Makani Themba-Nixon on Storm’s role in the X-Men comics versus her role in the movie:
Storm’s character was a bright spot in the relentless denigration of Black women in media. Her character operated as a strong metaphor for what it means to be a Black woman in the United States. In Africa, she was revered as a goddess and a queen. In the United States she faces fear and bigotry but she remains tough, unapologetic, strong; a warrior in every sense of the word.
The movie series stripped Storm of her power and the storyline of all its potency. The comic’s artful portrayals of the complex relationships among mutants across the continuum of the political spectrum are reduced to two dimensional good versus evil. Magneto’s character in the comic series had a strong sense of love for “his people.” He would not harm other mutants and saw the struggle for self determination as key to liberation and dealing with humans on equal terms. The vilification of his character in the film served to mute these important themes in favor of advancing jingoism and assimilation.