Alas with “The New Mutants” coming release, the saga of Fox’s X-Men film franchise draws to a close. It had a good run but now mutant-kind is under new management. With Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, all creative properties, including the X-Men, have now been handed over to Disney.
The day draws ever closer when the House of Mouse will consolidate all Marvel properties under one roof. One question has been keeping us up at night, though. How will the mutants enter into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? They can’t just very well pop up out of nowhere without any proper explanation.
After doing digging and research, we believe that we’ve found the way in which Marvel will introduce the X-Men and mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The seeds are being sown in Marvel’s Phase 4, even as we speak. So get out your comic book collections and Wikia tabs ready because we’re taking a deep dive into Marvel’s mutant history!
The Origin of Mutantkind
Before we get to the MCU, we need to do a quick crash course on Marvel history to better understand mutant-kind. Ready? Let’s begin! Long before the First Avenger appeared on the scene, mankind was in its early stages of development. They were primitive and ordinary until a group of giant energy-based aliens called the Celestials came to Earth. They were god-like in their ability to manipulate the biological structure of living organisms. They could accelerate a species’ evolution beyond the natural order. Which is exactly what they did to the human population at the time.
This is where things get slightly complicated, so stay with us. In an event known as the First Host, they created three new races out of early man. The first subrace to emerge were the Eternals. They are humanity at our highest potential. Think of them as the end product of human evolution. Perfect superhumans with abilities such as flight, energy manipulation, superspeed and superstrength.
Then there is the subrace of the Deviants. Genetically unstable creatures that varied wildly in physique and structure. Some of them have scaly skin. Some of them have strange appendages. The only thing these creatures have in common is that they look nothing like the Eternals or early humans.
Which is brings us to the third and final race: humans.
Now, most humans are your regular, old garden variety Homosapien. Some humans, however, such as Steve Rogers, Peter Parker and Bruce Banner have beneficial mutations. Mutations that allow their body to react in unique ways to radioactive substances. So instead of becoming horribly deformed or getting a tumour, they get superpowers instead. Then there are those born with the X-gene. Humans who already have superpowers and abilities within themselves. They are known as mutants. This is where heroes like the X-Men come in.
Unlike some members of the Avengers, they do not need exposure to certain chemicals or substances to gain fantastical abilities. They inherited it from their parents. These powers will eventually manifest at some point in a mutant’s life or remain dormant. For those looking to control their powers and serve the greater good, they can always find a friend in Professor Charles Xavier. A powerful mutant who runs a school and a team of heroes known as the X-Men.
Clues in the Cinematic Universe
Now that we’ve gotten the history class out of the way, we can now talk about how all this fits in the MCU. Believe it or not, there are already clues in the MCU leading to the eventual coming of the mutants. Remember those energy giants that created the Eternals, Deviants and mutants? Turns out that they already made an appearance in the MCU, in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” to be exact.
There’s a scene in which the Guardians meet with Taneleer Tiva aka the Collector who shows them a video of a Celestial, Eson the Searcher. We see the Eson use the Power Stone to wipe out an entire population, something that the Celestials in the comics are also known for doing. Now, we aren’t exactly sure if Eson was acting on behalf of the Celestials or if he was acting on his own but we do, at the very least, know that these beings exist within the cinematic canon.
Furthermore, we’ve also gotten confirmation that the Celestials will be playing a major role in the upcoming “Eternals” film. Disney’s Marvel never does anything without a reason. There’s always some longterm game plan that drives their every decision. Why would they have this random scene showing a Celestial using a Power Stone? They could have shown literally any other cosmic being doing it. We believe that Marvel was teasing the prospect of possibly having the X-Men come in.
It got even more interesting when we found out that the “Eternals” film would see the Eternals clash with their longtime nemesis, the Deviants. All the pieces seemed to be lined up in place right now. If the film features the Celestials, the Deviants and the Eternals surely the subject of the Celestials; genetic tampering must be broached. Which would eventually lead to the introduction of the mutants in the MCU! We don’t know whether if they’ll be revealed in a post-credit scene or in flashback or exposition but we’re fairly certain that some reference to mutant-kind will be made in the film.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s still a long way to go before we get to see Wolverine unfurl his claws in the MCU. It took us nearly 8 years before that teaser of Thanos in the post-credits scene of “The Avengers” paid off in “Avengers: Infinity War”. We predict that the mutants will probably arrive around the end of Phase 5. Don’t lose heart though, true believers. Someday, we’ll see our beloved mutants appear in the MCU. Until then, we’ll just have to wait.
So what do you make of all this? Do you think we could see the X-Men enter the MCU around Phase 4? Or do you think we’ll only see them appear much later in the future? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below!