Marvel reportedly considering dropping the word ‘Men’ from ‘X-Men’

Marvel have recently reacquired the rights to the X-Men. This now allows them to introduce some of their most famous characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s only a matter of time before we see the likes of Wolverine, Magneto and Cyclops on the big screen. But when the X-Men do finally arrive they may not actually be called the X-Men.

X-Men name not inclusive enough says Marvel Executive

Marvel renaming the X-Men
Victoria Alonso

Victoria Alonso is a Marvel executive that was recently promoted to the role of ‘President of Physical, Post Production, VFX and Animation’.

In an interview with Nuke the Fridge back in 2019 she was asked about the future of the famous Mutant group and here is what she had to say:

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 So, I think it’s outdated.

Victoria Alonso on the ‘X-Men’ name

Given her recent promotion, does this give us an insight into some of the behind the scenes thinking at Marvel Studios?

Dark Phoenix pokes some fun

Dark Phoenix
Dark Phoenix (20th Century Studios)

2019’s Dark Phoenix even made a direct reference to the role of women in the X-Men when Mystique says to Charles “By the way, women are always saving the men around here, you might want to think about changing the name to X-Women.”

Whatever Marvel decide to do with groups name it’s bound to cause some controversy on either side of the debate. Given that the X-Men name has been around since 1963 and is a well established brand name for Marvel it would be a brave decision to change the name at this point.

What do you think? Is the groups name inclusive enough? Or is this just an example of ‘wokeness’ gone mad? Let us know in the comments or over on social media @geeksgonnageek. As always, thanks for reading.