The X-Men universe has become big and bold in the last twenty years, with a wide array of characters, plots, and mulitple timelines. And they certainly have the fanbase to match. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the X-Men there are definitely a lot of them. We managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding our favorite mutants.
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Wolverine Smokes Cigars To Deal With His MutationPhoto: X-Men Origins: Wolverine / 20th Century Fox
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 everyday that his mutant powers crank up to 11. Imagine being stuck in a new car, after stepping in dog poop, driving through a paper mill that was feshly painted... all day.50244Interesting fan theory?
Quicksilver Lives In His Mother's Basement Because Of His PowersPhoto: X-Men: Days of Future Past / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/MasterLawlz:
Why Quicksilver, despite having amazing powers, lives in his mother's basement. 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.37134Interesting fan theory?
Wolverine Wears Bright Yellow Spandex So The Foes Will Attack Him And Not The KidsPhoto: X-Men: The Animated Series / Fox Kids Network
From a Redditor:
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.
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: 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.
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. Wolverine is ridiculously tough and for all intents and purposes impervious to harm.
Wolverine is extremely protective of the young X-Men.40848Interesting fan theory?
Deadpool Was Always A MutantPhoto: Deadpool / 20th Century Fox
From Redditor u/spekter299:
TLDR: Before becoming Deadpool, Wade Wilson was a mutant with the power of super dexterity, and he underwent a secondary mutation to become Deadpool.
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 is 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.34748Interesting fan theory?