A viral video has been released promoting ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ on the heels of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on November 22nd, 1963. ‘X-men’ is no stranger to rewriting history, and has been doing so since it’s creation in the 60s, so this video, as creative as it is, shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
In the footage below, it’s suggested that Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto) used his abilities to change the trajectory of Oswald’s second bullet, effectively killing the president. In the world of the ‘X-Men’ movies, it’s in 1963 that mutants were just becoming known and JFK’s death has been “a point of contention between humans and mutants ever since.”
At the end, the video encourages you to find out more information at The Bent Bullet, where you find out information about the mutant killings that occurred in the early sixties and JFK’s mutant sympathies, which is clearly in reference to his real life counterpart’s sympathies with the Civil Rights movement.
The Bent Bullet Theory is one that is based on the fact that a second shot fired –according to conspiracy theorists — and entered the President and Governor Connally at an angle that was impossible for Lee Harvey Oswald (the suspected murderer) to achieve. They also placed Magento into a picture of the grassy knoll in order to complete the narrative.
The website also includes cool tidbits, like Magneto calling a news station with the following, creepy message,
“You cannot elude the natural evolution of your species. No law passed, nor force rallied, can stay Mother Nature’s perfect and unmerciful hand.”
The site also implies that Lee Harvey Oswald was unaware of what was happening, suggesting that there had been a double. This, of course, insinuates Mystique, the shape-shifting mutant who joined Magneto at the end of ‘X-Men: First Class’. It also explicitly states that the policy on mutants we know of today (well, ‘X-Men’-movies today), are a direct result of this incident.
Basically, the website is very cool and interactive, and it’s highly recommended if you are a ‘X-Men’ fan, or if you just liked the movies, to go there and check out this complex alternate universe the movies are attempting to weave.