The Uncanny X-Men is one of Marvel’s most beloved superhero teams. Appears for the first time in X men # 1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961, the team debuted with Professor Charles Xavier, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Beast, Angel and Iceman, who fought the Master of Magnetism, Magneto. The team has exploded in membership numbers and size since then, and they have battled countless enemies across the Marvel universe.
X-Men’s enemies include Magneto, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Apocalypse, Mister Sinister, Ravagers, Sentinels, Bastion, Living Monolith, Sauron, Juggernaut, Hellfire Club and many more. However, there are still many high-profile enemies across Marvel who have actually never fought an X-Men team.
7 Baron Helmut Zemo has not yet joined the X-Men
Baron Helmut Zemo, Captain America’s famous enemy and founder of the Thunderbolts, has not yet turned his attention to the X-Men. Despite all the grief he has given Avengers, Cap and even the Amazing Spider-Man, Zemo has not undertaken to try to eradicate the X-Men (at least not yet).
This is particularly surprising given Zemo’s on-again-off-again Nazi beliefs and affiliation with Hydra. In Marvel Comics, those who believe in such things rarely include mutants in their vision of the future, so it would make sense for Baron Zemo to try to cleanse the Earth of their existence. Either way, he’s yet to make this piece.
6 Maestro has largely remained a Hulk problem
The Maestro is one of the biggest threats a Marvel hero has ever faced. He is a future version of the Hulk living on the dystopian Earth-9200 as its ruler and master. He is, to say the least, a cruel master, and his ambitions have not directed him to create chaos on a future Earth. He has returned to the current era of the mainstream Marvel Universe (Earth-616) and even visited the future in 2099. He has of course fought the Hulk and also met Spider-Man 2099 (Miguel O’Hara) and Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell) ).
In The Maestro’s future, there are few other heroes to challenge him, so it makes sense that he has not had to deal with the X-Men in that time. But it is somehow he managed to avoid the X-Men in the present and 2099 on his time travel to destruction. He’s faced Exiles – a dimension-jumping team of mutants from different universes – but that’s the closest he’s come to meeting the X-Men.
5 Annihilus has almost obliterated reality, but never taken on the X-Men
Annihilus is best known as an enemy of the Fantastic Four and the entity that almost wiped out reality during the first annihilation. He has met Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova and countless others in time and space.
Despite that, the ruler of the negative zone has never had to face the X-Men. This is a bit surprising considering his close colleague Blastaar had a famous showdown with the X-Men in the early days of the team. Despite that, Annihilus has never even decided to take on the Uncanny X-Men.
4 They have never had to deal with a (really) scary six-team
The Sinister Six is traditionally composed of Spider-Man villains who have banded together to watch the wall crawler being killed. That said, some of its memberships, such as Green Goblin, Doc-Ock, and Venom, have been dumped into the galleries’ galleries by other heroes. But a united, true Sinister Six has not actually accepted the X-Men.
“True” is an operative word here. A “Sinister Six” has met the X-Men before in Spider-Man and X-Men # 4 by Elliott Kalan and RB Silva. They called themselves The All-New Sinister Six, and the members were 8-Ball, Swarm, Squid, Delilah, Melter, and Killer Shrike. This is a Sinister Six, but not that Sinister Six, so most agree that it does not count.
3 Dormammu has never crossed the X-Men’s Path
Dormammu is the ruler of the dark dimension and one of the greatest and most powerful enemies of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. He has proven a threat to many Marvel heroes, including the Avengers and Defenders, but he has never actually faced the X-Men. This despite the fact that one of their members, Magik, has a strong connection to the mysterious.
Dormammu has recently confronted an X-Men-affiliated team in SWORD. This is more or less Krakoa’s space program that has established diplomatic relations with various foreign civilizations. During the last annihilation, when Dormammu possessed Ego the Living Planet and tried to take over the universe, SWORD offered its help to the Guardians of the Galaxy and all the besieged civilizations trying to survive Dormamus Mindless Ones. However, this was still not a proper X-Men lineup (though Storm showed up for it).
2 Galactus has never had to deal with the X-Men
Galactus has a history across the Marvel universe and faces people like The Fantastic Fire, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultimates and Thor. However, the X-Men have not even had to face the Devourer of Worlds.
They crossed his path below Secret wars by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck, but they did not have to fight the entity themselves. The X-Men largely secluded themselves for most of the conflict, but even the other heroes only ever fought Galactus’ “cat”. But given that they were effortlessly deflected by Galactus’ force field, it hardly counts as a battle.
1 Marvel’s strangest heroes have never actually fought Thanos
Thanos, despite all the chaos and bloodshed he has unleashed over the Marvel universe, has never actually fought the X-Men. He had a brief showdown with Wolverine and Cyclops below Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin and George Perez, but their personality clashes do not create a good X-Men team. In addition, they were only part of a larger team of heroes who united to take on Thanos.
There have been future stories where it is at least suggested that Thanos had to wipe out the X-Men to be in the position he is in, but these battles have not been elaborated in any comics so far. As it stands, the X-Men have largely avoided Thanos’ warning, but it’s probably only a matter of time before they find themselves on the road to the mad titan.
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