Why are mutants hated but not superheroes?
This is a question that I asked myself for a long time. In the Marvel universe, mutants are outcasts. Being a mutant is a negative thing. But when it comes to other heroes that have superpowers but are NOT mutants such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, etc., no one sees them as negative. They are actually treated as heroes. Why is this? Why is it that Spider-Man (who has superhuman powers) is loved by the whole New York (except Jonah, of course) but the X-Men are hated for being mutants?
If a boy gets bit by a radioactive spider and gains spider-like abilites, everyone sees him as a hero. But if I am BORN with spider-like abilities, I am an outcast and I deserve to be locked up.
It really makes no sense to me. Being born with powers and gaining powers is almost the exact same thing.
So...why are heroes born with powers seen as outcasts in the marvel universe but heroes that gain powers are seen as heroes? I know mutants aren't outcasts as much right now in the current comics compared to how hated they were in the 60s/70s/80s in the Marvel universe, but still.
This is a question I've been asking myself for many years.