rustycol asked: Good point about "lone assassin" efficiency. So XMFC Erik is just unfortunately bad at planning beyond killing bigots? Also re: Charles' morality, you seem to posit that he's borderline psychopath (bad word, sorry) in the sense that he observes people rather than having his own emotional response to injustice (unless it involves him, like how he joins CIA to counterbalance Shaw's group, and even then he's cool). Does this mean having someone to care ( Raven) guide Charles to prefer to be good?
I have a love-hate relationship with XMFC, I said that many times. I think the third act was written on three napkins at 5 am in a coffee bar, because filming schedule demanded they film it now (and someone just told the writer they might not get a second movie, so cram this and this in) and 90% of my complaints and rants are due to that.
Regarding Charles and psychopathy: well, it’s not a strict no, but it’s not that he doesn’t react emotionally to injustice. I think his ability to empathize with people is stunted, yes, partly as a result of his telepathy, partly because he was a rich, extremely intelligent white kid with an overabundance of schooling. My understanding of telepathy as presented in the movie is that it’s empathy (i.e. sensing emotion) as ground state (that’s how he notices Erik in the water), then mind-reading with some effort, then control. The thing is that mutant!empathy is noticing the emotion, not the thing people do when they experience the emotion on someone’s behalf. The only time we see Charles affected by emotion other than his own is when he goes into Erik’s head for his One Good Memory (TM) and therefore arguably experiences it. The emotions are his, not Erik’s.