Twitter has been abuzz with reports that Glen Powell, actor of Top Gun: Maverick, would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe to play Scott Summers, nicknamed Cyclops. Even though the Marvel cinematic universe has been using superheroes from Marvel Comics since the series began in 2008, mutants have been excluded until recently.
Marvel Studios has regained ownership of the X-Men franchise after it was held by 20th Century Fox for a period of time. A lot of important characters, including as Scarlet Witch as well as Quicksilver, needed to be left out of the Avengers movies or reinterpreted as regular people.
Marvel Studios did not reveal any major X-Men projects at 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con, despite widespread speculation to the contrary. In spite of the company’s announcement of extensive projects for both Phase 5 and Phase 6, mutants do not seem to be included in either plan at this time.
The internet, meanwhile, has not been deterred from its rumour milling, with several celebrities said to be in the running for the roles of different classic X-Men. The wildernesses of rumours in the modern day means that a few of them develop a mind of their own, being accepted as genuine when they previously would have been laughed off. Recently, Halle Bailey had to dispel rumours about a character named Kitty Pryde who did not exist.
After Bailey’s statement, other performer has had to deny speculations about entering the Marvel as a favourite X-Men hero. Powell, who fills the shoes Hangman on Maverick, was questioned if there was any facts to rumours that he could potray Cyclops in the MCU during a discussion with Variety. Refuting the speculation, Powell says:
“Before Comic-Con, everybody was like, “Dude, are you Cyclops?” No, I’m not. Nobody has called me. I don’t even have one contact info for Marvel, so I have no idea what people are talking about.
Powell’s casting as Cyclops in the MCU has been the subject of recurrent rumours since since they first appeared on Reddit; however, Marvel Studios and Disney have never confirmed the report.
This reminds me of what happened to Bailey on Twitter: someone quoted a description of her, saying that it was written about how she got the role of Kitty. But the X-Men, MCU, and Kitty were conspicuously absent from that piece. Many people believed this to be true because of the attention it received on reddit, and Twitter.