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Did you know that the number of words that start with the letter ‘X’ spans two pages in my dictionary? Sad, but true. So today let’s rant about the X-Men, because that’s what neeks like me do!


X-Men Animated Series

This show will always be awesome

FACT: As much as I love Marvel to death, I don’t actually read a lot of their comics. Everything that I know about X-Men and Spider-man before the live action movies came from the great animated series that they had in the 90’s. That’s not to say that I don’t own any comics, because I do.

I honestly can’t tell you what kind of little girl shows there were in the 90’s because I was busy watching all the boy shows. The boy shows always seemed to be more engaging with great story lines and plot and cooler character designs. I’ve viewed some of the X-Men episodes recently and though I admit the animation could probably be a bit smoother, it still holds up in terms of story and characterization.

X-Men Evolution Poster by roonc

Not a bad take on the X-men actually

Fast forward to the 2000’s. The show got a face lift. The characters became highschoolers and it got to introduce a couple other popular characters that weren’t included in the 90’s series: Nightcrawler and Shadowcat. What bugged me initially was the lack of love triangle between Jean Grey, Scott Summers (Cyclops), and Logan (Wolverine). They made Jean and Scott younger, but kept Logan older. To compensate, they introduced some random annoying high school jock to be placed in the way of Jean and Scott’s relationship. They did away with Gambit and Jubilee, which was pretty annoying because Rogue and Gamibt will forever be one of my favorite couples. And Jubilee would’ve fit with the high school cast pretty well since she was about that around that age in the 90’s series. Actually, she just kind of disappeared all together… I can’t even recall her having a cameo in the live action films.

Despite some of my initial aggravations about the new show (X-Men Evolution) it was still really likable. The voice acting was done better and the animation is quite a bit more smoother than the one from the 90’s. And there was still a workable plot present.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee. Comic book creator extraordinaire! I breathed the same air as him once before.

I’m not a huge DC Comics fan, but I must admit that even DC Comics had some great animated shows for their super heroes around this time period. Justice League is just well done and went far beyond the hokey show Super Friends was (how many people wanted to punch the Wonder Twins?). And don’t get me started on how much I love Batman: The Animated Series with its amazing noir-esque style and added depth to the Dark Knight. I tried watching some of the cartoons that kids have nowadays. I think one of the more popular shows is Adventure Time… It wasn’t a pleasant viewing experience for me…

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      Maaaaaaaybe. But I’m sure even they had to admit that X-Men was better than Super Friends. There are some of the older cartoons that are still enjoyable to watch today, like Scooby-Doo and the Flintstones.

  1. Wolverine. Sigh. I was in LOVE with him in high school (the old school version) – I was totally drawn to his dark angst. When they cast Hugh Jackman as Logan, I was a fan all over again.

    X-men. Yes.

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      Hugh Jackman was born to play Wolverine just like how Robert Downey, Jr. was born to play Iron Man. Those two look almost identical to their comic book counterparts, it’s just amazing.

  2. I have to confess that I, too, scoured the dictionary for X words, and Q words and Z words. On the other hand, I learned a lot of new words because of it. Although how I’ll work xylotomy into a conversation, I have no idea.
    Love the X-men post!

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