This entry is a bit of a divergence from my usual posts, but I figure that I might as well chime in on the apparent impending Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox and what that might mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
In particular, this entry is my personal idea as to how to integrate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will make the transition seamless.
With the prospect of Disney buying 21st Century Fox becoming a possibility, and the inclusion of the Fantastic Four and X-Men, as well as ancillary characters associated with those teams, more than likely coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be interesting if Marvel Studios held off on introducing the X-Men until the tail end of Phase 4, and make the Fantastic Four the driving force behind Phase 4 of the MCU. The X-Men should figure prominently in Phase 5 of the MCU.
And ever since 2013, I have had an idea as to how to include them.
So here goes….
Professor Charles Xavier was the Program Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Paranormal Superhuman Intelligence (PSI) Division between 1991 to 2000. He was the first S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to figure out that Hydra had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, being distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. having anyone not loyal to Hydra, he initiated a systematic mind wipe of all S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra personnel on a global level, and erases the existence of PSI Division from memory, including all computer mainframes and backup storage units. He then re-allocates all PSI Division training grounds, equipment, and resources, and this material is used to form the foundation of the Xavier Institute.
Knowing that Hydra runs the world from behind the scenes, Xavier creates the Underground Network as his counterintelligence unit to counter Hydra, Leviathan, and Advanced Ideas Mechanics.
And he initiates the Xavier Protocols that gives birth to the X-Men initiative.
And my choice to play Professor X is Colm Feore, the actor who played Lord Marshal from THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.
The inspiration for this idea came from STRANGE TALES #141 (“OPERATION: BRAIN BLAST”) (February 1966).
Soon after reading this issue, I began to think that maybe Tony Stark wasn’t the only secret backer of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Perhaps Charles Xavier had a hand in the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well.
Furthermore, it’s possible that Xavier was the founder and first Program Director of the original ESP (PSI) Division before the Program Director that Nick Fury encountered, named Niles Nordstrom, in this issue, and the following issue #142.
Perhaps Mentallo wasn’t the only mutant telepath employed by S.H.I.E.L.D.
Perhaps Mentallo was recruited by Xavier himself before Xavier disappeared from S.H.I.E.L.D. records until the debut of the X-Men in UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (September 1963).
This is all speculation on my part.
I could be mistaken.
Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be that big of a retcon if Professor X helped in the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. back in the early days.
Morever, he might have distanced himself once he was alerted to the truth behind its formation.
The same truth revealed to my proposed incarnation of the character.