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Subj: Re: Would X-teams be better if they had non-mutants on the teams too?
Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 at 04:12:27 pm EST (Viewed 97 times)
Reply Subj: Would X-teams be better if they had non-mutants on the teams too?
Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 at 12:44:52 pm EST (Viewed 128 times)

    X-teams only let mutants be on the team. Wouldn't it do better for promoting co-existence between non-mutants and mutants if you had them working together like that? Just a thought. I know the Avengers have Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, of course, but...

Yes, I had problems with this for quite some time now, and I largely have to agree with The Black Guardian (except re. Carol and Rogue, of course). In their attitude towards non-mutants, the X-Teams sometimes strike me as a bit hypocritical, especially when they accuse other teams of mutiphobia. The fact of the matter is that most of Marvel's super-teams have been open to mutants right from the start, and not just on a level of tokenism. After the first major shake-up of the Avengers (#16, "Cap's Kooky Quartet"), half the active team consisted of mutants, and later on Wanda and Pietro were joined on the roster by many others, with some mutants becoming team leaders (e. g. just before and during Avengers: No Surrender, the active Avengers consisted of three teams led by (in alphabetical order) the Falcon, Rogue, and Sunspot alias Citizen V, respectively). The Champions had the Angel, Iceman and Darkstar. The Defenders in their New Defenders incarnation simultaneously contained Angel, the Beast, and Iceman, and were led by Angel's life and business partner, Candy Southern (R.I.P.). The Fantastic Four, as a family team, did not recruit many outsiders, but even they have Wolverine as one of the "New Fantastic Four". And so on. The mutant teams on occasion also had non-mutant members, but they usually seemed like oddballs who didn't really belong, or were eventually declared real or honorary mutants. The first non-mutant X-Man, Mimic, used blackmail to become a member, for instance.

Obviously, the X-Teams have a somewhat different mission statement from the others (including those of locating newly manifested mutants and training them in the use of their powers), but since there are so many more of them now, not all of them need to be exclusively mutant.

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