Originally Posted by metaphysician
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 ).
Avengers are government sponsored licened heroes with known identities.
X-Men are dangerous, unknown, rogue people with uncontrollable powers.
Not to mention the difference in cultural identiies