X-Men in MCU has been in the creative tank for some while; but did Kevin Feige just open the secret valve for the mutant-superhero crossover?
Marvel movies are always a spectacle of celebration with new heroes and their engrossing storylines. Over the years, a plethora of movies has been released to bring our favorite superheroes on screen individually and also together.
Back in March 2019, The Walt Disney Company agreed to a $71.3 billion merger with 21st Century Fox. This gave Disney ownership of FX Networks and National Geographic, which led to their 100% ownership of Hulu and a new catalog of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other Marvel characters
With the advent of a new decade, Marvel studios have their eyes firmly set on future collaborative superhero movies, especially X-men. The much-awaited Xmen-MCU crossover is a topic of interest in both the fandom.
Mutants in MCU and the multiverse is a mega project that Marvel Studios are looking heavily into by setting up a foundation for their introduction. Marvel President Kevin Feige has been on the reigns since 2007 and in a recent interview, he might just have piqued the interest further.
Let’s delve right into what Kevin said and find out how close are we to seeing Professor X s’ students in the MCU.
WILL PHASE 10 BE PHASE- X?
The question is on every MCU fan s’ mind and in an interview with Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com, Kevin Feige was asked if Phase 10 of the MCU would introduce X-men and he replied:
Do you want to wait till Phase 10 for the X-Men? Alright, that’s longer than I want to wait, but I guess. I’ll follow your lead, sirComicbook.com
Marvel is highly secretive about the X-Men in the MCU project as evidenced by the recently concluded San Diego Comic wherein no questions were asked about mutants in MCU.
Currently, Marvel is in its Fourth Phase, and the response to Davis s’ question isn’t just amusing but could also hold the truth if that’s the case, when will Marvel introduce the X-Men in MCU?MCU Phases 4,MCU Phases 6 or MCU Phases 7?
WHEN CAN WE EXPECT X-MEN IN MCU?
Three years have passed since Disney acquired the rights for X-Men and finally we are seeing some advancements towards the mutants in MCU. In the latest Marvel TV series Ms. Marvel, there were considerable hints dropped about the mutants.
In the final episode of the show, we find out that Kamala has mutated genes with the X-Men 97 theme music played in the background. Kevin Feige also confirmed that X-Men in MCU is a possibility that they are heavily considering Speaking of X-Men 97, there was official confirmation in the San Diego Comic-Con of a Fall 2023 release as Magneto will take the lead.
The seventh and final installment in Phase four, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premier on 11th November 2022. The Marvel panel at the Comic-Con also confirmed the Marvel Phase five titles which are as follows:
|Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania
|February 17, 2023
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
|May 5, 2023
|Loki Season 2
|July 28, 2023
|November 3, 2023
|Agatha: Coven of Chaos
|Daredevil: Born Again
|Captain America: New World Order
|May 3, 2024
|July 26, 2024
Looking at the release schedule and titles, it is improbable that X-men will feature in Phase five. So, what about Phase six? Phase Six of the MCU was also revealed which included the following titles:
|8th November 2024
|Avengers: Kang Dynasty
|2nd May 2025
|Avengers: Secret Wars
|7th November 2025
Curiously, the sixth phase timeline spanning between 2024 and 2025 reserved eight other dates but left them untitled.
The eight dates include Fall 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025, Spring 2025, Summer 2025, and Summer 2025.
While it’s too early to comment, Phase Six looks like the most likely entry point for the Mutants Saga.
Wegotthiscovered.com first reported this news way back in 2019 and also confirmed that Marvel is reportedly planning Avengers Vs. X-Men Movie for Phase 6.
MARVEL STUDIO S’ NEXT BIG SAGA
Kevin Feige in an interview with Total film said:
As we’re nearing the end of Phase 4, I think people will start to see where this next saga is going. I think there have been many clues already, that is at least apparent to me, of where this whole saga is going. But we’ll be a little more direct about that in the coming months, to set a plan, so audiences who want to see the bigger picture can see a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more of the roadmap.Total film
The San Diego Comic-Con tip-toed around the X-Men project but according to Deadline,
Marvel is saving it all up for Disney’s fan convention D23 during the second weekend of September, specifically in regards to new projects. There’s still stuff we haven’t seen, specifically the Fantastic Four reboot, Mahershala Ali in The Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (due May 5), The Marvels (July 28, 2023), and The Mutants.
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will be presented on 9th September 2022, and while the overall information isn’t much to celebrate, there is enough evidence to suggest that the mutant saga isn’t too far.
MARVEL PHASE FOUR CLIFFHANGER CONUNDRUM
Phase four of the MCU has left many of its series with a cliffhanger on which the Marvel Studios’ Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation, Brad Winderbaum commented:
There are new challenges and new rewards that come with making longer-form stories. We’re keeping the endings more open now, I think. We don’t have to tie up every loose end. And when you create characters as strong as Moon Knight and Scarlet Scarab, we can confidently go into the future knowing that there are more stories left to tell and new characters that we can bring in to tell themMarvel Studios’ Assembled
While the suspense-ending-seeking-for-more strategy by the filmmaker is common, it may not come as good news for the X-men in the MCU project.
WandaVision, Hawkeye, and even the Infinity saga all of these titles ended on a major cliffhanger. As cited previously, eight dates are left open and untitled by Marvel which could be occupied by any of the previous installments to complete the story.
If Marvel keeps leaving loose endings on every title, it would only mean a pushback for the Mutants project. Marvel season 2, Spiderman 4, Sang-Chi 2, and Ms. Marvel season 2 will be contesting for any open slots in the upcoming Phases of the MCU.
Work for this dilemma would be an X-Men TV show which could run as a separate iteration from Marvel s’ roster.
The schedule is packed and the dates are stacked, yet we bank on the myriad of maybes for Marvel to introduced the mutant saga.