I understand that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and The Avengers are a big hit right now, but I grew up with the X-Men.
I’ve always connected with X-Men because of the similarities between mutants and LGBT people.
Even the very first X-Men movie shows politicians trying to enact a Mutant Registration Act. You can’t deny the similarities. Since gay people feel different and are often treated differently by society, we become mutants. We receive funny glances, the hateful rhetoric, and the discrimination hurled our way. Many of us are shunned from our families, left to live on our own. Some of us must live in hiding and almost always, in fear.
We’re used to it.
I guess that’s why I’ve always connected with the X-Men. When it comes to comics in general, there’s no greater story than the The Dark Phoenix Saga. It’s a haunting and beautiful story about love, friendship, and sacrifice. Ultimately, I know some of the X-Men movies have been hit-or-miss. However, I’m looking forward to the Dark Phoenix movie and seeing this story unfold onscreen.