Chris Claremont is one of the biggest names in the business to Marvel comics and X-Men fans. His writing is a consistent guide for the X-Men and for Earth-616 as a whole. ComicsVerse's Peyton Hinckle had the amazing opportunity to sit down with Marvel's X-Men writer Chris Claremont at New York Comic Con 2018. One of the best parts was learning about the past and the future of the X-Men team in Chris Claremont's mind.
Most especially for a Chris Claremont interview, it’s hard to pick only a few questions to ask, but in a short amount of time, Peyton was able to touch on a lot of different topics that she (and hopefully other fans too!) has been wondering about for years. From Emma Frost in X-MEN: THE END to the original version of Rachel Grey, Claremont was more than willing to revisit the characters he invented decades ago. We also got to talk in-depth about Chris Claremont’s version of Magneto. Chris Claremont particularly wanted to explain how he's characterized the famous “not-villain.” Although Claremont's known for his work in the twentieth century, it sounds like we can expect more X-Men related work from him in the future. We hope you enjoy this Chris Claremont interview and our X-Men discussion!
Transcript Edited for Clarity:
Question: You said on a recent Comic Source podcast that Emma Frost is wicked. In one word, you had to describe her, "Wicked." And then, in X-Men: The End, we see her as a mother, a loving mother of four children. What urged you to create that version of Emma in that story?
Chris Claremont: Well, in that context, it was Emma evolving out of the ongoing reality of the existing series. When one writes a story, one has to be true to the characters as they're being written at a specific time. The Magneto that appears in the X-Men: Black story, is the current Magneto. But, it's my perception of how Magneto would behave within those parameters. The difference, the official difference, I suppose, between my vision of him and Marvel's is, I don't see him as a villain, I see him as an adversary. He has a very specific goal and a very specific means of achieving that goal. Makes him less of a villain. To me, it doesn't make him less of a villain, because I don't see him as a villain. There's a moment in the Magneto story where, in effect, one has to look at the two sets of characters; Magneto and the Agents of One. That's the group that he's after. And decide for yourself as... I was about to say, "oneself," as the reader, who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? Using guys in a non-gender specific term. And like, my point in writing the script was, it's a fair choice, because depending on which side of the spectrum you're standing, Magneto is either a hero, or a villain. But, from the other side, one are heroes or villains. There's a scene it where civilians are reacting to a news broadcast, dealing with mutants as villains; hostile enemies. Whereas, as another character, we will see opposite point of view. It's a sires of ongoing moral and reality choices, which, for me, is what Magneto exemplifies throughout the entire series. Even at the point in X-Men 150, where he almost kills Kitty. He was reacting as supervillain to superhero, and in that moment, almost killed the very person he was trying to save. A young, innocent mutant. For him, and for me presenting that him to the reader, that was the sea-change. That was the moment where he started making the transition from, "I'm a stock character," doing a stock character thing, to, "Why am I..."
For the rest of the transcript and more information on Chris Claremont, please visit ComicsVerse.com.