X-MEN '97: Is Magneto A "Groomer"? Former Showrunner Addresses Controversial Rogue Romance

X-MEN '97: Is Magneto A "Groomer"? Former Showrunner Addresses Controversial Rogue Romance X-MEN '97: Is Magneto A "Groomer"? Former Showrunner Addresses Controversial Rogue Romance

The age-gap between Magneto and Rogue in Disney+'s X-Men '97 has led some to wonder exactly how old the latter was supposed to be when the characters first met...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 12, 2024 04:04 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Via Toonado.com

In Marvel Studios' animated revival series, X-Men '97, Rogue and the team's former nemesis Magneto embark on (or more accurately, rekindle) a romantic relationship that was never really touched upon in the original show, and the age gap has raised a few eyebrows.

Although these characters were involved in the comic books (what happens in the Savage Land stays in the Savage Land), modern audiences are not quite as comfortable with a man in his 60s - which, as a Holocaust survivor, Mags would almost certainly be in the year 1997 - sleeping with a woman several decades his junior.

In the most recent episode, "Remember it," Rogue reveals to Gambit that she actually hooked up with Magneto when they first met, shortly after she acquired her powers and before she joined the X-Men.

So, what age was Rogue supposed to be back then, exactly?

Some have assumed that the X-Man must have been in her teens, but former showrunner Beau DeMayo clarified that she was in her early 20s when asked about the "groomer" criticisms on an X (formerly Twitter) thread.

There is obviously still a significant age gap between them, but if Rogue is now supposed to be, say, in her early 30s, that's not so bad... right? Okay, so it's still a little creepy, but Rogue is a grown woman at the end of the day, sugah.

Spoilers follow.

This week's episode brought Rogue and Magnus' relationship to a tragic end when the Master of Magnetism was killed by a gigantic Sentinel during the attack on Genosha. Rogue also lost her other suitor, Gambit, leaving her emotionally distraught.

DeMayo weighed in on the devastating events of the episode earlier today.

“Like many of us who grew up on the OG cartoon, the X-Men have now been hit hard by the realities of an adult and unsafe world,” he wrote on X. “Life's happened to them. And they, like we did, will have to decide which parts of themselves they will cling to and which parts they'll let go of in order to do what they've been telling humanity to do: face an uncertain future they never saw coming. As Trask told Cyclops in the premiere: ‘you have no idea what it's like to be left behind by the future.’ Now the X-Men do, and like each of us, they'll have to weigh whether this is a time for social justice — or as Magneto preached at his trial — is it a time for social healing.”

What do you make of Rogue and Magneto's relationship? Drop us a comment down below.

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Malatrova15 - 4/12/2024, 4:08 PM
And the bad thing? This total Disney
Ryguy88 - 4/12/2024, 8:51 PM
@Malatrova15 - every hollywood exec:

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Toonstrack - 4/13/2024, 10:16 PM
@Malatrova15 - Henry Cahill did this same thing to a barely 18 year olf
ObserverIO - 4/12/2024, 4:13 PM
No, it's Jubilee that's the creep. How old was Sunspot when she kissed him in Motendo? Younger than Jubilee and she was just 18, ergo pedo.
kazuma - 4/12/2024, 7:04 PM
@ObserverIO - Considering Sunspot is clubbing, I doubt he's younger than 18.
ObserverIO - 4/13/2024, 4:41 AM
@kazuma - Didn't Jubilee say that she was his age when she joined the X-Men?
ObserverIO - 4/13/2024, 4:42 AM
@kazuma - maybe she didn't, I'm gonna have to rewatch the first episode again.
EducatedDefense - 4/12/2024, 4:37 PM
lol because Magneto has always been depicted as a moral, upstanding individual. This is ridiculous. People are up in arms over the possibility he “groomed” Rogue, but the fact that he’s also murdered people? Nope, that’s fine.
Mrtoke - 4/12/2024, 9:17 PM
@EducatedDefense - lmaooo they would shrug at him being a murderer but a groomer? lmaooo
SuperCat - 4/12/2024, 4:37 PM
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RolandD - 4/12/2024, 6:31 PM
@SuperCat - You never disappoint. 😂
TheLight - 4/12/2024, 7:02 PM
@SuperCat - Supercat, a legend, a myth, and

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marvel72 - 4/12/2024, 8:49 PM
@SuperCat - lol
TheVandalore - 4/12/2024, 4:38 PM
Lmfao to be an artist in 2024 under the microscope of idiots lol
TheVandalore - 4/12/2024, 4:41 PM
Absolutely nobody in any episode so far has asked anyone about their preferred pronouns, and I've seen so much non consensual touching with not even a pause to have a trigger warning.

We should immediately cancel this show by getting this show cancelled.
BaddestOptics - 4/12/2024, 6:41 PM
@TheVandalore - to be fair out of the thousands of tweets about this show probably about ten were saying Magneto is a groomer. I take more issue with the dip shit writing an article and putting a spotlight on ten morons more than the morons themselves.
HermanM - 4/12/2024, 4:43 PM
She's over 18, so no.

Magneto is, however, a huge piece of shit for many other reasons though.
sully - 4/12/2024, 7:51 PM
@HermanM - Age really has nothing to do with "grooming". Grooming just means a long-term manipulative and coercive act to get a desired result in the end. An adult can equally be "groomed" as a minor can.
Ryguy88 - 4/12/2024, 8:53 PM
@sully - maybe, but grooming an adult is not equal to grooming a minor.
Malatrova15 - 4/12/2024, 9:04 PM
@sully - are telling me Mageneto is some kind of....Villain ?
sully - 4/13/2024, 3:41 PM
@Ryguy88 - I never said they were equal lol
HermanM - 4/13/2024, 9:31 PM
@sully - nah grooming is a term for pedos. When it is two consenting adults, it's seduction.
Ryguy88 - 4/14/2024, 8:30 AM
@sully - then what was the point of your comment?
sully - 4/14/2024, 6:54 PM
@Ryguy88 - Did you miss the part where OP mentioned her age, and I said age has nothing to do with the term? Keep up with reading comprehension, slow poke.
Ryguy88 - 4/14/2024, 8:10 PM
@sully - maybe figure out what your point is before typing it out first.

You were trying to argue that grooming is the same regardless of age. It isnt, and it may not even be considered grooming if the 2 people are of a similar age.
sully - 4/17/2024, 4:00 AM
@Ryguy88 - I made a point. It was very clear, actually. You just missed it entirely. Consider the possibility that you're wrong regardless of your persistence. You can start by reading a dictionary. You might find it'll help you greatly.
Ryguy88 - 4/17/2024, 8:02 AM
@sully - lol even your sarcastic advice doesnt make sense; a dictionary is useless here
mountainman - 4/12/2024, 5:04 PM
In the flashbacks, she was an underage girl and he was about 30 years older.
EducatedDefense - 4/12/2024, 5:11 PM
lol you can telll her age from how she looked in the flashbacks… IN ANIMATION?!?!
motleyklopp - 4/12/2024, 5:18 PM
twats looking for problems where there arent any
bl0odwerk - 4/12/2024, 5:19 PM
Mutants don't care about your filthy human laws!
Doomsday8888 - 4/12/2024, 5:19 PM
I never liked their...affair but tbf this ain't even the weirdest thing in comics, lel.
TheLight - 4/12/2024, 5:38 PM
As stomach churning as the Magneto/Rogue romance has always been and seeing it on screen makes it even more retching, it's hardly the most terrible thing Magneto has done and the man has a list longer than the Pacific Ocean.
bl0odwerk - 4/12/2024, 5:43 PM
@TheLight - Don't hate the playa. Hate the game.
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