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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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