In X-Men: Days of Future past, the timelines between the war future and the end-of-the-movie future begin to diverge when Wolverine wakes up in the past and begins meddling with things, such as recruiting Professor X and Beast to help him, who in turn know of Quicksilver who breaks Magneto out of prison.

With this in mind, in the original timeline Magneto remained in prison in the Pentagon, but at some point was either rescued or released before the events of the original X-Men film.

Is there anything which could explain how he got out of the Pentagon's prison?

  • Just thinking out of the box, there may be a chance like "Magneto is still in prison". There are no references of Magneto, when Wolverine is talking to professor.
    – Arun
    Commented Oct 1, 2014 at 6:00

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This is speculation, but: it seems that the most likely explanation is that Mystique, after freeing herself from Trask's captivity, then went on to rescue Magneto. There are dozens of ways she could do this -- one of which we saw at the beginning of X-men 2.

Since she had the ability and the motivation (she ~loved~ him), this seems like the most likely explanation.

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