By Thomas Cowley
This past Friday marked the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And while this tragic day in American history is half a century old now, there are still many questions surrounding the event; questions that the new movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past" attempts to utilize to its benefit.
A recent viral marketing campaign called "The Bent Bullet" sets up the scenario in which Magneto is tied to a mutant plot to assassinate the President. There is a Youtube video, along with an entire website which urges viewers to "Discover the Evidence" in order to generate buzz.
Now I'm sure there are many that will call this tasteless or argue that it makes light of the man's terrible death, and they have a right to say that. Personally however, I find I am outside that camp, a fact that surprises even me. Perhaps it is because I've always been a fan of alternate reality fiction; I like stories that offer the possibility of what could have or would have happened if some slight details in history were changed. What if Lincoln wasn't killed? What if the U.S. never used the bomb? What if Napoleon had won at Waterloo? Perhaps it is simply the fact that I am a nerd and like comic books and the X-Men and all of these superhero movies.
Either way, I know that I, and many others, will be having fun with this idea for the next few months until the movie eventually comes out.
What are your thoughts? Too much? All in good fun?
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to hit theaters on Friday May 23rd, 2014.