20 Of The Craziest Things About The X-men Universe You Wouldn't Know Unless You Read The Comics.
Weve all seen the hugely popular X-Men movies, but what have we been missing out on from the comics? Here are some of the craziest facts you may not know about the X-Men Universe!
1/20. Most people don't know that Mystique, one of the most prolific X-Men of all time, is actually bisexual. While working as a mutant detective known as Raven Darkhlme, she met her longtime partner and lover, Destiny.
2/20. In his official bio, Wolverines height is listed at only 53.
3/20. Artist Ethan Van Sciver secretly incorporated the word sex into nearly every page of New X-Men No. 118.
4/20. Explicitly referenced in recent decades is the comparison between antimutant sentiment and anti-Semitism. Magneto, a Holocaust survivor, sees the situation of mutants as similar to those of Jews in Nazi Germany. At one point he even utters the words "never again" in a 1992 episode of the X-Men animated series. The mutant slave labor camps on the island of Genosha, in which numbers were burned into mutant's foreheads, show much in common with Nazi concentration camps, as do the internment camps of the classic "Days of Future Past" storyline. In the third X-Men film, when asked by Callisto: "If you're so proud of being a mutant, then where's your mark?" Magneto shows his concentration camp tattoo, while mentioning that he will never let another needle touch his skin. In the prequel film X-Men: First Class, a fourteen-year-old Magneto suffers Nazi human experimentation during his time in the camps and witnesses his mother's death by gunshot.
5/20. In 1998, there was a crossover novel between the X-Men and the characters of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The resemblance between Professor Xavier and Jean-Luc Picard (both played by Patrick Stewart) is even mentioned at one point.
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6/20. Despite his repeated insistence to the contrary, Deadpool has never been a member of the X-Men.
7/20. Although this was not initially the case, Professor X has come to be compared to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and Magneto to the more militant Malcolm X. The X-Mens purpose is sometimes referred to as achieving "Xaviers dream," perhaps a reference to Kings historic "I Have a Dream" speech. (Magneto, in the first film, quotes Malcolm X with the line "By any means necessary.") X-Men comic books have often portrayed mutants as victims of mob violence, evoking images of the lynching of African Americans in the age before the American civil rights movement.
8/20. Magneto once took over leadership of the X-Men at the request of a dying Professor X.
9/20. Cyclops has three children and two grandchildren. His oldest son is twice his age.
10/20. Northstar, an openly gay member of the X-Men, married his partner, Kyle Jinadu, in Astonishing X-Men No. 51 in 2012.
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11/20. Professor X planned to recruit Wolverine's nemesis, Sabretooth, instead of Wolverine.
12/20. Jean Grey has died a total of thirteen times. She is the most commonly cited example of how comic book deaths do not stick.
13/20. X-men comics are the highest selling comics of all time, selling 7.1 million copies. Back in the early 90s, Jim Lee was THE artist everyone was emulating and no one - and no comic book property - was hotter. Lee had already worked his artistic magic on a run for Uncanny X-Men (including the debut of fan-favorite Gambit), but with this series - the first new X-Men title in almost thirty years - fans would get his pencils and his scripts. And they ate it up, buying multiple copies. You know, just in case they ever went up in value (with 7 million sold, they didn't).
14/20. Wolverine has personally killed seven of his eight known biological children.
15/20. Other directors considered for the first movie included Robert Rodriguez, Tim Burton, Richard Donner, Brett Ratner (who would later direct The Last Stand), John McTiernan, Danny Boyle, Irvin Kershner and Joel Schumacher.
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16/20. There is a mutant named Goldballs, who has the ability to you guessed it shoot gold balls from his body.
17/20. Lee devised the series title after Marvel publisher Martin Goodman turned down the initial name, "The Mutants," stating that readers would not know what a "mutant" was.
18/20. Nightcrawler is a devout Catholic.
19/20. Storm was the first female African-American superhero. She is also married to the Black Panther.
20/20. Zeitgeist is an X-Force mutant whose superpower is incredibly corrosive acid vomit.
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