MCU: This X-Men Character Might Be the Key to Bringing Mutants into the Marvel Multiverse
The X-Men are definitely coming back to the big screen. And when the Marvel mutants do make their return to theaters, it will likely be in the form of a reboot. Of course, given the series’ past at Fox, the X-Men have some obstacles to overcome before they pop up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The MCU will need to carefully consider what previous movies have covered and how best to move forward. Naturally, the goal is to retain the elements audiences responded to but find a whole new way to interpret them. With the latest MCU casting rumor, Marvel Studios may have found the perfect way in.
The MCU is looking to introduce both the multiverse and the X-Men
Fans have known for a while that the MCU was looking to introduce the concept of the multiverse. Avengers: Endgame toyed with alternate timelines, after all. And its immediate follow-up, Spider-Man: Far from Home, nearly brought the multiverse into the picture. In the latter film, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) was lying about his true origins.
But make no mistake, true believers. The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse is well on its way. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will likely represent its official arrival. Still, fans can probably expect teases in other Phase 4 projects. And when it does happen, the multiverse opens up a literally infinite number of possibilities.
One prevailing theory is that the MCU could use the multiverse to bring in both the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Such an approach allows Marvel to welcome fully established versions of those characters. Even better, the new Charles Xavier, Reed Richards, and company can dispense with the traditional origin films.
Evan Peters has reportedly joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’
According to Murphy’s Multiverse, American Horror Story actor Evan Peters has already filmed a mysterious role in the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision. The show — which is currently due for a December 2020 release — centers on Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision.
Plot details have been scarce. But the show will certainly toy with the nature of reality, considering how Thanos (Josh Brolin) killed Vision in Avengers: Infinity War. Since that’s the case, Peters’ casting would be an interesting addition. The actor played Quicksilver in four of Fox’s X-Men films, including a brief cameo in Deadpool 2.
Quicksilver aka Pietro (or Peter) Maximoff is Wanda’s brother. But Peters’ Kick-Ass co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson played that role in the MCU. His Quicksilver debuted and was later killed off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. So, if Peters is reprising his X-Men role, one of two things must be true. Either Marvel recast the role with someone who nailed it previously or…
Peters’ Quicksilver could link the ‘X-Men’ movies to the MCU
Even if he does appear, Peters might not play Quicksilver. But bringing on his version feels too perfect to be a coincidence. Imagine the poignant reunion with Wanda and her fallen brother. Peters has already nailed the role before. And as the only shared character between the two, he is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between Fox’s X-Men and the MCU.
The Marvel mutants didn’t always turn in their best work — ahem, Dark Phoenix, anyone? — but the MCU does need to reckon with the series’ legacy. On the one hand, Marvel Studios could pretend it never happened. Or it could lean into fans’ love for what’s come before. For Spider-Man, J.K. Simmons could be the key to acknowledging at least Tobey Maguire’s run.
Likewise, Quicksilver is the cleanest way to grandfather in the entire X-Men movie series. Even if Peters doesn’t play an ongoing role, even a cameo would establish how the now-defunct X-Men series fits into the MCU. His Quicksilver could exist in another universe, thus allowing the MCU to draw on previous X-Men movies without breaking the canon. Stay tuned.