One of the eternal uncertainties among fans of Stan Lee's work is whether, now that Disney has acquired the rights from Fox and Marvel, it is possible to unite the X-Men and the Avengers – something that, for many years, was nothing more than a utopian fantasy and virtually impossible to imagine.

After the release of Endgame, one of the highest-grossing films in history and the closing of an important chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even more doubts remained as to how the billion-dollar production companies would manage to continue the legacy of the original Avengers – who, by the way, set the bar very high.

It was very clear that it was not going to be easy to tell new stories of the world's most iconic superhero group without the intelligence of Iron Man, the spirit of Black Widow or the leadership of Captain America.

Ok, but where do the X-Men come here?

At this point, fans began to speculate that it was the perfect time to combine the two worlds and let the X-Men be the big new surprise for Marvel's next chapter. Somewhere along the line, many of us believed (myself included) that Dr. Strange would be the only way this could happen.

But this has gone from an impossible image to a potential reality thanks to the premiere of the recent Marvel series, which in a bold move for a new format, has launched its next era from the Disney+ platform.

Now, by handing the mic to Wanda Maximoff, Bucky Barnes, the Falcon and Loki, the supporting characters and longtime sidekicks of the original Avengers are stepping into the spotlight for the first time – and not only that, but they're the key to transforming this franchise as we know it.

WandaVision was the first of these three series to see the light of day, and also, the first to suggest that the dream of uniting the Avengers and mutants could become a reality. With the addition of Evan Peters' Quicksilver (yes, the one from the X-Men) instead of that played in this dimension by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, it is almost shocking to see the message that the creators wanted to send to the fans: yes, this is finally happening. However, how it could be carried out was still not well clarified.

Luckily to the Marvel conspiracy theorists, Loki finally opened the door to a myriad of possibilities that, once and for all, could mean the X-Men's welcome to the MCU.

Loki Laufeyson the God of Mischief, as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

How Loki provides the entry pass for the X-Men

First of all, if you haven't seen the TV series Loki, I highly recommend you do so before reading on. Spoilers ahead, at your own risk.

If we thought that WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had set the stage for the future of the MCU, Loki actually said: hold my Tesseract Stone. It's a show where so much happens that it takes some time to process all the changes that are coming due to this character’s and his variants' decisions over the course of the show's 6 episodes.

Starting with the introduction of the Sacred Timeline, which by nature suggests that the universe of Wolverine, Deadpool and Charles Xavier can coexist with that of Loki, Thor and Hulk, but in different realities. It should be noted that such Timeline had already been mentioned in the X-Men comics by their descendants of the Askani Clan, which was taken by the most avid fans as the first easter egg related to this topic within the series of the God of Deception.

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In addition, the existence of the TVA and the meticulous control they keep over each irruption to the Timeline also implies that this order can be altered, the Sacred Timeline can be broken, and the different realities could interact with each other.

To cause such chaos – or the so-called "Nexus events" – is Sylvie's mission, the female variant of Loki whose sole purpose in life is to destroy the Time-Keepers and the TVA, who took away everything from her when she was just a child. As such Nexus events occurred, Sylvie may have caused humanity's X-gene to undergo a transformation, giving life to generations of mutants who are now part of a modified reality or realities.

This is, at least, one of the theories that have gained the most traction among MCU fans.

The introduction of the X-Men to the Original Timeline may not happen that way, but regardless, the dream of getting both groups of heroes, anti-heroes and mutants together is coming ever closer to becoming a fact.

All in all, I have only one thing left to say: thank you, Sylvie, for ruining everything and setting Marvel on a new, exciting course!

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