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Why are only X-Men called mutants?

Iron Man (in the MCU, at least) is just a genetically normal person with lots of money and technology. Sure, he had an arc reactor in his chest for a while, but he's no mutant. A mutant as seen in the ...
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Why are only X-Men called mutants?

Within Marvel, the term of "mutants" specifically refers to recipients of the "X-gene", homo superior. It is a specific genetic mutation with a wide variety of effects, occasionally indicated to be ...
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Inhumans vs. Mutants in the Marvel Universe

They are, indeed, very similar. The main difference is very technical, based on the "origin" of their non-human genetics, and how those changes are activated. The X-Factor Mutants are humans that ...
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Winged mutant caused by parents being exposed to fields from high voltage

And, looking up Asimov's Young Mutants just to be sure that it wasn't the one I was thinking of, it is in the book, Edmond Hamilton's 1938 "He That Hath Wings", summary from here: The story ...
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Has J. Jonah Jameson ever accused Spider-Man of being a mutant?

J. Jonah Jameson doesn't dislike Spiderman because he has powers. He dislike him because he wears a mask (among other reasons). J.J.J. was in fact very big on civil rights. "For decades Jameson used ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

In the original Frank Herbert books, the Guild Navigators had been mutated over millennia by living and breathing in supersaturated spice gas, seemingly over many generations - in fact, it seemed they ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

I will put forward the April 1938 "Hyperpilosity" by L. Sprague de Camp. In the Great Change of 1971, a virus infects humanity that causes everyone to grow fur all over their bodies. Initial ...
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60's or older story about two kinds of mutant telepaths

This is the plot of A.E. Van Vogt's 1940 novel Slan. There are two types of "Slans": one type has golden antenna-like "tendrils" that they try to hide, but not always successfully, the way that you ...
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Who was the first X-Man recruited by Professor X?

In the primary comics continuity (Earth-616), Scott Summers (aka: Cyclops) was the first recruited student which would become a member of the X-Men. Per Marvel's website: As a teenager, Scott came ...
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Mutant workers exterminated and last one burned at the stake

This sounds awfully like Cordwainer Smith's 1964 short story, "The Dead Lady of Clown Town". If this is correct, then the "mutants" of which you speak are actually underpeople, which were not humans ...
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X-Men who died because of their powers

In Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #91 we find the mutant Unus the Untouchable recuperating from a recent fight with the Hulk. It would appear that this encounter (and the exertion of his ...
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Where do Lady Deathstrike's blades go when not extended?

Much like Wolverine, they go into her forearm. You can see the x-ray in the movie. Much like Wolverine, they really don't make any sense as far as how they're controlled. When extended, there is a ...
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Trying to remember title of a book about people on an asteroid/comet

Indeed this is Heart of the Comet, a 1987 book by David Brin and Gregory Benford. I've read this book so many times and it never loses its appeal... A group of spacers and scientists land on Halleys ...
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Chinese mutant who can absorb a tiny fraction of every Chinese person's lifeforce?

As noted by TheLethalCarrot, Collective Man matches what you're looking for. The Collective Man (Sun, Chang, Ho, Lin, and Han Tao-Yu) is a Chinese superhero appearing in American comic books ...
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What is the mutagen responsible for mutation in the Marvel Universe?

The X-gene, the genetic propensity for Homo Superior to develop mutant abilities, does not have a mutagen (a catalyst for mutant abilities caused by mutation). The propensity for homo superior ...
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Old SF short story where Solarians have evolved into a separate species who eat humans

This sounds very much like "Blood Bank" by Walter Miller, first published in Astounding in 1952. The story follows very closely the plot given in the question. The protagonist, Commander Eli ...
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When did the "Mutant Problem" begin?

The mutant problem became an issue in the early 1960s when Bolivar Trask, commissioned and created the first Sentinels to destroy the X-men. The Sentinels first appearance (along with Trask) was in ...
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Is the mutant gene dominant or recessive?

Marvel has never been very tidy on explaining mutant genome issues, whether they be dominant or recessive, a series of gene traits, epigentics, or linked to a specific genetic series of alleles. If I ...
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Who is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe?

Franklin Benjamin Richards Franklin is a mutant beyond Omega-Level with vast reality-manipulating and psionic powers.1 1Powers and Abilities Two Celestials, Ashema the Listener and Nezarr the ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

This is based entirely on Frank Herbert’s Dune and sequels: Guild Navigators have been living in vats full of spice for years (possibly centuries). The spice in large quantities alters physical ...
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Short story: post nuclear holocaust, the human race has mutated into an ape-like being and old style humans are viewed as an abomination

I'm trying to identify a short story I read (probably in the 80s) "The Monster", a 1970 short story by R. Chetwynd-Hayes, also the answer to the question Short Horror Story in which protagonist is a ...
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Which mutants are owned by Marvel Studios?

As far as we know, none. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are special cases: they are mutants, and always been associated with the X-Men, but they were also key figures in the Avengers since its ...
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Who is the oldest mutant (in-universe) in marvel universe?

I'm going to assume you mean the oldest character in-universe. I believe this is Selene. To quote the Wikipedia: Selene was born over 17,000 years ago somewhere in what is now Central Europe, "...
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How many mutants were there on Earth at one time, in Marvel comics?

In New X-Men #116, immediately following the Genosha attack, we actually see an answer to this: Genosha's population was about 16 million, and the news reports that it contained "over half" of the ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

The Colour Out of Space is a 1927 story by H.P. Lovecraft where a meteorite crashes into a small town. The presence of the alien particles poison crops and cause animals and people to descend into ...
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Series of stories with titles like "The Agile Rigelian"

ISFDB identifies "The Agile Algolian" (published 1954) as number 7 of the Manning Draco series by Kendell Foster Crossen. Here is the complete listing of stories: The Merakian Miracle, ...
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Inhumans vs. Mutants in the Marvel Universe

The difference is an order of magnitude. The first was meant to develop a presumably powerful event of metahuman development through "natural selection." The second was an attempt to graft ...
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Has J. Jonah Jameson ever accused Spider-Man of being a mutant?

As far as I know, Jonah never published any articles accusing Spider-Man of being a mutant. However, in Amazing Spider-Man #282, he suggested Spider-Man was a mutant while hiring X-Factor to capture ...
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2000's comic book - policeman on day off takes down several mutants, including a giant, possibly in Chicago

Found it! Dominion (2007), by Keith Giffen. Well, what I thought were mutants were actually alien microbes. That happens. Back cover summary, which is more accurate than the ComicVine one: An ...
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Movie about an island of mutants

It's not from the 1990s, but this sounds a lot like Island of the Fishmen (1979); apparently it was also released in English under the title Screamers. Per Wikipedia: It is the year 1891 and a ...
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