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Magneto gets his own comic series in run-up to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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Magneto | Paolo Rivera/Marvel Entertainment
Magneto | Paolo Rivera/Marvel Entertainment

With the excitement for X-Men: Days of Future Past beginning to bubble over, Marvel has announced that Magneto will receive his own series next March. The new title, part of Marvel's ongoing "All-New Marvel NOW!" initiative, will involve Erik Lehnsherr taking on the role of anti-hero as he doles out violent justice against enemies of mutantkind.

Magneto will cut loose with the fury of a supervillain

As a result of the events of 2012's Avengers vs. X-Men event, Magneto was nearly de-powered after suffering a blast from the Phoenix Force. He's since served as a member of Cyclops' rogue X-Men team. According to USA Today, this run will take the classic villain back to his roots as he struggles alone to remaster his powers while still fighting mutant threats by any means necessary."Magneto in this story is very much a detective," writer Cullen Bunn told USA Today, "seeking out and investigating threats to mutants before cutting loose with all the fury of a supervillain — or superhero, depending on your point of view." Magneto is well known for taking extreme measures, even as he's straddled the line of hero and villain throughout the X-Men's 50-year history.

The new take on Magneto bears a resemblance to Michael Fassbender's raw and brutal portrayal of a younger Erik Lehnsherr in X-Men: First Class. Fittingly, Bunn stated that the new tales will mine stories from Magneto's past "that will open those floodgates in major ways."

Update: A previous version of this article claimed that the new Magneto series comes as part of the "Marvel NOW!" initiative. That was incorrect, and the post has been update to reflect the error.