Stephanie Brown. Formerly a variable. A loose end. A liability. As Spoiler, Brown’s skill was perpetually outweighed by her need to both please…and obsess. Thought I’m tempted to say I misjudged her, that isn’t the case. Who she was just so happens to no longer be who she is. Reminding me of the original Batgirl in more ways than one… Brown’s now a wild card in the best of ways. As the only low-profile member of the family team organization, Stephanie has an invisibility the rest of us do not have the luxury of possessing. Like the others, Brown has shown growth in my absence. Unlike the others, my return may have the least impact on her operation—one not born of fear, but of hope for a brighter tomorrow. Who knows—maybe there’s room for hope in Gotham, after all.
It’s about fucking mutants stop trying to making this meaningful.
Media—comics, film, literature, video games—exist for us to find our own meaning and value in it. Especially mutants, which are a super powerful and accessible metaphor for nearly anyone who has ever felt maligned for reasons beyond their control. Shut up.
The X-Men have been an allegory for racism ever since their creation you fucking idiot
If that hasn’t been blatantly obvious from the first issue you picked up, then I don’t know what kinda shit you’re on.
Also, fun fact, the movies show the divide between humans and mutants as an allegory for the LGBT+ civil rights movement going on now.
In a facebook post by X-Men movie writer Zach Stentz:
And in an interview on why he chose to play Magneto, Sir Ian McKellan said:
"I was sold it by Bryan [Singer, the director of the X-Men movies] who said, ‘Mutants are like gays. They’re cast out by society for no good reason. And, as in all civil rights movements, they have to decide: Are they going to take the Xavier line — which is to somehow assimilate and stand up for yourself and be proud of what you are, but get on with everybody — or are you going to take the alternative view — which is, if necessary, use violence to stand up for your own rights. And that’s true. I’ve come across that division within the gay rights movement.”
Marvel has always been about seeing yourself within the characters. Spider-man even though he has super powers, has every day life problems. Making the right decisions, money issues, relationship issues, etc. etc. X-men have always been about discrimination. Whether it’s Race, gender, or sexual orientation. If you don’t like it, go read/watch DC movies about billionaires and aliens.
I based my research paper for a writing course on how comic books reflect human elements and historical issues and understanding the depth of superheroes and their origins can help moral development and I talked about how X-Men, as mentioned above, was a reflection of the civil rights movements and the racism and bigotry in society. One of the most memorable quotes that I found was Stan Lee’s from one of his monthly “Stan’s Soapbox”:
Let's lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed villains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them-- to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are...
In comic books, people rely on superheroes who can easily fight prejudiced villains, but prejudice and bigotry in the real world is not so simple to defeat. Stan Lee acknowledged that we cannot fight such things as superheroes do. The creation of the X-men comics and the idea of mutants may not cure racism and prejudice right away, but it is a a good beginning. It is an educational tool that raises awareness and builds understanding… and if people understand, if people were to see beyond someone’s differences maybe they wouldn’t be so angry or as Nightcrawler described them above, afraid.
I don’t know, I just felt like I should add this.