We’re familiar with Marvel Comics and the characters—good and evil—who fill the pages. After all, many of us have followed unforgettable characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and The Hulk for decades. But although we may know the lineup of characters in the Marvel Universe, there are things beyond the comic book pages about the company that may surprise you. Take a look at the following revelations about Marvel Comics that will have you marveling (see what we did there?) in amazement.
Professor X And Magneto Are Based On Malcolm X And Martin Luther King
The racial-fueled events of the ’60s along with the Civil Rights Movement prompted Marvel Comics to address the climate of American society through various comic book characters. Racial injustice became a big theme in varying Marvel Comic, including The X-Men. But how could Marvel pull something like this off?
Professor X and Magneto are two mutants who were subjected to being ridiculed and shunned by society because of their “extraordinary” powers. In the plot, Professor X and Magneto have a friend-enemy relationship—While Professor X wants mutants and humans to live in peace, Magneto believes peace will only come through more radical measures. These characters mirrored the views and ideologies of Martin Luther King Jr. who sought peace through nonviolent means, and Malcolm X, who sought change “by any means necessary.”