Since the comics hit shelves in 1963, the on-going theme of the story and the source of most conflicts is genetics and family history. New mutant characters have a combination of abilities passed down through generations of other mutant characters. Often, explanation for a characters identity or life purpose comes from discoveries about their family history and has caused the X-men family tree to become rather extensive over the last 50 years. Most importantly, we often discover stories of heroic acts in our own pedigree that are definitely blockbuster worthy.
If that hasn't convinced of you of the connection, we did a quick search on findmypast.com. Check out a couple of comic coincidences that align with the new movie:
In the US Census, we found Charles Xavier, a school teacher working in Louisiana in 1880. Interestingly, his father’s name was also Francis, which is Professor X’s middle name.
In the upcoming movie adaptation, Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett) is the brother of Sabretooth (Victor Creed) -- (even Hollywood knows the family history connection). They both served in every war and were unable to die or age due to their mutant powers.
We found a James L. Howlett (Wolverine) who enlisted in World War II.
We also found a Victor Creed (Sabretooth) but he died died in World War I.