Yesterday, Marvel Studio put on an impressive fan event to announce their plans for Phase Three and to show off new footage of the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While Marvel will release sequels to their very popular franchises, including Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers, they will also launch new ones with Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the Royal Family, The Inhumans. With Captain Marvel and The Inhumans coming in-between The Avengers: Infinity Wars - Part One and Part Two, it got me thinking about Marvel's cosmic plan for a new superhero team and how The Inhumans might plug a few holes in their roster, namely The X-Men and mutants.
As you know, Twentieth Century Fox own the film rights to the entire X-Men universe and the term "mutant" on the big screen. Fox is actually doing a good job with the X-Men with Apocalypse and Deadpool coming in 2016. However, the possibility for a larger crossover is virtually impossible with the X-Men playing in their own Fox-branded sandbox. So there's no Wolverine in The Avengers or Professor Xavier in the Marvel Illuminati, but there is some crossover with the characters Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch.
Technically, Quicksilver and his sister The Scarlet Witch ARE mutants, BUT they were introduced in the Marvel universe as members of The Avengers first, which is why the pair will appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. In fact, we already saw one iteration of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Evan Peters, who did a fine job as the lightning fast speedster. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the character in Age of Ultron, with Elizabeth Olsen as The Scarlet Witch (I know, the pair played husband and wife in Godzilla and now they'll play brother and sister in the Marvel movie. It's weird). I can see Marvel getting around the lack of mutants in their cinematic universe with The Inhumans as a mutant surrogate.
The Inhumans are an alien race of genetically engineered primitive humans with superpowers, which were developed with the Kree and the Skrulls with manipulated DNA via a mutagenic Terrigen Mist. So the Inhumans are more or less born with this special signature, which makes them part of this super team. Now we all know that Marvel strategically introduces new elements to their cinematic universe throughout all of their movies. Could Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch be members of The Inhumans, rather than mutants. Furthermore, Quicksilver married an Inhuman in the comic books, so there's a good chance Marvel could tweak the character in the movies. After all, Marvel is using the word "miracle" in place for "mutant" and couldn't The Inhumans explain this phenomenon in the MCU?
Let's take a closer look. I think Marvel teased the Inhumans in The Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer. Since humans become Inhuman via a mutagenic Terrigen Mist, we see in the opening moments of the trailer, Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch at a protest, as we see some mysterious mist (maybe smoke) cover the characters. They look decidedly normal at this point and afterwards they appear to have superpowers. Are they being turned into Inhumans right before our eyes?
Now Marvel couldn't get other mutants or members of the X-Men - such as Storm, Wolverine, or Cyclops - in their cinematic universe, but it would be a good way to explain the Age of Miracles and introduce The Inhumans to general audiences. There's also some speculation that Skye from Agents of SHIELD could also be an Inhuman, which would also be a good way to incorporate the TV shows with the Marvel movies. It seems to reason that The Avengers: Infinity War - Part Two in May 2019 might include ALL of the Marvel characters we've seen on the big screen.
What do you think? Are Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch members of The Inhumans?