That all changed when Disney acquired most of Fox’s movie and television empire in 2019, and the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four reverted to Marvel. Marvel doesn’t seem in too much of a rush; they recently announced a new The Fantastic Four The movie is in the works, and while they insist they’ve figured out how the mutants are going to appear as well, they haven’t announced an X-Men movie yet. This is probably for the best, as the challenge for Marvel is how to add mutants in an organic way that doesn’t distort the shape of the shared universe they so carefully constructed.
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The X-Men comics are getting better and better right now, following a successful relaunch thanks to superstar writer Jonathan Hickman. Naturally, all eyes are on whether any of the current comics could also serve as pointers for the X-Men to work in the MCU as well. And an intriguing new retcon just might have shown the perfect way to be successful.
Marvel blurs the line between mutants and magic
There has always been a blurry line between mutants and magic. The X-Men Storm, for example, may have an X gene – but his ancestral lineage actually acquired his powers after being blessed by Oshtur, an interdimensional being who is essentially a god – and is still summoned by Storm whenever ‘she refers to her. sacred ” Give me bright. » Black Panther # 172 saw T’Challa reveal that her powers are amplified by faith, and the belief of the Wakandans supercharged the Omega-level mutant so that she could single-handedly defeat a powerful being who had previously defied the set of X’s -Men. And then there is Magik, Colossus’ little sister; she is the supreme witch of the infernal dimension of Limbo, and it’s hard to say where her mutant powers end and where her magical abilities begin.
But modern Marvel comics are quietly rewriting the history of mutants, revealing that they’ve been around for as long as humans have been on Earth. Jason aaron Avengers # 39 has revealed the First Mutant Tribe, the very first X-Men, if you will – a group that came together 1,000,000 years ago. This fits perfectly with an idea that was developed in Tini Howard’s Excalibur, who suggested the story of anti-magic violence – from 15th-century Valais witch trials to French legends like the Beast of Gévaudan – was in part directed against mutants. This makes sense, as mutants frequently displayed powers that would have been considered magical in generations past, including lycanthropy.
Excalibur # 4 rewrote the history of mutants even more dramatically, though so subtly many readers wouldn’t have noticed. In this issue, Rictor – a mutant who can cause earthquakes and manipulate the ground – discovers that the ancient British Druids are actually an order of mutants, all of whom share the same ability. This idea has profound implications for how the mutation works in the X-Men world, as it presumably means that there is something in an ancient Anglo-Saxon gene that makes this specific set of powers more likely. At one point, a group of mutants with this particular ability came together, and crossing between these mutants naturally meant that they were inherited, perhaps even getting stronger with each passing generation. This isn’t the first time the comics have hinted at geographically focused power sets, either, as Chuck Austen’s much-ridiculed race suggested both evil and angelic mutants hailing from Israel. Mutants are probably more diverse today simply because of mass migration over the past few centuries that has led to different mixes of X genes, and more common simply because of population growth.
The MCU could also blur the line between Magic and Mutant
When it comes to movies, the MCU has already changed shape – especially with the introduction of magic in 2016. Doctor Strange. The fledgling MCU had been hesitant to tap into the supernatural, with Marvel unsure whether the magic would fit well with the pseudo-scientific foundation upon which it rested. Iron Man. When they added magic to the mix, they anchored it in concepts of quantum mechanics and revealed that it was part of their universe from the start – just hidden away, separate from the rest of the world. But this current retcon comic raises the possibility that mutants could be incorporated into this idea, with Doctor Strange learning that some of the things the Ancient One and his predecessors believed to be magical were actually genetic in nature.
Indeed, Marvel Studios may have been implementing this idea for some time. Trailers for WandaVision have strongly supported the idea that Marvel is set to expand and even reconfigure the powers of Scarlet Witch, but at the moment there is intense debate as to whether she is about to go magical. or mystical. In 2016, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige suggested that Scarlet Witch was actually a real witch, comparing her powers to those of Doctor Strange. ” She never had any training, He explained. ” In [Doctor Strange]… It’s much tighter, it’s all about concentration. It’s about pulling energies from other dimensions in an organized and focused way, which is why they can do a lot more than it can, at least in a much more precise way.“Supporting this magical interpretation, Marvel recently confirmed WandaVision will truly turn Wanda into a scarlet witch, hinting that she might find out about the wizarding ancestry she has in the comics. The character is confirmed to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which would seem appropriate for a real witch.
And yet, there is also some evidence that Marvel could re-enact Scarlet Witch as a mutant instead. Marvel recently released an in-universe facts book titled Wakanda files, claiming to be a collection of records compiled by Princess Shuri of Wakanda. This clearly confirms a biological component of Scarlet Witch’s powers, suggesting that her nervous system has been ionized and charged in a way that ties her to the essence of reality itself. There is no reason for there to be such a biological aspect of a mystic’s abilities, supporting the theory that she is re-established as a mutant.
But Marvel Comics’ current retcon suggests it doesn’t have to be a case of either – Scarlet Witch doesn’t have to be Is a mutant or a mystic. Rather, she could be both, as there is a blurry line between mutants and magic. If this is indeed the case, then Wanda Maximoff is both the Avengers’ first mutant and their first mystic, which seems fitting for a character who frequently stands on this confused and shifting line in the comics themselves. All of a sudden, that would piece together the existence of mutants in the MCU, revealing that Marvel had been paving the way for them since Stephen Strange visited Kamar-Taj in 2016. Doctor Strange, and began the path that will transform him into the Sorcerer Supreme. That would be a smart approach, creating a thematic and conceptual divide between Marvel X Men and those of Fox, which would undoubtedly make him attractive enough to Feige and his team.
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