Two hours prior to Comic-Con International’s official opening in San Diego has seen Twitter explode over the rumored title for Marvel Studios’ first X-Men film: The Mutants .
The response comes in the wake a Deadline article on what to expect at this weekend’s convention from television networks and film studios. The website noted that while looks at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law are probably a lock for Saturday’s Hall H presentation, there’s a lengthy list of projects waiting in the wings (possibly for Disney’s D23 Expo in September). These films include The Marvels and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 , Deadline made an infrequent reference to The Mutants .
And with that, Marvel fanatics on Twitter went off to the races.
Marvel’s “The Mutants” Movie Rumor is Nothing New
To be clear, “The Mutants” rumor isn’t new: It dates back to at least March 2021, and has yet to be confirmed.
Depending on which theory you believe, the title change could be because Fox films have so damaged the X-Men brand and that Marvel Studios needs a new start to introduce the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This ignores the fact that Marvel Studios doesn’t appear to care about the Fantastic Four’s poor cinematic past. Or that hugging 2020’s The New Mutants would be a wise move. )
The second thread that seems to have gained traction on Twitter is the shifting of XMen towards The Mutant . This is meant to make it more inclusive. It’s called “woke.” “
That belief may actually have some foundation in comments made in 2019 by Victoria Alsono, Marvel’s executive vice president of production. She said that she didn’t know the direction of the future, just a few days after Marvel regained the X-Men movie rights as part of Disney’s purchase of Fox. It’s hilarious that they call it the X-Men. It’s outdated because there are many female super-heroes in the X-Men group. “
It is worth noting, that Stan Lee (X-Men creator) originally called them The Mutants ,. However, Marvel’s publisher changed their mind.
” He said that you couldn’t name them the Mutants ‘, and I replied, “Why not?” Lee recalled in 2017. Lee recalled in . His hatred for comic book readers was evident. He stated, “They won’t even know what a mutant looks like.” ‘”
Fans speculated over the years about how mutants might be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But although WandaVision seemed like the most obvious venue, the moment didn’t arrive until Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with its Professor Xavier cameo. The surprise revelation of the Ms. Marvel final, where viewers learnt about Kamala Khan’s genetic mutation — a moment that was underscored with music similar to the theme of X-Men Animated Series .