There is always some new Marvel comics character that fans want to see in live-action but none can parallel the craze that is reserved for the X-Men. While Disney has finally acquired the rights to the X-Men characters from 21st Century Fox, integrating them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a whole other story. Now, a recent report suggests that an X-Men will be joining Anthony Mackie in Captain America 4.
We Got This Covered is reporting that the X-Men, Storm, might be starring along with Anthony Mackie in Captain 4. The publication also theorized that her introduction would somehow be linked with Wakanda. While it is hard to see how Wakanda could factor into Storm or any other X-Men’s debut in the MCU, the possibility of introducing them has been teased by Marvel many times since it began its MCU Phase 4.
First, we had WandaVision that teased everything from the Fantastic Four to Marvel’s Devil- Mephisto, and of course the arrival of the X-Men. And as we know, none of these panned out or even set up the possibility of a future arrival of any of these characters. Then we had The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. The show introduced the infamous island, Madripoor, which is known amongst Marvel comics enthusiasts as the obvious link to the X-Men and primarily Wolverine. But again, Anthony Mackie went from being the Falcon to the new Captain America and flitted in and out of Madripoor, but none of the X-Men were ever introduced.
The biggest obstacle Marvel could be facing in introducing the X-Men is that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spawned 23 films, and there are more in the pipeline. This is over a period of approximately 15 years. They’ve established a universe where seeing superheroes (or heroes like Anthony Mackie as Falcon/Captain America) or supervillains is no biggie. But the introduction of each superhero/villain begins by them getting their powers in the first place and then their introduction to the world set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But if the Deadpool films are anything to go by, mutants already exist in the world. So, where were they during the events of the past films? Why wasn’t Deadpool or the other X-Men affected by Thanos’s snap? These are a few of the whole universe of complicated questions that Marvel will have to answer if it decides to usher in the X-Men. Let alone making that work for Anthony Mackie’s Captain America 4.
One possible solution would be to present them as beings from a different reality or universe. The original timeline is already fractured thanks to Loki escaping back in 2012, so altered events leading to the X-Men’s origin in an offshoot branch of the timeline would work. Also, we have Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is expected to unleash the chaos of different universes bleeding into each other- the X-Men could be heroes from a different Earth. And perhaps, by the time Captain America 4 rolls in, the X-Men would be in the MCU universe/timeline to join Anthony Mackie.