While the X-Men have yet to be introduced to the MCU, there are still many references to the mutants that have appeared throughout Phase 4. First, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced Madripoor, a key city related to mutants, specifically Wolverine.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness featured a performance fromPatrick Stewart, making him the first on-screen mutant to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, Ms. Marvel confirmed that Iman Vellani'sKamala Khan is a mutant, thus changing her origins from the comics.
Now, it appears that Thor: Love and Thunder almost included another direct reference to the X-Men.
Thor 4 Might Have Included an X-Men Reference
Sung Choi, a Marvel artist, posted a piece of concept art from Thor: Love and Thunder, including an unexpected X-Men tease.
Cyttorak, a mythical entity that carries Juggernaut's power, appears in the image:
In Omnipotent City, the character can be seen sitting on a throne with other gods:
Cyttorak is also known as the Destroyer, Lord of Oblivion, and Master of the Raging Storm in the Crimson Cosmos, where he is worshipped both as a god and a demon by primitive humans on Earth.
He would choose Cain Marko as his next avatar to continue unleashing his destructive power on Earth, and he would grant him powers via the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak.
Here's a closer inspection of Omnipotent City's throne room:
Will Other Marvel Cinematic Universe Films Make a Reference to the X-Men Before They Make Their Debut?
This isn't the first time that an MCU reference to the X-Men was ultimately discarded. Official concept art fromMs. Marvelrevealed that the series almost contained a Cyclops Easter egg, but it wasn't included in the show's final cut.
This new omission is probably accidental, as it is the second time that an X-Men reference has been removed. It's possible that Marvel Studios is instructing its visual artists to be open about their ideas about constructing the film's set pieces, thus resulting in the inclusion of this Juggernaut Easter egg.However, the timing of the X-Men reference might be the reason for its removal.
At this time, it is unknown when the mutants will officially debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some are speculating that the characters will appear after the conclusion of the Multiverse Saga, while others believe that they might make their appearance in the next two Avengers films.
Despite this, these consistent references (even if some are withdrawn) will hopefully increase anticipation for the X-Men's arrival alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the near future.
Thor: Love and Thunder is now playing in cinemas across the world.