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Why We Identify with Mutants: X-Men Screenwriter Simon Kinberg

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"There's always suspicion of large organizations in immense amounts of power," says X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg. "Whether it's a corporation or a government, or an evil society of mutants. Especially when they are all working together."

In addition to a slew of Hollywood blockbusters, Kinberg has written and produced the latest X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as the upcoming X-Men: Apocolypse, The Fantastic Four, and Star Wars Rebels. Reason TV's Tracy Oppenheimer caught up with Kinberg at San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the mass appeal of the X-Men films and why they are so relatable to a mainstream audience.

Kinberg explains how the character and plot developments in the X-Men series parallel some real-world themes like xenophobia, individuality, and government programs gone awry. "You have sort of the whole pantheon of human experience," says Kinberg. 

About 5 minutes.

Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer. Camera by Zach Weissmueller and Alexis Garcia.

"X-Men Remix" by MadChris.

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