A leaked image from the set of a new Marvel project might have just revealed the X-Men’s arrival in the MCU.
In July 2019, studio president Kevin Feige announced the mutants would become a part of the franchise, but did not go into more detail at the time.
It was later reported that their induction could clash with the return of the Avengers in a film that would not be released until Phase Six, which is expected to begin in the mid-2020s. Other reports predicted Wolverine will appear as early as Phase 5.
It’s looking like bosses are officially executing plans to bring them into the fold – following theories that their appearance could be teased in The Eternals, starring Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie, and new TV show WandaVision, it’s been all but confirmed that Wolverine and company will play a part in The Falcon and the Winter Solider.
How do we know this? Because a leaked image from the set shows an emblem of a location integral to the X-Men comic books: the flag of Madripoor.
In the comic book series, Madripoor is a fictional island based near Singapore. Its introduction dates back to 1983, but the island has remained an important Marvel location ever since – especially in comics focused on Wolverine.
Most notably, though, the island was once home to Charles Xavier’s mansion that housed the mutants.
Like Wakanda in Black Panther, Madripoor has “always remained independent” – it’s described as a “fiercely defended haven”.
This is far from confirmation that the X-Men will show up in The Falcon and the Winter Solider, but it does indicate that Feige is laying the groundwork for their arrival.
The Falcon and the Winter Solider will begin on Disney+ later this year.