• The introduction of Beast in The Marvels post-credits scene indicates that more of Fox’s X-Men cast will be coming to the MCU.
  • Characters like Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Professor X, Toad, Mystique, and Magneto should follow Beast into the MCU.
  • The MCU has the opportunity to rectify previous portrayals and showcase the true powers and potential of these X-Men characters.



Now that The Marvels has been released on Disney Plus, there will be even more eyes on the bombshell post-credits scene that saw one of the original X-Men movie characters, Beast, debuting in the MCU – and he should be followed by many more. Now that Marvel has regained the movie rights for the X-Men, the MCU is gearing up to introduce them in earnest, following a smattering of cameos and references in recent MCU releases. The first of these appearances should be in Deadpool 3, which is reported to be starring some of the original X-Men cast.

In the The Marvels post-credits scene, Monica Rambeau finds herself in another reality, where she is picked up by a variant of her mother, Maria Rambeau, AKA Binary, and Kelsey Grammer’s Beast. While this is the first that Maria Rambeau’s Binary has been seen in live action, the cinematic return of Kelsey Grammer’s Beast – though he looks quite different – suggests that many more of Fox’s X-Men cast are on their way to the MCU. With that revelation in mind, these are the characters that should follow Hank McCoy into the MCU.

As Wolverine is already confirmed to be starring in
Deadpool 3
, he will not be appearing in this list.


Wait, Is That The Fox X-Men Universe At The End Of The Marvels?!

The ending of The Marvels sees Monica Rambeau trapped in another reality in the MCU’s vast multiverse, one that seems to contain the X-Men.

Kitty Pryde Is Already Connected To Alternate Timelines

Last Appeared In X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Kitty Pryde standing alongside Iceman and Colossus in X-Men: The Last Stand

Kitty Pryde’s surprising ability to send consciousnesses back in time was first revealed in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which saw Wolverine heading to 1973 to avert the rise of the mutant-massacring Sentinels. This puts Pryde in a particularly relevant position within the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, as Fox’s X-Men franchise has already delved into timeline alterations thanks to Pryde and this mind-bending power.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
and the other Fox X-Men movies are available to stream on Disney+.

The main difference, however, is that changing the past in Fox’s X-Men universe did not create a branching timeline but overwrote the original timeline. The intricacies of this discrepancy are worth exploring in the MCU, something that Shadowcat and Beast can wrestle with in their next appearance. Alternatively, the MCU could simply brush this tidbit of Fox’s X-Men past under the rug.

We Need To See A More Confident Rogue

Last Seen In X-Men: Days Of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) (2014)

Rogue going for the cure in X-Men The Last Stand

Rogue is one of the most powerful movie mutants yet was depicted in the X-Men movies as disappointingly unsure and naive. This diminished the threat she posed and resulted in her being sidelined by the end of X-Men: The Last Stand before having her power to absorb other mutants’ powers “cured.” This made Rogue feel decidedly underutilized, with one of her coolest moments confined to a few seconds of training, while the MCU could help convey what Rogue is capable of.

Marvel Comics also ties Rogue directly to Carol Danvers, as she – early on in her career – sapped Captain Marvel of her powers. This resulted in Rogue nearly killing Carol before fighting other MCU stalwarts like Thor and Captain America. This makes an X-Men tie-in with Captain Marvel 3 more feasible, though it would be a distinctly more villainous rendition of Rogue than what has previously been seen.

Storm Can Show The True Extent Of Her Power

Last Seen In X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Storm using her power in X-Men

Aside from her tenure under Apocalypse, the true extent of Storm’s weather-bending powers was largely nerfed in Fox’s X-Men franchise. In the comics, Storm is an Omega-level mutant with the ability to bend the entire Earth’s atmosphere to her will in a godlike capacity. This is something that needs to be faithfully adapted in the MCU for the sheer spectacle alone. Where Fox’s X-Men franchise failed Ororo Munroe, the MCU can showcase the true extent of her powers as a being intrinsically linked to Earth and its biosphere.

Cyclops Needs More Of A Spotlight

Last Seen In X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Cyclops’ character was largely failed by Fox, culminating in his unceremonious death in the early sequences of X-Men: The Last Stand without having had much impact on the X-Men movies at all. This flies in the face of his comic book origins, in which Cyclops is a tour de force among mutants and a natural-born leader. The MCU has a golden opportunity to rectify this by having Scott Summers take on a central leadership role once more, except with much more of the spotlight in his direction.

The MCU has already proved that it intends to depict more comic-accurate X-Men with Beast’s facial changes, meaning the outlook is positive for Scott Summers. Wolverine has enjoyed a long career as the de facto main character of Fox’s X-Men franchise, and with his starring role in Deadpool 3 will have had plenty of time in the limelight. This leaves the door wide open for Marvel to place Scott at the forefront of the mutants’ arrival.

Jean Grey Is The Only One Who Could Stand Up To Captain Marvel

Last Seen In X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix in X-Men The Last Stand looking scary

Jean Grey is another character that Fox failed to get right, which means her story is still begging for a faithful adaptation. While this is unlikely to occur any time soon, the MCU could benefit from introducing Jean Grey as one of the most powerful mutants (even without the Phoenix Force) able to stand up to the MCU’s own most powerful heroes, like Captain Marvel or Hulk. Phoenix’s MCU arrival should be part of an illustration of just how powerful these new mutant figures are.

Jean Grey’s sometimes-used superhero name in X-Men comics is Marvel Girl, which would be fitting to use as the character returns to the Marvel umbrella.

Iceman Has So Much More To Give

Last Seen In X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Bobby Drake Iceman sliding on ice in X-Men Days of Future Past

The opening scenes of X-Men: Days of Future Past depicted what Bobby Drake’s powers might look like at their full potential, but these shots were woefully short. While Iceman took center stage in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, he was mostly used to drive the narrative rather than wreak havoc with his ice powers. Even the Iceman depicted in X-Men: Days of Future Past was barely scratching the surface of his true potential (which is on a par with Storm) – something which the MCU can help rectify.

Professor X Was Already Name-Dropped

Last Seen In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)

When Beast stated in the post-credits scene of The MarvelsCharles asked for an update,” there can only be one person he was referring to. This suggests that Professor X’s team of mutants is very much in operation in the universe that Monica Rambeau found herself in and that Professor X (possibly played by Patrick Stewart once again) will soon make a second MCU appearance. If that is the case, then this time should be more permanent.

While Charles Xavier has already appeared in Earth-838, his brutal death at the hands of Wanda makes it appear as though this isn’t the same “Charles” to whom Hank McCoy is referring. Instead, it looks like this team of mutants will have a much larger role to play either in Captain Marvel 3 or some other future MCU installment. Whether Rambeau has stumbled into a universe that is about to be ravaged by Deadpool remains to be seen, but the presence of Binary suggests that these X-Men will be less ephemeral.

Toad Is One Of The Most Unique Mutants

Last Appeared In X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Toad (Ray Park) sticking out his tongue in 2000's X-Men

The best thing about Ray Park’s Toad in X-Men is that the creative liberties taken by the filmmakers translated into comic book canon. This is a testament to Toad’s design in Fox’s X-Men franchise, which depicts him as a slimy, green-skinned villain with a long, prehensile tongue and a coagulating spit that incapacitated even Jean Grey. Toad’s debut in X-Men was followed up by a redesigned version of the character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, though the latter was merely a cameo role.

With the second iteration of Toad being visually superior, the MCU should reintroduce the underutilized character as part of a villainous team. While far from being the most powerful mutant, Toad offers entertainment value in spades, and it’s easy to see how much fun the MCU could have with him. Toad attempting to go toe to toe with some of the MCU’s more acrobatic heroes should make for particularly compelling fight sequences.

Mystique Is Too Versatile To Ignore

Last Seen In X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Rebecca Romijn's Mystique looks stoic in X-Men

Fox’s X-Men franchise fully capitalized on the narrative versatility of Mystique, and there is no reason for the MCU to curtail it. Mystique’s mind-bending ability to shapeshift into any humanoid she is familiar with is rife with uses and something that the MCU is already familiar with in the Skrulls. Where Secret Invasion failed to deliver on the consequences of having a shapeshifting population, Mystique is the kind of one-mutant-army that could cause ten times more damage than Gravik’s Skrulls were capable of.

Magneto Personifies The Plight Of Mutant-Kind

Last Seen In X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

Magneto, like Professor X, is synonymous with the X-Men and mutant-kind as a whole. His single-minded pursuit of mutant supremacy provides many narrative opportunities for Marvel to sink its teeth into when the X-Men finally make the jump into the MCU. As portrayed by both Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender, Magneto is an exceptionally compelling character who is liable to win over audiences in a manner akin to the MCU’s most sympathetic villains.

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