Saturday, September 6, 2008


I caught a few of the older episodes of 'Eureka' while on vacation; Sci-Fi was showing them just before the repeat of the episode from the week before each Tuesday. One of these was about space junk being magnetically drawn from the skies to strike the town of Eureka, and Zoe didn't understand why her sabotage of a rival classmate's science project would cause an indoor magnetic storm: "I don't know why it went all Magneto in there."

For us viewing at home, she was referring to the character played by Ian McKellan in the three 'X-Men' movies, and probably to his original appearance in the comic book universe as well. The mutant with power of magnetism is also represented in the video game universe and in the animated TV universe we know as the Tooniverse.

Magneto's pretty well got it covered for being a citizen of the Multiverse. One could even claim he exists in the rock and roll universe because of the song about him (and the Titanium Man) by Paul McCartney. However, he has yet to make his presence known in Earth Prime-Time, or any variation of Toobworld, for that matter.

As it stands though, we can assume that he must exist in the TV Universe as a live action figure. Toobworld already is home to other characters from the super-powered stable of Marvel Comics. They include Spiderman, Daredevil, Thor, Dr. Strange, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk. Why not assume the rest of their superheroes and villains exist there too?
There was a TV series about mutants - not a very good one - called 'Mutant X', and basically all of the hyper-powered characters from 'Heroes' are mutants. It'll probably be only a matter of time before Marvel Comics sees that the 'X-Men' movie franchise is tired and turns their attention instead to developing the property for the small screen.

Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, the Beast and Professor X - the basics of the original team - would probably work best, if just for the cost-saving simplicity of special effects. (Not sure whether or not Angel/Archangel should be included.....) But more popular, current members of the team could be used as well, like Rogue, Colossus, and of course, Wolverine (who looks to last longer in the movie franchise than the others).

To this mix, Magneto would be the obvious choice to bring in occasionally as one of their mutant antagonists. Not that Ian McKellan would be free to play the role (or willing to), but might I suggest that if John Noble has some time off from 'Fringe', he could do a guest turn?

At any rate, I'm going to stand by the claim that Magneto is part of Toobworld, and that Zoe Carter in 'Eureka' was referring to the mutant as a real person.

We just haven't met the metal master yet......

Toby O'B

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