The X-Men universe will soon be expanding its movie roster with the film Dark Phoenix. Although the latest distress among fans is the carnage of Infinity War, it wasn’t too long ago when we were on the edge of our seats for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which put the entire race of mutants at the brink of extinction. Luckily, the ending of the film changed the bitter timeline that left all our mutant heroes dead, and we essentially got a whole new history with the mutants; thus, the Dark Phoenix saga was born. Fingers crossed something along these lines happens with the MCU too, and all our dead heroes are reborn, but we digress…
With this new film, based around the unparalleled psychic powers of a young Jean Grey, the creators are in an interesting spot creatively. This is the second Marvel movie to release (Deadpool 2 was the first) since Disney put in a bid to acquire the rights to Fox’s film properties, along with other assets, which would include Marvel characters like the X-Men. While the acquisition will not be set in stone till roughly next year, fans of both series are already thinking of the possibilities of mutants being added to the MCU. Incidentally, fans aren’t the only people thinking about the what-ifs, the actors are, too.
Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix, recently spoke with Digital Spy about the what-ifs of her character. Specifically, she was asked what other Marvel characters (MCU included) she would like Jean Grey to meet within the canon of the film universes. Immediately, Turner addressed the fandom elephant in the room, so to speak, and admitted that she wants the far-off dream that all of us want also: for the X-Men to become part of the Avengers.
Turner said the following:
“Oh, that’s a good question. Which Marvel hero would I like to meet? Iron Man, probably, because he’s so badass. Or… oh, God, I don’t know. All of them. All would be pretty awesome. I don’t know. There’s so many. Just all of the Avengers, basically. I just want to be another Avenger.”
The addition of mutants into the canon of the Avengers would be no easy feat from a writers’ standpoint. The mutant universe is about as complex (if not more so) as the MCU in itself. There’s been speculation that a multiverse theory in the MCU could open up the possibility of a mutant team-up, but that’s a big reach at the moment.
Incidentally, the X-Men are Avengers in several comicbook storylines, so it’s not like there wouldn’t be material to inspire the mega-super team. Kevin Feige has said that any additions to the current roster of the MCU would only happen down the line because the MCU is currently pretty busy. While this is not exactly a hopeful statement for all you X-Men/Avengers enthusiasts out there, look at it this way: the MCU may be busy now, but the top creators are already thinking 3-5 years into the future. The possibilities are endless, and the ideas are too.
For now, Turner will have to be okay with simply being the most powerful psychic mutant on earth, and at least we know she would be on board if the opportunity ever arises! But can you imagine how appreciated a Class 5 mutant would have been in the battle against Thanos?