Directors Joe and Anthony Russo would’ve chosen to snap all the X-Men in Avengers: Infinity War, except for Wolverine. Starting in the MCU with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the duo went on to helm three of the biggest films in the franchise – Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. And now that they’re done with their stint with Marvel Studios, they’re looking back at their work and wondering what they would’ve done differently if they were dealt a different set of cards.
One of the most popular hypothetical scenarios that fans like to ponder is what if the mutants were part of the twin Avengers sequels. Being the primary creative force behind the films alongside writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the concept has been raised to the Russos on a few instances. This time, however, they went a bit into detail on how they would’ve handled the X-Men, particularly during Infinity War‘s dark ending.
Speaking with IGN‘s Up At Noon Show, Joe and Anthony laid out what would’ve happened to the mutant roster of Gambit, Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops and Rogue had they been in Infinity War. Apparently, all of them were going to get blipped out due to Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) deadly snap, except for the adamantium-clawed hero. Joe’s explanation behind this decision is fairly simple: “I’d love to see a fiercely motivated Wolverine going up against Thanos.”
Of course, now that fans know that the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool are eventually joining the MCU thanks to Disney’s historic acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, what if scenarios like this are prevalent now more than ever. Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige have yet to officially reveal their specific plans for their newest characters, despite hitting the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to lay out their Phase 4 slate. But perhaps they’re saving any announcement regarding these characters for next week’s D23 event.
It’s not difficult to see the appeal of seeing Wolverine going totally berserk against Thanos. But aside from the potentially epic fight scene between him and the Mad Titan, it would also be interesting to see him survive The Decimation and be forced to work with the rest of the remaining Avengers in Endgame. A big reason why the Time Heist was accomplished – despite Black Widow’s death – was because everyone was on the same page about wanting to bring back all those who were snuffed out of existence in Avengers: Infinity War. Most of the heroes had been working together for years at that point, so they had an established dynamic. Wolverine, on the other hand, can be very difficult to work with unless he’s with people he truly trusts. It’s curious to wonder how they would’ve gotten past that, assuming that the Russos’ what-if scenario panned out. In the meantime, fans can ponder on these ideas until there’s concrete updates regarding the mutants’ impending MCU arrival.
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