Because they're a bunch of dicks.
No, really, that's it. The Fantastic 4 as well as the X-men, but it's the mutants we're talking about here.
We have people with awesome powers - immunity to all diseases, immortality, flight, psychic powers, whatever. These powers aren't magic - manifestly the entire point of the X-men premise is that their abilities are the result of mutations, not crazy supernatural shit. (Things like the Phoenix excluded.) If the potential is in their DNA, it means that these abilities can be replicated.
Can you imagine the immense public backlash there'd be if Reed Richards Is Useless
was actually in effect in the real world? If scientists got a chance to get a look at the DNA of, say, Wolverine, just think of the potential! Immortality. Curing all illnesses. The X-men don't have to hand themselves in to the government to be dissected or anything - Xavier probably has the resources to do it in-house. But he doesn't
. That's the point here.
Imagine if a pharmaceutical company had developed a universal vaccine, but it wasn't releasing it. People would go apeshit. Multiply that by about a thousand. Pretty much all of humanity's biological, social and environmental problems could be solved in one fell swoop if the mutants actually gave a shit, but they don't. The knowledge gained by scientific analysis of Mutant DNA would be the greatest innovation since writing
, except that these mutants aren't going to let that happen because it infringes on their
You know what people will say to that? "Screw you, and screw your rights." There are millions, no, billions of people in the world whose lives could be improved if Marvel-style mutants weren't such a bunch of selfish dicks. If preventing the deaths of millions means causing inconvenience to a couple hundred people, there's not even a decision to be made.
That's the sort of deconstruction I'd like to read.
edited 1st Oct '11 8:39:14 AM by RiotousRascal