After this image of Baby Groot with the fake eyeball, there will be SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME.
Okay. Although Endgame mentions the amount of gamma radiation emitted by the Infinity Gauntlet after a Snap, I didn’t really think about it past the Hulk connection. Then this meme popped up in my Facebook feed:
Much like Peter Parker up there, this realization blew my tiny mind. What better way to bring in X-Men now that Disney and Marvel have the rights again than to use a line most people took at face value in a film meant to close out a whole phase of movies?
The Gambit movie isn’t happening and 20th Century Fox’s last X-Men hurrahDark Phoenix could decimate multiple characters before handing over the franchise. Looking at Deadpool’s origin story, the stress of almost dying in that fart tube led to Wade Wilson’s dormant mutant powers emerging to save his life. The initial Snap could have released enough gamma radiation to trigger that same protection in children and adults around the world.
Alternatively, those that absorbed mass amounts of gamma may have given birth to mutants during the five years between the initial Snap and the second one performed by the Hulk. The second Snap emits more gamma into the world, starting the cycle of mutations once again — or amplifying mutations not evident after the first Snap. Then the third Snap… you get the idea.
Marvel and Disney have said that they don’t currently have plans to make X-Men movies — aside from Deadpool’s flicks if you want to count those — so the time for mutant babies to grow up is there. Since Marvel can now use “mutant” as a descriptor in their films, perhaps the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver origins can be retconned to hew closer to Deadpool’s. The trigger would remain the same, but the reason for the emergence of their powers would be their dormant mutations. Unless they want to reveal the Maximoff matriarch as having an affair with Eric Lehnsherr, the connection to Magneto as their father may remain comic canon only.
Taking the pieces from inherited franchises and adding them to the existing MCU would satisfy me in introducing X-Men. It would also provide another Phase for the MCU to explore once they’re ready to recast Wolverine and build another decade of storyline to mess with our emotions and end with a penultimate epic film.