The X-Men series of films will always play a crucial role in the history of superhero cinema. The first film came out in 2000 and the last twenty years have been dominated by superhero blockbuster action films ever since. We are all anticipating exactly how Marvel Studios will integrate the mutant heroes into their ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, but a new scoop says that some of the original players might be showing up in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Mikey Sutton of Geekosity is claiming that the X-Men will make a cameo appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Exactly which members of the cast is not clear at this time, but the obvious desire would be to see Hugh Jackman as Logan a.k.a. Wolverine again. However, Sutton claims that getting him back would require more than a winking cameo. That sounds about right. And frankly, it is hard to want to see Jackman in the role again after he delivered such a poignant sendoff in Logan.
It should also be clear that this possible appearance by the X-Men in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness would be little more than a cameo. It would essentially act as a tip of the hat to the old series of films and pave the way for Marvel Studios to do whatever they want with their take on mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is highly unlikely that any of the original cast members would transition over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is not totally impossible at this point but it almost certain that Marvel Studios wants the chance to create their own versions of the X-Men.
A bigger question that this raises is exactly who would show up in this potential cameo spot. Would Disney shell out enough money to have Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen pop in as Professor X and Magneto? Would their younger counterparts, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, be equally as interested in a quick appearance? And what about other notable actors from the X-Men canon like Anna Paquin’s Rogue, James Marsden’s Cyclops, or Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey? Which characters would be the most exciting for fans to see on the big screen for one last time?
We will have a much better grasp on how all of these multiverse shenanigans will shake out next month when WandaVision finally premieres. In fact, that show might give us a very specific clue as to how the X-Men will make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it could lead to some serious speculation about how they will be treated as legacy characters by Marvel Studios. If that does end up being true, you can bet that fans will be clamoring for as many return appearances as they can get.
The X-Men series under the auspices of 20th Century Fox ran for twenty years. Regardless of the wavering quality of the films, there is no denying that impressive achievement. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in its eleventh year of existence, and it would be a warm gesture to pay tribute to the original mega-sized superhero cinematic universe by giving fans one final look at the X-Men we’ve known for two decades.