Until recently, the MCU was legally prohibited from using or referencing Mutants, as 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and several other Marvel heroes. But since Disney acquired Fox in 2019, the rights are back to Marvel Studios where they belong, and mutants are on their way to the MCU.
During Wanda Vision, fans were shocked to see the inclusion of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, which at the time was considered the first appearance of a mutant in the MCU. Obviously, that didn’t work out as planned as Peters ended up playing Ralph Bohner, a Westview citizen magically controlled by Agatha Harkness, but clearly Marvel wanted fans to think.
Now, it’s been revealed that Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as X-Men leader Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness“Illuminati. With the recent reveal of her costume for the strange doctor sequel, Stewart appears to be playing a live-action adaptation of Xavier from the 90s animated series – soon to be rebooted with Marvel Studios X-Men ’97.
With Professor X returning in the blockbuster Multiversal, potentially alongside cameos from other members of the X-Men, this film could offer the first use of the term “Mutant” in the MCU. Naturally, that would be a big milestone, and a step toward the X-Men’s return to live-action.
Between x-men ’97 and Mutants reboot, Marvel Studios will be bringing mutants to the MCU imminently, and explaining their absence thus far will be a difficult task. The simplest solution would be to have them created retroactively, and with Multiverse of Madness being the biggest movie on the current list, what better movie could there be for the task?
What do we know about Wanda in Doctor Strange 2?
Marvel Studios was keen to remain vague on exactly how Wanda Maximoff will star in Multiverse of Madness. Not only have the trailers featured the MCU’s Scarlet Witch, last seen in Wanda Visionbut they also highlighted some new variants, at least one of which seems to play a nasty role.
Scarlet Witch was last shown in Wanda Vision studying the Darkhold, during which she heard the voices of her twin sons Billy and Tommy. Recent trailers have revealed that Wanda has since endured nightmares involving her Westview children, which many believe will lead her to search for her twins across the multiverse.
Supposedly, Multiverse of Madness will resume two years after the events of Wanda Vision, which means that Wanda’s powers have undoubtedly grown tremendously since then. With the Darkhold meant to corrupt all who read it, plenty of time has now passed for Scarlet Witch to be completely under its influence, setting her dark turn in place.
Is Wanda a mutant in the MCU?
When Wanda Maximoff was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were led to believe that her reality-warping powers stemmed from Hydra’s experimentation with the Mind Stone. However, Wanda Vision delivered a surprise twist on that front as it was revealed that she had always had magical powers and the Infinity Stone only enhanced them.
Wanda’s current portrayal in the MCU is now that of a witch, or more specifically, the Scarlet Witch. Marvel Comics recently made a similar creative decision with Scarlet Witch, as she was first introduced as a mutant in 1964 before being retconned as a witch in 2016.
So knowing that Wanda was born and raised with powers, what about Pietro? Since the Mind Stone only amplified Wanda’s powers, how could Pietro have been affected if there was nothing to amplify? This would seem to imply that Quicksilver’s super-speed predates his Hydra experimentation, but with no sign that his abilities are magic-based, where did they come from?
Well, there are two theories running; either Pietro was a mutant born with his powers, or Wanda used her magical abilities – accidental or intentional – to give powers to her brother.
When Wanda and Pietro first appeared in the MCU, there wasn’t even a whisper of Disney’s acquisition of Fox yet, which meant they weren’t allowed to use characters. mutants. The only reason these two were allowed stemmed from their overlapping connection between the Avengers and the X-Men, so Marvel Studios was free to use them but lacking the Mutant umbrella.
Pietro being a mutant would be a game-changing twist for the MCU, as it would mean they either already live around the other heroes or always have. But, if Wanda gave Pietro her powers, it could make Wanda the creator of Mutants in the MCU, something she could soon do again on a much grander scale.
Marvel’s House of M recap
In 2005, Marvel kicked off Scarlet Witch’s most famous comic arc with House of M. The eight-issue limited series inspired Wanda Vision in a sense, Wanda Maximoff – in the wake of Vision’s death – created her own reality in which she could live her ideal life with Vision and their twin sons Billy and Tommy.
In this reality, Wanda gave all the heroes their ideal lives in hopes of keeping them happy and complacent. Arguably the biggest difference in this world came from the shift in balance between humans and mutants, with the super-powered now making up the majority in this world.
While all of this was going on, Professor X was trying to use her telepathy to push Wanda to return the world to normality, as no one knows the consequences of meddling with reality.
After a while, Wolverine began to regain memories of his past life, triggering a moment of “total recall” for the others, uniting them in hopes of restoring the status quo. Although he initially blamed Magneto for manipulating Wanda into creating this reality, the culprit turned out to be Quicksilver, who wanted nothing more than to keep his sister happy.
Blaming Magneto and his mutant abilities for all the issues that plagued his life, the trauma led Wanda to utter three of Marvel’s most famous words: “no more mutants.” Not only did this spell return the world closer to its previous state, it decimated the mutant kind, as what was once millions or billions was now down to a few hundred.
How the MCU is adapting House of M
The current state of Scarlet Witch in Wanda Vision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness bears many similarities to the comic event House of M. After all, the reality-bending Avenger just lost Vision and has since brought him back to life – alongside his two twins – in a reality of his own. creation.
Almost every sitcom-themed episode of Wanda Vision featured an ad referencing Wanda’s history in the MCU – and it’s yet to be revealed where they came from. The writers hinted that Doctor Strange was once intended to be the source material, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance on the show never materialized.
A major change from this event came with the absence of Mutants – Professor X having played a major role in the event. Now that Charles Xavier is coming to the MCU in Multiverse of Madnessperhaps the Illuminati will prove to be the source of interference in Wanda Visionfrom the sitcom world, attempting to restore reality like Professor X did in the comics.
With so many House of M comparisons sweeping the current MCU, Marvel Studios could be heading for its own “no more mutants” moment. But there is a problem. Right now, the MCU still doesn’t have mutants, at least as far as the public knows.
The MCU’s Reverse House of M
The MCU needs to find a way to introduce mutants, and it’s no easy task at all. After all, older characters like Magneto and Professor X have to be around for decades to make sense, but the idea that mutant heroes were there to ignore the ongoing doomsday events would be a tough pill to swallow. .
Marvel Studios needs to retroactively introduce mutants throughout history, without simultaneously erasing established continuity. One way to do that would be to find that the entire MCU was set in a post-House of M world in which another magic user, like Agatha Harkness, erased mutants from existence. With Agatha’s Disney+ Series Title Confirmed Harkness Housea title that is clearly similar to the comic event, its involvement in a similar disaster can be explored there.
The concept of Mutants once existing in the MCU might even be what Charles Xavier is about to reveal to Strange in Multiverse of Madness as he said the Illuminati should “tell him the truth” in its trailer debut.
Upon discovering this revelation, Wanda may seek to restore the mutants’ existence in a reverse version of the dramatic. “no more mutants” moment. With her and her brother possibly having been mutants whose mutant genes were activated by the Time Stone, she may be able to use her powers to do the same for others.
Who knows if Multiverse of Madness will finally be the one to introduce Mutants to the MCU, after all many had similar theories during Wanda Vision. But the intro would be the perfect culmination of the House of M-inspired arc for Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda, and prepare fans to see the MCU’s X-Men reboot announced at this year’s Comic-Con or D23.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.