June 10, 2023
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Kevin Feige Teases MCU X-Men Arrival Timeline With Deadpool 3 Reference

Kevin Feige teases the highly anticipated introduction of the X-Men into the MCU by referencing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine return in Deadpool 3.

Using a Dead Pool 3 reference, Kevin Feige teases when the x-men could happen in the MCU. Mutants were expected to debut in the Marvel Studios franchise since it bought out the rights to the characters through Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s television and film assets. There have been hints of the beloved team’s possible introduction, but amidst it all, Feige and Marvel Studios have remained tight-lipped on exactly when the X-Men might join the MCU.


Marvel Studios has had several opportunities to present its plans for the X-Men. In 2022 alone, Feige appeared at San Diego Comic-Con and the D23 Expo. Either way, he talked about the burgeoning multiverse saga and what’s in store for the franchise, but nothing about mutants. Instead, Disney+ shows have dropped hints regarding their arrival, including confirmation that Ms. Marvel is the MCU’s first mutant and She-HulkDirect question from Jennifer Walters to the “real” AI KEVIN about this. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman has also been confirmed to return as Wolverine in deadpool 3, which is pretty important, not just for fans of the character, but also for the future of the X-Men as a whole.

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Feige refers to Wolverine’s exciting appearance in Dead Pool 3, slated for release in 2024, to tease the impending arrival of the X-Men in the MCU. Talk with Deadline on the red carpet of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, he declines to confirm any sort of timeline for their introduction – except to suggest that the Ryan Reynolds-led threequel could be significant. Read Feige’s full quote below:

That’s what Jennifer Walters just asked the robot in the latest episode of She-Hulk. And I’m going to give you the same answer that he gave, which was, I don’t remember, no answer, I think that’s what he gave, yes. But Deadpool and Wolverine, you know, we’re getting closer.

When could the X-Men make their MCU debut?

As expected, Feige remains coy about bringing mutants into the MCU, but it’s interesting that he openly references dead Pool 3 in conversation. For context, it’s still unclear exactly how Reynolds’ Merc-with-a-Mouth will fit into the franchise. Given the vast multiverse, the next version of the sequel could still be separated from the hallowed timeline, with the events of the film taking place in an entirely different reality. The same can be said with Wolverine’s iteration in the film. Since the hero died in James Mangold’s Logan and it’s unlikely that Marvel Studios would be willing to undo this, it’s possible that Dead Pool 3Wolverine is different than the Fox Marvel Universe. Either way, it looks like Feige is hinting that the Shawn Levy-directed movie will be an integral part of the X-Men’s arrival in the MCU.

Simply because Feige and Marvel Studios haven’t presented their plan for the x-men doesn’t mean they don’t have one. The MCU is known for playing the long game; it’s safe to say that now they have a clear path to their eventual introduction. The question is whether they will be an integral part of the MCU’s multiverse saga, or if they will instead be more prominent in Phase 7 and beyond. Whereas Dead Pool 3 may not have all the answers, it will certainly shed light on the matter once it hits theaters.

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Source: Deadline

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