In Bryan Singer’s first X-Men movie, Wolverine complains about the black leather uniform and then Cyclops claps back saying, “Would you prefer? Yellow spandex?” which is a crack targeting Wolvie’s original comic book costume. Back in 2000, when this movie came out, it kind of made sense that Singer went with the all black color palette for the X-Men uniform. It was the first comic book movie of its kind and if he did include the original costumes it might have come off as silly to mainstream audiences who aren’t used to seeing so much brightly colored spandex.
16 years later, one X-Men fan is lobbying to dress the mutants in their original costumes from the comic books — bright colors and all. It may seem like a bad idea at first, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. The comic book movie landscape has changed immensely and we have accepted a man in a red iron suit that shoots rockets, a super soldier in a uber-patriotic uniform, a supervillain draped in green and wearing a horned helmet, and a talking raccoon. I’m pretty sure that the world would barely flinch at the sight of Hugh Jackman in Logan’s original uniform or to see Cyclops in head-to-toe blue with a yellow eye blaster. With Olivia Munn’s Psylocke costume and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto garb in X-Men: Apocalypse, it seems like we are headed in that direction any way. We might as well embrace it.
Watch the video below if you need further convincing.