If Rogue Joins the MCU in ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ Mystique Must Be on the Way

Now that Kevin Feige is in control of mutantkind’s fate — both the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants — a disastrous debacle like The Last Stand seems unlikely to transpire. Kevin Feige is a planner; he thinks about how Marvel Cinematic Universe narratives will interweave, and how his characters will grow across from one another. 

Ever since the Fox/Disney merger, fans have been anxiously awaiting the mutant entrance into the MCU. How will they join? Who will join first? Recent rumors suggest that Rogue may come to play in Captain Marvel 2 — which could supply the foundation for Mystique’s successive entrance into the filmic landscape.

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven, aka Mystique in a scene from the film ‘X-Men: First Class’, 2011 | Murray Close/Getty Images

Multiple insider theories suggest that the X-Men and the Brotherhood will come to play one at a time — with each mutant character playing a different role in an Avengers installment. Thus, when they appear en-masse in a movie titled X-Men, such a large group would not have simply appeared out of thin air — without a substantive foundation. 

Since mutants currently do not exist at all in the landscape, devising a logical way to introduce the entire X-Men/Brotherhood narrative without first planting a few necessary figures would be risky and rushed (which would be out of character for Marvel Studios). So, let’s first discuss the rumor surrounding Rogue and Captain Marvel 2, before diving into the Mystique connection, and how the second Captain Marvel installment could plant two pivotal mutant figures into the existing superhero soiree.

Rogue may be in an adversary in the MCU’s ‘Captain Marvel 2’

According to Marvel and DC Insider Mikey Sutton, the MCU may use Captain Marvel 2 to introduce one of the first mutants — Rogue. And, though she later becomes a member of the X-Men, the character starts out on the other side of history in the comics. 

Kevin Feige and Co. may consider adapting Rogue’s origin story for their film landscape, straying from Fox iteration while highlighting the source material’s canonical depiction (no doubt with a few adjustments). 

In the comics, Rogue appears as a member of the mutant terrorist group, which could provide the link to Magneto. However, Rogue is also Mystique’s daughter and given Mystique’s history with Carol Danvers, it should come as no surprise that she’s after Captain Marvel.

How Captain Marvel, Rogue, and Mystique are all connected 

In the comics, Mystique is Rogue’s adoptive mother. And, a prophecy from Mystique’s precognitive lover, Destiny, reveals that Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) would come to harm her daughter, Rogue, as SyFyWire notes. Thus, Mystique tries to “take care of” Danvers. Yet, these actions inadvertently lead Rogue to take matters into her own hands, creating the beef between Rogue and Captain Marvel, which could very well be where Captain Marvel 2 picks up.

Captain Marvel 2 could easily leave some of the narrative foundations (between Mystique and Rogue) a mystery — allowing the explanation to unfold later in the plotline (as it did in the comics). Meaning, Mystique’s introduction could come during a post-credits scene or in a prequel movie that lays the groundwork for Rogue’s adversarial introduction.