Darwin’s Unfortunate Departure from Fox’s X-Men
Fox’s X-Men franchise, while iconic, had its share of hiccups. After certain titles like “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” didn’t quite resonate with audiences, Fox embarked on a new journey, introducing a fresh timeline with “X-Men: First Class.” This film delved deep into the histories of Magneto and Professor X, setting the stage for Fox’s X-Men future. Now, with the much-anticipated “Deadpool 3” on the horizon, the MCU is set to provide a fitting end to the Fox era while introducing several cherished characters to its multiverse.
Wade Wilson, the unapologetically quirky anti-hero, made his mark in 2016 with “Deadpool,” a Fox’s X-Men saga. Now, joining him in the MCU for “Deadpool 3” will be heavy-hitters like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, along with other pivotal characters like Morena Baccarin, Stefan Kapičić, Brianna Hildebrand, and Karan Soni. And among all the significant cameos, one character might finally get the justice they deserve: Darwin from “X-Men: First Class.”
Setting Right the Darwin Debacle
Edi Gathegi’s portrayal of Armando Muñoz, better known as Darwin, was one of the highlights of “X-Men: First Class.” His mutant ability, the power of reactive evolution, is as exciting as it sounds – adaptability in any situation to ensure survival. However, fans were left dumbfounded when Sebastian Shaw dispatched him soon after his introduction, undermining the very essence of his powers.
But “Deadpool 3” is poised to rectify this. With recent set photos teasing Deadpool and Wolverine wandering the Fox Marvel universe wilderness, the opportunity is ripe to bring Darwin back. Drawing inspiration from Marvel Comics’ “World War Hulk,” where Darwin tries to siphon gamma radiation from Hulk but ends up teleporting miles away due to his powers, there’s a theory in the wind. What if Darwin’s demise in “First Class” was just him teleporting away from the threat, leaving a perfect chance for him to reappear?
The New and Improved Darwin for the MCU
There’s no doubt that “Deadpool 3” can provide a resurgence for Darwin, not just bringing him back but also enhancing his powers. Imagine a scenario where the entire Fox Marvel universe faces a cataclysmic end, and Darwin, due to his incredible survival ability, hops from his universe into the MCU, ensuring his continued existence.
“X-Men: First Class” might have undermined Darwin’s potential, but “Deadpool 3” offers a golden opportunity. A chance to spotlight him, not just as a mere survivor but as a pivotal character, solidifying his place in the MCU as one of the first mutants post-“Deadpool 3.” If executed well, this could be a perfect tribute to a character who truly embodies resilience and adaptability.