X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Solves JFK Assassination Mystery – Magneto Did It!

     November 25, 2013


While our nation spent the past weekend memorializing the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the folks over at X-Men: Days of Future Past have apparently solved the long-standing mystery.  None other than Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender) appears to be responsible for the vile act, guiding the projectile in what’s been called the “bent bullet” theory.  Much like the real-life conspiracy, there’s much more to the story than one simple misbehaving bullet.

The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the video.

Watch the viral spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past below (via Nerdist):

For much more on the conspiracy (and a bit of world-building for the upcoming film), head over to the viral site, The Bent Bullet, and read the full article explaining Lensherr’s involvement.


The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.


  • Matt Sallusti

    So cool

  • McA

    Matthew Vaughn’s idea this… He talked about opening the sequel with Magneto directing the ‘magic’ bullet. Didn’t think Fox would allow it for some reason but nope, Singer has gone ahead and done it!

    Does anyone else think, given the timing, that it’s a wee bit in poor taste? I don’t have a problem with the idea per say. It’s a cool bit of world building but the timing man, geez. They could’ve waited until next year to do this little viral tease. All that aside, it does look cool.

    • NephewOfAnarchy

      Yeah it is in poor taste IMHO, using a tragic event as viral marketing for some dorky comic movie. Can’t wait for the “Magneto caused 9/11!” video next!

      • grittymcgritterson

        It was tragic, but it was so iconic, and altered the course of history it has become a part of pop culture whether we like it or not. The X-Files, Oliver Stone’s film and countless other forms of entertainment have used this event for allegory.

      • grittymcgritterson

        It was tragic, but it was so iconic, and altered the course of history it has become a part of pop culture whether we like it or not. The X-Files, Oliver Stone’s film and countless other forms of entertainment have used this event for allegory.

    • SomeGuy

      It just adds to the exploitation of the JFK assassination. All of those recent television programs turned a historical tragedy into something else.

      P.S. I thought the Comedian was behind it all…

    • McA

      It’s worth visiting the site itself though. Incredible attention to detail including possible details of Azazel’s demise.

      If they put this much detail and attention into the film, they’ll be on a very worthy and possibly better follow-up to First Class than I was expecting. Taste issues still linger, more so to do with the timing than anything. I still say they should’ve waited until the new year for this viral site.

      Don’t forget X1 opened in a concentration camp. A lot of folks at the time felt that was in poor taste. I don’t remember seeing as much fuss about it when First Class came about though so I dunno, make of that what you will.

    • matt

      The website is an incredibly detailed read. It even gives details about how members of Magneto’s brotherhood were killed; namely Azazel.

      Though if you read long enough you find out that Magneto claims to be innocent of the assassination and, during his secret trial, actually claimed that he was there to stop it. He bent one of the bullets to try and stop it from hitting Kennedy but failed.

      Its implied that Mystique was the one who actually killed Kennedy that she morphed into Oswald to frame him and did the same thing with Jack Ruby. She must not be with Eric anymore. Eric’s concludes his statement in the trial by saying that the actual perpetrator will never be found because “she has a way of hiding in plain site”.

    • LEM

      Not as bad as the JFK memorial video screens that looked like a sniper rifle scope sights.

  • Edward

    Because manipulating past national tragedies as marketing fodder for entertainment is always in Good Taste.

  • Batman

    I’m pretty sure The Comedian did it.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Magneto caused 9/11
    Storm caused hurricane Katrina next

  • Nick Gadman

    If the JFK shooting was still a mystery this would make sense but as it has pretty much been explained by science, I don’t get this. Still, not a bad viral.

  • http://ric89.cwsurf.de/ Ric

    Thanks for the Spoiler!

  • Zack Snyder

    Ok after carefully reading the interesting piece on “thebentbullet.com” it is obvious that…

    1. Trask Industries manipulated Mystique to kill President Kennedy and Magneto was there to stop her.

    2. If you read the speech president Kennedy was going to give if he was still alive… it’s about making peace with mutants. This would not go well with Trask Industries. It is something like the military industrial complex in real life.

    So Collider please change the title.

  • God’s Diamond

    I’m more pissed with the magneto costume change. I thought we would see a more classic costume but since singer came back it’s back to ugly costumes

  • Rabblerouser

    The site is extremely well done, the movie looks interesting, but the timing is really off–they could have waited until next year, or started with another piece of the viral marketing that I’m sure they have. Timing aside, why tell us this much about the film?

  • Joseph M

    Smart. Adding historical presence to the character while also mocking the Warren bullshit about Oswald’s amazing magic bullet that turned around mid-air. Scary the amount of people that still believe that guff. Go X-Men!

    • NathanArizona

      I have no doubt parts of the Warren commission are bullshit, but the so-called “magic bullet” has been explained and proven to be nothing of the sort. The seating alignment in the motorcade and Governor Connally’s position make the shot line up. Cute viral though

  • mattinacan

    i love it, but the timing is in poor taste right now

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  • Lexavi80

    Ok! This alone have me exited already. Very, VERY cool!!

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  • BookhouseBoy

    It’s actually normally called the “magic bullet theory.” The “bent bullet” wording was invented for this movie’s publicity.

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