In the interest of full disclosure, I've never really been a big fan of the Mutants.
Now I completely get why the X-Men were created in 1963, and from that perspective, it makes sense. In the 60s, creating a team of heroes whose selling point is that they're judged and discriminated against was a good way to connect to readers and give them a window into what was going on in the real world at the time.
As a person of color, it was important to have that kind of representation, even if none of those original Mutants were of color themselves.
But as the years went on, the logic sort of started to fray, largely because in a world of superheroes, why is it that somehow people feared and hated the natural-born superhumans over those bitten by radioactive spiders or injected with Super Soldier serum?
That the Mutants got popular in the 80's and 90's was one thing, but after a while it just got obnoxious. With time and subsequent movie deals, the Mutants gained an even higher profile, as Marvel had less and less control of them. Naturally, it also made sense that Marvel brass like Ike Perlmutter would look at reducing their prominence in comics in favor of properties that they also controlled in other media. As such, we've seen the Mutants killed off, their powers taken away and other things which made it easy to finally sweep them under the rug.
After the most recent comics arc "Inhumans vs. X-Men", it looked like the end was clearly in sight, but alas, it's not to be as Marvel announced that 2017 is the year we get to see the Mutants return to their former prominence as all the remaining titles are revamped in the form of seven all-new ongoing series as part of their "Resurrexion" event.
X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold will the two anchor books featuring the new lineup, joined by five other ongoing series: Iceman, Jean Grey, Generation X, and Weapon X.
Generation X and Weapon X will serve as throwbacks to earlier series, with Generation X focusing on young mutants and Weapon X featuring a darker vision of Mutants, which let's be honest, we need again because it's 1992, right?
This was certainly never the plan for Marvel, not initially, as it was clear that the Inhumans would be a de facto replacement for all things Mutant, but sales and lack of heat on ABC's Agents of SHIELD pretty much killed the Inhumans movie, and so the House of Ideas are returning to their previous cash cow not realizing that people got tired of Mutants long before they chose not to latch on to the Inhumans.
The way Marvel treated Mutants during their heyday is a large part of the reason they fell out of favor, as it was important, I suppose, to keep the Mutants separate in a sense from the rest of the Marvel Universe, largely as a way to illustrate their treatment and discrimination. Now, with the winds of popularity shifting towards the Avengers and other non-mutant properties (except Deadpool, of course), will there be a place for Mutants?
To be fair, if it were not for the popularity of the 2000's X-Men, it's unlikely that Marvel would have as many comic book films in production now. There's no dispute whatsoever that the Mutants are responsible for making other films possible, but with the poor performance of X-Men: Apocalypse, audiences showed that they were getting tired of Mutant antics in films.
The X-Men are a integral part of comics history, which extends to TV and film, but one can't help but wonder whether or not trying to make the X-Men happen again in the comics world will end up doing more harm than good.
It was probably wishful thinking to hope that Marvel would can the Mutants for good, but at the end of the day, money talks, and somehow the X-Men still manage to sell books. Only time will tell if we'll get the level of quality from the unnamed creative teams that will not only make the Mutants relevant again, but also great.