I tend to say that X-Men was my gateway drug to all things superhero and comic books. While I did watch Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) when I was a child thanks to my mum really liking them, it wasn’t until I started watching the 90’s X-Men cartoon that I came to really like the idea of people with superpowers and what that could mean.
The animated series introduced me to loads of characters and story arcs that I ended up loving. Immediately my favourite characters were Wolverine and Gambit. Also the animated series had the best opening theme.
Then there came X-Men: Evolution which put the majority of the X-Men in high school so you got to see that dilemma of having crazy powers and still having to deal with everyday school drama. I think that series was my favourite as it really delved into some characters backstories that I’d never seen before, for instance Mystique and her relation to Rouge and Nightcrawler, and they did some of the major storylines like Apocalypse. All the characters were quite complex and I continued to love Wolverine – his friendship with the younger X-Men was great.
I know there was the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon but I’ve never watched that – the animation style didn’t really appeal to me to be honest.
And then there’s the movies. Now the continuity of the X-Men movies is a pain to figure out and sometimes it’s just easier not to. You can also find faults in all the movies if you really wanted to but I do like them all to some degree. I can’t even 100% hate The Last Stand since it had Colossus play a bigger role. X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class are my favourites out of all the films so far. I am intrigued, nervous and excited about how X-Men: Days of Future Past will play out on screen – while I haven’t read the comic it’s based on, I am a little gutted that they’ve given the pivotal role that was Kitty Pryde’s and have given it to Wolverine. I am looking forward to seeing both the older cast and the younger ones together in one film but it’s such a big task that so much could go wrong.
No matter what happens in the films, I will always like the X-Men characters. Like I said, it was through these superpowered characters that I then went on to watch and enjoy other superhero TV shows and films. So I will always love and thank X-Men for being my gateway drug to this crazy world.
To give you an idea of how awesome the 90’s cartoon was, check out this video: