The X-Men debuted back in the '60s, and they've been in publication ever since. They've gone through periods of extreme popularity, but they've also had some rough patches. During the 1990s, the X-Men were at the height of their popularity, but looking back, it was a pretty terrible time for the mutants. Characters wore costumes with hundreds of pouches randomly placed all over their bodies, stories were stretched out for as long as possible just so every X-title could be incorporated into a crossover, no matter how clumsily they fitted. Deadpool debuted during this period, and he was often considered the epitome of how ridiculous things had become. He was a blatant ripoff of DC Comics' Deathstroke, only with bigger guns and more attitude. That's why Deadpool is such a joke of a character, because that's the only way he works. Now, he's the star of his own movie, which is a troubling sign. Are comic book movies about to enter their "extreme" phase? Hopefully not, because the genre barely survived it the last time this happened.