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Color and Costumes within the X-Men

written by Jordan Cobb April 27, 2016

They say the clothes make the person and that certainly can be the case in the world of superheroes and their comics, particularly their costumes.

Costumes and their colors, and really color in general, help to define and identify a character and no where is that more prevalent than with the X-Men. In a video essay by kaptainkristian, he examines not just the X-Men as a concept, but also how costumes and color play an important factor into their history.

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This is mainly done via their correlation from page to screen and as a huge comics/superhero fan myself even I know some things will not translate well the same way they work on the page and he goes into that, but stays firm on how important having a color pallet is over the use of constant black leather. He does bring up good examples within the film franchise, particularly X-Men: First Class and Deadpool. He goes on to prove his point by further by using examples from director’s commentary, behind the scenes footage, and interviews with the cast and crew of the X-Men films.

One example I particularly like is the examination of the dichotomy of Wolverine and Cyclops with their inverted color schemes on both of their respective costumes and how it reflects their conflicting ideologies.

Its an utterly fascinating video and an insightful view into one of the most popular franchises ever.

For more video essays, you can check out kaptainkristian’s YouTube page and subscribe.


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