The numerous open references to the Holocaust aside, the entire X-Men universe is a commentary on racial tension. Two heroes with strong, decent beliefs take very different approaches to their cause, the question of mutant equality being a direct metaphor for the American civil rights movement. Director Bryan Singer once told the BBC that “Professor Xavier was Martin Luther King and Magneto was Malcolm X, and these were two men who had very strong, decent beliefs, but had taken different roads."
"The irony of that, and the moral ambiguity of that, intrigued me," explained Singer, saying that X-Men "was a step beyond simple crime-solving, superhero action. It was much more socio-political, and in that way exposed more truth.” (Supplied)