Rumors Shed Light on When We Can Expect X-Men To Be Included in the MCU

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In March 2019, Marvel Studios regained the film rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool following Disney’s acquisition of Fox for $71.3 billion.

These characters are set to join the MCU. In October 2020, the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ films were relabeled as “Marvel Legacy films” on Disney+. Notably, Patrick Stewart reprised his role as an alternate Professor X in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,’ and Kelsey Grammer returned as Beast in ‘The Marvels.’ ‘Deadpool & Wolverine,’ a sequel to ‘Deadpool 2,’ will bring Deadpool and Wolverine, portrayed by Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman, respectively, into the MCU continuity.

Fans eagerly anticipate the inclusion of X-Men in significant quantities, particularly after the premiere of X-Men ’97’. However, according to Alex Perez in a recent Q&A, this may not happen anytime soon. When asked about the possible debut of the notable team, he suggested it will be a while.

It will be a while. And anyone expecting mutants (or X-Men) to suddenly come into the MCU after Deadpool & Wolverine will be sorely disappointed.

The MCU currently features at least six mutants. Among them are Kamala Khan, whose comic origins were retconned to make her a mutant instead of an Inhuman, and Namor, introduced in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.’ Additionally, El Aguila and Mr. Immortal debuted in ‘She-Hulk,’ although they haven’t garnered as much attention from fans and may not be considered mutants by the general audience.

While these rumors may disappoint some, it’s crucial to prioritize delivering them within compelling storylines rather than rushing to fulfill checkboxes. Alongside Deadpool, Wolverine, and potential cameos from Fox’s X-Men franchise, Storm was heavily rumored to appear in ‘What If…?’ Season 3.

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