From Cyclops killing Professor X to Storm vindictive leadership of the X-Men. With the first 5 of the past still in the present and Old Man Logan magically/weirdly in the 616. Having Magneto apart of the X-Men and the X-Men sheer dislike for each other. Usually comics and the X-Men mirror our own world. With racism and homophobia being the epidemic it was in the 60’s. When the X-Men were originally created in the 1963 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. What’s the point of reading the X-Men books?
Now that things have changed in our world. Moments like, the Supreme Court declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Then you have Black Lives Matters, an international activist movement, originated in the African American community, that campaigns against violence towards black people.
You have writers like Brian Michael Bendis doing originals stories like All New X-Men. Stories that had such originality and fizzled and over stayed it welcome. All New X-Men brought, Jean Grey (marvel girl, Scott Summers (Cyclops), Bobby Drake (Iceman), Warren Worthington III (Angel) and Hank McCoy (Beast) from 1963 to 2014. The characters were brought to future and change things. They fixed the problem and they’re still in the 2000’s, still living their lives. They haven’t returned to the 1960’s.
Marvel recently published a comic called X-Men ’92. At first I thought it was because of the nostalgia train and MARVEL wanted the cash grab. Now I think it’s because that’s the last time the X-Men really stood for something. Yes, I know the New X-Men title was unique and different. With Grant Morrison shaking things up and adding some flare. With new characters like John Sublime and Xorn and giving a different identity to established characters like Cyclops, Wolverine and Emma Frost.
I also believe a lot of what’s going on with the X-Men is a result of Fox owning the movie rights. Which is why we see Old Man Logan showing up in the comics. We have a new movie starring Huge Jackman as Old Man Logan. Then you have Deadpool gaining popularity from his movie starring Ryan Reynolds. You see that transition to comic sales and the number of Deadpool. Like what happened with the Fantastic Four comic canceling. Most believe because of the poor reviews of the movie.
Then you have Marvel and DC comics selling more towards a younger crowd. Comics are trying to be for kids and that’s changing the dialogue that comics have grown into for the past 40 years. From the Bronze Age of comics with extreme and murderous characters like the Punisher and Ghost Rider being created. Then Marvel seeing more towards adults who used to read the comics as kids.
Have the X-Men won? Have they gained acceptance of the majority in the marvel 616 universe? Even after the “No More Mutants” and you now have less mutants. Have the X-Men and mutants finally been accepted and if so, is it time for the X-Men to go away, much like the Fantastic Four?
After reading the Bendis’ run of Uncanny X-Men. No, the X-Men having won. Watching Cyclops take the place of Magneto. You see the hate for mutants was there and still growing. Even when Storm lead the X-Men you saw the pressure and hate get to her. The X-Men should never go away, because there will always be something that a majority of people hate, when it comes to people. The X-Men should be the analog for resistance. They should be the reminder that, people are people, no matter what bigots think. I do think the X-Men need a reboot or new status quo when it comes to characters.
Thank you so much Kevin Coffee for giving me this idea.
Written by FTO : NERD TALK