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29 Essential X-Men Things Somehow Left Out Of The X-Men Movies

They've made six X-Men films and four spinoffs, and yet so little of what makes X-Men the best comics franchise of all time has ever made it to the big screen.

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1. The most iconic core group of X-Men from the late '70s into the mid '80s have never been a team on screen, and as a result key relationships have never been written into a film.

John Byrne / Marvel Comics

This would be Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Colossus, but could also include Jean Grey or Kitty Pryde. You know, the goddamn X-Men!

3. You never see a "fastball special," i.e., Colossus throwing Wolverine at a bad guy.

Alan Davis / Marvel Comics

Edit: Apparently a version of this happens in The Last Stand, but this is a technicality. The important thing is context – this is part of Logan and Piotr's close relationship, and a lot of what makes it exciting is this being part of their teamwork. Colossus and Wolverine barely know each other in the films. Colossus is barely a character at all until Deadpool.

4. You never see the tortured romance of Colossus and Kitty Pryde.

John Cassaday / Marvel Comics

Ah, the wonderful metaphor of the man who can cover himself in armor and the girl who can become a ghost.


5. You also never meet the teleporting mutant sorceress Illyana Rasputin, who is the younger sister of Colossus.

Olivier Coipel / Marvel Comics

Illyana is also the best friend of Kitty Pryde, and someone who has been to hell and back – quite literally.

7. You never see anything resembling the '90s lineup either, which everyone knows from the classic animated series and the Jim Lee era of comics.

Jim Lee / Marvel

Not everyone is in this picture, but that would include Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey, Beast, Rogue, Gambit, Colossus, Archangel, Psylocke, Iceman, Bishop, and Jubilee.


11. The X-Men never go to space, and never encounter the Shi'Ar Empire.

Frank Quitely / Marvel, Dave Cockrum / Marvel Comics

The Shi'Ar are a crucial element of X-Men mythology, and are featured in several classic stories including The Dark Phoenix Saga. Majestrix Lilandra is also Charles Xavier's primary love interest.


13. You never see the Morlocks, the society of mutant outcasts who live in the sewers below Manhattan rather than in a mansion like the X-Men.

Paul Smith / Marvel Comics

An important contrast with the relative privilege the X-Men enjoy, as well as a rejection of Charles Xavier's belief that mutants should assimilate into human society.

14. And you never see Storm become leader of the Morlocks after defeating Callisto in hand-to-hand combat.

Paul Smith / Marvel Comics

The rivalry of Callisto and Storm in the '80s goes beyond a simple "hero vs. villain" dynamic, and pushes Storm to learn lessons from Callisto that help her become a better and more proactive leader for mutants.

15. You never see Storm's infatuation with the Japanese thief Yukio, or how that inspires her to ditch the goddess look in favor of a street punk aesthetic.

Paul Smith / Marvel Comics

Storm appears in five X-Men movies and you never get even a hint of her fluid sexuality.

16. You never see Storm lose her powers, or her tortured romance with Forge, the man who created the machine that robbed her of her connection to the elements.

Barry Windsor-Smith / Marvel Comics

Forge, the man who can invent anything he imagines, but has very little imagination. What a perfect metaphor for the type of boyfriend who has all the potential in the world, but no initiative to realize any of it.


17. You never see Mystique's not-so-tortured romance with Destiny.

Paul Smith / Marvel Comics

Mystique and Destiny were portrayed as a long-term lesbian couple through most of the '80s, even if writer Chris Claremont wasn't allowed to explicitly state that on page at the time. Of course, this relationship ends in tragedy, and Mystique never fully recovers from the loss.

18. You never see Genosha, the island nation whose economy thrives as a result of the government brainwashing and enslaving mutants.

Rick Leonardi / Marvel Comics

The X-Men liberate Genosha, which is an important step in the group's evolution away from supporting the status quo and towards becoming true revolutionaries.


24. You never see the tortured romance of Cyclops and Emma Frost after Jean Grey dies.

Chris Bachalo / Marvel Comics

Scott and Emma's relationship is arguably the most complex of all X-romances, and pushes Emma further into the role of being hero after years of serving as the White Queen of the Hellfire Club while complicating Scott's morality and nudging him towards becoming a political radical.