Charles Xavier, a powerful mutant telepath, has brought together a select number of these uncanny youngsters and formed The X-Men, a team that he would train at his Xavier’s School for “Gifted Youngsters” to use their abilities to bring forth a world where humans and mutants can peacefully co-exist, and at the same time, ward off those mutants who would use their powers to commit criminal or terrorist acts like Xavier’s onetime friend, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 60’s, the X-Men has since become one of the most popular superhero franchises ever, spawning various spin-offs in comics and other media.
It is also safe to say The X-Men made history once again after the release of the 2000 blockbuster film, which spawned the trend of the “summer superhero film”, which is still quite strong and popular today.
The X-Men franchise may have evolved a great deal over the decades, but one very important aspect has remained, and that is whether it is social equality, religion or racial tolerance, X-Men stories will forever tackle these subjects head-on and inspire fans of all ages to stand up and do what’s right for themselves and those different than them, no matter the cost or sacrifice. - Dave Michaels, ENR Columnist