The SuperManual: X-Men (2000)

Release date: July 14, 2000

The story: The world is afraid. People born with extraordinary abilities are popping up around the globe at an alarming rate, and Senator Robert Kelly wants to protect the U.S. by passing the Mutant Registration Act. Holocaust survivor Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr has firsthand experience seeing what happens when a group of people are targeted by their government and forced to give up their civil liberties, and he won’t allow mutants to suffer the same fate as the Jews. Magneto partners with other mutants to end Kelly’s mission by abducting him and using a machine to artificially mutate the senator (a process that proves to be deadly), and Magneto plots to use the device on an assembly of world leaders on Ellis Island in one of the early examples of a superhero movie third act involving a giant blue pool of energy. Erik …

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