As seen in this screencap, Magneto seems to be pulling Mystique towards him using his powers. What I don't understand is, how can Magneto affect Mystique? Since when did he gain the ability to manipulate human beings using his powers? Or is there anything unique about Mystique that makes her vulnerable to this? Any comic references to this?

Magneto pulling Mystique

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    The iron in her blood... Commented May 14, 2014 at 9:05
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    Is there any reason it would be higher than any ordinary human being? We see in X-men 2 that she injects the security guard with loads of iron to let Magneto affect him. I don't really believe Magneto can manipulate blood iron. It is not seen even once anywhere else. The only one he has been able to manipulate, is Wolvering, which is pretty obvious.
    – Stark07
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 9:08
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    Her magnetic personality? Commented May 14, 2014 at 10:00
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    @DVK '-_- Something funnier perhaps? :P
    – Stark07
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 10:08
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    Quick, somebody start a new question on the Biology SE: "how many steaks do you have to eat to have enough iron in your blood to where Magneto can..."
    – coburne
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 13:45

5 Answers 5


Spoiler alert

After watching the film,

Magneto shot her in the leg and is pulling the bullet towards him; hence Mystique is being pulled as well. That is why in your screenshot, her leg is lifted a little. After he had brought her close enough, he pulled the bullet out of her leg.

For those of you wanting the answer but with less spoilers (spoiler tag anyway)

Metal object inside Mystiques leg which Magneto is pulling towards him, thus the lifted leg in the screenshot.

  • Thanks... The movie hadn't launched in my country when you posted the answer. I went and saw it later..
    – Stark07
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 4:54
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    Awwh yeah I called being pulled by the leg. Commented May 27, 2014 at 9:24
  • This is why she's clutching her leg in pain. Seemed pretty clear to me! :) Commented Sep 28, 2014 at 23:56
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    In my opinion, the pulling force exerted over the bullet would make it come out of her leg. It's not clearly possible to drag her with the bullet inside. Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 8:19

For clarity the answer below is a pre-release trailer based answer

There are many possible answers to this question you will not find out for certain until you watch the film.

  1. Something she is wearing, he is not pulling her but pulling something she has on.
  2. Like stated in the comments it's the iron in her blood that he is pulling.
  3. She is holding onto something that he wants and he is dragging her as a result.

how can Magneto affect Mystique? Since when did he gain the ability to manipulate human beings using his powers?

He can't affect her directly, he would have had this power in the future if he had gained it in the past. He still only has the power to influence metal in the future though.

Or is there anything unique about Mystique that makes her vulnerable to this?

I doubt it, there has never been anything mentioned about Mystiques powers other than her transformations.

Any comic references to this?

Not that I can recall although I'm not one of the more prominent comic aficionados of the site.

After re-watching the trailer it looks more and more like there is something on her ankle just due to the way in which her leg is raised, she is also clearly not holding anything.

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    She doesn't seem to be carrying anything. Even the ankle seems pretty normal. And Mystique doesn't really "wear" anything, so point 1 is pretty much moot here. And as per the movie series atleast, Magneto is not capable of pulling individuals just by the iron in their blood. The iron would come out clean. Was Magneto more powereful in the past?
    – Stark07
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 10:09
  • @ash_k29 He was less powerful for instance in The first class movie we see his struggles to gain power where as in The last stand we see him easily move and snap the golden gate bridge. Commented May 14, 2014 at 10:15
  • But we see him lifting an entire stadium in the trailer. I guess that would mean he was pretty powerful at the time. But I don't think that would in any way grant him the ability to pull humans.
    – Stark07
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 11:06
  • @ash_k29 We do indeed, and I would say he is indeed powerful at the time. Nothing suggests an ability that would be able to move humans. The fact is there must be metal of some form on or in Mystique. Commented May 14, 2014 at 11:15
  • It seems so. But nothing clear so far....
    – Stark07
    Commented May 14, 2014 at 11:18

I am sure that he has lifted human beings in the comics since his post-Asteroid M power-up, and also as a way for the comic writers to reference diamagnetic levitation. Basically, the right magnetic field causes objects with a high water content to become briefly magnetic and thus able to be repelled or attracted.

It's a little ambiguous, since it's possible that he's working with the metal the soldiers presumably have somewhere on their body, but the following image's art (from the Comic Book Legends Revealed site) suggests that he's moving the soldiers directly. Magneto casually repels and corrals soldiers using magnetism.

  • This sounds very plausible, but it hasn't been shown or referenced before... Atleast in the movie series for sure. But if we consider that, he could manipulate probably anyone!
    – Stark07
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 2:02
  • Albeit with more effort. If you read up on the frog levitation experiments, it requires very strong and precise magnetic fields, and frogs are picked because they're particularly full of water. They say human beings might be a bit more difficult.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 14:56
  • I don't suppose someone could comment on their downvote... do you feel that I provided inadequate information?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 27, 2014 at 17:10
  • I certainly didn't. I feel the information was pretty accurate..
    – Stark07
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 5:35
  • @ash_k29: Ah, I'm mainly feeling a bit peeved. :) It's one downvote, more or less. And there is someone who came in later with an actual canonical answer based on the movie.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 28, 2014 at 10:00

She had been shot before. The bullet in her leg is his 'leverage'.

  • Might want to put a spoiler tag on that...
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 7, 2014 at 23:30
  • You're right, but this offers nothing new or more insightful than the existing answers.
    – phantom42
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 14:03

He's the master of magnitism. It isn't limited to metal objects - he doesn't need any metal around his body to fly. He uses magnetic force fields to manipulate things, he can rip a large tree out of the ground, and launch it miles away. The movies have so much good material to work with out of the comic books; from astral projection, lightning manipulation, magnetic force fields, repulsor beams, all kinds of good stuff.

  • While it's a bit breathless of an answer, and you should provide citations for the trees and for him flying himself, this is more or less true, indicating the sheer breadth of the abilities he's shown, which would fit in with him being able to do this feat.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 15:06
  • Can you provide a link to some scientific paper that reveals magnetic properties now apply to non-metallic materials? It would be fairly groundbreaking and you could become quite famous! Commented Sep 28, 2014 at 23:57

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