Having been contractually unable to even say the word during the first dozen years of its existence, it’s going to take a bit of getting used to when mutants finally show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the build towards the franchise’s X-Men reboot begins in earnest.
A clean slate is certainly the best possible scenario for reinventing the characters, who starred in thirteen movies across 20 years that raked in over $6 billion at the box office and varied wildly in quality and consistency. Of course, Deadpool is staying exactly how he is, a foul-mouthed and R-rated superhero played by Ryan Reynolds, but the rest of the team should start afresh.
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This being the MCU, Kevin Feige no doubt already knows exactly how he’s going to incorporate the X-Men into his sprawling sandbox, and we’ve heard from our sources this week – the same ones who told us Rachel McAdams would be back for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness long before it was confirmed – that Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch is going to be the key.
Of course, Wanda Maximoff has already been set up as a major player in Phase Four, if not the single most important figure, and given her ties to the X-Men in the pages of Marvel Comics, it would be logical to draw on those connections for inspiration. According to our intel, Wanda’s continued arc will lead to her having a huge presence within the MCU’s X-Men mythos, and the next big screen version of Magneto could even be introduced as her real father, retconning her Age of Ultron origin story to establish that she’s been a mutant all along, and HYDRA weren’t responsible for her abilities after all.