Originally Posted by xeno000
There hasn't been any hatred shown towards the Avengers thus far, apart from one senator and a few people expressing mistrust in news footage. Most of the people shown reacting to the invasion were grateful to the team for ending the battle (and possibly for saving them from the WSC's nuke). In Iron Man 3, Tony Stark was still popular to the extent that small children approached him for autographs and adults were awed by his presence. The press hounded him a bit when Happy was injured, but that was more tabloid/paparazzi behavior than something motivated by unpopularity. Also, in the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot there were Avengers toys being sold as well as ads for them, which would hardly be the case if the team were hated by the general public.
People in the MCU seem to have placed the blame for the invasion on the aliens themselves, rather than on the heroes who fought them off, which is as it should be since the Avengers were not responsible for the carnage.
Which is part of why the MCU is awesome: no overblown antimutant paranoia.
Anyway, as for the issue of "mutants as other", the problem I've always had with it is that mutants have *no* common origin or culture. It seems far more likely that mutants would end up falling into existing cultural/ethnic categories, at least initially. You won't have white bigots and black bigots holding hands and singing "lynch all the mutants" songs. You'd have white bigots hating those dirty black mutants, and black bigots hating those evil white mutants. And so on and so forth.
The "mutants will replace us!" paranoia is at least comprehensible, if nonsensical ( its like worrying that you will be replaced by. . . your children ).