Marvel’s first MCU X-Men movie doesn’t need men
The Mutants could rebrand their iconic name to be more inclusive, leaving plenty of future possibilities for the MCU’s X-Men.
The X-Men brand is in talks to potentially remove the “Men” from the team’s iconic name for the MCU’s debut of mutants in order to be more socially inclusive. Recent comments have suggested that X-Men is an outdated group name since many of the X-Men team are female. While a radical change – such as the classic comic book renaming – remains to be seen, let’s speculate on what options Marvel might take if it adopts a more universally progressive title.
By expanding the horizons beyond the “Men” of the X-Men, the first element to recognize is undoubtedly the female characters. Since its 1963 debut issue, the classic comic had always featured Marvel Girl AKA Jean Gray as part of the starting roster, but the 1970s saw a surge of female characters, including Storm, the first African American woman in the series, as well as Kitty Pryde. , the first Jewish woman in comics. Of course, it was the Dark Phoenix saga of 1976 that made Jean Gray one of the franchise’s most powerful mutants, and almost unmatched since. Since then, women have taken a strong hold on the X-Men spotlight until the 21st century – most notably in Brian Wood’s 2013 X Men # 1, which focused on an all-female team comprising Rogue, Jubilee and Psylocke. While the MCU is unlikely to launch its mutants under the “X-Women” brand, Wood’s modern classic comic at least shows the potential for the possibilities of a female-centric future for the X-Men.
Another direction the franchise could take would be in a more universal sense, as seen with Team X-Force. Originally launched in 1991, X-Force didn’t make a big splash until Rick Remender Strange X-Force – the 2010 comic that saw Deadpool and his friends traverse the multiverse under a larger group of lesser-known mutant fugitives. The X-Force team has been revamped for the 2018 Deadpool 2 film, and although primarily adopted for the slapstick, the group brought a new sense of diversity that the X-Men lacked. Between Domino and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, X-Force has opened the doors to multiracial and LGBTQ characters. Considering the huge success of Deadpool’s second outing, X-Force could very well be the way of the future if the Mutants end up being renamed.
Of course, the X-Men title cannot be changed at all. Given its long history of contrasting characters, the iconic franchise has transcended its comic book name beyond a brand – it has remained a statement for all types of individuals coming together as a team despite their differences. Part of the uniqueness of the X-Men is the bond between multiple races and genders under the same last name, but even despite the franchise’s iconic title, characters like Wolverine and Deadpool have proven with their solo releases that these films can still win massive achievements. not counting on the X-Men title, does the franchise ultimately even need it to thrive?
The future of the MCU’s mutants still looks cloudy, but with Marvel Studios director Kevin Feige reportedly agreeing that the X-Men name is old-fashioned and not progressive enough, the title could most likely be phased out over time – but not without first roping the fans. Given the affiliation with the name, the X-Men title will likely appear in the first entry for the new franchise, but as the sequels progress the films will likely adapt and evolve into something else – than whether it’s X-Force, X-Team, or something brand new. With the current introduction of the multiverse into the MCU, fans may get the best of both worlds and be able to witness the union of an old world of mutants with that of a new one. Until then, the X-Men brand will continue to represent some of the most diverse and extraordinary characters in comic book history.
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