|Appeared in|| X-Men: The Last Stand|
X-Men: First Class
|Actor|| Olivia Williams|
- "I'm going to use an asset the CIA didn't issue me."
- ―Moira MacTaggert[src]
Dr. Moira MacTaggert was a CIA agent and is a scientist living in Mutant Research Center on Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland and is a former love of Charles Xavier.
During the 1960's, Moira MacTaggert served as a CIA agent investigating Sebastian Shaw and his group, the Hellfire Club. After infiltrating one of their clubs in Las Vegas, by posing as one of the strippers, and witnessing Emma Frost and Azazel display their powers in an attempt to intimidate Colonel Hendry, she attempted to warn the CIA but was rebuffed. Daunted, she sought out one of the leading experts in genetic mutation, Charles Xavier; a young graduate student at Oxford. After attending his thesis presentation, she approached him celebrating in a bar and questioned him about the validity of his claims. After reading her mind about what she'd seen, he agreed to help her. She took him and Mystique to brief the CIA director about mutants but they were first met with ridicule then shock and fear when Raven proved their claims when she morphed into one of the agents. However, with the backing of an agent known only as The Man in Black, MacTaggert agreed to help them stop Shaw as a liason of sorts between Charles' team and "Division X", the government department they operated under. She participated in the team's mission to stop the Cuban Missile Crisis and helped bring down the Hellfire Club. After sharing a kiss with Charles at his mansion and christening his new team The X-Men, he erased her memory of their location so that she could not reveal it to the CIA, nor be made to tell them.
She appears on a video talking about mutant ethics and what is considered right and wrong, such as whether it would be right to transfer the mind of a dying father of four into the body of a man born with no higher brain functions. She is subsequently seated next to Beast at the memorial service. After the film's ending credits, she appears again for a brief scene, where it appears that Xavier has transferred his mind into the body of the patient, following his physical body being disintegrated by the Phoenix persona that inhabits Jean Grey. In the director's commentary for the movie's DVD, it is revealed that this patient is, in fact, the identical twin of Charles Xavier, whose mind had been destroyed before birth by the power of Charles' mutation. Thus it is that Charles' voice is used and Moira instantly recognizes him.
Behind the scenes
- Olivia Williams's name was uncredited in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Canon (2 films)
- In the comics, she's Scottish, in First Class she is American.
- She is the only female lead not have superpowers, as Emma Frost, Mystique, and Angel all have metahuman abilities.