20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise is coming to an end this weekend with the release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and fans are looking forward to seeing the mutants finally make their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Unfortunately, not everyone's eager with the franchise name. Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of Production, seems to believe that the name "X-Men" is "outdated."
Alonson recently spoke in an interview with Nuke the Fridge to help promote the home release of Captain Marvel. During her discussion with the publication, the EVP spoke about the future of the X-Men.
"I don't know where the future is going," Alonso said, "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 There's a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it's outdated."
It seems like Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique would agree. In a promo for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, we see Mystique commenting that "The women are always saving the men around her," as she confronts Charles Xavier (James McAvoy). "You might want to think about the changing the name to X-Women."
The whole bit might seem a little bit forced, but if Marvel wanted to change the name X-Men they could. The "X-Men" name is a long-running brand though, and we think that it's going to stay in place even when Disney decides to relaunch the franchise under Marvel Studios. We'll just have to wait and see what Disney does with the "X-Men" and how the studio will integrate the mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix premieres this Friday, June 7, 2019.