Want to brush up on the HUGE array of mutants in the X-Men universe in preparation for [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267)? Or, do you want to test your knowledge of one of the most celebrated and elaborate comic book universes in existence? Or, are you just the type of guy that loves to learn?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you need to check out this video that IGN put together detailing every X-Man ever. It's concise, comprehensive, and well worth your time. They manage to expertly create a chronological timeline, introducing mutants in the order they joined the team.
So, what are you waiting for? Get a thorough impression of your favorite X-Men!
Here are some of the video's early highlights (you gotta watch the whole thing for the full history!).
The team starts out small
The beginning is as good a place to start as any! In 1963, Marvel published the first issue of Uncanny X-Men by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, featuring Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, and Beast. In that first issue, Jean Grey (known then as Marvel Girl) comes to Professor X's school to become the only female member of the team.
These familiar faces were featured at the center of the story for the next 12 years, which is a pretty impressive stint for a team that will eventually multiply to include MANY more members.
In 1975, the team goes international
Starting in 1970, X-Men stories were put on hold for five years. Then, when they came back in 1975, the team expanded to a more worldly approach. This new crew included Nightcrawler from Germany, Wolverine from Canada, Banshee from Ireland, Storm from Kenya, Sunfire from Japan, Colossus from Russia, and the Native American Thunderbird.
Their first mission was to save the original team from a mutated island called Krakoa. Only Cyclops would stay on to lead the team (aside from Thunderbird, who doesn't last too long) until Storm eventually takes over.
Some of the greatest storylines of ALL TIME
In 1975, the legendary Chris Claremont came to Marvel and imbued the series with incredibly literary themes and complex female characters. Collaborating with artist and writer John Byrne, Marvel began creating some of the most impressive and recognizable storylines in comic book history (hell, probably in all of literary history by now). These include the "Dark Phoenix Saga" as well as the "Days of Future Past" story arc. These two guys, in many ways, made X-Men what it is today: an intricately plotted, character-driven story of equality.
Obviously, the best part of listing every member of the X-Men team is going back and enjoying all the kooky ones. Sure, Storm is a BAMF and Nightcrawler is an inspiration to us all, but what about the overlooked X-Men who typically get no love? How 'bout the guy whose entire FUNCTION is to be forgotten. I'm talking, of course, about ForgetMeNot. Or, what about the wonderfully amorphous Doop, who has a language all his own? And then there's Dazzler. Shiny, shiny Dazzler, who can create a light show to aid in her music career. Yes, I know most people hate her, but I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who utilizes their mutation to pay the bills. That's work ethic!
Watch the entire video for a full and concise history of the X-Men's extensive list of members.
Sadly, the line-up may stay static for a while. In an interview discovered by Bleeding Cool, Chris Claremont admitted to the Nerdist podcast that the X-department is not allowed to create any new characters because they will immediately become the film property of Fox. So, until Marvel and Fox learn to play nice, at least this will be the most comprehensive video around. Hooray, silver lining!
Now, I just need an equally handy-dandy video for all the mutant villains. Did you enjoy this MARVELously extensive history?