Magneto ( Marvel ) vs. Doctor Polaris ( DC ): Who is the real Master of Magnetism? Kyle Ah Loo, II Literary Fantasy Mr. Vinta 01 April 2019 RESEARCH: MAGNETO: Magneto, whose real name is Max Eisenhardt, is a powerful mutant capable of generating and controlling magnetic fields (“Max Eisenhardt (Earth 616)” 2018). He comes from a middle class Jewish background and was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany. He grew up in Nazi Germany, and he and his family were subjected to abhorrent racial discrimination. After Reichkristallnacht, he and his family fled to Warsaw, Poland. There they lived in the Warsaw Ghetto, built by the Nazis in October 1940. Living in the ghetto changed Max, and he began to smuggle food and supplies in order to survive. Once again the Eisenhardt family, in the July of 1942, escaped the
Nazis as they commenced deportation of the ghetto’s inhabitants to the extermination camp in Treblinka, which was built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II. The family hid from the Nazis until they were captured one day by Nazi soldiers, who discovered them while Max and his father Jakob were on their way back to the family’s hideout. Upon execution Max was able to extricate himself from the firing line unnoticed. Jakob, however, was killed, and his corpse was buried in a mass grave. After his father’s tragic death, Max, still in his early teens, lived as a prisoner and later a Sonderkommando at the Vernichtungslager extermination camp in Auschwitz, Poland in 1944. As a Sonderkommando, one of his responsibilities was to clean out the furnaces of the crematoria. In doing so he discovered the bodies of his friends, who were turned into monsters. This is where Magneto’s notion that mutants are evolutionarily superior to humans stems from. He witnessed firsthand the evil humans are capable of when they differentiate themselves from others. Seemingly, his answer to prejudice is more prejudice, a paradoxical response to what he deems morally reprehensible. Professor Charles Xavier even criticizes him and his warped sense of reality, drawing on Magneto’s past experiences in the hopes that he would ultimately realize the error of his ways. Although listed and often referred to as a villain, Magneto does have his fair share of heroic traits. He cares about the wellbeing of his fellow mutants. He witnessed institutionalized prejudice and discrimination at the hands of the Nazis in his youth, and so he internalized this idea that humankind and mutantkind cannot coexist. He believes that retaliation is a proper response to pain and suffering. However, his campaign against the human race came after many losses that hit very close to home (e.g., his father’s and daughter Anya’s murders, his wife’s abrupt
disappearance, the murder of his girlfriend Isabelle, etc.), and he almost came from a good place, wanting to conquer the human race so that he can prevent the oppression of mutantkind. Magneto seems more like an anti-hero than anything else. He acts
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