10 Must Know X-Men Facts

10 Must Know X-Men facts 10 MYSTIQUE IS A BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER BADASS The shape-shifting Raven Darkhölme, aka Mystique, had a long-term partner in the comics named Destiny, but their relationship wasn’t openly depicted as gay until the issue Uncanny X-Men No

265 in 1990 Chris Claremont, a former X-Men writer, has said that he originally intended Mystique and Destiny to be Nightcrawler's biological parents He wanted Mystique to morph into a male body for the act of conception However, Marvel didn’t agree, because until 1989 the Comics Code Authority prohibited the explicit portrayal of LGBT characters This resulted in Claremont scrapping his plans for the lovers

Sources: AfterEllen, MICcom, ComicBookBin, Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code 9 MARVEL/DC CROSSOVER In 1996 Marvel and DC had a limited series comic book crossover where their superheroes faced off against each other The stories had an "out of universe" component, which meant that the outcome of primary battles was determined by readers’ votes, and the losing universe would cease to exist Wolverine took on DC alien Lobo and beat him in a brutal bar fight

Meanwhile, Quicksilver faced the Flash, but the Flash won due to his superior speed X-men’s Jubilee was defeated by Robin, who used his cape as a decoy and then tied up Jubilee And Storm fought Wonder Woman, winning the battle by striking Wonder Woman repeatedly with lightning Sources: Diffuser, Chicago Tribune 8 PATRICK STEWART HAD NO IDEA WHAT X-MEN WAS Even though Patrick Stewart had long been a fan favorite to play the part of Professor X, when he was first asked to take on the iconic mutant on film, the actor had no idea who the character was

So when one of the producers for the first X-Men film, Lauren Shuler Donner, handed him an 'X-Men' comic from her desk, Stewart sarcastically asked her "What am I doing on the front of a comic book?" Sources: Rolling Stone 7 WEIRD X-MEN POWERS With over 200 characters featured in the X-Men comics, it’s not possible for all of them to be featured on the silver screen Most of them haven’t been in the films due to their sub-par powers For example, there’s Skin, a mutant who has several feet of super saggy stretchy skin that he can control, Maggot, who has two super maggots in his stomach, which can digest anything, and Goldballs, who has the ridiculous ability to shoot gold balls from his body Sources: Cine Fix, Diffuser 6

X-MEN EASTER EGGS & REFERENCES In the X-Men film ‘Days of Future Past’, eagle-eyed fans should take a close look at Wolverine’s 1972 apartment There are samurai swords and a photo of Mount Fuji adorning his walls, honoring the character’s new history In addition, his curtains have brown, yellow and white stripes, paying homage to his classic costumes Another inside joke can be heard in the movie Deadpool, when Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead try to drag Deadpool off to meet their leader, Professor X He quips: “Stewart or McAvoy? I can never keep track of these alternate timelines

” Sources: Radio times, Screen Rant 5 HUGH JACKMAN HEIGHT & ALMOST SPIDER-MAN CAMEO At 19 m (6 ft 3 in), Hugh Jackman stands 30 cm taller than Wolverine, who in the original comic book is 160 m (5 ft 3 in) As a result, the filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles, or only from the waist up, to make him appear shorter than he actually is

To maintain the illusion of Wolverine’s short height, during filming Jackman’s co-stars wore platform soles In an interview with The Huffington Post, Hugh Jackman revealed that Wolverine almost had a cameo in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, but the producers couldn’t find his suit in time for the scene Sources: Marvelcom, xmenmovieswikia, cinefix, comingsoon 4

THE X-MEN ARE A RIP OFF Three months before the first X-Men comic was released by Marvel, DC had started their own band of mutated humans, complete with super powers, called the Doom Patrol And the similarities didn’t end there The first issue of The Doom Patrol had the tagline ‘The World’s Strangest Heroes” on the cover, while the X-Men’s first issue tagline was ‘The strangest superheroes of them all’ Furthermore, The Doom Patrol was led by a wheelchair-bound man named “the Chief” The only real difference in X-Men is that Professor X is bald

Sources: Comic Vine, Cracked 3 X-MEN REFLECTS THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND GAY RIGHTS The Civil Rights Movement of 1950/60s America inspired Stan Lee to weave some social commentary into X-Men Lee intended for the discrimination against mutants in the fictional X-Men world to be a mirror to the ideology of racism in the real world Meanwhile, the X-Men films are a metaphor for the contemporary fight for gay rights As X-Men director Bryan Singer explained, “Mutants are like gays

They’re cast out by society for no good reason” Ian McKellen took on the role of Magneto as he saw the importance of its parallels with the LGBT struggle for acceptance Sources: Comic Book Movies, Huffington Post, BBC 2 X-MEN: HEROES FOR HOPE In 1985 Marvel designed a special comic starring the X-Men titled ‘Heroes for Hope’, to raise awareness and money for the famine in Ethiopia More than half a million dollars in proceeds from the comic were supposed to be given to Oxfam

However, Oxfam rejected the proceeds as they found the content of the special comic ”racist, sexist, and reprehensible”, especially the depiction of X-Men heroine Storm, who is of African heritage Instead, the money went to the American Friends Service Committee, to help in their work on behalf of the Ethiopian famine relief and recovery The comic book featured an all-star line-up of the comic’s creators, as well as a few notable authors from outside the comic book industry, such as Stephen King and Game of Thrones writer George R R Martin

Sources: Comic Vine, Retro Junk, Revolvy 1 X-MEN PREDICTED THE FUTURE In a 1985 X-men comic book, issue #189, the story depicts a dystopian America where fanatics have destroyed the World Trade Center in a terrorist attack Rachel Summers, a mutant with telepathic powers, sees the devastation in her ’mind’s eye’ Above the collapsed twin towers it reads, “she sees lower Manhattan burning The twin towers of the world trade center lie in ruins

Thousands are dead, many more are injured” Sources: Above Top Secret, marvelwikia

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