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All-New Marvel NOW! Q&A: Magneto

Cullen Bunn lays out plans for the Master of Magnetism and his new ongoing series!

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Magneto #1 cover by Paolo Rivera

By Andrew Wheeler

Since his inception, Magneto has been one of Marvel’s great villains, but also at times among its most complex heroes.

The haunting tragedy of his childhood in the Warsaw Ghetto and the death camp at Auschwitz; the strength of his bond with his friend and rival Charles Xavier; the intensity of his cause of mutant acceptance that has at times distorted from righteousness into the despotic ideal of mutant supremacy. These factors just scratch the surface of one of comics’ most layered characters.

Now Magneto begins a new chapter in a new ongoing series from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta. In MAGNETO #1 this March, the Master of Magnetism takes on a new role—in a new ongoing series—tracking down and eliminating those that threaten the existence of mutantkind.

We spoke to Bunn to learn more about Magneto’s plans as a bloody guardian angel for the mutant race.

Marvel.com: Magneto has been many things over the years: hero, villain, teacher, revolutionary, scientist, savior. Where do we find him now?

Magneto by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Cullen Bunn: In this story, he’s a detective, judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to threats against mutants. He’s taking a proactive role in finding threats—and potential threats—and putting a decisive end to them. He’s ruthless in his quest, fighting fire with fire, and evil—as he defines it—with evil.

So, if I had to define Magneto’s role succinctly, it might be hunter.

Marvel.com: Anti-heroes seem to be popular in film and television at the moment. Do you think Magneto fits in to that tradition, or do you prefer to see him as a heroic figure?

Cullen Bunn: I think Magneto is definitely an anti-hero. He’s fighting for the right thing, but his methods are far too extreme. He’s not above breaking the law, stretching the limits of what is moral and putting evil to work for good. How readers interpret his actions, whether they see him as a hero, anti-hero, or villain, is one of the things I’m really excited about with this book.

Magneto by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Marvel.com: What should readers expect from series artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta if they're not familiar with his work?

Cullen Bunn: Gabriel has such a great ability to bring moodiness, creepiness, and ambience to the page—and that works perfectly for this tale!

Marvel.com: Is Magneto still part of Cyclops's X-Men team?

Cullen Bunn: Magneto is on his own. As this series begins, he feels as though the people he has allied with previously have failed and betrayed him. This is Magneto in all his narcissistic “if you want something done right, do it yourself” glory. Eventually, though, he’ll come to realize that he can’t face all of these challenges alone. He’ll find some surprising new allies.

Marvel.com: The series sees Magneto hunting down threats to the mutant race, so what sort of opponents are you pitting him against?

Magneto by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Cullen Bunn: We’ll see Magneto going against threats big and small. Some will be familiar. Some will be completely new. In many cases, Magneto’s opponents will be a combination of old and new menaces. As the series progresses, you’ll see some more familiar enemy faces, some maybe even working behind the scenes of a much larger conspiracy. And while Magneto is on the hunt, he’ll find himself being hunted by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel.com: One of the most talked-about scenes in the movie “X-Men: First Class” saw Magneto hunting down his Nazi persecutors. Was that an influence on the new series?

Cullen Bunn: When I first started talking about to editor Daniel Ketchum about this book, we both brought up “X-Men: First Class.” For me, the scene with Erik in the bar in Argentina was the best scene in the flick. We saw Erik being both charming and menacing as hell at the same time. The feel of that scene definitely had an influence on this book.

Look out for MAGNETO #1 this March, and get all the latest All-New Marvel NOW! news and more at the official event page!

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