Much to the excitement of everyone following the success of Disney's acquisition over 20th Century Studios is the fact that the X-Men can now enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, when will they be joining the franchise?
When Will The X-Men Join The MCU?
Ever since Disney purchased Fox Studios, Marvel fans have been expecting the mutants such as Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm eventually join the MCU. From the comics, there are a lot of characters that could potentially improve the narrative of the MCU and add more color to the already colorful multiverse.
Marvel fans are still hyped from the MCU's mega-panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. The event at Hall H announced the mega movie franchise's blueprint for the next four years, revealing upcoming projects' release dates and official titles, including two Avengers movies.
Disney and Marvel Studios haven't officially announced when the X-Men will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sadly, no X-Men title was revealed during the MCU panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, but Kevin Feige hinted at when fans can expect the X-Men in the MCU.
Responding to a question from Brandon Davis of Comicbook.com, Feige shared a hint. Davis jokingly asked, "Phase 10, is that gonna be Phase X?" alluding to Marvel's team of iconic mutants, to which Feige replied: "You wanna wait til Phase 10 for the X-Men?... Alright, that’s longer than I wanna wait".
In an October 2022 interview with Deadline, Feige responded to a question about the X-Men's MCU arrival: "That's what Jennifer Walters just asked the robot in the final episode of She-Hulk and I'll give you the same answer he gave, which is -- I don't remember, no answer is what I think he gave," Feige said.
With Phase 4 wrapping up with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Phase 5 fully laid out, it's likely that the X-Men MCU project in the Multiverse Saga is in Phase 6.
Marvel Studios didn't confirm any other projects for Phase 6, but it's also possible that the mutants won't arrive until Phase 7, which won't presumably launch until at least 2026.
Considering the full slate of the Marvel film franchise, it looks like fans will have to wait a few years before they see the X-Men join the MCU. Right now, it looks like the MCU is already planting those first mutant seeds, but it's assuring to hear from Feige that it wouldn't take more than a decade for the mutants to arrive.
So far, mutants already joined the MCU are those in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Namor who has been confirmed to be one in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and possibly Kamala Khan in Ms. Marvel. There is also the upcoming arrival of Deadpool 3 in theaters.
Are you excited for the arrival of the mutants in the MCU?