For your approval, I submit what can be called a distillation of Marvel’s response to fans calling out the company trying to undermine the X-Men franchise.

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re really just emphasizing the Avengers in Avengers vs X-Men because it makes for good story.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re really just having Havok claim the word mutant is like the n-word and mutant culture should be discarded because it makes for good story.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re not removing X-Men from merchandise at all even though we’ve literally removed them from shirts and such and refuse to make any new major video games or cartoons focused on the X-Men.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, Inhumanity isn’t an attempt to replace mutants with Inhumans, it’s just bringing them to Earth for good story.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we didn’t force a retcon on Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being Magneto’s kids to sever their ties to the X-Men franchise, it’s just for good story.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, the Terrigen Mist killing mutants and sterilizing them isn’t being used to literally kill the franchise and keep mutants from staying involved in the Marvel universe. It’s just for good story. Cutting the number of X-Men books down from around 14 to around 6 is just for sales reasons.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, purging almost everything X-Men from the official Marvel shop is just because they aren’t selling and we need to focus on what sells.”

I also submit for approval, a distillation of what we can expect out of Marvel in the future. I say these knowing full well that people working at Marvel can read this post and will absolutely change their plans if they’re afraid it’s too on the nose and too many people expect it.

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, Death of X killing the entire concept of X-Men is purely for good story. Giving the Inhumans all the qualities of the X-Men franchise is pure coincidence.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re not excluding

X-Men from major Marvel events, they just aren’t relevant to the stories we’re trying to tell and we don’t want to force them.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, killing off all the remaining notable X-Men and introducing remarkably similar Inhumans characters is just for good story.“

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re not rewriting old storylines solely to purge any need to reference the X-Men, we’re just modernizing old storylines that have become outdated.”

“Don’t believe the conspiracy theories, we’re not trying to purge all evidence the X-Men were ever a thing, we’re just not forcing people to see stuff unrelated to what our focus is on.”

“Wait, what? X-Men? Why do you want us to do anything with Fox’s films when we have Inhumans?”

Have I covered the full timeline? I don’t know. Maybe someone from the future can come by to fill in details I missed in Marvel’s path toward tearing down the X-Men franchise just because Fox owns the film rights and only the film rights.

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