Long before there was a Marvel Cinematic Universe, the X-Men led the way when it came to delivering killer superheroic antics on the big screen. Ever since Disney acquired previous rightsholder 20th Century Fox, fans of everyone’s band of merry mutants have been waiting for them to pop up in the same universe as Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. And that wait may finally be ending: Deadline reports that now that the WGA strike is over, Marvel will be taking pitches for its MCU X-Men debut and may announce who got the job in early 2024.
Disney is actively looking for writers to bring the X-Men into the MCU.
If that still seems like a long time to wait for official word from Marvel about who is writing the X-Men movie, it’s important to remember that, unlike many other upcoming MCU movies, the X-Men film has not had any release dates previously announced.
Marvel doesn’t have to rush to meet any pre-existing deadlines, and the delays caused by the writer’s strike and the ongoing actor’s strike means that Marvel will mostly be focused on releasing previously announced films for the foreseeable future.
While that may be annoying news to those who have been waiting so long for the X-Men to come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s worth remembering that not that long ago, Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Professor Xavier in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness as part of The Illuminati.
Hugh Jackman will be reprising his fan-favorite Wolverine character in Deadpool 3, a film that promises both killer fights and a killer team-up between two of Marvel’s deadliest mutants (and maybe a few surprise X-Men as well).
And the final episode of Ms. Marvel revealed that she was a mutant which, along with a fun musical sting from the beloved 1992 X-Men: The Animated Series, gave longtime mutant lovers plenty to talk about.
Fans of that classic X-Men cartoon will be happy to learn that we’ll be getting a follow-up cartoon on Disney+ in 2024. Titled X -Men ‘97, this show will continue the adventures of our favorite mutants in those iconically ugly ‘90s outfits. And speaking of faves, most of the original voice cast is returning, which means characters like Storm and Wolverine will both look and sound just like they did when you were a kid.
[I]t wasn’t that long ago that Marvel movies mostly consisted of embarrassing movies like Howard the Duck…
Those hoping to see Wolverine in a vintage yellow costume have far more than the next X-Men cartoon to look forward to, though. Hugh Jackman will be reprising his fan-favorite Wolverine character in Deadpool 3, a film that promises both killer fights and a killer team-up between two of Marvel’s deadliest mutants (and maybe a few surprise X-Men as well).
This will also be the first Deadpool movie released as part of the MCU, and Disney is likely hoping this movie will help tide over impatient fans who have been waiting over a decade to see the X-Men team up with the Avengers onscreen.
While we’re a bit impatient ourselves, it’s important to be grateful nerds: after all, we live in a world where Marvel movies are a dominant cultural force, and it wasn’t that long ago that Marvel movies mostly consisted of embarrassing movies like Howard the Duck and that first Captain America where Cap was played by J.D. Salinger’s kid (no, really). The MCU has given us years of great films and (let’s be honest) a few weird flops in recent years, and we’re willing to wait a bit longer if Marvel ends up releasing a movie nearly as good as X2.