Finally back with the other Marvel characters, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that “discussions are long and ongoing” about how to introduce the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That said, here are some various ideas for how they can do it.
A Maximoff Family Series
With the premiere of WandaVision just hours away, there’s already speculation about what will follow. We know Wanda Maximoff will next be seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but we don’t know what will come next for her after that. For WandaVision, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is rumored to reprise his role as Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, from Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the series playing with the boundaries of reality it is not outside the realm of possibility to see Quicksilver return from the dead for good. A follow-up series to WandaVision focusing on Pietro and Wanda discovering their true heritage as mutants, as well as learning their father is classic X-Men villain Magento, would be quite a different approach than we’ve seen from the characters so far. However, it would have so much potential to introduce one of the biggest X-Men characters into the MCU, and exploring the relationship of this family.
Storm in Black Panther II
Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, his role as T’Challa, the titular character in Black Panther 2, will not be recast. Instead, the film will explore the culture and characters of the fictional country Wakanda, as seen in the first movie. Thus, a hole is left for the protagonist. Recent controversy around Letitia Wright makes it unlikely for her character, T’Challa’s sister Shuri, to take over. Other options include a resurrected Eric Killmonger, Michael B. Jordan’s character from the first movie, and Winston Duke’s M’Baku, but neither of these options are very exciting. There is, however, one mutant who is a perfect candidate to lead the film: Ororo Munroe, aka Storm. Played by Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp in Fox’s X-Men movies, Storm never received the attention or development she deserved. Marvel Studios could begin rectifying this mistake immediately by changing Black Panther II to a movie lead by Storm, with the same supporting cast from the first film. There is even precedent for this in the comics, with Storm marrying Black Panther in 2006 and serving as Queen of Wakanda. The film is also rumored to introduce Namor, King of Atlantis, and Doctor Doom, ruler of Latveria. The comics had both characters play a role in various story arcs after T’Challa and Ororo were married and travelled all over the world on a diplomatic tour. This would be a way to incorporate a major X-Men character by both redeeming them of past digressions and creating a female role model that can follow in the footsteps of T’Challa.
Wolverine on Disney+
While Fox gave Wolverine three solo movies, as well as appearances in six different X-Men movies, the character never reached his full potential. The X-Men films put Wolverine in a starring role four times, but only one of them, Days of Future Past, actually did anything meaningful with the character. Of his solo films, only Logan, the final film, truly exemplified how great a character Wolverine is. Meanwhile, the second solo gave us a solid retelling of his adventures in Japan. And then there’s… the first one, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which turned his origin story into a monstrosity of bad storytelling and CGI. Aside from the messy films, Hugh Jackman did a terrific job in the role, but there’s so much left to explore. And there is no better way to do that than a Wolverine series on Disney+, starting with a retelling of Wolverine’s origin and working through his various adventures and supporting cast. While it could be limited to a miniseries, Wolverine has one of the largest catalogues of stories in the Marvel Universe and is ripe for long-form storytelling. It would be smart to give this iconic character a multi-season show, perhaps even under the name Weapon X.
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.