Believe it or not, some of the characters we’ve been watching in the ‘Avengers’ movies actually didn’t originate that way. A couple of notable heroes actually started out as X-Men, instead, making them part of both universes. However, the two have never been able to converge on the big screen as a result of licensing issues between Disney and 21st Century Fox. However, since Disney now owns them, there could be future plans of the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe at long last. Here’s a brief history of X-Men joining the Avengers.
Okay, so calling Scarlet Witch and X-Man may be considered a stretch as far as some hardcore fans are concerned. That’s because, while she never formally made it to the school, she was well embroiled within the universe, as she was apart of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. However, she became absolutely dedicated to the Avengers team. However, she eventually became a source of destruction, destroying most of the mutant population and causing the Avengers and the X-Men to fight over what they plan to do with Wanda. Her brother, Quicksilver, also shared her beginning.
In 2005 writers decided to bring Wolverine into the fold and have him work alongside the Avengers. However, this was not a very popular decision and actually led to a whole load of upset fans. However, despite the fans pushing back against the idea, they still continued with the issues. During some of the major stories with the Avengers, Wolverine found himself being considered the central Avenger. Wolverine was basically paid a load of money by Tony Stark to join, so we’re guessing that it was a win-win. It’s a little tough imagining Wolverine working alongside the goody-two-shoes Captain America.
Havok was also one of the X-Men handpicked to join the Avengers. In fact, he was chosen by Captain America himself, which is quite the compliment. Havok actually did really well as far as working with the Avengers was concerned, and became considered a great leader among them. The crossover seemed to work for this one, even if fans became somewhat confused with his timeline.
Another beloved ‘X-Men’ character was also asked to join the Avengers. It almost seems unbelievable given how used we all are seeing the two franchises so far apart. However, even Storm had a go at fighting alongside the Avengers. She was linked to them via Black Panther, who was her husband at the time and was the person to recommend the link to her. However, when the time came, and she had to choose sides, she went faithfully back to the ranks of the X-Men.
One of the most famous X-Men, thanks to the original movie franchise. However, Rogue actually became a core Avenger even after she started out as a powerful adversary. So powerful, she drained Captain Marvel – known in the comics as Ms. Marvel – of all her powers. It’s strange knowing that’s how she was introduced to the world, and yet she became an integral character a part of both the X-Men and the Avengers.
There was actually a whole host of X-Men characters who ended up joining the ranks of the Avengers. More names also include Beast, who found her was more accepted within the ranks of the Avengers, than the X-Men. An aqua hero called Namor joined, who is considered a mutant as a result of his ankle wings. Firestar, Cannonball, Sunspot, Sunfire, X-23, Sabretooth, Cable, Dazzler and, of course, ‘Deadpool.’