Why didn't Spider-man join the roster of X-Men? EDIT-( Until I asked this question, I had always thought he was a mutant.)


Although the X-Men have occasionally taken on non-mutant members, Spider-man hasn't shown interest in joining. Until recently, Spider-man had always been an independent adventurer and did not join up with other super-heroes in teams.

In the current continuity he is both a member of the Avengers and the FF. This is a new role for Peter Parker, who has matured since his youthful independent days. So it's possible, I suppose, that he could someday join an X-Men franchise - but since he's booked up with Avengers and FF that currently seems unlikely.


I hesitate to answer in case this is too obvious but... because he is not a mutant. He has superpowers from a coincidental encounter, he doesn't have the mutant gene specific to those who become X-Men.

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    Not all X-Men were mutants – Izkata Apr 9 '12 at 11:54
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    They were the exceptions. I assume the OP is approaching this from Spiderman's mutant-like nature, otherwise the same question can be posed about any Marvel superhero. – dlanod Apr 9 '12 at 11:56
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    Hmmmm...I had always assumed that, because Spiderman had mutated, he was a mutant. – Major Stackings Apr 9 '12 at 16:13
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    @MajorStackings Spider-man and others like him are called mutates – Izkata Apr 9 '12 at 22:41

Spider-man initially was not thought of as Mutant because it was radioactivity from the spider bite that was thought to have caused him to change into the Spider-man we know. He really did actually mutate but Professor X did not want to go down another path of mutations unless they were actually born with the X-Gene. So Peter was never really born with this gene so technically not a mutant.

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    What does Professor X have to do with this? – Izkata Sep 25 '14 at 1:13

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