Now that the Fox/Disney merger is behind us (and Marvel has access to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four), the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is sure to expand ten-fold over the next few phases. While we bid farewell to Iron Man and Captain America in Avengers: Endgame, a handful of new characters are set to make their way to stage, and they will hopefully help fill the void Stark and Rogers have left behind.
With character introductions comes the possibility for new romances in the MCU. Based on recent insider reports, as well as narrative plausibilities given the information currently at our disposal, the three X-Men-Avenger romances below may be making their way to the silver screen.
1. Storm and Black Panther
Marvel and DC Insider Mikey Sutton revealed, a while back, that Marvel Studios is eyeing Janelle Monáe for Storm in Black Panther 2. In the comics, Ororo Munroe and T’Challa boast a whirlwind romance — starting with passion, transitioning into love, and ending with divorce.
While Monáe is only one of the several names on the studio’s list, rumor has it that she is towards the top of the totem pole. However, even if another actor portrays the character, it’s likely that Black Panther 2 would serve as the introduction to develop this romance, and start the X-Men journey from a different point in time — highlighting arcs separate and less well-known than the ones inherent to the Fox franchise.
2. Deadpool and Black Widow
We Got This Covered (WGTC) reported that Deadpool would appear in the post-credits scene of the upcoming Black Widow. While this may no longer be the case, one thing is certain: Kevin Feige and Co. do plan to intertwine Deadpool’s story with the Avengers; the approach merely remains unknown.
In the comics, Deadpool fawns over Yelena Belova — the version of Black Widow about to be introduced in the prequel. However, after some awkward encounters — with misinterpreted signals and a poorly-timed kiss — Deadpool discovers that Yelena is really Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson).
While the MCU could, theoretically, find a way to make this exact narrative work, the studio could also just allow a comedic romance between Yelena and Deadpool to bloom down the line. Such an approach would emulate the comics, but feature creative liberties with the source material (which is common in the MCU).
3. Juggernaut and She-Hulk
WGTC — relying on the same sources who knew Bil Murray would return to Ghostbusters 3 and that the Green Lantern was coming to HBO Max — reported that Marvel is looking to bring Juggernaut into its X-Men films. The source stated that Juggernaut’s story will retain more similarities to the comics; meaning, he will be Magneto’s brother.
Fans also already know that a She-Hulk show is coming to Disney+ and, with the cross-conversation between the small screen and the silver one bound to ensue following WandaVision, these two lovebirds may just find their way to each other sometime after Avengers: Endgame.
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