Magneto's plan is to use Rogue in his machine, which requires to grab two handles by the hands.

She is handcuffed to the machine (both made of metal) and we see that Magneto puts his hands on her face, and she starts to receive his powers, and then she seems to be forced to grab the handles of the machine.

Of course Magneto can move the handcuffs to get her hands close to the handles but since Rogue is not made of metal how is she forced to grab the handles of the machine ?

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    I would imagine that, seeing as she is so new to them, Rogue wouldn't be able to control the magnetic powers at all and her hands would simply try to attract the nearest metal object, forcing her to grab the handles. – user25730 Feb 22 at 4:59

When Magneto first operated the machine, he was nearly killed by it because of the strain it put on his body. Because of this, Magneto needed a 3rd party, a vessel, to operate it. Magneto chose Rogue because she was young and easily manipulated, but also because her power is the ability (whether wanted or not) to absorb the powers of others. If Magneto was to transfer his powers to someone to run his machine, who better to pick than someone with the predisposition to absorb powers? Wolverine, with the ability to regenerate, would have also been a good pick in theory, but Wolverine wasn't one to be easily controlled. So Rogue was chosen.

When Magneto transferred his powers to Rogue, she became prone to attracting metal, hence the handles became attracted to her.

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    the same answer in comments receives two upvotes but in here it gets downvoted ;-) – Mauricio Gracia Gutierrez Feb 22 at 19:41
  • I even expanded on it because Rogue's power is key to why she was chosen. I think I have a serial downvoter issue, and I think I know who it is. Gonna check with beta to have them look into it. – Johnny Bones Feb 22 at 20:50

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