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.