Ms. Marvel fans were treated to a powerful finale that could fundamentally change the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the season draws to a close, Kamala Khan’s (Iman Vellani) closest friend Bruno (Matt Lintz) reveals that our heroine appears to have a genetic mutation. As the teen reveals how Khan’s DNA differs from her family’s, the theme from The X-Men: The Animated Series, credited as “X-Men ’97” in the credits, builds in the background. How’s that for a needle drop?
Obviously the fans had a lot to say. Twitter user @FandomCrunch posted a clip of the musical effort with the caption “X-MEN 97 THEMA PLAYING IM LITERALLY ALL THE EMOTIONS NOW”. friendly fan @ellaaconn had a similarly excited attitude, writing, “ABSOLUTELY CRAZY WHATTTT?? hearing even a little bit of the 97 X-MEN song made me scream!! kamala is a mutant!!” Noting that Marvel superfan Vellani even revealed in a statement to Marvel.com that after reading the script for the episode, “I emailed Kevin Feige in all caps. I thought are you really doing this? Are you sure ? I’m so honored!”
While some users like @thedon2402, has expressed his confusion about exactly what it all means, it’s worth noting that we recently had another X-Men moment in the MCU. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Patrick Stewart reprized his role as Professor X as an Illuminati member on Earth-838, and the same theme used to introduce Khan’s mutation played out when Stewart came into the picture in the follow-up film . While that’s not confirmation of anything, it does suggest that the MCU has the X-Men on its brains at this point.