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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' viral site shows Magneto blamed for JFK murder

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To promote the upcoming X-men: Days of Future Past, a new viral site takes the 50th anniversary of JFK's murder and spins a new conspiracy theory out of the historic tragedy. Called The Bent Bullet, the site delves into the widespread paranoia that followed the Cuban Missile Crisis and the American public's burgeoning fear of mutants. To that end, it co-opts the infamous Zapruder film to suggest that Magneto himself was at Dealey Plaza on November 22nd, 1963, and was instrumental in the murder of JFK by manipulating the "bent bullet" that first struck him. At least that's the story the historians of Days of Future Past believe. Buried within the site are a number of references that imply Mystique, disguised as Oswald, was in fact the mutant that carried out JFK's assassination.

The site — which builds on the Trask Industries viral site that preceded it — is a blend of Oliver Stone's JFK and classic Chris Claremont storytelling. The original Days of Future Past follows the death of US Senator Robert Kelly at the hands of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and skips back and forth between 1980 and 2013. The film adaptation clearly aims to put mutant hysteria on equal footing with other watershed moments of the last 50 years, raising the stakes for our time-skipping mutant heroes even higher.