There has been so much movement and shuffling with regards to upcoming Marvel movies that it’s easy to overlook that mutants have been pushed further down the agenda list to make way for Kang the Conqueror, two Avengers movies, and whomever gets cast as the Fantastic Four. That’s not to say that mutants haven’t been mentioned in the MCU to date. There was a very deliberate reference to them existing in the Ms. Marvel finale, and Sir Patrick Stewart revived Professor Charles Xavier – albeit a multiverse version of the character – in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So mutants are on the board, so to speak. But they certainly still deserve a proper, and massive, introduction… and one person with a long history with the X-Men has an excellent idea on how the concept of mutants should be in the MCU. Let’s dig into it.
Writer-director Michael Dougherty dabbles in horror and comic content on the regular. He recently helmed the bombastic Godzilla: King of the Monsters and is helping write Hellraiser for television. But on the superhero side, Dougherty also co-wrote Superman Returns, and contributed heavily to X2: X-Men United and the story for X-Men: Apocalypse. So he knows mutants, and he knows the MCU. And when Dougherty sat down with the ReelBlend podcast, we asked him how – if he were given the chance – he would introduce mutants into the existing MCU, he opened up and told us:
I love this idea. Because like Michael Dougherty, I’d be extremely disappointed if The X-Men (and The Fantastic Four, for that matter) find their way into the MCU by just transferring over from a separate universe and say, “Hey, we’ve been over there, fully formed, this whole time… and now we’re here!” So having the mutated gene be a reaction to innocent humans having to deal with the chaos that has swirled around them for multiple MCU phases makes sense. On a comic book level, anyway.
Given the fact that Patrick Stewart has appeared in the MCU, and Hugh Jackman just confirmed his presence in Deadpool 3, Dougherty clarifies that his idea doesn’t cut these veterans out of the picture, completely. As he went on to tell ReelBlend:
Part of me believed that’s what we were getting in WandaVision, which was that Wanda’s impact on the people of the town she took over would be altered forever, giving birth to the mutant community. That didn’t happen. At least, not yet. But maybe Kevin Feige will read this, and reach out to Michael Dougherty, because the man has a terrific idea. Give the full conversation a listen here:
ReelBlend sat down with Michael Dougherty in honor of his cult classic horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat coming back to AMC Theatres as part of the movie chain’s Thrills and Chills program. Grab tickets to see that one on the big scream while it lasts!
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