As Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe once again suits up the likes of Black Widow, Thor, and Doctor Strange, the MCU is heading into unknown territory with The Eternals. While some are sceptical about Chloť Zhao’s upcoming adventure, there’s a brand new theory on why The Eternals could be the phase’s most important outing.
With the House of Mouse swapping Mickey’s glove for his very own Infinity Gaunlet, the MCU continues to grow at an exponential rate. One of the most exciting recent developments was Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, meaning fan-favourite teams like the X-Men and Fantastic Four are just over the horizon.
Now, another wild X-Men theory suggests that mutants have been in the MCU this entire time and will be spectacularly unveiled in The Eternals. Posting on Reddit, u/JayNotAtAll thinks the Infinity Stones have woken the latent X-gene in mutants around the world. Marvel Comics previously established that mutants are at least as old as Ancient Egypt, which means they’re probably out there somewhere in the MCU.
Back in Avengers: Age of Ultron it was revealed how the (once) villainous Maximoff twins were experimented on with Mind Stone. Although the MCU hasn’t been able to use the word “mutant” yet, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are both powerful mutants who’ve been a huge part of the X-Men comics — thanks to their daddy being the pretty famous Magneto.
Instead of the Mind Stone giving the pair their powers, the theory goes that it simply activated them. The reason the Maximoffs survived and the other HYDRA subjects died was because they had the X-gene hidden within them. Jump forward to the climactic events of Avengers: Endgame and we could’ve seen this on a much larger scale.
So, how does The Eternals tie into this? The MCU has already confirmed the Celestials are some of the oldest beings in existence thanks to Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Elsewhere, Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet was a Celestial — albeit a bit of a b*stard too.
Again taking from the pages of Marvel Comics, Celestials were responsible for creating everything from the Xartans to the Deviants, the Eternals to the X-gene. If one stone could activate Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver’s powers, just imagine what the multiple snaps of all five stones in Infinity War and Endgame would do. There was also a throwaway line from Bradley Cooper’s Rocket where he made a comment about the wave of energy emitted by the snaps.
There are some obvious holes in this theory though. What about the likes of Professor Xavier and Magneto who’ve presumably been flaunting their power for decades? A neat workaround would be that they’ve come into contact with an Infinity Stone at some point during their lives. Remembering that HYDRA held the Space Stone many moons ago, it could easily explain Magneton getting his powers.
However, all of this sounds far too complicated to explain, let alone include in a movie like The Eternals. If any form of mutant magic were to appear, it would probably come in a post-credits scene like when we first met the Maximoffs in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
As we move beyond the Infinity Saga and leave Thanos in the dust, would MCU overlord Kevin Feige want to revisit the Infinity Stones all over again? The most prevalent idea is that the Multiverse will somehow bring mutants into the Earth 616 reality we’ve come to know since 2008’s Iron Man.
Thankfully, Feige has plenty of time to decide what he wants to do with the X-Men. It doesn’t look like Charles Xavier’s gifted youngsters are getting their own outing any time soon, meaning Feige can sprinkle a few mutant breadcrumbs ahead of time. Will The Eternals really help shape the MCU’s future? Find out when the movie soars onto screens on November 6.
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