Marvel Studios May Drop The ‘Men’ From X-Men

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It’s going to be a big deal when mutants finally arrive in the MCU.

Many of the most popular comic-book characters in the world are among their numbers, and I’m hyped for MCU takes on Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, and Charles Xavier. But Marvel Studios is in no rush and has many existing characters and storylines to work with before cracking open this franchise. When the superhero team does finally arrive, however, there’s a good chance the X-Men might not be the X-Men.

Marvel Studios’ new President of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation, Victoria Alonso, has hinted that internal thinking is that the name ‘X-Men’ isn’t sufficiently inclusive:

In an interview with Nuke the Fridge, she said:

“I don’t know where the future is going. It’s funny that people call it the X-Men, there’s a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it’s outdated.“

She’s right, but Disney will be keenly aware that the X-Men brand name is known around the world and carries a lot of weight. Conversely, it might be easy to drop as Fox X-Universe movies don’t actually use the phrase “X-Men” very often. Dark Phoenix even specifically called this out, with Mystique saying to Charles:

“By the way, the women are always saving the men around here. You might want to think about changing the name to X-Women.”

So what are the alternatives? If Marvel followed the same pattern as The Avengers, we could see solo movies establishing each key mutant before bringing them all together for a team-up. Perhaps that could simply be called ‘Mutants’, covering all MCU newcomers, both good and evil.

Then again, Alonso also teased that her future animation projects might see a full-on MCU musical so it seems silly to try and second-guess what they’re going to do:

“I’m especially thrilled about ramping up our studio’s animation efforts, which is a personal passion of mine. Look forward to more singing!…”

Marvel Studios’ animation department is off to a very strong start with What If..? so let’s hope future efforts match this quality. And, in the meantime, let’s start getting hyped for X-Men, no matter what the team is eventually called.

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  1. neuromancersays:

    yea she said that a while ago, and fans bit back, doesnt mean she is going to have influence on the movie, and it would be STUPID, to change the name of one of the most recogniable brands on the planet.

    Just more propaganda BS from those looking to destroy pop culture. But guess what? Your only doing us a favor because we want comic book movies to bomb if they change what isnt broken.

    Even your side is now saying, comic numbers are in the tolet, so enjoy the down fall of the trend, and when no one wants it, we will take it back.

    1. Wesley Gibsonsays:

      I don’t know what a “tolet” is, but comic book sales numbers have been dropping consistently since the 90’s, largely due to the outdated nature of the medium in an era where print media is obsolete and special effects have evolved to the point where superhero stories dominate movies and television.

      1. Retrosays:

        Print media is not obsolete, Manga sales are exploding. NA comic sales have dropped for garbage story telling and horrible business practices.

      2. BlackStar9000says:

        RETRO said it best, print media isnt on a decline, only American print is, Manga sells are on an enormous rise and its only getting bigger, to the point that many popular Manga titles sell out immediately upon reprint, just look up Demon Slayer. It’s wise to do thorough research before posting opinions as facts.

  2. GoldbullionIIIsays:

    This implies that this is the thinking of executives at Marvel Studios, it in fact, is not. When this first broke over a year ago it was made clear that this was Alonso’s opinion alone. While Alonso has been around as a producer since Iron Man it’s clear that she doesn’t always get her way in Marvel films (see her distaste for the dialogue towards Black Widow in Iron Man 2). Somehow I see this falling into that category, X-Men is the brand, period, and no amount of identity politics will sign fans on for something otherwise. Just ask Kathleen Kennedy…

    1. Wesley Gibsonsays:

      Kathleen Kennedy made billions of dollars with her Star Wars movies. If you want to push male identity politics you’re in the wrong place.

      1. Retrosays:

        And the money from those SW movies were below expectations and led to cancelled future projects.

      2. MnemonicMikesays:

        Who is Kathleen Kennedy? I don’t know her. I don’t go to garbage “Woke” movies that pretend women are just as powerful as men, that dumb people are really smart, and that nut-cases are really sane/stable. Try making a movie about a womens’ NFL team that destroys the men-only teams … yeah, some people would like it, but that just tells you how soft we’ve become.

      3. Personsays:

        Mike, I promise there are women who can beat your ass

      4. Hurf Jonezsays:

        Person, I promise that you won’t be getting laid from your transparent virtue-signaling.

        Women are not as strong as men. And they never will be.

  3. MR ED.says:

    WHY!

  4. Don't use your real namesays:

    No problem, drop the name x-men and I will become an x-fan.

    1. Sorasays:

      Amen to that

  5. XaoOfTheMistssays:

    I find is both hilarious yet sadly telling how this article ended with what is literally the “Consume Product and get excited for next Product” meme.

    Anyways, if Disney does change the name of the X-Men you can count me out entirely, I won’t waste a cent and second on ANY future MCU movies or shows ever again.

  6. Jaysays:

    I guess they could drop the hu***ity from it entirely and call the x-kind. The next step away from the hu*** species

  7. Blackbeastsays:

    X-people….. mutant lives matter… X-Gen, X-force, The Mutants , NAACM …. Help get my X-Lawer

  8. The Rocksays:

    LOL I really doubt this is happening.

    1. BlackStar9000says:

      Really? They already completely ruined who the Scarlet witch is and her brother quicksilver is technically dead without showing any of his real power… Get ready for the X-plain force….

  9. Stevesays:

    The ‘men’ in X-Men doesn’t just stand for MAN…WoMEN are part of X-Men and this case this argument is not valid. Quit trying to push things that aren’t there and over thinking.

  10. Nicolas Cagesays:

    Lol, about as likely as ‘men’ getting dropped from the word ‘Women’

  11. Seamonkeysays:

    I’m so tired of women trying to change everything. Quit being little bitches and get over it. Like holy shit. You people must really have a feeling of inferior power all the time. Lmao

    1. Namelesssays:

      X-Bitches…it’s got a nice ring to it I like it!

    2. I hate cancel culture peoplesays:

      More like they are all on a forever period

  12. SANE1says:

    *”Everything woke turns to sh*t!”*

  13. Vereansays:

    Its one of the most silly ones you could go after.

    Be one thing if it was x-guys mutant dudes or something of the such…But x-men? I mean men is right there for both. Man men woman women.

    Id argue women are better represented in the name of x-men then most others

  14. thatboysays:

    If a man said the same thing she said about women he would be canceled, fire, and called a misogynist.

    1. thatboysays:

      *fired

    2. BlackStar9000says:

      Yes the Bird of Prey isn’t inclusive enough to men so let’s change it to BIRDPERSONS OF POWER! Rick would be proud.

  15. Xinosays:

    What are they going to call it? X-Mutants? Mutant X? Mutant x is already taken as there’s a TV show for that.
    How about Agent of X?

  16. Jjb 54says:

    Okay – Covid is not a Pandemic – But stupid is growing in leaps and bounds.

    >>> GO WOKE >>>>> GO BROKE <<<<<

  17. Ericsays:

    Well….isn’t this a discussion for losers with nothing better to do with their time….lol. Man or mankind has always been an inclusive noun encompassing wo-men. It’s has only been the activists that have parlayed it into some non-inclusive noun. The fact this is being considered as for X-Men and being discussed that it is only ‘logical’ is yet another sign of the degenerating condition of our society and self absorption/indulgence

    1. Personsays:

      Well….. isn’t this a discussion for losers with nothing better to do with their time….. maybe I should join the conversation

  18. Ericsays:

    Fuck you

  19. Lil Ed bsays:

    Sony or fox owns the rights to x men and spiderman I think Disney was leasing spiderman funny how they try to spin it

  20. Blaze_Dupree1525says:

    This is the dumbest most disrespectful crap I have ever heard…

  21. Khaikisays:

    X-men is literally a metaphor for The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s… you’d be literally removing credit from them… talk about respecting Stan Lee’s life work…

  22. amogussays:

    oki question if want to search any x-men clips should i search up X videos?!?!1

  23. MnemonicMikesays:

    Well, there’s three real pronouns (unless you live in the world of Silly): He, She, and It. If you want to be inclusive, call them the “X-its”, because that’s what it will do to the popularity. Just because a tiny part of the pampered liberal set has gone goofe doesn’t mean that the rest of the world has lost its common sense and has become Virtue Signalers.

    1. Personsays:

      You forgot about them which you literally just used

  24. epheweselfsays:

    so Hu-man is wrong too?

    covid still has alot of work to do. if it could just target the moronic, misrepresentating, lying sacks of scum it would be great. but articles like this and the “journalists” that write them will be extinct 🤞🏽

  25. EntrrUsernamesays:

    No problem. It’s not like women in Saudi Arabia are still forced to wear a head covering just because or anything…

  26. Fluchanglesays:

    Garbage.

  27. Don't do it disneysays:

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while…lol men is a general term like “mankind” no sexism just a title, if you ruin the greatest mutant group name you will be making a bad choice…

  28. cavemansays:

    Deadpool aleady took care of this. Changed his team to X Force so it would not be sexist. He was being satirical. These people are serious.

  29. Vaniksays:

    Behind every woke incentive, there’s a female, the female hive mindset, and a bunch of beta males—the feminist rainbow pathology.

    1. Personsays:

      Do you still believe in the tooth fairy?

  30. Vaniksays:

    Behind every woke incentive, there’s a female, the female hive mindset, and a bunch of beta males—the feminist rainbow pathology.

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