Ms. Marvel is the final breadcrumb trail of the X-Men Marvel Cinematic Universe – The Hollywood Reporter
[This story contains spoilers for the Ms. Marvel season finale.]
Marvel continues to tease the long-awaited crossover that fans are dying to see – the emergence of the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For years, the X-Men have been clearly kept out of the MCU narrative due to rights issues (Bryan Singer’s x-men the early 2000s films remained the property of 20th Century Fox.) But since Fox’s acquisition by Disney in 2019, the addition of mutants to the universe is imminent. Three years later, we finally see the pieces slowly but surely coming together in what signals a full debut for the X-Men in the MCU.
In the wake of the breadcrumbs that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and his team continue to leave behind throughout Phase 4, the latest development might be the biggest of them all. Following a big revelation at the close of the Ms. MarvelThe season finale, mutants are now in the mix – sort of. Bruno (Matt Lintz) reveals to Kamala (Iman Vellani) that it wasn’t just the bracelet or his ClanDestin inheritance that unlocked his cosmic powers – there’s a mutation in his DNA.
With Kamala Khan’s impending mutant status, this opens up a major entry point for other mutants to emerge, like the X-Men. While Kamala from the comics is an Inhuman – which could potentially explain his genetic mutation – another clue narrows him down. After Bruno broke the news, the recognizable guitar riff from the beloved 90s show X-Men: The Animated Series plays, hinting at what is to come. Did we imagine it? No – it’s even listed in the song’s credits as “X-Men ’97 Theme”.
And this is not the first time that the x-men the theme song appeared in the MCU. Another entry point into the world of the X-Men comes from the multiverse itself, including a cameo from Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Stewart made his return to the character as a multiverse version of Charles Xavier from Earth-838. On his first appearance in the strange doctor sequel, a matchstick of that same X-Men theme plays as the camera pans to Stewart, seated in a classic yellow floating chair, much like the character from the comics and animated series. And whether mutants exist on Earth-616 or the multiverse, Marvel seems to be getting closer and closer to X-Men related storylines than ever before.
The Ms. Marvel the mutant bomb also comes coincidentally after threads of Taron Egerton having talks about possibly playing Wolverine went viral. The Rocketman star Told The New York Times that he met Feige and the Marvel team to potentially follow in the footsteps of fellow singer and dancer Hugh Jackman, who became a household name after playing the fan-favorite mutant in x-men (2000) and several subsequent films. And, it should always be noted that the Holy Trinity Blade, (1998) x-men and Spider Man (2002) proved that films based on Marvel characters were finally viable in the eyes of major studios, thus the MCU was born.
“I would be excited, but also apprehensive, because Hugh is so associated with the role that I would wonder if it would be very difficult for someone else to do it,” Egerton said. “But I hope if it happens they’ll give me a chance.”
Additionally, Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) evolution into the Scarlet Witch also hints at a potential X-Men crossover in its own storyline. While the Scarlet Witch is seemingly absent for the count following the events of Multiverse of Madnessthe character is undoubtedly a major link between the Avengers and the X-Men, having served in both super groups throughout the comics.
Not to mention Evan Peters’ cameo in Wanda vision, which played a version of Wanda’s brother, Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver. Peters played the role in Fox x-men movies and Aaron Taylor-Johnson played the MCU’s first incarnation of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
In the comics, the Maximoff twins are the offspring of the villainous Magneto – a possibility that hasn’t been entirely ruled out yet, as it concerns the multiverse. While fans were disappointed when it was revealed that Peters’ character in Wanda vision had no connection with his x-men role, Marvel rarely makes insignificant moves, and the door is always open for Peters to make a return as Quicksilver in some capacity.
After all, the last time we saw the original X-Men team in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Wolverine (Jackman) had managed to reset their timeline, effectively erasing the events of Singer’s previous films. With all of the X-Men alive and well, this sets the perfect backdrop for Feige and his team to step in and deliver.
And with Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Natasha Romanoff seemingly out of place, it certainly opens the playing field for a shift in the narrative, perhaps less Avengers-focused and more focused on teams like the X-Men and… other superhero groups. across the galaxy (fans are watching you, Fantastic Four.)
The entire first season of Ms. Marvel is streaming now on Disney+.