‘SNL’ Video: High School Quiz Pits ‘X-Men’ Types vs. Mortals

Do you remember the bad old days of comic book movies, when all you had to do was throw a few Shakespearean actors in Spandex and everyone would be blown away?

GOOD, saturday night live This weekend brought back those heady, pre-MCU days when the X-Men were the only respectable superhero franchise.

school against school is a fictional PBS show where teams of teachers and students compete in a trivia-based game show format. That’s good news for the West Grove High team (composed of Michael Longfellow, Punkie Johnson and Marcello Hernandez), and yet academics aren’t exactly Professor Zander’s Academy for Extraordinary Kids’ strong point – a finely-veiled parody of the X-Men.

Guest host Jenna Ortega plays Zena, a Rogue/Jean Grey-type Mikey Day is, uh…Professor Z? And Molly Kearney is Knockout, a Strong Guy lookalike. And like the source material, super-powered kids are driven by adolescent angst and hormones.

Although they’re lucky with the first question (the answer is “mutation”), it turns out that they don’t know the classics very well (there’s a Shakespearean character named Toby, but that’s not not the one that says “To be or not to be”) and things quickly go awry. Knockout yells “WE CAN SLAVE YOU!” in a wildly distorted voice while smashing his podium to pieces, and Zena and the professor end with each interaction by yelling at each other.

This is an especially fun sketch if you’ve ever been a fan of the 2000s X-Men movies, the 90s cartoon, or the comics that have been running continuously for decades now. A reboot of the cartoon is currently slated for Disney+ this fall and Ortega was mentioned as one of the mutants at Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters when the x-men are eventually introduced into the MCU. Could this be her first audition? Heck, maybe Mikey Day is looking to take the role of Patrick Stewart.

Watch a clip below (full video will be posted as it becomes available) and rate this weekend SNL.


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