'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Gets in on the JFK Conspiracy Theory Game

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Days after the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, another conspiracy has cropped up—a mutant was responsible for the president's death. Oh, wait, it's just viral marketing for the latest X-Men film, Days of Future Past

The campaign posits that Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, was responsible for the death of Kennedy by changing the course of Lee Harvey Oswald's second bullet. (Magneto is played in the film by Michael Fassbender, seen in the video with that insane jawline, and Ian McKellen.) A highly detailed article on an accompanying website explains that Lehnsherr is imprisoned in a federal correctional facility. Though the first trailer for the film didn't give us a great sense of what the revisionist history plot line will be for this film,  director Bryan Singer did tweet out set photos featuring President Nixon and Vietnam. (The fashion of the film is also very 70s.) And, of course, Days of Future Past's predecessor, First Class, inserted mutants into historical events, implying that the Cuban Missile Crisis was brought on and fought by mutants. 

But is the conspiracy all in good taste so soon after the sober reflection on the president's death? Or is it simply, well, Forrest Gump-y? It's almost hard to evaluate when thinking about the JFK's assassination, of course, has been consistently inserted into fictional scenarios.  Marvel, too, has dealt with the death of Kennedy before. In one timeline, Red Skull was responsible for his death. 

Meanwhile, as we plod along to the May 23 release date for the film, this not the first fancy website Days of Future Past has launched: back in July, they released an official-looking site for Trask Industries, creators of the villainous Sentinels. 

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