losing side. Rational’s will always be skeptical of their environment, and Magneto’s environment has led him to adopt a visceral and yet prudent systematic regiment of dominance within the Marvel Universe. The Universe may be fictional, but it draws some very relevant parallel’s to the world as we know it, as does our friend Magneto.
In order to cultivate sound foundations of systematic logic, Rational’s from an early age adopt a strict policy of pragmatism. Abandoning emotion beyond it’s pure functionality, Rational’s see “reality” as a subjective concept; “To Rational’s, events aren’t of themselves good or bad, favorable or unfavorable. It’s all in the way one looks at things, they say—all is relative to one’s frame of reference. Reality, like truth and beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.”
“Such a relativistic way of dealing with setbacks gives Rational’s a solipsistic view of the world. Rational’s believe that each one of us is alone in an envelope of consciousness, marooned, as it were, in the earth as it’s sole inhabitant.”
The thing none of you will ever understand is that there are no sides. There are no heroes or villians. There’s just what I want and how I’ll get it. –Max Eisenhardt (Earth-616)
X-men: Days of Future Past starts shooting in months and is slated for July, 2014.