If you were born in the ’90s, you were more than likely a fan of the animated Spider-Man, X-Men, and Iron Man cartoons. In the early 2000s, “X-Men: Evolution” came onto the scene and joined the ranks of these beloved animated shows. One of its initial success was the unique depiction of our favorite X-Men characters. However, the characterization wasn’t the only reason this show was a hit. Here are several more reasons why “X-Men: Evolution” was able to separate itself from so many other animated TV series and comics:
4. They Were The First To Give Us X-23
If you’ve already seen “Logan,” then you are very familiar with who (and what) X-23 is. “X-Men: Evolution’s” version of the character does have some unique differences from what we saw Dafne Keen do in “Logan.” One, in particular, is the fact that X-23 blamed Wolverine for causing her to become a weapon for HYDRA, later trying to kill him before she learns Logan had nothing to do with it. In other words, she’s legit.
3. A New Look
“Evolution” not only gave us a new outlook on the show, but it gave each characters sleek uniform designs, such as the classic orange Wolverine costume shown above – which is based on the brown suit from the ’80s. Fans gave some positive feedback on the Jim Lee inspired clue and yellow suits, considering how it also took influence from Bryan Singer’s X-Men (premiering just a few months before “Evolution”). Giving the audience (and comic book fans) a new look for the series was important because it easily separated itself from other comic adaptations and its predecessor, “X-Men: The Animated Series.”
2. The X-Men Are Depicted As Teens Rather Than Adults
When you compare both “X-Men: The Animated Series” and “X-Men: Evolution”, one clear difference is the look of the characters. While there are still adult X-Men such as Storm, Professor X, and Wolverine, most of the other recognizable characters are depicted as teens such as Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Nightcrawler. Having the creators of the show opt for this look was quite bold; however, it seemed to have worked. It gave audiences a different look at the characters and a chance to see how relatable these characters actually could be.
1. The Show Knows How To Tell Compelling Stories When Needed
While “X-Men: Evolution” greatly depends on telling the smaller story arcs to carry the show, it certainly does a great job at saving the explosive story arcs or major events for its season finales. Doing this gives the audience a purpose for returning the next season, and although it begins its next season slow, it’s most definitely worth the wait for the season finales.
It’s safe to say that “X-Men: Evolution” is a must-watch, just for the sole purpose of viewing a unique portrayal of the X-Men. While it’s not the greatest adaptation of the X-Men, it certainly gives the audience a new approach. “Evolution” didn’t have to rely on pulling pages from the comics or copying off of its predecessor, which is why X-Men fans should at least give it a try, especially for the younger audience.
What do you think about the show? Leave your comments below and what your favorite episodes/moments were.
*You can currently catch full episodes on YouTube.com