Age of Ultron Hinted Way To Introduce Mutants Into MCU:
Avengers: Age of Ultron was released in 2015, and revolved around a very compelling plot. Tony Stark builds an artificial intelligence system named Ultron with the help of Bruce Banner. When the sentient Ultron makes plans to wipe out the human race, the Avengers set out to stop him. the critics were generally pleased with the movie, with reviews like The new installment in the “Avengers” franchise adds characters, including the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, even as its familiar heroes fight battles terrestrial and galactic. More so, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were given enough screen time to establish their presence. The movie also saw the birth of Vision.
Earlier, the biggest question that was raised is that how come mutants were never mentioned in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, we dwelled on that and realized that Scarlet Witch had a role in it. Speaking of that, Avengers: Age of Ultron might have hinted at a cool way to introduce mutants in the MCU.
Despite the gigantic role they play within Marvel Comics, mutants have been completely absent from Disney’s cinematic universe, largely due to Twentieth Century Fox’s longstanding ownership of the X-Men rights. But after Disney’s acquisition, Marvel Studios will be tasked with explaining where mutants have been all of these years – a tall order considering they have yet to be mentioned in the franchises’ many films and television series. The reason why the Age of Ultron is standing in the middle of this is that the movie introduced Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, and they are mutants, characters created for early X-Men comics.
In the source material, the Maximoff twins were long-thought to be the mutant children of Magneto (though those origins were recently retconned). While the MCU’s version of Quicksilver was killed off in the third act of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Wanda is still very much alive and appears to be a major player in Phase 4’s evolution. Due to make her next appearance in the WandaVision series, Scarlet Witch appears to have unlocked new levels of her reality-bending powers. This particular ability, previously unexplored in the MCU, has been proven impactful in the comics’ “House of M” storyline, which concluded with a distraught Wanda erasing most of the mutant population from existence.
Considering the large role she is set to play in the MCU Phase 4relatively little is known of Wanda’s in-universe backstory. She and her brother, Pietro, are revealed to have been left orphaned after their home in Sokovia was bombed with Stark weaponry, an event that inspires the twins to volunteer for Hydra’s experiments with Loki’s scepter. Wanda and Pietro are the sole survivors of the experimentation and, for reasons left vague in the film, acquire superhuman abilities. However, in the recently released Wakanda Files, Shuri mentions that Hydra chose Sokovia as a testing ground for the “genetic anomalies” of its citizens – a potential hint that the twins may have been mutants with an X-gene all along.
Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda in the films, has teased that the upcoming WandaVision will explore the character’s Sokovian roots. Therefore, it is possible that the MCU will begin filling in the gaps of Scarlet Witch’s origin story, perhaps going into more detail about what made the Maximoff twins so special.
In her earlier comic book appearances, Wanda is able to create “hex bolts,” red energy bursts used to affect the probability of the events around her. Over the years, writers have greatly augmented her powers, giving her the ability to alter reality itself. Her reality-bending, as well as her great skill as a sorceress, makes her one of the most powerful figures in the Marvel universe. And finally, her reality-altering superpower will be finally seen on a large scale in the upcoming Disney+ WandaVision series. In the trailer, it appears as though she has (perhaps unconsciously) created her own pocket dimension – a reality other people have been sucked into with her.
If this is something the MCU iteration of the character is truly able to do, it is possible that this isn’t the first time she has changed the world around her without anyone else catching on. If that’s the case, perhaps her powers have been subtly working in the background since (or before) Avengers: Age of Ultron.
To get the confirmation, we would have to wait for WandaVision as its first epidote is scheduled to air on January 15, 2021. Let us know about more possible ways of how the mutants can enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.