Are Mutants Canon in the MCU?

Ms. Marvel confirmed to be MCU's first mutant
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Ms. Marvel confirmed to be MCU's first mutant
Credit: Marvel Studios

When hearing the word ‘mutants’, X-Men is usually the first word that comes to mind. But apart from the X-Men we're all familiar with, there are other existing mutants in the history of superhero franchises.

Considering that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness even had a Professor X variant in the Multiverse and Deadpool 3 is introducing much more into the MCU, are mutants canon in the billion-dollar franchise?

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Mutants are superhuman beings who possess a genetic mutation called the X-gene. The X-gene is what grants these mutants to wield powers and abilities beyond what the average human can do.

This includes any variety of powers you can think of under the sun. Heck, you might be already thinking of an existing MCU hero right about now that fits the bill.

These mutants were usually only ever exposed and introduced in the X-Men universe, instead of being explicitly under the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s natural to question whether they are canon under the billion-dollar franchise or not.

To tell the truth, mutants have been canon in the MCU for quite a while now, and here’s how.

How Did Mutants Become Canon in the MCU?

Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan is the MCU's first mutant!
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We know that Marvel is already trying to mince some hints and details on how they can merge more universes into the MCU through Deadpool 3, right? Well, how would you feel if Marvel had already introduced their first-ever mutant?

It began with Ms. Marvel’s finale episode’s post-credit scene where we see Kamala Khan being told that there’s something ‘different’ in her genes. Her friend even added, that the difference in Kamala’s genes was something like a ‘mutation’, which confirms her to be a mutant.

Although technically, in the Marvel comics, she was shown to be an Inhuman. Kamala was said to have been a result of the Kree’s experimentation, which would have explained how her powers are connected to Captain Marvel’s and Monica Rambeau’s.

However, given how The Marvels trailer depicted Kamala’s grandmother’s bangle as connected with the Kree revolutionary, Dar-Benn, we’ll know for sure whether Kamala is a mutant or indeed an inhuman.

That said, Kamala is not the only canon mutant that has been introduced into the MCU.

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Canon Mutants Introduced in the MCU So Far

Ms. Marvel paved the way for more mutants to join the party. This led to She-Hulk: Attorney At Law giving a brief preview of some mutants that have also come into the picture.

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Although these mutants in the Green Goliath attorney’s series were but mere background characters, they’re still worth mentioning since the MCU is pretty hung up on trying to use the Multiverse in every way.

The mutants in She-Hulk were named El Aguila (Joseph Castillo-Midyett) and Man-Bull (Nathan Hurd) who nonchalantly brushed off the fact that they’re mutants by simply saying ‘It’s a long story.’

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver and Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch were both rumored to be mutants, however, they are not. They were simply transformed with the powers they got from working under HYDRA.

Another instance of a mutant in the MCU happens to be Namor, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s main villain of the story.

Namor’s historical background as a mutant is closely tied to the Avengers and X-Men, which would definitely come in handy for Marvel to expand on in the future.

The most recent MCU mutant we had a brief interaction with was Professor Charles Xavier when he got his cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Doctor Strange and America Chavez were trying to defeat the Scarlet Witch.

Deadpool 3 is most likely the next best thing we’ve got in getting more mutants to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seeing as Deadpool and Wolverine will be joining the group.

At least, once Marvel does get their project to come to fruition soon enough.

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