Yes, it's been done to death
No, it's the core foundation of X-Men
Reduced divide. Lol, it's a whitewash.
The Anti-Mutant angle on its own never made sense in the larger Marvel Universe. If people are scared about groups possessing superhuman powers and eventual replacing normal humanity, this is something that includes 90% of all superhumans.
The logical conclusion would be, instead of lessen the Mutant Phobia, pushing it to a Superhuman Phobia.
In the end, mutants have done less damage over the years in the MU, than all of these pesky supervillains did.
Dr. Doom mindcontrolling the entire planet for a month, Dr Octopus, trying to nuke NYC, the Leader actually succeeding in Gammatown, the Jackal wiping out an entire city with a tailored bio-weapon, are just some of the examples of supercriminals being frisky.
On the other hand, Post-reboot DCU certainly takes it blueprint from the X-Books already, with superheroes being mistrusted by the Goverment and the people. I cannot imagine, that Marvel will copy a story-approach, which has been copied already from them.
It's fine. They just need to think more when they're writing stuff.
I said yes. When we have mutants with powers of mind manipluation, energy blasts, the ability to control weather. Then the argument that they are 'powerless' and persecuted becomes hard to take.
It still hurts when people are mean, even if you have awesome power.
I mean no offense here, but while mutants tend to be powerful as individuals, individual power doesn't mean a damned thing if the society you live in and the government that controls said society is actively opposed to your existence to the point of being willing to take crypto-genocidal measures regarding you and those like you. Most telepaths don't have the brainpower to radically reshape all 6 billion plus individual humans' opinions on mutants or any other particular topic. Energy blasts are only different from conventional firepower in the sense that said firepower is part of your body, and as a lot of real-life militia groups tend to learn the hard way in this and other countries, "the government has bigger and more guns than you do." Weather control I will concede if only because weather control could be used to resolve climate change and thus "buy" a certain level of mainstream support from human politicians and political activists. Unfortunately, that won't stop the people in government who have their own agendas regarding mutants from trying to find an angle they can use to persecute them even if certain mutants really are trying to be helpful to society at large.When we have mutants with powers of mind manipluation, energy blasts, the ability to control weather. Then the argument that they are 'powerless' and persecuted becomes hard to take.
Most relevantly, prejudices tend to be sustained through populist logic, or the twisting of logic to fit into fallacious populism. Demagogues will often paint the targets of their prejudice as "elites" or "elitists" who believe they're "entitled to get over on you because of something they feel they have that you don't," and that logic appeals to a lot of people who feel they've fallen on hard times or don't like the changes they see in society as it struggles toward being more equitable. Being reassured that they are "right" to feel uneasy around peoples or groups they see as encroaching upon "what's theirs" is what strengthens this mentality, and it has resulted in great harm to minority groups that managed to achieve status and wealth despite the best efforts of the majority group. It's why post-Reconstruction America was marked by all sorts of horror stories of enclaves of wealthy African-Americans being assaulted by angry working-class whites that savaged those enclaves and made off with whatever they didn't burn or destroy, or how wealthy Jewish citizens were forcibly stripped of their wealth by Nazis, whose propaganda painted those persons as "leeches" stealing from "good German people." In both cases, a minority group was able to attain status and wealth despite the general discrimination they faced at the hands of the majority group, and many in the majority group who did not enjoy such status or wealth felt threatened that the people they'd been taught to see as their "inferiors" had nicer houses and more "respectable" occupations than they did. Extend that to mutants in the Marvel Universe and it's the same basic principle --- a majority group feeling threatened that a minority group they see as subhuman and inferior can have more personal power than the majority group does --- only that minority group can also "kill you with their brains," to slightly paraphrase River in Firefly.
Back in black, the hunter is ready to claim his prey.
Beyond that, the fearmongering rhetoric utilized by the anti-mutant contingents was never "We're gonna be replaced!" it was always "They can read minds and walk through walls and shoot lazer beams from their eyes!! Do you want your kids going to school with creatures that can do that?!? Do you want your neighbor reading your mind?" It was all about the powers and how "dangerous" it made the mutants...not about the course of comic-book evolution. Certainly pro-mutant terrorist groups ala the Brotherhood tried to make it so, but they were considered the lunatic fringe of mutantkind. Certainly the most -dangerous- lunatic fringe of mutantkind, but the governments and people weren't worried about Magneto replacing them, they were worried about him causing global EMPs and such.
Basically, if the argument (again, until the Morrisonian era of X-Men) was about the powers and how dangerous they are, then it has never really made sense why the public puts "mutants" and "non-mutant" in different categories. They gets especially egregious when you have characters like Thor and Hercules running about as "accepted" heroes, for whom the socio-political-religious implications thereof would be just as far-reaching and possibly even more fear-inciting than mutantkind's existence, if Marvel had any interest in realistic portrayals of such things when it doesn't suit the story they're trying to tell.
Personally, I think "anti-mutant" hysteria isn't going away anytime soon. The only difference now is that because enough people complained out-of-universe about how heroic characters like the Avengers were constrained by the tropes of the universe they occupied and therefore didn't show up to fix all the X-Men's problems for them, the Avengers will be taking a more active hand in such things. Congratulations.
Last edited by Jmacq1; 07-13-2012 at 08:23 AM.
The argument was never about powers only, just look at the Morlocks. Most mutants aren't as powerful as the X-men (or their foes), never have been.
What about the morlocks? They were slaughtered by other mutants (and in fact, all the greatest cullings of the mutant population have been ultimately perpetrated by other mutants). The general public was generally unaware of them altogether so they were moot to the public argument.
The arguments that were used in public were always about powers and the inherent belief the anti-mutant factions held that mutants would not be able to use them in a morally, legally, or ethically acceptable manner. It was the whole point behind the Mutant Registration Act. They didn't just want to know you were a mutant...they wanted to know what you could DO. There may have been mutants far less powerful than the X-Men and their foes, but the X-Men and their foes, for better or for worse, were the "public faces" of mutantkind. The fact that less powerful mutants exist/existed was irrelevant. There were mutants out there that COULD do these amazing and incredibly destructive/invasive things, and that drove the fearmongering (again, until the argument evolved much later on).
They are trying something new and I think it is a great idea.
I don't see why they can't keep it as is and make it action / adventure too. It was like that from the begining until about 2002.
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