By Alex Abad-Santos

House of X restores an air of myth and mystique to Marvel’s Merry Mutants ahead of their arrival in the MCU.

The greatest trick Marvel pulled off was turning the X-Men into its junior varsity superhero team.

Back before Marvel Studios perfected its cinematic strategy of turning comic book pages into billion-dollar blockbusters, and before Fox ran the X-Men into the ground with multiple Dark Phoenix stories, the X-Men were the apex predators on Marvel’s comic book food chain in the ’80s and ’90s. Wolverine was a household name; Iron Man was a second-tier hero.

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