X-Men: First Class was released in 2011 and introduces mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender). They team up with other mutants to face a 1960s world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. Initially close friends, the two become bitter enemies as Professor X and Magneto, forming a crucial cornerstone of Marvel’s X-Men franchise.
Not surprisingly, both the US military and the CIA play roles in the film’s Cold War narrative. In that regard, moviegoers may have noticed that a certain briefly seen Army XO, or Executive Officer, is none other than Chicago PD star Jason Beghe, the gritty, rule-breaking mastermind of the series 21.St district intelligence. As for the CIA, the role of the agency’s Man in Black is played by Oliver Platt, who “Chicago Med” fans have come to regard as the show’s unclelike head of psychiatry, Dr. Daniel Charles, is known.
Platt commented on his role in X-Men: First Class and his thoughts on one of the film’s themes in a clip provided by Fandom Entertainment. In the interview, Platt explains that just as the mutants are about to be unjustly jailed by the agency, he takes them to safety, adding, “I think that’s one of the things that makes the underlying message very positive, you know, about intolerance and fear of people who are different from you… it’s very positive to tell stories with those themes.”