A lot of people have noticed that many of the most recognizable Marvel alien species have not appeared in the MCU, not realizing that the rights to these characters/species are not actually with Marvel/Disney, but actually sitting with 20th Century Fox because of their ownership of the X-Men and Fantastic Four movie rights. Among the more popular species people are waiting to see are the Skrulls, the Technarchs, and the Shi’ar Empire, all of which have made numerous appearances in Marvel comics over the years. And of course, since all of 20th Century Fox’s ‘X-Men’ movies have been more down to Earth and based on our planet, they have not yet used any of these spacefaring races either. Until now…potentially.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who released a short synopsis and character list for the upcoming ‘New Mutants’ film while reporting on director Josh Boone teaming up with Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (his writers from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’), it seems that the ‘New Mutants’ might just have a team member who is not from this earth, thus opening the door for the ‘X-Men’ cinematic universe to take their adventures to space.
“The movie will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball, and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.”
For those not in the know, Warlock is a Technarch alien, who is not a villain like most of his people, but rather has empathy and compassion, hence why he has chosen to be hero. He has appeared across a wide variety of ‘X-Men’ teams, and his inclusion here means that the ‘X-Men’ movies are starting to branch out into the intergalactic part of their universe, a thought also seconded by Simon Kinberg who says the new big adventure for the main ‘X-Men’ franchise might also take them into space.
What are your thoughts on the ‘X-Men’ movies going Cosmic? Does it feel like a gimmick to bolster movies that are not doing as well? Do you really trust the company that keeps releasing terrible ‘Fantastic Four’ movies to adequately portray strange alien species and worlds on the big screen? Would you rather they just give everything back to Marvel so the X-Men could appear in the MCU and handle the alien races properly? Share your opinions in the comments below!