X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving these books for decades, and who just want a quick who’s who and what’s what guide. So read on true believers and find out more about Marvel’s merry band of mutants!

Darwin from X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS | ©2011 Marvel Comics

Darwin from X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS | ©2011 Marvel Comics

IN THE COMICS:

REAL NAME: Armando Munoz

FIRST APPEARANCE: X-Men Deadly Genesis #2 – 2006

So Darwin, was technically (in terms of cannon continuity) part of the second team of X-Men that professor Xavier assembled. Of course, this team wasn’t actually created until X-Men Deadly Genesis in 2006 so it’s up to you to debate whether or not he is close to being a first class character. Darwin was cast out by his mother, experimented on as a child, and save by Moira MacTaggart; who then reluctantly allowed him to become one of Xavier’s second generation X-Men. Darwin is a super-adaptable mutant, meaning his body changes to confront whatever sorts of adverse conditions he is subjected to. Recently he was granted God-like abilities and left the team of X-Factor to sort himself out.

VS.

IN THE MOVIE:

Darwin (played by Edi Gathegi) is an African-American New York taxi cab driver already in his late twenties or so. No scientist, no experiments, and he doesn’t have the grey alien look that he has in the comics. Gathegi looks remarkably like the character in terms of stature and bearing, plus there’s something about the shape of his head that was pretty much bang on.

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