Before Disney’s acquisition, the MCU was legally restricted to use/referring to Mutants. This was because 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and several other Marvel heroes. But with the recent Disney acquisition of Fox in 2019, the rights are back at Marvel Studios where they belong and Mutants are now a part of the MCU.
During the Disney+ series WandaVision, audiences were shocked to see Evan Peters’ Quicksilver addition in the series which was proclaimed to be the first appearance of a Mutant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though the results were not up to the mark as Peters ended up playing Ralph Bohner, a Westview citizen who was magically controlled by Agatha Harkness, this was what Marvel wanted fans to understand.
The multiverse of Madness: Mutants are Back
Now, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel got the chance to bring back the Mutants while the concept of the Multiverse makes things quite great. With, Patrick Stewart’s reprising role as X-Men leader Charles Xavier in Illuminati, Marvel can now reboot with Marvel Studios X-Men ’97.
Well, Wanda Maximoff is related to Mutants to some extent. When she was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were led to believe that her powers stemmed from Hydra’s experimentation with the Mind Stone but WandaVision surprised fans by revealing that she was a natural magic yielder. This led to raising the theory of Wanda being a Mutant. This also raises the theory about Pietro’s powers. Either Pietro was a Mutant who was born with his powers, or Wanda used her magical abilities accidental or intentional to give her brother powers, which could be a possibility of the above.
When Wanda and Pietro first appeared in the MCU, no news of Disney acquiring Fox was there, meaning they didn’t have the right to use Mutant characters. The only reason these two were allowed stemmed from their overlapping link between the Avengers and X-Men, so Marvel Studios were free to use them but devoid of the Mutant umbrella.
Is Wanda Related to Mutants?
Pietro being a Mutant would be a game-changing twist for the MCU, as it would mean they always have been living around the other heroes. And, if, Wanda gave Pietro his powers, that theory could make Wanda, the creator of Mutants, in the MCU.
Marvel House of M inspired WandaVision in some sense as it saw Wanda Maximoff – in the aftermath of Vision’s death – create a reality of her own in which she could live out her ideal life with Vision and their twin sons Billy and Tommy. Within it, she gave all the heroes their ideal lives in the hopes of keeping them happy. The world created by Wanda has the best balance of humans and mutants as they were living peacefully.
That scenario is very similar to the House of M as Wanda has lost Vision which made her create a world of her own with her lover and his two twin sons Billy and Tommy.
With Doctor Strange 2, everything seems to fall in place. With Charles Xavier’s recent cameo appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it can be said that X- Men and mutants are in the same universe and can be introduced later in the upcoming projects.
In Xavier’s dialogue from the movie, “tell him the truth,” we can form the theory that Mutants could now be appearing in the future of the MCU.
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