Multiple mutants are now confirmed to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not long ago, mutants had absolutely no presence in the MCU. However, Phase 4 alone has changed that tremendously with a slew of major new developments and the introductions of several Marvel Comics characters.
Of course, it seems there’s still a long way to go before the X-Men will finally appear in the flesh. At this point in the MCU timeline, there’s still no indication that the X-Men exist as a group. And looking at the slate of projects Marvel has on its slate in the Multiverse Saga, it may be a long time before the studio puts together its first take on the team. In fact, there’s a good chance it’ll save the X-Men for Phase 7 or later. That being said, it’s no secret that mutants are a part of the live-action world Marvel has built. Shows like Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law have been evidence of that, and they’re not the only Phase 4 installments to feature the concept. Here’s every mutant confirmed to be a MCU character.
Ms. Marvel is an Inhuman in the comic books, but the same can’t be said of her MCU counterpart. That became apparent early on in the series, as it was made clear that Marvel had made significant changes to Ms. Marvel’s abilities. Replacing her stretching powers with a piece of alien tech and tying her to the Djinn allowed Marvel to scrap her Inhuman origin altogether. Surprisingly, Marvel went a step further and confirmed that there was indeed a reason why other members of Kamala’s powers had exhibited abilities nor were they able to utilize the bracelet’s full potential in the way she can. According to Bruno Carelli, Kamala’s DNA contains a “mutation”, thus officially making Ms. Marvel the MCU’s first-ever mutant. So even though Kamala was never an X-Men in the comics, it’s now theoretically possible for her to be on the team in the MCU’s future.
It’s true that Ms. Marvel is the first MCU mutant, but in-universe, she’ll be preceded by at least one other character. Namor actor Tenoch Huerta has confirmed that the Sub-Mariner will be a mutant when he makes his MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The first hint of the hero getting his comic origin was in the first trailer for the movie, which showed a baby Namor with wings on his ankles. In the source material, Namor possesses unique physical characteristics that have long been attributed to hybrid status. Being the son of a human man and an Atlantean female has always made sense of the color of his skin and his ability to fully function both underwater and on the surface. The ankle wings though, as well as his extremely high level of strength, are owed to the X-Gene. Since Namor will be a mutant in the movie, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Namor will algin himself with the X-Men at a later date.
Arguably Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ biggest cameo was Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. Thanks to Marvel’s decision to include him as a member of Earth-838’s Illuminati team, at least one X-Men member is MCU canon (albeit through the multiverse). His presence in the movie doesn’t prove that the X-Men exist on Earth-616, but they do demonstrate that his world — and presumably, the people in it – are out there in the multiverse. Not unlike the situations with the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield versions of Spider-Man, FOX’s X-Men appear to occupy their own reality in the MCU’s multiverse.
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law strongly hinted at Wolverine being in the MCU in episode 2. A headline a computer screen read, “Man fights with metal claws in bar brawl”. Technically, there are over a handful of Marvel characters with claws this tease could be about, but none better matches the description than Wolverine, especially when taking into consideration his reputation for getting into bar fights. Since then, it’s been revealed that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will join the MCU in Deadpool 3 where he’ll make an appearance alongside Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with the Mouth. For now, it’s clear if Jackman’s character is already in the MCU (as She-Hulk indicated) or if he’ll be showing up via the multiverse.
She-Hulk introduced Mr. Immortal, a character who can come back to life immediately after sustaining a fatal injury. While the show didn’t explain or even question the origin of his abilities, the comics shed insight into what makes Mr. Immortal so special. Like so many others in the Marvel Universe, his natural-born gifts stem from the X-Gene. It stands to reason that the MCU’s Mr. Immortal benefits from the same genetic mutation, though whether or not he truly is a mutant has never been outright stated, and may remain unconfirmed unless he returns in She-Hulk season 2 or a different MCU show.
Marvel has a number of other MCU characters who could also be mutants. One in particular has already been introduced. When Jennifer Walters came to Abomination’s ranch, one of the characters she crossed paths with was El Aguila, a Zorro-inspired superhero in Marvel Comics. In the episode, he showed off his ability to emit bioelectric energy from his sword. Not unlike how the show made use of Mr. Immortal, the series didn’t touch on what makes El Aguila capable of such feats, but given that the character is a mutant in the comic books, it’s not hard to imagine the same explanation holding true in the MCU.
It’s possible that Marvel will apply this approach to other MCU characters as well, since El Aguila, Mr. Immortal, and Namor the Sub-Mariner will soon be joined by additional Marvel Comics mutants. Sabra, an Israeli superhero and mutant with enhanced strength and reflexes, will be played by Shira Haas in Captain America: New World Order. There’s also the matter of Emilia Clarke’s MCU hero. Reportedly, Clarke will bring Abigail Brand to life on the small screen in Disney+’s Secret Invasion show. The comic book version of Brand is a half-human, half-alien mutant and X-Men ally with the ability to create powerful flames around her hands. Marvel could completely leave out her mutant origins and abilities, or it could use these elements of her character to further its X-Men setup in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Through Abigail Brand, Marvel has an opportunity to officially acknowledge the existence of mutants on Earth, and perhaps introduce a character who will be relevant to Marvel’s X-Men plans in the days ahead.
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