I have always been fascinated by the X-Men. When I was about 10 years old, I would wake up 5 o’clock in the morning not to miss any sequel of the X-Men. These super mutants with their super powers where like a super fantasy for a young boy like me.
X-Men accept being an very exciting cartoon has many real life dimensions in it. Topics like discrimination, racism, political instability and danger for extremism are central themes in the X-Men. Like in the real world the characters in the X-Men suffer from identity crisis, inferiority complexes, guilt and shame. The mutants in the X-Men are divided into two groups, one group who want to live in pease, while the other craves on hate. One group sees hope in the future while the other envision only apocalypse.
During my study in the work of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King I encountered many similarities between these leaders and the leaders of the X-Men.
Charles Xavior and Martin Luther King, both where leaders who believed in the good of mankind. They had an idealistic view on life they believed in forgetting the past and looking at the future. They believed in non-violence by preserving their own identity. They believed in the system and tried to implement laws and rule which protected and supported there people (mutants and negro’s). They believed in integration and living in harmony with each other as the true path.
Malcolm X and Magneto, on the other hand were totally the opposite. They had tuff life from the very beginning. Malcolm X’s father was killed and there house burned by the Ku Klux Clans. Magneto’s parents were executed in the Nazi camps during the second world war. There hearths where filled by fear and hate from the very beginning of there childhood. They had lost all their faith in the supreme powers. They believed profoundly, that the only solution was a complete segregation. Violence was the only answer to reach pease and total independence. They provoked their followers to get out of there inferiority complexes which where opposed on them. Not them but they are the superior raise and they must rule upon the whites and the non-mutants. Living in pease was not an option because there enemies will always hate what is different from them.
They fit so beautifully together in this picture, as I write this I see the struggle between good and bad they/we are trapped in.