March 13, 2014 11:33am PT by Graeme McMillan
Feige: Marvel Studios Won't Swap 'Mutant' for 'Inhuman'
With the movie rights to X-Men and all related concepts residing with Fox, that leaves a noticeable void in the mythology of Marvel Studios’ universe when it comes to particular characters. Namely, what are Marvel’s non-X-Men mutants when they can’t be mutants anymore?
The increased profile of the “Inhuman” concept in Marvel Entertainment’s publishing line — essentially, that regular humans one day wake up with powers and abilities due to genetic heritage they weren’t even aware of — has led some to believe that Marvel’s movies will simply rename “mutants” as “inhumans.” According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, however, that’s not the case.
“Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there’s great potential there for a great movie,” he told the Huffington Post. “But, no, no — we have not linked those two [concepts].” When asked directly whether “inhuman” could become the new “mutant” for the Marvel movies, he replied, “As it relates to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? No. No, no, no.”
Whether or not this means that the origins of the two new Avengers will be left undiscussed in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (both are mutants, and indeed, first appeared in X-Men, in their comic book incarnations), or whether they’ll simply be registered gifted, remains to be seen.