Wednesday, May 07, 2003
X2 Revisited... and revisited...

Will anyone back me up in saying that Jason Stryker is actually Mastermind? I've heard it suggested that he is Proteus or Legion or some amalgamation thereof. Here's my proof:
* Mixed eye color
* Illusion abilities, clearly
* I seem to remember that Mastermind's powers were similarly derived from brain secretions
* Same first name for both
* More tenuously, Mastermind was connected to the Dark Phoenix Saga, so there could be some unseen reasoning for having him there, though I doubt it. The fact that he was parcel to the original comic story may have tipped Brian Singer off to his utility for the role of bad mutant telepath for the movie, though....

The argument for Legion/Proteus, though, is also good:
* Youth
* Ironic parentage
* Anonymous mutant designation - both Legion and Proteus were connected to nefarious programs in which they were given numerical designations, if I remember correctly
* Legion/Proteus were manipulated much like Jason Stryker

It would be easiest to say that Jason Stryker was an amalgamation of Mastermind, Proteus, and Legion, but that's too easy--kind of like saying that Rogue is really Rogue/Jubilee. I'd prefer to believe that Jason Stryker had either Mastermind or Proteus/Legion in mind when he filmed the kid, but the watered down many-mutant is probably closer to the truth. Getting to the bottom of this will probably require that I pull the boxes from the closet and reread my X-Men collection. For now, though, I'm going to sign off: My girlfriend is coming into town and we're going to party like it's your birthday, sip Bacardi like it's your birthday, and we don't give a f*ck cause that's your birthday. (It's no one's birthday but it is a vacation.) I'll be back around on Monday.