***MAJOR WANDAVISION SPOILERS AHEAD. ALSO, POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK***
If you watched today’s episode of WandaVision you saw Evan Peters show up at the end of the episode as Quicksilver, Marvel Studios finally addressing the elephant (or mutant) in the room. We do not yet know if this is a simple recast of the character like Darcy (Kat Dennings) said, or Quicksilver pulled in from the Fox Marvel multiverse. I don’t want to definitively say it was one thing or another but instead I want to present a theory on how mutants will be introduced in the MCU.
Up to now, Marvel Studios could not use the word mutant or make any reference to anything in the Fox Marvel movies. Wanda and Pietro Maximoff had their origins changed, their powers were no longer mutant powers but rather powers given to them by experimentation with infinity stones. This is obviously a big departure from their comic book origin in which Magneto is the Maximoff twins father and the Maximoff’s are their adoptive parents. The twins talk about their parents in Age of Ultron and they are mentioned again in episode 5 of WandaVision. With Disney now having the rights to the X-Men and all their respective characters it is possible that we see the introduction of Magneto a little down the road. I believe the reintroduction of Evan Peters was the first step towards an eventual meeting with the master of magnetism.
I am proposing that in the same way Scarlet Witch erased mutants in the comics, she will introduce them into the MCU. For a little bit of backstory, in Avengers Disassembled Wanda Maximoff has a mental breakdown and she creates a new reality in which every character lived their ideal life. Sound familiar? In this new reality, Magneto was remade into a leader in a world in which mutants, not humans, have become the dominant species. Slowly, the heroes have their memories restored and they take action against Magneto.
I don’t want to give everything away but in the story Magneto beats Quicksilver to death and Scarlet Witch restores him back to life and is angry at her father for putting mutants first and family second. This led her to utter the now infamous words “No More Mutants”. When reality was reset, 98% of all mutants had lost their powers. We are already seeing many parallels between WandaVision and Avengers Disassembled, resurrection of a loved one, reality creation, the whole nine yards. I’m going to take it back to WandaVision now, in today’s episode we see Vision begin to realize that Wanda is controlling the citizens of Westview and he and Wanda begin to argue. This tension is broken when Pietro (Evan Peters) shows up at the door.
I don’t know if this will happen over the course of the next three episodes or during the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but I’m going to tell you how I think mutants will be introduced into the MCU. With the reunion of her brother, resurrection of Vision and the birth of her sons, Wanda finally has a family. Her sons are mutants and her brother is a mutant, and I think that Wanda will pull a reverse of her comic self and activate the latent X-gene in all mutants. Instead of mutant erasure we get mutant activation, mutants will start to pop up all over the globe and characters from the X-Men will begin to be introduced into the MCU. This may be bold but I think the next mutant we end up seeing is Wolverine, and he either make an appearance or he will be directly referenced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
More than a year ago, there was a photo taken of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set that appeared to show the flag of Madripoor.
That red lion and crescent moon design on the wall is what we are looking at.
Madripoor may mean nothing to you but it does mean something to fans of Wolverine and the X-Men. Madripoor is a fictional island in the Marvel Universe, split into Hightown and Lowtown. Hightown is home to countless criminal empires and Lowtown is one of the poorest places in the world. Lowtown is interesting because it’s a place where Wolverine took up the identity of “Patch” and tried to clean up the island. I’m maintaining that Wolverine will either be seen or mentioned in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, there is no other reason to introduce Madripoor.
There are dozens of real countries you can use in place of Madripoor, this is a deliberate move by Marvel Studios and I think we are going to see mutants in the MCU sooner than later. Only one way to find out, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres March 19 on Disney+.