There’s More To The X-Men Comics Than Meets The Eye

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Alyssa Guzik
May 16, 2024

It’s been 27 years since the X-Men cartoon ended. With the launch of its sequel, X-Men ‘97, many are starting to see how powerfully these characters reflect the Civil Rights movement.

Created in 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights movement, the X-Men were human first, mutant second. As fantastic as their powers were, the characters wanted to be viewed, treated, and respected as people, not as ‘other’.

Like the Black community that faced discrimination, mutants in the X-Men universe faced fear and hatred. Professor X shares similarities with Martin Luther King Jr. figure as an advocate for peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans, while Magneto bears symbolic resemblance to Malcolm X, who believed in non-peaceful responses to oppression.

Through storylines that explore themes of prejudice, equality, and acceptance, the X-Men comics have always been a powerful commentary on the struggles faced by marginalized groups, making them engrossing superhero stories and important mirrors reflecting real-world social issues.

Their stories remind us that despite bigotry we have the strength to  make the world better. The X-Men show us that our differences are our strength and as a community, we can achieve amazing things. If you had superpowers, how would you use them?