Avengers: Endgame co-writer Stephen McFeely has stated that House of M must be earned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fourth movie centering on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has not only been shattering box office records, but also put an end to the MCU as fans had come to know it. The film capped a saga that Marvel spent over a decade unfolding across twenty-two movies. Viewers know that Spider-Man: Far From Home will be the next installment to hit theaters, but what will follow has been quite mysterious. That said, it was recently confirmed that more will be revealed about Phase 4 this summer.
House of M is a 2005 Marvel event that was written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Oliver Coipel. The eight-issue limited series centers on Scarlet Witch, showcasing just how powerful Wanda Maximoff actually is when she suffers a mental breakdown and desperately tries to reshape reality as a result. Her attempt is successful and mutants become the dominant species on Earth. Major Marvel events have often limited fallout for the larger Marvel Universe, but the ramifications of House of M could be felt for years to come. Although Wanda’s new reality appeared to grant everyone their deepest wish, Marvel’s heroes struggled to return the world back to the way it was. The story ends with her altering the status quo once again with the now iconic line, “No more mutants.” With Marvel adapting major story arcs such as The Infinity Gauntlet and Civil War, fans have speculated that House of M could eventually get the big screen treatment as well. It has even been suggested that this story could help bring the X-Men into the MCU.
Stephen McFeely told THR that although he is done with Marvel for now, House of M could interest him in the future. He said, "I think House of M would be awesome. But you've got to earn it.” Prior to nailing down the details of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, a myriad of ideas were tossed around for the epic Avengers two-parter. One of the many thoughts about the MCU’s future was House of M, although ultimately, the story went in a very different direction.
Of course, an MCU version of that story would’ve been drastically different, considering the fact that Marvel still had no access to mutants at all. While it is true that all of the stories adapted thus far were only very loosely based on the source material, it’s still kind of difficult to imagine rendering a story in which mutants are so integral, without the rights to any of those characters. Aside from that, the Scarlet Witch of the MCU really hasn’t come into her own in the same way as her comic counterpart. Thanks to the Disney/Fox acquisition, though, both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four can eventually be integrated into the MCU.
It’s heartening to hear that McFeely feels that such a major story would need to be earned. It also falls in line with Marvel Studios’ entire business strategy up until this point. The company has rushed nothing. Instead, they slowly built to an epic conclusion that paid off all of the time and care that viewers have put into these iterations of the characters. Fans are eagerly awaiting the inclusion of the X-Men, but coming up with a good way to bring them into a universe already so well established is not an enviable task. Even if House of M could introduce mutants into the MCU, it’s good to know that Marvel is in no rush to do so.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019