After the merger between The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, Marvel Studios was finally given the keys to the film rights of Deadpool, X-Men (mutants), The Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, Galactus, and many many more characters that had been previously under the control of 20th Century Fox.
When it comes to the X-Men movie, Marvel’s Kevin Feige suggested that they will not be part of their current five-year plan at the studio giving their other projects on the slate priority first.
What I think they’ll going to have to do is spend time to help set up the world of mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before that X-Men movie and I don’t see them shoving this stuff in movies because it would be sort of unnecessary and will feel forced to fans.
Marvel has a large wave of Disney+ limited series on the horizon with Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, and a Hawkeye series that has yet to be made official by Marvel/Disney. I don’t see why not that Marvel Studios could tackle mutants in a Disney+ series when the five-year slate might not include them.
10-episodes gives Marvel Studios plenty of time to explain the MCU version of mutants ahead of their X-Men movie without having to explain them in forced plot devices and Easter Eggs in unconnected movies leading up to it.
MCUCosmic once suggested a rumor that a Wolverine origin series could be a project that Marvel was considering tackling down the line. While I don’t think we’ll see a live-action television series with the main X-Men team anytime soon, setting up a couple of the team members via Disney+ shows might be the way to go and they wouldn’t have to force them into movies that have no business adding those characters.
When it comes to Wolverine, you couple place him in an Alpha Flight series on Hulu or Disney+ that focuses Logan’s time at Department H and his connection to the Canadian government team Alpha Flight, Canada’s mutant superhero team that was put together by the Ministry of Defense.
X-Men fans like myself have been dying to see Alpha Flight being adapted for a film and given Marvel’s huge slate as is, they might be a tough sell to get their own movie considering how crowded things are getting at Marvel Studios.
A streaming series could work better as the first season of an Alpha Flight series could be an excellent entry point for a bunch of X-Men characters such as the new Wolverine. We’ve had five main X-Men films and then three solo Wolverine movies, but we have yet to see an accurate or definitive version of his origin.
Having it explore Canada’s history with superheroes could explain why potentially why the Avengers and SHIELD might not have brought up mutants before, mutant operatives could have been classified as Canadian agents. We’ve seen SHIELD omit their connections to Captain Marvel (gets powers via Project Pegasus) and Ghost (was an operative for SHIELD) so it is not like audiences not knowing about things doesn’t mean they didn’t take place, convenience for those movies aside.
What I’d like to see in a hypothetical Alpha Flight series to look like is a Department H having a version of Team X/Weapon X combining members of that team along with a few from Alpha Flight taking place during the Cold War with the Soviet Union potentially during the 1960s to mid-1980s.
The first incarnation of the team I’d love to see includes Logan, Victor Creed aka Sabretooth, Chrisopther Nord aka Maverick, James McDonald Hudson aka Guardian/Vindicator, Eugine Ludd aka Puck, and Kayla aka Silver Fox. Then having a more traditional version of the Alpha Flight team in future seasons or move between the two with flashbacks.
Speaking of flashbacks, you could also incorporate some of Wolverine’s military history during The Great War and World War II.
Villains I’d like to see include Arkady Rossovich aka Omega Red, Ophelia Sarkissian aka Viper, Yuriko Oyama aka Lady Deathstrike, Matsuo Tsurayaba, Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian, Laynia Petrovna aka Darkstar, Sheoke Sanada aka Snapdragon, Ogun, and even a cameo from a brainwashed Winter Soldier.
I think we’re all be curious what Kevin Feige will be announcing both at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20th and at D23 Expo next month, given that Marvel now can maybe tease/announce what their future plans will be outside of Deadpool 3.