I think Disney (Marvel) have coerced the way we see most things. Come to think of it, the average person has watched more than a handful of Disney movies/series and that’s more than enough, seeing as subliminal advertising only needs five seconds to make us susceptible, but more on that in a later post. Today, we’re gonna talk about the future of humankind (because mankind is sexist).
Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations, and evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. Basically, it’s how we get better in order to stay alive. So why can’t we be X-Men? It’s quite simple actually.
The X-Men branding aside, are a group of individual mutants (a mutant is a being (usually otherwise human) who possesses a genetic trait called an X-gene that allows the mutant to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities). Now, while that may seem impractical and cinematic, most of it is actually really common, since the above definition is actually from a fan site. The actual non-cinematic meaning of a mutant is “resulting from or showing the effect of mutation.” and mutation “is a change that occurs in our DNA sequence, either due to mistakes when the DNA is copied or as the result of environmental factors such as UV light and cigarette smoke”. Therefore, by technical definition, we are all mutants. It’s just that we don’t have retractable bone claws. If you do, hit that contact page and let’s go kick some mutant butts together.
Now, every mutant in the X-Men has a very specific ability, and a few of them have more than one. But modern day mutants like you and I have nothing “special”. We share pretty much every trick in the book. We are mutants not because we can walk through walls or freeze a pool by touching it. But because mutated in such a way that we’ve now grown immune to certain things that would’ve disrupted people who lived a couple hundred years ago.
The horrible truth though is that as beautiful as a world with flying men and invisible women or people who can control just about anything is, it just can’t happen. We aren’t made that way. Homo Sapiens can evolve to a new species, but as long as we’re one species, every new trait is shared, and therefore is one man begins to walk through walls (without any magic of sorts), we all begin to walk through walls. If you look back at some, probably even most of the sci-fi intergalactic or interplanetary movies you’ll notice that every species has a particular set of abilities that might be similar in some species, and sometimes even the same, but they never vary from one individual to the other. And that’s why Clark Kent and Kara have the same set of powers.