In the early '90s—just when we were growing out of our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phase but before we got addicted to Ghost Fighter—a cartoon series emerged and gave us kids our first taste of mutants and Stan Lee-powered action. That cartoon was X-Men: The Animated Series. For five seasons (1992 to 1997), the grown-ups of today obsessively tuned in to it like they download do to Game Of Thrones now.
The recent release of the awesome time-traveling Terminator-meets-X-Men comic book flick X-Men: Days Of Future Past reminded us just how much that cartoon was a part of our childhood lives. Join us as we revisit it and compare the major characters from the new film to those old 2D toon favorites!
But not before we revisit one of the most memorable opening segments for a TV show:
And the actual two-episode "Days Of Future Past" arc of the animated series:
Now let's get on with business, and pit these characters head-to-head with their movie versions!
Cartoons: Always pissed, always ready to fight
Movie: Always ripped, always read to fight
Toons: "Wolverine, for this scene, I need you to act like you've just heard that your mom just died"
Movie: "Wolverine, for this scene, I need you to act like you're thinking about what to eat for dinner"
Toons: Routinely bullies Cyclops
Movie: Sometimes gets into heated arguments with Professor X
2) PROFESSOR X
Wheelchair in use
Toons: Can fly over tables
Movie: Can't fly over tables
Toons: Really, really painful
Movie: Annoying but manageable
Toons: Round and blue as if some prankster was pointing a flashlight at his bald head
Movie: X-shaped; you know, to signify that he's Professor X, duh
With helmet on
Toons: Intimidating and mysterious
Movie: Proud and arrogant
With helmet off
Toons: The professor from Back To The Future if he had a ripped body and a face worthy to be on the cover of romance novels
Movie: Michael Fassbender
Bonding moments with Professor X
Toons: Awkward and huggy. At the very least, they followed the man-rule of not looking at each other during a bro-hug.