Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Marvels. Marvel loves introducing new characters in its post-credit scenes, and that’s exactly what happened in the conclusion of The Marvels. An X-Men fan favorite made their MCU debut in the superhero film featuring girl-boss trio Captain Marvel, Captain Monica Rambeau and Ms. Marvel. Who plays Beast in The Marvels? We have the answer below.
In The Marvels, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel regains her identity from the tyrannical Kree and seeks vengeance against the Supreme Intelligence. However, unforeseen consequences force Carol to bear the weight of a universe in turmoil. She’s sent to an anomalous wormhole linked to a Kree revolutionary, and her powers become entangled with Jersey City super-fan Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel) and Carol’s estranged niece, S.A.B.E.R. astronaut Captain Monica Rambeau.
In the film’s finale, Monica Rambeau gets separated from Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel through a wormhole into another universe. This leads to the first and only post-credit scene in The Marvels. Rambeau wakes up in what seems to be a hospital. Upon glancing around, she spots an individual who bears a striking resemblance to Maria Rambeau, her deceased mother from another universe, but Monica fails to recognize her.
She hears the voice of a man and looks up to discover that she is under the watchful observation of Dr. Hank McCoy’s Beast from the X-Men. After Monica comes across Beast, she realizes she’s trapped in a parallel timeline and has to figure out a way to get home. The theme music from X2 (2003) plays in the background as the scene ends. Dun dun dun.
Who plays Beast in The Marvels?
Who plays Beast in The Marvels? Kelsey Grammer plays X-Men’s Dr. Hank McCoy (aka Beast) in The Marvels. Grammer also portrayed the original Beast in Fox’s X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 and made a brief cameo in 2014’s Days of Future Past.
Beast’s appearance is one of a few nods to the popular Fox trilogy in recent years. In Disney+’s Ms. Marvel series, when Kamala’s friend Bruno discovers she has a mutation in her DNA, the instantly recognizable riff to the 90s X-Men: The Animated Series played. The same riff was heard when Patrick Stewart’s Prof. Charles Xavier appeared in last year’s film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Grammer previously said that he wanted to play iconic X-Men character again in the future. In 2022, the 68-year-old actor joked with MovieWeb that he’d boycott Disneyland if they didn’t allow him to reprise his role. “If they don’t ask me to return to the role of Beast, I’ll never go to Disneyland again. I’d love for them to do that. I want to do that,” he said.
The surprise cameo comes as fans have been pushing for X-Men to officially join the MCU following the Disney-Fox acquisition in 2019. Ahead of The Marvels premiere, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that the mutants might be on their way “soon.”
“The X-Men are as solid and as rich and as a great a concept in characters as exist,” Feige said in a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight. “There’s the return of the animated series next year, which we’re very excited about. I saw some new final episodes today, which really bring you back to that core of who the X-Men are and that soap opera that those characters represent.” He continued: “And then in live-action, people will see… perhaps soon.”
In the meantime, Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine alongside Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3. There’s also good chance we’ll see Beast again in Deadpool 3 or Avengers: Secret Wars, so there’s a lot to look forward to.
The Marvels is now playing in theaters.