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Marvel Studios is hinting at X-Men's Days of Future Past storylines for the MCU (and you might've missed it)

Re-watch the ending to the Marvels and prepare for what's next.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Now that a week and some change has passed since the release of Marvel Studios' The Marvels, we can now talk more freely about the spoilerly things that happene in the film - such as the surprise appearance of Beast (as reprised by Kelsey Grammer) in the end credits.

We have a story about that moment, but there's one thing everyone is missing.

That isn't the Beast you remember from the X-Men movies as played by Grammer or Nicholas Hoult - that's a Beast variant.

No, we're not saying Grammer's cameo is a variant to some mythical Hank McCoy in the 'sacred timelne' of the MCU. That's Beast from the X-Men movie continuity's Days of Future Past.

How can we tell? Listen to the music that plays in that scene, and then read the credits again. That's not the classic X-Men theme song - that's the 'Day of Future Past' theme from 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Think about why this choice was made. It's too random to be a mistake - could Marvel be setting up Monica Rambeau being in an alt-X-Men universe, setting up the idea of multiple timelines from the Fox era's X-Men universe to come to play?

What's better than one X-Men universe in the MCU? Several. Remember what Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige said recently in the Marvel timelines book, "But, as we move forward and dive deeper into the Multiverse Saga, you never know when timelines may just crash or converge (hint, hint/spoiler alert)."

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Chris Arrant: Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)
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