11 Mutants The MCU Should Introduce | The film magazine

11 Mutants The MCU Should Introduce |  The film magazine

I’m finally here. After much speculation and anticipation, we have our first true mutant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve seen alternate universes with the likes of Charles Xavier and the reveal that Kamala Kahn holds mutant DNA, but Ryan Coogler’s latest installment in Marvel’s mega-franchise – Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverintroduces us to Namor.

Tenoch Huerta’s Namor is the antagonist of the 2nd Black Panther movie, threatening war with Wakanda. Throughout the film we learn that he is a mutant. Since The Disney takeover from X-Men rights holders 20th Century Fox, it seemed inevitable that mutants would arrive in the MCU at some point. With a proposed mutant-focused film in the works, along with Deadpool 3 starring Ryan Reynolds as X-Men franchisees Deadpool e Hugh Jackman as Wolverinewithin the MCU’s continuity, there will be even more speculation about who will also be joining the universe.

It’s almost inevitable that the badass clawed Wolverine will be in the MCU moving forward even if Hugh Jackman doesn’t stay in the role. It’s also a given that Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto will be entering the fold. As such, we will not speculate on them. Instead in this Movie list from The film magazinewe will be offering some different mutants to see in the MCU moving forward, some familiar and some new to cinematic audiences, for this one: the 11 Mutants The MCU Should Introduce.

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1. Kitty Pryde | Shadowcat

Despite being an ever-popular comic book staple ever since “X-Men” legend Chris Claremont created her, Katherine “Kitty” Pryde has yet to bring her to the screen.

Despite two appearances in the original Fox film franchise, with Elliot Page filling the role, she was always relegated to a supporting character, adept at running through walls and sending Wolverine back in time.

The reality is that his through-matter ability is visually stunning and opens up entertaining action, and his history as a Jewish-American provides ample opportunity to explore persecution and prejudice, something that has been central to the X-Men since ‘Start.

She also has an interdimensional pet dragon called Lockheed, and she’s joined the Guardians of the Galaxy at times, so her potential to become a key member of the universe is all there to be used. It helps (as Marvel has taken steps to offer better representation) that Kitty is a bisexual character.

Who should play them? Jane Levi.

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2. Akihiro | Daken

Daken is the mutant son of Wolverine and a certified badass in his own right. He has all the same abilities as the old man, only with the addition of pheromone manipulation.

Like most of the MCU, he has a history of daddy issues that makes him ripe for exploration. Daken blames Wolverine for the death of his mother, Itsu, and how his absence in young Daken’s life meant she was fraught with hardships. This sort of tasty drama could make it the natural successor to of Loki role of confrontational villain.

Given the popularity of Logano, and the slim chance of Hugh Jackman making another long-term stint as post-WolverineDeadpool 3, it might be worth Daken and X-23 going head-to-head over their father’s mantle.

Daken has also taken on a more heroic role over time, offering a long-term redemption story arc for anyone who takes on the role, something the MCU has also shown to be fond of.

Who should play them? Honor Jackman’s legacy by choosing a stranger, preferably someone with a history of martial arts.

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