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The next phase of the MCU could include the X-Men. While long-awaited upcoming theatrical releases like Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, debut, fans are looking to the future.

Disney’s acquisition of Fox included the rights to the X-Men. Many fans wonder how the characters will fit into the current landscape of Marvel. Learn why some fans think the future for the beloved mutant team may lay in a series rather than a movie.

The state of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse

After shows like WandaVision and Loki, Marvel’s shown it’s taking the MCU in the direction of the multiverse. The Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer and news surrounding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also indicate the ramping up of the MCU.

With reality breaking across several series, fans believe Marvel’s looking for a way to slip the X-Men into the narrative. For many years, the X-Men were essentially the face of Marvel, and Fox’s X-Men Universe is arguably the most successful comic book to film adaptation prior to the success of the MCU.

While the events happening in the MCU have presented ample opportunity to introduce fans’ favorite characters from other universes, Marvel has so far withheld introducing the X-Men in Marvel properties. This hasn’t kept them from poking some fun at fans’ hopes along the way though. Case in point: Evan Peters (who played Quiksilver in the X-Men franchise) appearing in WandaVision.

Where do the X-Men fit in?

The cast of 'X-Men: First Class'
The cast of ‘X-Men: First Class’ | Murray Close/Getty Images

The problem many fans see with introducing the X-Men into Marvel is that none of the team’s iconic villains are present. All the storylines currently going on in the MCU typically involve characters other than the very Earth-centric X-Men. This has led to some wondering how Marvel could best introduce the mutants into the MCU.

One fan spoke out on Reddit about the fundamental problem with the current MCU landscape, saying “I can’t think of any villain that could appear after Kang that could involve X-Men. I think that after Kang we’ll see Galactus, Dr. Doom, Anhillus and that could easily last for 20 more years.” (Loki put the MCU on a Kang the Conqueror plotline before his upcoming role in Ant-Man: Quantumania.)

Another fan was quick to point out, however, that the MCU is a pretty big place and lots can go on at once. “It seems the next few Phases are going to have multiple overarching villains and storylines that go on at the same time, instead of having just one big bad like Thanos and the Infinity Stones,” they remarked. It’s true that if the MCU is going to maintain its popularity and continue to grow that they’ll certainly need more than just one overarching storyline for all their varied characters.

A series could be perfect for the X-Men


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The packed schedule of theatrical releases may actually prove a unique opportunity to bring back the reason that the ’90s made the X-Men an iconic part of Marvel for many fans– an X-Men series. “Still hoping they just make a several seasons X-Men series,” one commenter mentioned. “The movie schedule is packed and actual character development would do them a lot of good.”

While any fans that claim to know when the X-Men will show up in the MCU are probably just guessing, the team is just too iconic not to arrive at some point soon. Until then, fans will just have to trust Marvel to make the right decisions on when to unleash mutant-kind on Marvel.