Prodigy’s connections to the Young Avengers and X-Men alike could make him a key mutant to introduce into upcoming MCU storylines.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe inevitably approaches mutants and the assorted characters within their orbit, more and more ways to tie them into the already established universe present themselves. Characters like Namor and Sabra being confirmed as mutants is one way to do it, forcing established MCU heroes to contend with mutants who already live in the universe.
But given the importance that Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the MCU have placed on the Young Avengers, one of their major mutant allies could be a perfect stepping stone towards a more X-Men heavy future. Here’s how Prodigy of the New Mutants became a member of the Young Avengers, and why he’d be a perfect way to introduce their MCU counterparts to more X-Men characters.
How Prodigy Became An Ally of Both the Young Avengers and X-Men
Introduced in New Mutants #4 (by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Keron Grant, Rob Stull, rich Perotta, Avalon Studios, and Randy Gentile), David Alleyne quickly became one of the more prominent members of his generation of mutants. Codenamed Prodigy, David quickly established himself as a leader. His mutant power was psychomimetic in nature, giving him the ability to duplicate others’ skills and knowledge. Prodigy was able to copy the intellect of genius’ like Beast or duplicate the skills accrued by Wolverine over decades of combat experience. While Prodigy lost his powers during Scarlet Witch’s rampage following Avengers Disassembled, the Stepford Cuckoos were able to unlock all of this knowledge regardless, giving Prodigy a variety of skills.
This has only been expanded in the Krakoa Era, where Prodigy was eventually resurrected by the Five and given his mutant abilities back — allowing him to become an important member of X-Factor. But while he’s reaffirmed his bonds with the X-Men in recent years, Prodigy has also made close bonds with another group of Marvel heroes. After leaving the Xavier Institute following the events of Schism, Prodigy found himself befriending Speed, one of the lost sons of Scarlet Witch and Vision. When Speed was kidnapped in Young Avengers #6 (by Kieron Gillen, Kate Brown, and Clayton Cowles), Prodigy found the Young Avengers and joined their ranks. Together, the group worked together to save Speed and were able to defeat the reality-bending Mother. While on the team, Prodigy became friends with America Chavez and — after having admitted his bisexuality to his teammates on a mission — eventually forged a romance with Speed.
What Prodigy Could Bring To The MCU
While the next generation of Marvel heroes hasn’t yet formally assembled as a team in the MCU, many major members of the Young Avengers have been in the spotlight during Phase 4 and Phase 5. Younger incarnations of Billy and Tommy appeared in WandaVision, while Kate Bishop was a central figure in Hawkeye. America Chavez made her way into the MCU in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, while Eli Bradly — aka Patriot — made a civilian appearance in Falcon & The Winter Soldier. Cassie Lang is set to play a major role in Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania, all quietly setting the stage for an MCU incarnation of the Young Avengers.
Introducing an MCU version of Prodigy could help flesh out the Young Avengers roster, giving Speed a love interest and increasing the LGBTQ+ representation in the superhero universe. But his abilities and connections to other notable mutants could easily make him a useful character to delve into the X-Men. As a mutant and a Young Avenger, Prodigy could help introduce the next wave of MCU heroes to a different branch of heroes and villains. Prodigy could be the key character to introduce a host of new young heroes and villains to the Marvel Universe — either as a former student of the X-Men or potentially as one of their new students going forward. Prodigy coming to the MCU could help bridge the gap between the current MCU and a more mutant-centric future.