It's a shame the movies dropped the ball so badly.
|When they're not doing things like this.|
The movies don't really have any of this. There are no other superhumans,or at least none that are ever mentioned. This also means there aren't ever really any non-mutant superpowered threats, so humanity sees mutants fighting either government agencies or other mutants. And, especially in the first and second movies, the ratio of "terrifying forces of nature" to "normal folks with feathers and fur" is just a weensy bit lopsided. In the first movie, the good guys consist of: two people that can read and control minds, one of whom can also move objects with her minds, a woman that can summon lightning and tornadoes, a girl that can drain memories and life force from the people she touches, a guy who uncontrollably shoots lasers out of his eyes, and an unstoppable killing machine. There are some younger students at the school, but even those are shown doing things like conjuring ice and walking through walls. The second movie opens with a teleporting mutant that almost succeeds in killing the president. By the third movie, there are dozens of incredibly powerful mutants fighting on both sides of the conflict.
|Xavier's School for Gifted Death Machines|
The fear of mutants in the movie is perfectly understandable and even reasonable. If you turned on the news tomorrow and started seeing stories about people that could bench press a tank or blow a hole in a vault by staring at it, you'd... well, probably, given that you're reading this blog, you'd say "Awesome!" But most people would react with fear, and it's actually a pretty sensible reaction. Even if every single mutant was a super nice person, that doesn't preclude the bizarre kinds of accidents that you normally only see around industrial machinery, and that's before you even bring in the concept of them getting drunk or having a bad breakup.
|Twenty minutes later, he wrecks the place |
they went on their first date
It's unfortunate, because a few minor tweaks to the movies would make all of these issues disappear. An offhanded mention of how few mutants have dangerous abilities, for example, and a brief note on a news show about non-mutant supers that Fox has access to, like Alpha Flight, could make the parallels much more clear. However,without these and without the greater framework of the Marvel universe, humanity's fear of mutants in the movies actually makes a lot of sense, and this undermines what should be one of the strongest themes in the film.
|Just not this Alpha Flight, please.|