After months of financial wrangling, and outbidding rivals Comcast, it looks like Disney’s now just a short time away from purchasing 20th Century Fox. As fans know, the implications of this are massive for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it will mean that the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will finally be coming home.
Exactly when we can expect the MCU to swing its doors open to Wolverine et. al is another question entirely (and one that Marvel boss Kevin Feige isn’t prepared to answer…yet), but rest assured, the world of comic book movies we know and cherish is about to be flipped on its head in the best possible way.
Of course, the million-dollar question is how will Marvel’s creators integrate mutants into the MCU? Unfortunately, no one knows the answer to that at the moment, but a new theory puts forth the idea that maybe Ant-Man and the Wasp planted a few seeds for the inevitable arrival of the X-Men, and it all has to do with the Quantum Realm.
If you’ve seen the film, which we assume you have if you’re reading this article, you’ll know that in Peyton Reed’s sequel, Janet Van Dyne is eventually rescued from the aforementioned alternate dimension and we find out that as a result of being in there, she’s now got powers, such as the ability to “manipulate and transfer quantum energy.” She explains them as being a form of “evolution,” and it’s that which might just hint at how the X-Men can be brought into the MCU.
You see, evolution is something that’s often associated with Wolverine and co. and what happened to Janet in the Quantum Realm certainly feels like a mutant power and is reminiscent of the opening title sequence of the very first X-Men movie, where Charles Xavier explains:
“Mutation. It is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward.”
So, with that in mind, what Nerdist suggests is that the Quantum Realm may be used as the explanation for how mutants can exist in the MCU. Perhaps Hank Pym could even be the person responsible for creating the very first ones? And though there would need to be a lot more worked out than just what we’ve mentioned here, this mysterious alternate dimension could very well serve as the basis for how the franchise introduces the idea of mutants, the concept of evolution and, ultimately, brings the X-Men into the fold.
Again, this is all just speculation for now, but it’s certainly interesting to think about and if you have any thoughts of your own coming out of Ant-Man and the Wasp, be sure to share them with us in the usual place down below.