There is a Doctor Strange 2 theory that the X-Men will make their way into the MCU, and Scarlet Witch will be the character who introduces them. Since the MCU’s inception, rumors have swirled about how the X-Men might make an appearance. Prior to the MCU, the X-Men franchise was owned by 20th Century Fox, which produced films with the characters long after MCU ownership ended. The legal question was finally answered when Disney purchased 20th Century Fox outright, but the only thing that changed was the elephant in the room.
The MCU had gone nearly a decade without even the tiniest hint of a mutant presence, thanks to 20th Century Fox’s continued production of X-Men films. Even so, such a deal wouldn’t be made unless Marvel had a specific strategy in mind for doing it. Now that Professor X has been revealed in the Doctor Strange 2 trailer, it appears that the X-Men are closer to appearing in the MCU than ever before. But how will it all come to pass remains an open question for this Doctor Strange 2 theory.
In the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel, the introduction of mutants is already looking like a given. Doctor Strange, it turns out, will not be the one to bring about this transformation. After the WandaVision Scarlet Witch, the MCU appears to have a massive shift and is the perfect vehicle to introduce X-Men characters, even indirectly.
Wanda Maximoff is a mutant with the ability to manipulate probabilities in the comics, and WandaVision has already begun soft-retconning her MCU origin story. Aside from revealing more about her powers, it didn’t overwrite anything that audiences had already known about her. Any MCU character has never done this before. Until that point, every human character who had any kind of superhuman ability had received it externally. WandaVision makes it obvious that not only did her powers emerge on their own, but she also gave her brother his powers.
While it’s easy to identify a mutant if their powers begin to manifest naturally, it’s important to remember that mutant powers are more likely to appear during times of high stress. WandaVision claims that she and Pietro were able to survive the incident that killed their parents because of the powers she developed as a child while growing up in a war-torn country. A tense situation, to say the least. At first glance, Wanda has abilities that appear to be magic, but their function is eerily similar to the probability powers she had in the comics. So, even without ever saying the word “mutant,” WandaVision implies that Wanda is one.
It’s not the first time WandaVision has made a reference to Wanda’s children and about how she might be creating more mutants to their benefit. This was more than just her grieving mind making up stories, as the final scene makes abundantly clear. Her children were taken from her and her recollection of them was repressed in one of the comics that influenced the series, making them out to be figments of her enormously powerful imagination. While grieving over this and another mistreatment, Scarlet Witch’s “House of M” story has her utter the phrase “No more mutants,” effectively reducing Mutant society to a tiny fraction of what it had been before.
WandaVision ended with the vow of her trying to find her children, wherever they may be in the multiverse, even though mutants have yet to appear in the MCU. Moreover, Wanda has been learning more about her Chaos Magic and how it works, and she may have discovered she is a mutant after all. I think the MCU will invert the pivotal moment from ‘House of M’ and have her create mutants in response to a provocation.
Despite the fact that the X-Men are unlikely to make an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Scarlet Witch is perfectly positioned to become the mother of mutants in the MCU. Despite the fact that Charles Xavier appears in the trailer, what he says is just as important as his presence. “The truth,” he says, is what’s needed to be told to Doctor Strange. In this case, Wanda may have learned about mutants from Strange after this exchange, or from Xavier himself, though he doesn’t say what he means.
The film’s trailer also portrays Wanda in an antagonistic light, as if she’s willing to flout the rules in order to achieve her goals. WandaVision’s events are clearly referenced in this line, but it could also be a commentary on her willingness to go against the grain and play a villainous role in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness. Her desire to reclaim at least some of what was taken from her is understandable, given how much she’s lost. After all, it is possible that she will deliberately defy the rules in order to reclaim her children from her ex-husband.
This Doctor Strange 2 theory opens many possibilities for X-Men in the MCU. With Scarlet Witch in place, the X-Men could be introduced to the MCU with less of a headache. While Spider-Man: No Way Home succeeded by bringing together Spider-Man eras from the past, this seems unlikely with the X-Men, which already has a crowded franchise. Finding a way to introduce either of the preexisting X-Men eras would be extremely difficult with so many movies and so many characters. Not to mention the fact that a large number of previous X-Men actors have declared that they are done with the roles.
Wanda would be a better option to avoid a logistical nightmare. Scarlet Witch’s creation of reality-bending mutants without directly introducing the X-Men would allow Marvel to reboot the franchise whenever they’re ready to do so. Even better, Marvel would still be able to bring back any X-Men actors that wanted to return, using the explanation of them being variants, if they decided to do so. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, everything is perfectly aligned for this Scarlet Witch to finally redeem her comic book counterpart by providing a home for the mutants in the MCU.