10 things Marvel needs to do to save the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is at a crossroads, but it isn't beyond saving. Here is how Marvel Studios can turn things around.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL. / o
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1. Bring in the X-Men

You knew this one was coming, right? You had to.

Ever since Disney acquired Fox - heck, even before that - fans have been wondering when the X-Men are coming to the MCU. The iconic line-up of Marvel heroes are definitely the most famous Marvel characters not yet adapted in the shared universe and fans are more than ready to see it happen.

We know it's going to happen; we mentioned earlier that Marvel Studios has been teasing this since the beginning of Phase Four now, and it's true. From Evan Peters' fakeout return as his version of Quicksilver from the Fox X-Men movies and the return of Patrick Stewart's Professor X to the first utterance of the word mutants in the MCU, they are coming to screens. It's just a matter of when.

Now that the MCU has reached a bit of a lull, with the lukewarm response to some titles, the lack of direction undermining even the great titles, and the underperformance of others, it needs something to reinvigorate interest. Some feel that the Avengers' victory over Thanos should have ended their story, but Marvel Studios are committed to bringing a new version of the heroes back to the big screen in two more Avengers movies in 2025 and 2026. While that's great and exciting, bringing in the X-Men is the way to up the ante more than ever.

Not only are the X-Men an incredibly popular group of Marvel heroes, they have an established fanbase. While fans of the Fox franchise will no doubt tune in to see how the MCU's reboot matches up to, others will come along to see what will likely be a more comic-accurate adaptation of their favorite characters finally come to life.

While we're always open to more Avengers movies, the X-Men should be the main event going forward. Not only does that justify the decision to carry on the MCU's story after Avengers: Endgame, it starts a whole new one that can build up to the legendary heroes becoming the new face of Marvel Studios. It's time for the mutants to arrive.

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