The X-Men officially joining the MCU is a foregone conclusion at this point. Ever since Disney bought Fox for $71.3 billion, fans have been eager to see Marvel’s wonderful mutants appear alongside Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Anthony Mackie’s Captain America. And while the studio has hinted at the X-Men and Charles Xavier with cameos here and there, it’s only Ms. Marvel‘s final that the word “mutation” was finally pronounced in the super-powered franchise.
In the final moments of the Iman Villani-directed series, it was revealed that Kamala Kahn is actually a mutant, with some hints from the X-Men ’97 musical theme playing in the background. This marked the first X-Men reference in the main MCU universe and a departure from Kamala’s comic book origins.
But what was it like to finally get permission from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to use this mutant twist onscreen? Well, the creativity behind Ms. Marvel answered exactly this question.
Feige plays the mutant card
In a series of interviews, Ms. Marvel Showrunners Adil El Arbi, Bisha K. Ali, and Bilall Fallah touched on the mutant Easter egg at the end of the show and what it was like to work with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on a si big MCU moment.
Talk with The envelopeEl Arbi said that moment was “the last thing [they] Lily” So that was it “a best kept secret.” Entering the moment, the director revealed that Kevin Feige had a request, telling him to “just shoot [the scene]put on the little music, and that’s it:”
“Well, for starters, that was the last thing we read. So it was a best-kept secret. Nobody knew until we read the latest version of the script and all of a sudden , it was like, fuck. And then we’d ask the producers about it and we’d get no response. Then Kevin Feige said, “Just shoot this, put the little music on, and that’s it.” is all. We can only hope that we’ll be part of the future of ‘Ms. Marvel’ because it would be so cool to have an ‘X-Men’ flavor in there.”
In the same interview, El Arbi stressed the importance that x-men theme has for him and the Ms. Marvel team, saying X-Men: The Animated Series was their “introduction [to] Wonder” as children:
“That’s how we introduced Marvel, when we were kids. It’s the ‘X-Men’ animated series, and also the ‘Spider-Man’ series. But yeah, it was cool.”
Talk with TVLineEl Arbi and Fallah developed this point by adding that they “I didn’t even know [the Mutant inclusion] until [they] suddenly had a script.” The pair hope they can help create the next stage of Kamala’s story, but know that ultimately “Kevin Feige has the master plan.”
In a conversation with Reversethe show’s chief writer Bisha K. Ali acknowledged the importance of x-men theme of the series, noting the “emotional, visceral impact” it had on her “as a nerd of this generation:”
“As a nerd of this generation, where this soundtrack has such an emotional and visceral impact, I’m thrilled. I don’t know what this means beyond our show. All I know is our little show. I’m thrilled to find as much as the fans.”
From Ms. Marvel to Mutant
While the Ms. Marvel the inclusion of mutants has some fans a little miffed that Marvel Studios changed the character’s backstory, it’s hard not to get excited hearing those familiar hints from X-Men: The Animated Series in the MCU. You can feel that they think Kamala is a mutant, but this brought back theme is something special. And it seems Kevin Feige knows exactly that.
Feige has proven time and time again that he is the ultimate comic book fan. Whether it’s the meticulous planning it took to get to Avengers: Endgame or see Tony Stark when he watched Robert Downey Jr. in the early 2000s, this man has a knack for this kind of work.
And he knows how much that x-men theme means to so many people. So much so that it helped greenlight a whole slew of sequels to the iconic Saturday morning cartoon.
Surely, Ms. Marvel won’t be the last time fans hear this nostalgic tune. Kevin Feige will apparently handle it himself.
Ms. Marvel is available to stream in its entirety on Disney+ now.