Kevin Feige Says X-Men Are Coming To Marvel Soon
Kevin Feige says the X-Men are "getting close" to showing up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After Disney acquired Fox and regained the rights to use the X-Men in the MCU, fans have been wondering when exactly the famed mutant team would officially show up. CBR recently reported (via Deadline) a quote from Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige himself, where he gave the briefest of updates mentioning how Wolverine would be showing up in Deadpool saying “y’know, we’re getting close.” Feige was pretty coy about the question overall, saying that he would give the same answer as his robot stand-in in the She-Hulk finale, which is “no answer.”
Those who tuned in to the season finale of She-Hulk will remember that Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters fully broke through the fourth wall and came to the Marvel Studios lot to change the ending to the episode, amongst other questions. Walters eventually meets K.E.V.I.N, an AI (and obviously an allusion to Feige) that determines the ongoing storyline of the MCU. She-Hulk brings up the X-Men, to which K.E.V.I.N provides no satisfying answers.
The real Kevin Feige’s answer about the X-Men is hardly any better, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been getting sprinkles of the team’s entrance to the MCU. Hugh Jackman’s return to the MCU in Deadpool 3 is huge and will obviously do a lot for bringing the X-Men into the fold. Plus, this sort of retroactively makes the previous Deadpool movies related to the MCU, and various X-Men characters popped up throughout those films.
As far as what we’ve actually seen on-screen so far, we recently saw Patrick Stewart return as Professor Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as a member of the Illuminati. Unfortunately, he wasn’t around for long and there was no mention of the X-Men officially. Still, seeing such a prominent character from the comics and the previous X-Men films was definitely a thrill for fans and a great tease for what’s to come.
Ms. Marvel also dropped an X-Men Easter Egg when it was revealed that Khamala Khan’s powers are partially due to mutant genetics. As MCU fans might know, Marvel previously had to avoid the “M” word, instead referring to classic characters like Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) as “enhanced.” It’ll be interesting to see how the MCU eventually decides to integrate mutants into their ongoing storyline.
One way or another, the X-Men are surely coming to the MCU. There’s no way that Marvel would just sit on an IP that big, especially when fan hype is so high for it. Fans of X-Men: The Animated Series will at least be sated, as Marvel announced a revival of the series that is set to come to Disney+ in 2023. Though it doesn’t seem like this series will have to do with the larger MCU storyline, it is being produced under the Marvel banner.
While we wait for the debut of the MCU’s X-Men, we have plenty of other projects to look forward to. You can catch the next big MCU blockbuster Black Panther: Wakanda Forever when it hits theaters on November 11. You can also see their next special Disney+ presentation, and the final project for Phase 4, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special when it hits the streaming platform on November 25.