The X-Men comic book franchise started in 1964 as a daring parable: gifted individuals (more engaging/descriptive word?) persecuted for being born “differently” than the rest of the world. These “mutants” had two divergent leaders in Professor X, the MLK stand-in who believed humans and mutants could live together in harmony and Magneto, the Malcolm X radical who wanted mutants to rule over their inferior human counterparts. This has always been the crux of the X-Men storyline and compelling enough to maintain comic book’s most popular franchise for 50 years.

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