The X-Men movies have been dominating the Box Office for the longest time, much before the MCU took over to become a blockbuster franchise that attracts audiences to the theaters like a magnet.
The reason the MCU has maintained its successful streak is by staying true to the comic books. The X-Men movies, on the other hand, have decided to pave a path for themselves, confusing the fans faithful to the comic books.
The experience of going to the theater has changed drastically ever since the streaming platforms established their places in the entertainment business. It’s not like people prefer watching movies from the comfort of their homes. That would be rather presumptuous.
But, it seems like the moviegoers are tired of watching similar types of content and are only pulled over to the theaters when they know what to expect.
This brings us to the X-Men series, a franchise deemed as one of the last of its kind. You can literally watch all X-Men movies in order repeatedly and never get tired of them, ever.
And that is a massive accomplishment to be real because despite having taken a different route than the actual comics, these movies have developed loyal bonds with their fans who accept the differences unconditionally.
Nonetheless, it’s important to know how the X-Men movies differ from the comics. We are here to discuss, as a bonafide nerd, the differences between the X-Men movies and X-Men comic books.
- 1. Mystique Isn’t as Important in the Comics
- 2. The Actual X-Men Are Unlike the Avengers and the X-Men Portrayed in the Movies
- 3. Professor X is Not Exactly a Good Person
- 4. The Dark Phoenix Is Arguably the Best Comic Story Ever
- 5. It Wasn’t the Bullet That Paralyzed Professor X
- 6. Shadowcat Was Sent Back in Time, Not Wolverine
- 7. Wolverine is Short-Heighted
- In Conclusion
1. Mystique Isn’t as Important in the Comics
There is a pattern with Hollywood adaptations. The star power of an actor always comes in the way certain characters are portrayed on screen. In this case, Jennifer Lawrence ended up adding more nuance and substance to Mystique than the material present in the comic books.
When you make the comparison, you realize that in the comic books, Mystique’s character is mostly in the shadows. Yes, she is a member of the biggest group of superheroes ever, but she is never making the big decision or moving the needle to another level; instead, you will mostly find her lurking in the shadows. She is, in fact, a villain who betrays them.
What you see in the movies, however, is a more stylized and acceptable version of her. She’s more of an anti-hero than a villain and adds value to the team. All of this is possible because of Jennifer Lawrence, an actor whose credibility just cannot be ignored.
2. The Actual X-Men Are Unlike the Avengers and the X-Men Portrayed in the Movies
Let’s start off with the Avengers; it’s pretty obvious that the official and founding members of the Avengers can be counted on fingers, and they mostly reside in the West Coach. That is not really the case with the X-Men. In the comics, you will find several teams of mutants, all operating in different parts of the world and yet have some kind of affiliation with one another.
The same goes for the X-Men movies. You will get to see just one group that is operating as the X-Men, which is far from the actuality. It’s not the one group that saves the planet from evil and dark forces. There are countless mutants and subgroups that have links and associations with one another.
You will be in shock when you find out the actual number of mutants known as mutants and X-Men. While one-half of them are not appropriate for the big screen, the other half is not being considered to be included just yet. Let’s see what the future holds because there’s massive potential in each and every mutant in the comic books series.
3. Professor X is Not Exactly a Good Person
To be honest, nobody who has the power of controlling your mind and having telepathic abilities can be completely righteous. That’s exactly the problem with Professor X. In the movies; this is the only thing that they’ve got wrong. Most of the time, he is shown as this guiding force, the leader, the pariah, who is capable of no wrong. Does he have moments of confusion where he makes mistakes? Of course, but it eventually leaves a deeper insinuation of him having a conscience that means no harm – not intentional.
In the comics, he is seen as a sneaky person who can temper someone’s mind just to get things done his way. He always keeps secrets and can turn against you in a matter of minutes. With all the intelligence that he possesses, he is portrayed as this person who will only use it for the greater good, which is not true in comic books.
4. The Dark Phoenix Is Arguably the Best Comic Story Ever
Sometimes, you need to leave gold as it is. The makers of the X-Men series have tried and failed twice while making The Dark Phoenix. The saga is so eventful and magnanimous that people have attempted and bashed for their poor adaptation.
The two times when they’ve adapted the comic story, they’ve failed to portray the grandeur that it deserves–despite having the perfect story for the big screen. Is it because of the direction or the loopholes? Is it because the story, due to the nature of the intricacies, deserves a series instead of a two-hour film? So many questions, very few answers, and no good movie adaptation.
5. It Wasn’t the Bullet That Paralyzed Professor X
You have seen Professor X as this highly intelligent person and an important founding member of the X-Men. You have also seen this extremely powerful person, mostly confined to a wheelchair. So, what exactly happened here? How did he end up in a wheelchair for the rest of his long life?
Well, in the movie, the story claims that he was hit by a bullet that was actually shot at Magneto, but he ends up deflecting it, and it hits Professor X and leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. In the comic book series, he has an encounter with an alien who attacked him with a stone that crippled the bottom half of his body, paralyzing him forever.
6. Shadowcat Was Sent Back in Time, Not Wolverine
When you read the comic book series, specifically Day of Future Past, you discover that it was actually Kitty Pryde who was chosen to be sent back in time to warn her fellow comrades. Kitty Pryde is also known as Shadowcat.
In the movie version, they drastically changed the storyline to show Wolverine as the savior. It ended up creating a narrative that Wolverine was chosen to deliver the important message to the 1970s comrades.
7. Wolverine is Short-Heighted
The wolverine you see in the movies is a gorgeous-looking man, one of the best-looking people on the planet, period. This brings us to a point we tried to make earlier about the star power and the impact it has on certain characters. Well, in the movies, you see this extremely good-looking, a tall man playing the role of Wolverine. He is literally 6’2.
In the comic book series, Wolverine is shown as the superhero who is much smaller in physique and shorter, standing tall at 5’3. Of course, this raised a lot of queries and criticism as people lashed out at the wrong casting, considering it could have given the platform to people who actually have a shorter height.
But yeah, movies are superficial and vain at the end of the day. So instead of an actual adaptation of the comic book story, the people who watched the series adapted to the change.
These were some of the top differences that we could not bat an eye on and just ignore. The X-Men series is extremely popular even in the comic world, and so the adaptations are taken pretty seriously. Apart from the revolution of Mystique’s character and the height difference between the actual and movie version of Wolverine, which point of difference did you get the most shocked by? Let us know in the comment section below!