Author wants to make “X-Men” “gender neutral”

Published 16 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
When Chris Claremont tried to change his name to something more "gender neutral", he was unsuccessful with the lawyers.

Comic book writer Chris Claremont has worked with the “X-Men” superheroes for many years. However, he believes that the name is outdated and gender stereotypical and that the group should be called “X” or “The X-Group” instead.

Claremont feels that it is “so 1960s” to talk about the “X-Men” – since many of the fictional superheroes are women, he refers to them as “The X-Group” in all contexts.

When it comes to an official name change, however, he hasn’t been able to make the change – despite years of trying.

– I tried that. I spent about 10 years referring to them as the X. The X being the unknown. It was pointed out to me that X-Men is trademarked, which apparently is a whole different kettle of fish. You can’t argue with legal people. When I came to work for Marvel, it was one or two guys, apparently the Mouse House has much more than that. There are some fights you can’t win

“Lots of female superheroes”

Discussions about superheroes have flared up again after Marvel and Disney decided to make several character changes that were criticized by many of their supporters as clearly left-wing or politically correct.

Victoria Alonso, a producer for Marvel Studios, would also have liked to see a name change to a more gender-neutral one if she had the choice.

– 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 There’s a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it’s outdated, she says.

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