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Fan Theories About The X-Men That Make A Ton Of Sense

March 4, 2021 4.1k votes 945 voters 139.2k views15 items

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Ever since the X-Men first appeared in The X-Men #1 back in 1963, the group of Marvel's merry mutants have been some of the most popular characters in all of comic book history. As mutants, the team functions as a stand-in for all the prejudice and hate directed at minorities, and folks have been able to relate to that through their own experiences, making them insanely popular for decades.

In all that time, the X-Men and its affiliated characters have been published in thousands of comic books, appeared in numerous animated series, and had multiple live-action film franchises. As a result, the fans have put a lot of time and attention into coming up with some fan theories about their favorite characters, and believe it or not, a lot of them make some sense.

While some have either been proven true or false with the passage of time, they are nonetheless incredibly creative. Plenty of fans have taken to the FanTheories subreddit to share their thoughts on Marvel's mutants, and a lot of them make sense. The more believable fan theories that have come out are listed below. Take a look, and when you find something you think might actually be true, be sure to give it an upvote to see if it makes its way to the top of the list!

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    Wolverine's Bright Yellow Costume Is Designed To Draw Fire In His Direction

    From Redditor u/crime_thug:

    I was reading this interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold, on why after teasing Wolverine's yellow superhero costume from the comics they have not put it in any of the movies. Specifically, he says:

    "Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than the desire to put on a trademarked outfit, particularly canary yellow, and kind of prance about doing good deeds and have people go, “Oh my God! It’s The Wolverine!” At least as I see him, that’s a real struggle for me and always has been."

    I think that this is true, and carries over to the comics. The stoic, grumpy, serious Wolverine doesn't really have a personality to match the flamboyant bright yellow costume. So why does he wear it? Consider:

    1. He only seems to wear the yellow costume when working with the X-Men. When he is working on his own, he usually wears his everyday clothes.
    2. Practically half the X-Men are teenagers, depending on which version of the team. There's usually at least one underager on the team. The particularly reactive nature of the X-Men as a superhero team made up of oppressed minorities makes putting insanely powerful teenagers in harmful situations look somewhat necessary.
    3. Wolverine is ridiculously tough and for all intents and purposes impervious to harm.
    4. Wolverine is extremely protective of the young X-Men. Consider his fan-beloved arcs mentoring Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, X-23, Rogue etc. Also, in Jason Aaron's run Logan starts his own branch of X-Men separate from Cyclops' and one of the main points of contention is Cyclops' and Xavier's use of children and teenagers on the X-teams.

    So, my theory is that Wolverine wears a canary yellow suit to draw fire. To draw fire away from the X-Men's "child soldiers" who outside of the comic's dire circumstances probably shouldn't be fighting giant robots and future mercenaries anyway and towards a guy who basically cannot be seriously harmed. Consider also:

    • The most memorable time Wolverine ditches the yellow costume is in Grant Morrison's New X-Men, which also notably a run where the active X-Men team was all adults.
    • The fan theory that Batman has the circle of yellow on the chest of his costume to draw fire to the most armoured part of his body.
    • Wolverine tends to wear the yellow costume when he is in the Avengers. Usually incarnations of the Avengers which include Wolverine also include Spider-man, another teen hero.
    • In Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine wears a more subdued black-and-grey version of his costume. Once again, this team is all-adults.

    TL;DR: Wolverine wears a dumb bright yellow costume (that completely does not suit his personality) so that Sentinels will attack him and not teenage X-Men who really shouldn't even be around.

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    Quicksilver Lives In His Mom's Basement Because He Can't Function In The Real World

    From Redditor u/MasterLawlz:

    In Days of Future Past, we meet Quicksilver and he lives in his mom's basement playing table tennis and pong. In Apocalypse, ten years after DOFP, we see him again and he's still living there, watching TV and playing Ms. Pac Man. Now, it makes you wonder why someone who could do basically anything with his life would spend all his time doing nothing.

    My theory is that Quicksilver can't get a job, or go to school, because of how mind-numbingly, excruciatingly boring it would be to him. Just look at the media he consumes. He rigged a tape recorder to play music at a thousand times the normal speed of the song. He made Pong move so fast that the audience couldn't even process him playing it. This is the only way he can be entertained.

    Quicksilver doing a 9-5 shift anywhere would basically be like him sitting in a chair for a week straight. Listening to a teacher lecture would be even worse. The only reason anyone convinced him to leave his house to begin with was the thrill of breaking into the Pentagon and meeting his father.

    And he presumably is too moral to just rob a bank or something. And that's why you have a basement dwelling speedster. I don't know if this was the implication or intentional, but that's my theory.

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    Wade Wilson Was Always A Mutant But Gained A Second Mutation To Become Deadpool

    From Redditor u/spekter299:

    Watching the Deadpool movie again it occurs to me that while the healing factor allowed Deadpool to exceed the combat abilities of normal humans it doesn't fully explain his capabilities on its own.

    No amount of regeneration would enable wade to accomplish feats like lining up a side flipping triple headshot, jumping off a three-level overpass to land perfectly in the sunroof of a moving vehicle, throw a sword into the wheel of a moving motorcycle while jumping, throw a sword to puncture that oxygen chamber without hurting Vanessa, shoot a grenade out of a man's hand, or rack up a perfect score on skeeball.

    Francis said that the treatment would activate any dormant mutant genes lurking in his DNA, but I don't think he had any. He had a subtle, but active mutation. That's why the usual methods of mutating subjects didn't work on him until they went to the final hail Mary play of the oxygen chamber, which combined with the serum (which I imagine acts to destabilize your DNA) induced a secondary mutation.

    In the X-Men comics, a secondary mutation is when a mutant gains a new ability or new application for an existing one. This secondary mutation usually occurs in your mid to late 20s (initial mutation usually kicks in at puberty), under extreme stress or near death, and frequently comes with major physical changes. Our pal wade meets all three criteria for secondary mutation, and I know in the comics he gets the healing factor from Wolverine, but you could still consider that an artificial secondary mutation. Deadpools appearance had always been blamed on super cancer, but that doesn't really add up. Why does having tumors in his organs cause his skin to break out in lesions and sores? And how does that cause him to smell like a corpse?

    I suggest instead that he underwent a secondary mutation, and there is precedent for artificial secondary mutations: both Emma Frost's diamond form and Beasts blue fur.

    So, what was his original, natural, mutation? It's an ability called flawless coordination or perfect coordination, and it allows the user to time and coordinates their actions to perfection. It's also sometimes referred to as hyperkinesis, notably in Alphas where Cameron Hicks is discovered as having the ability after pitching two back-to-back perfect games in minor league baseball.

    Deadpool has hyperkinesis as well. This doesn't mean his plans are always perfect, but his physical actions will play out exactly as he imagines them. This superhuman coordination is how he can spin kick a severed head into another guy's head or snatch a spinning axe out of the air so effortlessly, yet when Negasonic launches him onto the Helicarrier he comes up short. As a fun thematic addition there is a real-life medical condition called hyperkinesia that causes extra muscle movements, usually of a spastic and/or uncontrollable nature, and is closely linked to hyperactivity (sounds a lot like Deadpool to me).

    Extra evidence: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wade is on a mutant special ops team, and b) able to deflect bullets with a sword. Humans cannot do that (without high-level magic or ki training that is).

    TL;DR: Before becoming Deadpool Wade Wilson was a mutant with the power of super dexterity, and he underwent a secondary mutation to become Deadpool.

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    Wolverine Smokes Cigars To Mask The Scents That Would Overwhelm His Senses

    From Redditor u/twitchedawake:

    Part of Wolverine's mutation is an extremely heightened sense of smell.

    Logan smokes cigars, known for their pungent odor, to help cut down from being overwhelmed by the thousands of smells he interacts with every day that his mutant powers crank up to 11.

    Imagine being stuck in a new car, after stepping in dog s**t, driving through a paper mill that was freshly painted... all day.

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