• Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool could be time traveling throughout the MCU’s history in
    Deadpool & Wolverine
    , potentially changing major historical events.
  • Deadpool & Wolverine
    could see Wade Wilson somehow create the X-Gene in the MCU’s past, allowing mutants to suddenly appear in the present day.
  • The introduction of mutants en masse in
    Deadpool & Wolverine
    would have a huge impact on subsequent projects in the MCU’s Phases 5 and 6.



Marvel Studios is set to catch up with 20th Century Fox’s mutant characters in 2024’s Deadpool & Wolverine, but the project could also explain the origins of mutants in the MCU proper. Ryan Reynolds and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed that Wade Wilson’s Deadpool would be joining the MCU on a permanent basis after Disney acquired 20th Century Fox’s properties in 2019. This allowed mutant characters to begin to emerge during the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, but while this process has been slow so far, Marvel Studios’ Deadpool & Wolverine will mark a huge shift in the MCU’s status quo.

Deadpool & Wolverine’s first trailer released in February 2024, and revealed more about the details of Ryan Reynolds’ first adventure in the MCU proper. The trailer confirmed that Deadpool will be recruited by the Time Variance Authority for a mysterious mission that will bring him to the Void at the end of time, and teased several exciting cameo appearances in Deadpool & Wolverine by characters from 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. Despite exploring Fox’s X-Men, Deadpool & Wolverine will be firmly set in the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, and could have a huge impact on the future of the MCU’s mutants.


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Ryan Reynolds will be reprising his role of Wade Wilson’s Deadpool in 2024’s Deadpool & Wolverine, but acting isn’t his only role in his MCU debut.

Deadpool May Be Time Traveling Through The MCU’s History In Phase 5

One theory suggests that Deadpool will be time traveling in Deadpool & Wolverine, potentially making his way to various places throughout the MCU’s history, similarly to the Avengers’ Time Heist adventure in Avengers: Endgame. This theory has been informed by several scenes in Deadpool & Wolverine’s trailer, which appear to show Ryan Reynolds’ Merc-with-a-Mouth in locations from notable past Marvel Studios projects. This perhaps includes the snowy Sokovian forest from the opening moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Hulk’s jaw-like bed on Sakaar from Thor: Ragnarok, and Madripoor, a location first explored in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

The idea of Wade Wilson time traveling throughout the MCU’s history may hint at him changing certain events from Marvel Studios’ past, just as he did in Deadpool 2’s post-credits scenes. This could provide the perfect opportunity for Marvel Studios to gloss over or rectify controversial, disappointing or confusing choices from the MCU’s previous projects, including Quicksilver’s death in Age of Ultron, the weakening of the Hulk after Thor: Ragnarok, and perhaps the events of Thor: Love and Thunder, Secret Invasion, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and more. However, Deadpool’s time travel antics may have larger consequences for the MCU.

In 2018’s
Deadpool 2,
Wade Wilson time traveled using Cable’s technology, enabling him to save Vanessa’s life, warn human X-Force member Peter of impending danger, kill the version of Deadpool from
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
and even kill a version of Ryan Reynolds after he read the screenplay for
Green Lantern

Marvel Studios Hasn’t Revealed The Current Status Of The MCU’s Mutants

Patrick Stewart's Professor X variant as a member of Earth-838's Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The film rights to Marvel Comics’ mutants and the X-Men team reverted to Marvel Studios following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox in 2019, allowing these exciting characters to be introduced into the MCU. Nevertheless, Marvel Studios’ integration of mutants into the MCU has been incredibly slow, with only a few mutants confirmed in the MCU’s main continuity. The first mutant to appear in the MCU was a variant of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, who appeared as a member of Earth-838’s Illuminati in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and several more mutants have been introduced since then.


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The MCU has finally moved into Phase 5, but there is no sign of the X-Men. However, there are possible explanations for why they’re arriving so late.

So far, the likes of Ms. Marvel’s Kamala Khan, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Namor and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’s Mr. Immortal have been confirmed to be mutants in the MCU’s main continuity. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law also teased the existence of the MCU’s official Wolverine, which hinted at the potential introduction of the X-Men, but Marvel Studios hasn’t yet mentioned the team’s debut. Heading into Deadpool & Wolverine’s release, not much is known about the culture of mutants in the MCU, but one theory may explain why this is the case, and could have major implications for the MCU’s future.

Deadpool’s Meddling Could Cause The X-Gene To Emerge In The Past

Deadpool showing off his new costume in Deadpool & Wolverine's trailer

If the theory of Deadpool’s time traveling throughout the MCU’s history in Deadpool & Wolverine turns out to be true, it’s possible he could make huge changes to the MCU’s timeline, some of which could seriously impact the current and future world of the franchise. One of these huge changes could be the emergence of the X-Gene, a characteristic of mutant genes that gives the species their extraordinary abilities. It’s unclear exactly how this would happen, but Deadpool could travel back in time and somehow catalyze the X-Gene, which could allow mutants to present themselves in the MCU’s current continuity.

Deadpool & Wolverine
may have already had an impact on the MCU’s current timeline.

Deadpool somehow creating the X-Gene in the past means that mutant characters could simply appear in the MCU’s present day where they weren’t before. This provides Marvel Studios with an easy way to introduce mutants into the MCU, without simply falling back on the concept of the multiverse to solve this issue. This would also allow particular mutants to retain their backstories, some of which are importantly connected to significant events in human history, such as Magneto’s experiences during the Holocaust. In this way, Deadpool & Wolverine could have a much bigger impact on the MCU than anyone first thought.

Ms. Marvel & Namor May Have Already Been Affected By Deadpool’s Time Traveling

This theory could be discounted as Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel and Namor, as well as several smaller-scale characters, have already been confirmed to be mutants in the MCU. However, Ms. Marvel and Namor’s existence in the MCU could simply be a side effect of Deadpool’s time traveling, as his experiences in 2024’s Deadpool & Wolverine may have already had an impact on the MCU’s current timeline. Ms. Marvel and Namor are two interesting mutants in the MCU, as their abilities didn’t emerge during puberty or stressful moments as other mutants’ powers do, but were rather the by-product of exterior intervention.


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In 2022’s Ms. Marvel on Disney+, Kamala Khan’s mutant abilities were unlocked after she donned one of the MCU’s Quantum Bands. This unleashed the genes that allow her to manipulate hard light, and “embiggen” herself, but this occurred after a normal mutation would have presented itself. Namor had a different experience in 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as he was born with his mutations after his mother consumed a vibranium-infused plant during pregnancy. This perhaps separates Kamala Khan and Namor from other MCU mutants, but could also connect them to Deadpool’s meddling in the MCU’s history in Deadpool & Wolverine​​​​​​​.

Deadpool & Wolverine Theory Seriously Changes The MCU’s Phase 6

Deadpool and Wolverine walking into the MCU in Deadpool & Wolverine

If this theory turns out to be true, and Deadpool & Wolverine sees Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson introduce mutants into the MCU’s current timeline, subsequent projects in Phases 5 and 6 will be drastically altered. Mutants will perhaps be seen as commonplace in projects such as Captain America: Brave New World, Daredevil: Born Again and Thunderbolts, and the MCU’s official X-Men team could perhaps even be introduced in Phase 6, and have a role in Avengers 5 and Avengers: Secret Wars. After years of waiting for mutants to come to the MCU, Deadpool & Wolverine​​​​​​​ might debut them very soon.

Deadpool 3 Poster Showing Two Halves of a Heart Necklace with Wolverine and Deadpool

Deadpool & Wolverine

A sequel to the highly successful Deadpool and Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth. The third film will be the first film in the franchise to be developed under the Marvel Studios banner following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Ryan Reynolds is returning to play the character, alongside Hugh Jackman, reprising his Wolverine role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time. 

Shawn Levy

Release Date
July 26, 2024

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