Oliver Platt and Rose Byrne Shed Light on their Characters in X-Men: First Class


In case you haven’t been keeping tabs on it, the X-Men folks have launched an ongoing question and answer session on their Facebook page where every Wednesday different castmembers from Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class” show up to answer ten fan questions. Obviously the questions will have been screened in advance so the actors don’t accidentally give up spoilers. Even so, there are a couple of interesting answers to be gleaned. Here are a couple revolving Rose Byrne’s Doctor Moira McTaggert and Oliver Platt’s mysterious Man in Black.

According to Byrne, her character will have a relationship with James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier, but not Banshee, as in the comics. Her McTaggert will also be American, and no, you won’t see Muir Island in the first movie.

As for Platt, his character was always a mystery, and now we know a lot more about the MIB:

Platt says his Man in Black “runs a super secret division of the CIA devoted to investigating the application of mental telepathy and paranormal power in military defense. He has long been a laughing stock of the Agency because of this. His department is known as ‘Division X’. ” Laughing stock or not, the MIB is apparently very powerful, too, because “when Charles and Mystique become ensnared with the Agency, the Man in Black diverts them to his division with a deft bureaucratic sleight of hand. Erik soon joins them and The X-Men flourish under MIB’s protection.”

I gotta admit, I didn’t know the CIA played such a large role in the movie, but I suppose that was inevitable given that they’re dealing with the whole Cuban Missile Crisis and whatnot.

If you’ve got questions, Edi Gathegi (Darwin) and Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee) are up next.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    This actually sounds rather interesting. I like it because it gives us hints as to how the government knew about mutants in the first film. It’s funny though because this character (MIB) reminds me of Valerie Cooper in the comics.

    • Juggernaut

      I was thinking the same thing. I really hope that he turns out to be either a villain (Mr. Sinister would be ideal!) or a character established in the comics like Gyrich, although he had a brief role in the first X-Men, or Graydon Creed (that wouldn’t make sense timeline wise but Fox never lets continuity stand in the way of a good yard!).

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Gyrich would be cool, especially since other than Stryker, who was rogue, we haven’t had much government interaction. Creed could work to a point if they did him like Stryker. But I don’t see Platt being Sinister unless the MIB charatcer is just a disguise and we get someone else playing him.

        • Juggernaut

          Before this news of his character came out I was thinking a few different scenarios. Shadow King, since it has to do with Xavier’s origins to a point, would make sense. I also thought that he may be playing either Sinister, as I stated or even Apocalypse. Like you said he doesn’t quite fit the bill for either but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Black Tom Cassidy, since they clearly playing fast and loose with the timelines, was one of my favorite ideas. If it is a government character I hope it isn’t just some character made up for the movie. That was one of my biggest problems with The Last Stand. The X-Men universe is so vast, there is no need to make up any characters. I still get mad just thinking of how cool it would have been to see cameos by other characters in the church scene, the bridge scene and the woods scene. UGH!!!!

  • Juggernaut

    From what I read on the Twitter site Moira MacTaggert will also be a CIA agent as opposed to her comic character which was a mutant genetisist.