The Marvel Cinematic Universe has immense popularity among comic book fans around the globe. Evidently, fans have huge expectations from each film in the MCU. Similar was the case with the recent The Marvels film.
While the movie received mixed reviews, one of the best scenes of the movie was saved for the end. Yes, we are talking about the post-credit scene where the MCU finally introduced mutants to the universe. However, a popular fan theory saw mutants’ introductions in Phase 4 of the MCU.
Eternals Could Have Introduced Mutants in Phase 4 of the MCU
Marvel’s Eternals was released back in 2021. The movie focused on an entirely new side of the MCU, as it featured literally immortal gods that have been fighting a secret war with deviants for years. In the comics, the Eternals were introduced as Celestial experiments.
However, the MCU movie deviates from that origin story. Instead, they were created as synthetic beings by Celestials in space. So, the fan theory was that The Eternals could have easily built a link between the titular characters and mutants.
After all, the mutants were also the product of Celestial experiments on Earth millions of years ago. While it could have been an interesting way to introduce some of the most beloved characters to the MCU, the studio didn’t follow this path.
In fact, the MCU avoided introducing the mutants in Phase 4. Instead, the existence of mutants in the MCU was confirmed by The Marvels, which was released earlier in November 2023.
Now, the theory just collects dust, similar to many exciting fan theories revolving around Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
How Were Mutants Introduced in The Marvels?
The Marvels was a sequel to the 2018 film Captain Marvel. As expected, the story primarily revolves around Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers is forced to work together with Kamala Khan and Monica Rambeau to save the universe from an unprecedented threat.
While the movie was as exciting as it was advertised, most fans loved the post-credit scene of the film. After all, it featured a different variant of Monica’s mother, Maria, and the Beast from the X-Men film franchise.
With the release of Deadpool 3 planned for 2024, it’s huge news to introduce the Beast before the movie’s release. It essentially confirms the arrival of Fox’s Marvel Universe to the MCU.
But as we mentioned earlier, a much cooler way to introduce mutants would have been to stick to their origin theory from the comics. It would have allowed the fans to get a much better understanding of the characters.
For now, fans hope to see more mutants in future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects. Hopefully, they do a much better job of providing context to mutants than The Marvels.