Some characters, like Storm and Cyclops, did get to sport comic-accurate costumes in certain films of the X-Men franchise.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine never wore the fully comic-accurate yellow-and-brown or yellow-and-blue costume in the Fox’s X-Men franchise, but he appears set to wear the latter in the upcoming Deadpool 3 in the MCU.
Live-action versions of the X-Men have sported costumes resembling those from Marvel Comics several times, though perhaps this hasn’t been often enough. Prior to them being teased to join the MCU, heroes comprising Marvel Comics’ X-Men were the subject of a film franchise produced by 20th Century Fox between 2000’s X-Men and 2020’s The New Mutants. Spanning two decades, Fox’s X-Men franchise is still the longest-running superhero film series, though consisted of far fewer projects than Marvel Studios’ MCU, and wasn’t always received positively. Helping to revolutionize the live-action superhero genre, Fox’s X-Men franchise modernized the heroes, which unfortunately meant the colorful costumes from Marvel Comics were seldom seen.
Marvel Comics’ X-Men comprise some of the most vibrant, varied, and colorful heroes in the Marvel Universe, fitting perfectly into a world of superheroes with their comic-appropriate costumes. However, when adapting the team for 2000’s live-action X-Men project, 20th Century Fox decided to lose the colored costumes in lieu of more modern, sleek, and accessible uniforms. While this may have benefited early superhero audiences who were being introduced to the characters for the first time, many wanted to see the X-Men in their traditional Marvel Comics costumes. Luckily, the X-Men did end up sporting comic-accurate costumes several times in Fox’s X-Men franchise, and, more recently, even in the MCU timeline.
While Halle Berry’s original Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm, was never gifted a comic-accurate superhero suit, Alexandra Shipp’s younger version of the character received this honor in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. After the X-Men defeated the eponymous Apocalypse, Storm was recruited, and featured in a line-up of a modern X-Men team at the end of the film. This line-up allowed several of the team’s members to show off their comic-accurate costumes, and while Storm’s wasn’t exactly right, details including her cape, yellow detailing, and almost comic-accurate hairstyle resemble the Marvel Comics hero close-to-perfectly. Unfortunately, this costume was never seen again, but perhaps the MCU’s version of Storm will be more on point.
Portrayed by both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender, Magneto is widely regarded as one of the strongest elements of Fox’s X-Men franchise, and his costumes have often resembled those of Marvel Comics quite closely. Magneto’s red motif can be seen in most of his X-Men appearances, but the final moments of 2011’s X-Men: First Class finally delivered a comic-accurate outfit, fit with an exact match for Magneto’s iconic helmet. First Class detailed the origin stories of Professor X and Magneto, exploring their initial friendship, and the pair’s disagreements over how mutants should live. Magneto’s transformation into a villain was signified perfectly with the reveal of his comic-accurate suit and helmet.
Much like Storm, Scott Summers’ Cyclops was never gifted a comic-accurate superhero costume while he was portrayed by James Marsden. However, after Tye Sheridan debuted as a younger Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, he was also featured in the film’s final line-up in a costume taken right from the pages of Marvel Comics. Cyclops’ visor mirrored those from the comics perfectly, and his costume was even kitted out with yellow straps, resembling those from his iconic X-Men costume. Perhaps the only missing element was yellow gloves to complete the ensemble, but it was great to see Cyclops suit up in a comic-inspired look nevertheless, even though it was only briefly.
In Marvel Comics, Bobby Drake, a.k.a. Iceman, is seldom seen actually wearing clothes once he fully activates his ice-based abilities, aside from classic superhero-inspired trunks and boots. In Fox’s X-Men franchise, the teenage hero evidently needed to be wearing clothes, and yet his transformation into Iceman in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand still resembled his Marvel Comics attire from some storylines. When Shawn Ashmore’s Bobby fully activates his ice abilities, his clothes appear to freeze over, too, which resembles a particular look from 2022’s X-Men (Vol. 6) #13, which shows Bobby in a full superhero suit that has iced over along with his body.
Akin to Fox’s versions of Storm and Cyclops, Nightcrawler also received a Marvel Comics-inspired costume in the final moments of X-Men: Apocalypse, after being properly inducted into the X-Men line-up. Alan Cumming’s original Kurt Wagner’s costume from 2003’s X2: X-Men United wasn’t comic-accurate at all, but Kodi Smit-McPhee’s iteration of the character was introduced with red detailing on his jacket that was enhanced for his full superhero suit. This perfectly resembled his costume from the comics, and allowed X-Men: Apocalypse to include many comic-accurate costumes before 2019’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix erased them in favor of unoriginal and simply uniforms once again.
5 Professor X
Professor X’s superhero costume is fairly easy to recreate in live-action, as he is often depicted as simply a bald man in a suit, using a wheelchair with X’s on the wheels. This look was established throughout Patrick Stewart’s career as the telepathic leader of the X-Men, and continued into James McAvoy’s iteration of the character. However, Professor X’s most distinctive look from Marvel Comics, and from 1992’s X-Men: The Animated Series, depicts Xavier in a huge, yellow, motorized wheelchair, which was the look adapted for Stewart’s return as a Professor X variant in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the character’s first appearance in the MCU proper.
Putting Meiling Melançon’s disappointing depiction of Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand aside, Olivia Munn’s iteration of Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse delivered strength, grace, and power perfectly. Munn’s Psylocke also sported an incredibly comic-accurate costume throughout the film, primarily comprised of a purple bodysuit with straps around the legs, tall boots, and almost full-length gloves. This outfit was practically pitch perfect when compared to Psylocke’s look in Marvel Comics, though it’s a shame that the character didn’t have as much impact on X-Men: Apocalypse as many had hoped, and in fact wasn’t seen or mentioned since her debut.
3 Wolverine (Yellow/Brown)
Hugh Jackman debuted as James “Logan” Howlett, a.k.a. Wolverine, in 2000’s X-Men, and has since become one of the longest-running superhero actors in any franchise, particularly after his upcoming appearance in 2024’s Deadpool 3. Wolverine’s costume from Marvel Comics was perhaps one of the hardest to bring into Fox’s X-Men franchise, as the bright yellow would have perhaps distracted from Jackman’s stoic and stern performance. That doesn’t mean Fox didn’t try, as the alternate ending of 2013’s The Wolverine saw Jackman’s Logan open a box containing a comic-accurate, yellow-and-brown costume. Even so, Jackman unfortunately never sported this suit in Fox’s franchise.
2 Wolverine (Yellow/Blue)
While Wolverine did wear a yellow-and-brown suit in Marvel Comics on multiple occasions, his most iconic outfit is yellow-and-blue, and this is the costume Hugh Jackman is set to don for his upcoming appearance in Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3. Despite retiring the role after 2017’s Logan, Jackman is returning alongside Ryan Reynolds for a spin in the MCU proper, and the fact that he will be sporting a fully comic-accurate costume in the MCU’s Phase 5 is incredibly exciting. Wolverine’s helmet hasn’t been seen in Deadpool 3 set photos, but it’s possible this could be used to complete the ensemble, finally gifting viewers a comic-accurate depiction of Wolverine.
After a false start as Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds returned as a more comic-accurate version of the Merc-with-a-Mouth in 2016’s Deadpool. Reynolds has since become synonymous with the character, and has luckily sported an incredibly comic-accurate costume since his 2016 debut. This suit returned in 2018’s Deadpool 2, and is set to be seen again in Deadpool 3, which will bring Reynolds’ mutant antihero into the MCU on a permanent basis. Deadpool’s red-and-black costume is certainly the most comic-accurate X-Men costume seen in live-action so far, but Marvel Studios may soon change this when the MCU’s official X-Men are introduced.
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