Marvel has been pulling out all the stops with Secret Invasion by way of mind-blowing reveals and major character deaths, but there’s one Easter egg that may have fallen by the wayside for audiences. While we wait for the group known as the X-Men to make a full appearance in the franchise, one of Priscilla Fury’s books shown in Episode 4 titled, Decoding the ‘Superhuman’ Gene, could point to the future X-Men tie-in.
A book briefly seen in Secret Invasion, written by Charlayne Woodard’s Priscilla, is an X-Men Easter egg.
The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment reveals a framed copy of the book displayed on the wall behind a shelf of the couple’s possessions. The title could be pointing to the existence of the X-Gene in mutants which typically makes itself known during the years of puberty.
Playing into its connection with the X-Men universe, the book means that there’s a good chance that the general public is well aware of the existence of these superbeings.
While it may seem like a small step toward the future of the X-Men, it could also serve as a jumping-off point for the Avengers to learn more about the mutants around them.
While the hows and whys are unclear behind Priscilla Fury’s motives for writing the book, there are a few hypotheses as to why an undercover Skrull would draw attention to mutants. There’s the chance that Gravik ordered her to research as he was searching for a way to make the alien race as powerful as Earth’s mightiest heroes.
There’s also a possibility that she was using it as a red herring to force the government’s eyes off the planned Skrull invasion and onto the potential threat of mutants. While it may seem like a small step toward the future of the X-Men, it could also serve as a jumping-off point for the Avengers to learn more about the mutants around them.
Unfortunately for fans, even though Secret Invasion may have pointed to the possibility of the X-Men making their way into the franchise, it’s likely a while off until any sort of film surrounding the mutants comes to fruition. While the gang has had its own standalone films over the last two decades, they haven’t quite broken through into the newer lineup of MCU properties. That is, however, about to change in smaller ways.
Although we may not see an entire X-Men team assemble any time soon, it’s hinted at the end of Ms. Marvel that the eponymous hero played by Iman Vellani is a mutant.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Professor X, albeit in a different reality. There was the antagonist in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Tenoch Huerta’s Namor, who is introduced as a mutant.
Finally, Deadpool fans are preparing for the team-up of a lifetime when Ryan Reynolds’ witty anti-hero joins forces with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine – a character who seemingly had his swan song in 2017’s Logan.
X-Men In The MCU
While Marvel’s Phase 5 is well underway and essentially locked down, Phase 6 still has some slots open that could be filled with the X-Men should Kevin Feige decide to take the franchise in that direction. With Fantastic Four getting a reboot anything is possible as a new set of Avengers saddles up to save the world from Kang the Conqueror and the impending Skrull invasion.
The first four episodes of Secret Invasion are now streaming on Disney+.