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MPM’s Aaron Tavena tracked down Marvel Studios president and CEO, Avi Arad, for the extreme close-up on X-Men 3: the last stand:

Moving Pictures Magazine: In recent interviews, you’ve said that this X-Men will be the most controversial of the series. How do you think that will play with fans of the comic and the movie?

Avi Arad: I think the fans will go crazy for it. One of the main issues in this movie is the “cure.” This movie is quite philosophical: What is a Mutant? What does it mean to be different? Movie one had the pretty jarring welcoming in the concentration camp; it was the easiest way to explain who we are, what we are, and what it all means. [The Last Stand] takes it further, takes it to, “Well, do you want to be a mutant?” Let’s say we can find something that eliminates that — you take a pill and you are so-called “normal.”

What should Rogue do? As a member of the audience, what do you want her to do? Do you want her to be normal again, be able to have a normal life, be touched, and have everything she wants and deserves? Or, on the other side, do you say, “That’s who you are and it gives you something unique and special”? The difference between someone like Professor X and the X-Men is, for the first time, going to create a debate within the team.


The way to fight discrimination is not to change your skin [but to] find a way to co-exist, and co-existence always came out of struggle. Throughout history you had two kinds of leaders fighting this struggle: those who became militant and those who believed [in] long-term tolerance.

X-Men 3 goes into the issue of “right to life.” Unfortunately, [these decisions] end up being controlled by governments, even in a democracy. That’s what we so love about X-Men. It’s infused with real issues and uses these great metaphors. We have this great campaign: “Take a Stand.” That’s what this movie’s about:

MPM: You mention co-exist, when really the “cure” becomes an issue of conformity. Some of the characters may rather conform and live an easier life?

AA: They may. Look throughout history. Let’s say Jews of the world chose, in Roman times, just to convert, then with the Greeks, then in 1492 with the [Spanish] Inquisition (if they’d been given a choice). There isn’t much “Let’s do it so we don’t have to deal with this any more.” Human nature doesn’t want to do it. In the Second World War, this little corporal, Mr. Hitler, decided that even if you are no longer [Jewish], look into your past, and if two or three generations ago there was a Jew, you still go to the gas chamber. The point is, you are who you are. You can convert, you can turn, you can change, [but] someone is going to refer to who you were versus who you are today.

It’s interesting this year to look at the Academy Awards and see Transamerica and Brokeback Mountain. It’s the debate: You are who you are. You can change that, and no one should legislate against it.




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National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA

Oct 5-9
National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival
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Mill Valley Film Festival
Mill Valley & San Rafael, CA

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Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
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Chicago International Film Festival
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International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne
Cologne, Germany

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Hamptons International Film Festival
East Hampton, NY

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Screenwriting Expo 5
Los Angeles, CA

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Austin Film Festival
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United Nations Association Film Festival
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