Marvel's Rumored X-Men Movie Title Ignites MCU Fan Uproar

Mere hours before the official start of Comic-Con International in San Diego, Twitter has erupted over the rumored title of Marvel Studios' first X-Men movie: The Mutants

The purported title change is either because the Fox movies so tarnished the X-Men brand that Marvel Studios wants a fresh start when it introduces the characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

That belief may actually have some foundation in comments made in 2019 by Victoria Alsono, Marvel's executive vice president of production. 

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 There's a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it's outdated." 

It's worth noting that X-Men co-creator Stan Lee originally wanted to call them The Mutants, but was shot down by Marvel's publisher.

He said, 'You can't call them The Mutants' and I said, 'Why not?'" Lee recalled in 2017. "  'Our readers, they aren't that smart.' He had no respect for comic book readers. He said, 'They won't know what a mutant is.'"

Fans have speculated for the past few years how mutants would be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Then came the surprise revelation of the Ms. Marvel finale, in which viewers learned of Kamala Khan's genetic "mutation" -- a moment underscored by music similar to the theme from X-Men: The Animated Series.