August 25, 2010 Leave a comment
The general populace of the Marvel Universe do not really like mutants. After all, the X-Men’s tagline says “Sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them” for good reason. The general idea is that mutants are just like ordinary humans until puberty, when they develop superhuman abilities. Ordinary folk dislike this for two reasons: first, the powers can have unpredictable results. Perhaps a mutant might lose control of their powers and blow up a city block. Perhaps they might take advantage of their ability to walk through walls and rob a bank. Second, humans have a natural dislike of anything superior to themselves. Mutants are refered to as the next step in human evolution. Hell, they’re refered to as “Homo Superior”. That’s pretty much rubbing it in the face of the rank and file civilian.
But this is well-known information. Why break up the Fables countdown for this? I have a problem with the reaction towards mutants in the Marvel Universe. Actually, not so much in that I question the response towards them – that is completely understandable by looking at human nature. Rather, I question the trust thrown towards other super-heroes while all the hate is being lobbied at the X-Men and their kin. To me, it’s a contradiction of opinion that has gone on mostly unquestioned for nearly 50 years.