fictional superhero team in Marvel Comics

The X-Men, are a team of fictional characters and superheroes who were born with special mutant powers, making them different from regular humans. The X-Men characters are owned by Marvel Comics, which publishes comic books featuring them as well as many other superheroes. The comic book was one of the first to combine social issues and social commentary into a superhero story, set in a world where people with mutant abilities are hated by those born without them. This is similar to acts of ableism seen throughout history. Unlike "some" mutants, the X-Men try to be good and show tolerance toward humans and other mutants. The idea behind the superheroes were inspired by the African-American equality supporters like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.[1][2]

'X' symbol from X-Men logo.

Characters change

Original X-Men change

The original X-Men, as created by writer Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, were

Mutant Name Real Name Gender Powers
Cyclops Scott Summers Male can shoot energy from eyes
Beast Hank McCoy Male An ape-like body, later had blue fur
Iceman Robert "Bobby" Drake Male Can make ice and snow.
Angel Warren Kenneth Worthington III Male Flight, healing. Has big wings with white feathers, like an angel
Marvel Girl Jean Grey Female Has mind powers (Telepathy, Telekinesis)

and all first appeared in X-Men #1 (Sept 1963).

The leader and mentor of the X-Men is Professor Charles Xavier, who is more commonly known as "Professor X" and has mental powers. He wants to gain civil rights for mutants in the way that Martin Luther King did for African Americans; through peace.

Other X-Men change

Some other well-known X-Men include

Mutant Name Real Name Gender Powers
Wolverine James "Logan" Howlett Male Has sharp metal claws that come out of his knuckles, metal skeleton, and a healing power.
Nightcrawler Kurt Wagner Male teleportation. Has blue fur, pointy ears and a tail
Storm Ororo Munroe Female Can control the weather, fly
Gambit Remy LeBeau Male Can charge any object with energy which then makes them explode. He usually uses poker cards.
Rogue Anna Marie Female Can absorb powers and memories from other people when she touches them.
Colossus Piotr "Peter" Nikolaievitch Rasputin Male Can turn body into steel, that gives him additional strength
Jubilee Jubilation Lee Female Can shoot fireworks from her hands
White Queen Emma Frost Female Telepath
Psylocke Elizabeth Braddock Female Telepath
Shadowcat Kathrine "Kitty" Pryde Female Can move through solid objects (phasing)

Some of the X-Men's enemies include Magneto, Mystique, Sabretooth, Toad, Juggernaut, Mister Sinister and Apocalypse. The leader of X-Men's enemies is Magneto. He wants to gain civil rights for mutants in the forceful style of Malcolm X.[3]

Other media change

The X-Men characters have since been featured in various comic book series, motion pictures, toys, animated series, and much more.

References change

  1. Godoski, Andrew (2011-06-01). "Professor X And Magneto: Allegories For Martin Luther King, Jr. And Malcolm X". Screened. Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2012-08-18.
  2. Shutt, Craig (August 1997). "Bad is Good". Wizard. No. 72. p. 38.
  3. Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity - Page 114, Jason Dittmer - 2010