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					X Men Animated Series

The X Men animated series first aired in the early 90s, but since then
newer versions of the X Men animated series such as X Men Evolution and
Wolverine and the X Men have aired in the 21st century. All of the X Men
series are based off of the popular Marvel superhero team which has also
provided inspiration for the X Men movie franchise and the X Men action
figure lines. Long after their conception, the X Men continue to
fascinate the public, providing entertainment as well as provoking
thoughtful debate over the idea of mutants and how it relates to real
life society.

The underlying theme of X Men animated series is the idea of training
individuals with mutant powers to use them for good and to benefit
humanity. However, the journey is difficult as mutants first have to deal
with the shock of possessing mutant powers, and then they have to deal
with the consequences of their abilities. People without mutant abilities
don’t understand them and even show prejudice and discriminate against
them for who they are. At the same time, they’re fighting on behalf of
the people who reject them, though often the adversaries are other
mutants who use their powers for malevolent means. These mutant “bad
guys” often see themselves as superior to normal people because of the
abilities they possess and while this belief seems misguided, the “good”
mutants struggle with the fact that they have a point. In a way, they’re
gifted in a way that other people are not, and the only reason it feels
like a curse is because they’re rejected for being different.

X Men brings up the issue of conformity and more abstractly, the nature
of humanity. People often fear and reject things that they’re not used to
just because they unfamiliar. This has a series of consequences that
range from simple to serious. This kind of fear could be responsible for
not trying out rock climbing, or it could also be responsible for
discriminating against other races. The issue of whether mutants should
be “cured” has been said to have a parallel with genetic engineering and
gay rights. Is it ethical to take control of biological destiny, and
should people have to change to be accepted by society’s rules.

The metaphor isn’t perfect because after all, X Men is still a fantasy.
As far as we know, mutations haven’t provided people with superpowers and
such a diverse lot of them at that, with there happening to be someone
who can control fire, someone who controls ice, someone who can use
telekinesis, someone who shoots lasers, and so on—it drips of human wish
fulfillment and imagination. Nevertheless, even if the X Men animated
series is just a cartoon, it addresses concepts that have real life
implications that are worth thinking about.

				
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