The 1 Thing Marvel Needs to Do Differently With ‘X-Men,’ According to Fans

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen anything in the X-Men franchise, with “X-Men” in the title, despite previous attempts struggling to find the right creative balance. Because 20th Century Fox owned the rights to X-Men, past movies gave Marvel fans fits because the studio didn’t adhere close enough to the comic book editions.

There was plenty of overlooked mystery to the characters, including the use of more magic and dragons, much like Game of Thrones. All of this was recently noted on Reddit where we’re always seeing pop culture theories and threads sounding off on what a movie franchise gets wrong.

Now with Disney buying Fox content, there’s talk about rebooting X-Men. Fans on Reddit are requesting a return to the comic book source for improvements. Whether Kevin Feige will is a matter of resisting the urge to constantly do something different.

How much did the ‘X-Men’ franchise leave out when at Fox?

Michael Fassbender attends the "Steve Jobs" Closing Night Gala during the BFI London Film Festival.
Michael Fassbender portrays Magneto in the ‘X-Men’ franchise. | John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI

You can always gauge opinion about pop culture on Reddit, a source we’ve been using a lot recently to tap into the public zeitgeist. A thread started there recently gave a litany of ideas on how to fix the X-Men franchise and return it to a level comic book fans expect.

The thread starter listed everything from the nationality of Professor X to the background of Magneto, plus the original evilness of Mystique. All of the original characterizations were revamped and essentially beefed up for the big screen. We shouldn’t have expected anything less at Fox at the time, especially when superheroes almost 20 years ago were expected to have a specific, modern look.

Those of you familiar with comic book lore will also know the costumes of the X-Men in the first 2000 movie were all black leather rather than yellow and fabric in the original comic book edition. Also, the character names were slightly different, including a couple of characters not even in the early movies.

These changes aren’t necessarily worth carping over. What’s eating at fans is the idea that Fox had to make a new X-Men franchise a certain way to fit into the times. Are they right, or was it better to stick with the original Marvel intentions for the characters?

Should Professor X become an American in a reboot?

It’s hard to form any criticism in having Patrick Stewart playing Professor X in the original X-Men films. In the comic books, though, he was an American character and not British. Would a reboot on a place like Disney+ decide to change his nationality just to please purists?

In our book, that’s hardly an important character change. Some think if you really want to give a more international feel to the characters, they should change Quicksilver back to having Eastern European ancestry who happened to be raised by gypsies. If you recall, Fox made him strictly American, showing the strange give and take when it came to nationalities of these superheroes.

Others think there’s another important element overlooked in the sometimes questionable superhero backgrounds. Part of this comes in changing Mystique back to being a much darker character than what we saw in the movies.

Just how evil was Mystique in the comic books?

Once you start researching the backstories of these characters, you see how evil Mystique originally was, from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, complete with a white robe and skull on her forehead. She was also much older than the X-Men films let on.

For some, the changes to Mystique were one of the biggest character problems. Considering audiences today are going for darker superheroes, Mystique may be the only one going back to her comic book origins.

As for characters like Wolverine, it’s noted he didn’t appear until later editions of X-Men comic books. We can’t imagine any reboot could be done without Wolverine/Logan and Hugh Jackman returning for a reasonably affordable seven-figure fee.