Marvel cinematic universe concluded it’s Phase two with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie not only introduced ( and subsequently dealt with) the long-standing villains to the Avengers in the form of Ultron, a deadly AI who is hell-bent on wiping off human civilization.The movie also added three new members to the team of Avengers.
These members were Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision. Although Vision was an Android created by Tony Stark and given sentience by the mind stone and partial remains of Jarvis (Tony Stark’s AI), he is still a worthy Avenger. The twins- Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, on the other hand, had to rebel against Ultron and support the Avengers in the final battle of Age of Ultron to get any kind of support and trust from the earth mightiest heroes.
There was mistrust between the Avengers and the twins, and for good reason. Since the twins not only worked against the Avengers when they came for Loki’s scepter but they also supported Ultron when he was looking for parts to build his body.
Granted, all of this was done to avenge their childhood trauma and deal with their hatred for Stark, however, the twins redeem themselves in the final battle. They pay more than their due when Quicksilver loses his life trying to save a life.
But Age of Ultron is not what I want to talk about today. I wish to specifically talk to you about the twins and how their existence in the Marvel Cinematic universe will pave the way for X-men and phase four after the end of Avengers Infinity War and Avengers 4. The reason I say that is because in the comics the twins (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) were always mutants.
However, when the Intellectual Property Rights were leased to Fox relating to the X-men, the suits at Marvel had the sense to reserve (and perhaps share) the rights to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch if the Marvel studios ever wish to make an Avengers movie.
Arguably, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is the brainchild of Kevin Feige and the executives at Disney never looked past the original Iron Man series. However, reserving Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver were prudent moves but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never mentioned the term “Mutants”, the studio does not have film rights to it, so they chose to cook up a story where the twins’ power was derived from Loki’s scepter and the mind stone.
I plan to take that explanation one step further and explain to the fans (in detail) one of the most widely believed theories that exist in the fandom that popped up after the news of Disney-Fox merger. The fans largely agree that Disney will choose the X-men to be their titular and central cast come Phase 4 since the old characters with advanced story arcs such as iron man and Thor will be put on the back burner and the heroes such as Captain America will presumably leave the series for good.
With the advent of X-men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we will see iconic characters such as Charles Xavier, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Scott Summers and most importantly Magneto join the fray. But what is the connection? As comic readers know, the x-men series is a critique on society as much as it is a comic book series.
The Uncanny X-men comics have always tried to portray the human hatred and contempt for the x-men and the societal conflict that flows from such contempt. The point is that the Marvel Cinematic universe cannot simply choose to introduce the X-men arbitrarily after a groundbreaking event like infinity war since the continuity has failed mention the existence of such beings.
The connection here is the twins (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver). In the comics, the twins were children to Magneto. Yes folks, the Magneto.
The theory that connects the twins to Marvel Cinematic universe’s phase 4 suggests that the powers of the twins do not stem from the mind stone itself. The theory formulates and presents a hypothesis that the mind stone and experiments conducted on the twins simply activated their recessive X-genes.
X-gene is the gene strain contained within each mutant in the Marvel comic universe and that is the source of their power, the source of their mutation. Some mutants manifest these powers on their own accord and some suffer large amounts of pain before they are able to use theirs. It seems that the MCU will use the excuse of the Infinity war to trigger the dormant X-gene of the mutants come phase 4.
Of course, this is all blatant speculation but it makes for an interesting premise given the current state of things in the MCU. The theory also gives us a viable entry point for the X-men and gives fans something to chew on and dissect while awaiting Infinity War. Not only that, this is perhaps the most viable theory that has come up ever since the Fox-Disney merger was announced.
Well, before phase 4 we have two Infinity War movies where Scarlett Witch has an important role to play to fight against Thanos and his Black Order. Wanda and Vision are a legit couple in MCU now and they will be spending happy times with each other until Black Order shows up and capture Vision to extract Mind stone from his forehead. The theory is that when Thanos either kill or severely hurt Vision, it will push Scarlett Witch to her breaking point and she will go crazy just like ‘No-Mutants’ comic book plot when she lost her children.
Avengers Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, 2018. It is directed by Russo brothers and produced by Marvel top executive Kevin Feige along with a set of executive producers including God of Marvel comics Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Michael Grillo. The screenplay has been written by a talented duo – Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The cast is just mind-blowing as it has some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Pratt (Starlord), Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Dave Bautista (Drax), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Josh Brolin (Thanos).
The official plot synopsis for the upcoming Avengers Infinity War is as follows:
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.
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