Mutants have officially arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Earlier this year, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) was introduced as the first mutant to be added to the beloved franchise. Fast forward a few months and the MCU found itself with another mutant, this time with Tenoch Huerta’s Namor seemingly carrying the X-Gene. In fact, it’s Namor’s debut that confirms something important about the X-Men (and Mutants as a whole) within the franchise. Slight spoilers ahead for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Proceed with caution if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
While Khan started to show powers in the most recent part of the timeline, Wakanda forever revealed that Namor was born centuries ago. Not only that, but he’s shown skills since birth, meaning mutated genes have been around for quite some time. The Snap didn’t cause the mutants to form, nor were they introduced in multiple ways. Instead, it seems that mutants have always been a thing within the MCU, only hidden from the rest of the franchise.
When will the X-Men appear in the MCU?
According to Wakanda forever producer Nate Moore, the actual X-Men are still a long way off. Outside of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) appear together in Deadpool 3little is known about the group’s future within the MCU.
“Well, Storm’s relationship with Wakanda in publishing is pretty interesting. Obviously, we might be a few years away from the X-Men, so I’m not sure we’re there yet,” Moore said in a chat with ScreenRant. Who else from Wakanda haven’t we introduced? I mean there’s a pretty deep bank actually. And most importantly, I think, Ta-Nehisi’s run introduced a lot of key characters that would be fun to export. Even characters like Vibraxas, those are more Fantastic Four characters. But yeah, it’s a pretty deep bank. I think there are definitely a lot more stories to tell about Wakanda.”
Now in cinemas, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) as they fight to protect their country from intervening world powers after the death of King T’Challa. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must team up with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and blaze a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. It has yet to be seen where the Midnight Angels fit into the story.
In the film, Tenoch Huerta is introduced as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation, as well as Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
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