Viral Video Implicates Magneto in JFK Murder: Cue the Backlash?

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  • Lee Harvey Oswald
    American former marine who assassinated John F. Kennedy

The X-Men are entering Oliver Stone territory.

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed, and now the makers of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" are suggesting that Lee Harvey Oswald may have had an unlikely accomplice … Magneto.

A new viral video titled "The Bent Bullet" suggests that Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr used his mutant powers to bend Oswald's second bullet, which fatally wounded the president.

"Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy," the video description states. "The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since. After years of incarceration, do you think Magneto is guilty or innocent?"

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While this is the first we've heard of Magento's hand in one of the most significant events in our nation's history, he's not the first comic book character to have been so accused. In the film "Watchmen," based on the DC Comics series, The Comedian was shown firing the fatal headshot from the grassy knoll.

And toying with history is nothing new for "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer. In his 2010 flick "X-Men: First Class" he used the Cuban Missile Crisis as the backdrop for the film, which followed Magneto and his onetime friend Charles Xavier in their early days.

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This week marked the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas' Dealey Plaza, and clearly this new video was planted to add an interesting twist to the many conspiracy theories that already exist.

While most fanboys and fangirls are rejoicing over this mind-bending new theory (which you can fully dive into on "The Bent Bullet's" fan website), there has been some backlash, with some saying the timing of the video so close to the anniversary is in bad taste.

Do you think the release of the video at this time was ill-advised? Or are you more excited than ever to see "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which hits theaters May 24?