Kevin Feige’s ‘X-Men’ Plan: Focus on the Mutants Fox Neglected?

When the X-Men were under Fox’s supervision, fans were graced with some true cinematic masterpieces and some disappointing disasters. While Logan and Days of Future past adequately combined action with characterization, heartfelt poignancy with suspense, The Last Stand and Apocalypse left much to be desired, as both installments bit off much more than they could chew.  Those over at Marvel studios rarely, if ever, make such egregious mistakes when it comes to the MCU.

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President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige took part today in the Walt Disney Studios presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Now that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are under Kevin Feige’s reign, MCU enthusiasts can issue a sigh of relief, as this man has learned the secret to superhero success. He is a master of both risk management and creative exploration, perfectly balancing grand ideas with logical executions. 

While Marvel will likely improve on Fox’s prior mutant endeavors, Marvel will face one major challenge when it comes to introducing the mutants into the MCU. Fans are still intimately tied to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Patrick Stewart’s aged Professor X and James McAvoy’s younger iteration. Who will fill Jackman’s shoes? Who will take the reigns (or should we say rains?) from Halle Berry’s iconic Ororo Munroe? Based on recent news, Marvel may avoid this debacle altogether, opting to highlight the X-Men that fox underutilized (starting with Juggernaut). 

Juggernaut (and other previously underutilized X-Men) will take center stage in the MCU

Discussions surround the X-Men in the MCU began to take flight immediately following the Fox/Disney merger, and the rumor mill has been pumping ever since. Separating fact from fiction — random rumors from possible plotlines — can become difficult. However, a recent insider report holds some weight, as it would make sense given a handful of concurring stories. 

We Got This Covered reported — relying on the same sources who told them Bill Murray would return to Ghostbusters 3 and that a Green Lantern show was coming to HBO Max (both confirmed) — that Juggernaut will be involved in the X-Men reboot. Further, his story will more accurately reflect the comics, which will boost his relevance on the silver screen; he is Professor X’s brother and an integral member of Magneto’s brotherhood. 

Juggernaut, X-23, Magik, and more…

We Got This Covered explained that Juggernaut’s involvement may point to Marvel’s larger plan “…to prioritize characters who were underused in Fox’s films,” which could be a wise way of avoiding potential disappointment when it comes to recasting some of the most prevalent mutants from Fox’s series. 

Marvel may also highlight X-23 (portrayed by Dafne Keen in Logan) over Hugh Jackman’s Logan when it comes to Weapon X. Rumor also has it that Magik will make an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; she is Colossus’ daughter and boasts sorcerer abilities that are similar to those of Doctor Strange. 

So, when it comes down to it, Marvel will likely highlight X-Men who best overlap with the Avengers, drawing attention to those characters Fox seemingly neglected (or drew little attention to) over the last decade or so. Will this work? Avoidance may seem like a cheap way around a problem; however, it’s likely that this will be more of a stalling maneuver before throwing a new Wolverine on people so soon after Logan. Not to mention, the approach will fuse seamlessly with the existing narrative landscape.