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X-Men Could Join the MCU as 'Nephilites,' Not Mutants

MCU fans desperately want Marvel to make plans for the X-Men’s movie debut, but a potential link to the Eternals could mean that’s already underway.

Warning: contains spoilers for Eternals: Thanos Rises #1!

Ever since Disney’s acquisition of the movie rights to the X-Men, fans have debated how mutants can enter the MCU. The X-Men comics are a huge franchise, boasting many characters who are already more famous and beloved than Iron Man was prior to his MCU debut. Marvel has been understandably reticent to simply drop mutants into existing continuity, but a recent comic raises the possibility that the MCU’s Phase Four could lay the groundwork to introduce the X-Men by connecting them to the Eternals.

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 is a special one-shot from Kieron Gillen and Dustin Weaver depicting the Eternals’ ideological struggle over whether they should be allowed to interbreed. The Eternals are superhuman beings created by the Celestials to safeguard Earth and manage their other artificial race, the Deviants. Though they often look and behave like superheroes, they’re actually a complex biological machine, and no Eternal is surplus to requirements. They’re all immortal – reborn on death – and their family structures (and even personalities) are designed to drive them to fulfill their design. Because of this, Eternals don’t breed like other species… or at least they’re not supposed to.

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