Strip Talk #27: My predictions for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Endgame is out of the­aters. Mar­vel actors have gone on to new projects and “the snap­pen­ing” is now but a dis­tant mem­ory. There’s no more antic­i­pa­tion of the next dread­ful thing from Thanos and whether our favorite super­heroes are com­ing back to life. Now that the hub­bub has died down, let’s take a real­is­tic look at the future of the Mar­vel Cin­e­matic Universe.

We know that cer­tain prop­er­ties have been given solid release dates or at least have been announced. Var­i­ous TV shows — Wan­daVi­sion and Fal­con and the Win­ter Sol­dier — have been announced as in devel­op­ment and com­ing to Dis­ney+. Sev­eral movies includ­ing the highly antic­i­pated Black Pan­ther sequel and the Black Widow stand­alone film have been detailed with release dates as part of the upcom­ing phases. But, while we know pro­jected dates, we don’t know much about the char­ac­ters com­ing and the new vil­lains. This is where the spec­u­la­tion begins.

My takes on the new phases, you ask?

1. I know who the Eter­nals are. They are the next big ensem­ble group com­ing up. My biggest worry is that no one will get them, and they will be com­pared to the pre­vi­ous Avengers even though they aren’t Avengers at all;

2. There will be a new set of Avengers. You saw this con­cept when Civil War hit with the train­ing of new mem­bers such as Fal­con and Scar­let Witch. Though Endgame went with Fal­con as the new Cap­tain Amer­ica — bypass­ing the Win­ter Soldier’s time with the shield — Bucky will get his chance to wield the vibra­nium. Also, Cap­tain Mar­vel will join and there will be another Iron Man or Iron Per­son, if they’re fol­low­ing the comics;

3. Steve Rogers will find a way to come back. Given that the char­ac­ter has been killed at least once in the comics and returned — after con­sid­er­able back­lash — there must be some form of Steve Rogers some­how. I give it a few years before they throw a boat­load of cash at fan favorite Chris Evans to come back and reprise our favorite souped-up star-spangled patriot.

4. Black Pan­ther 2 will make just as much money as the first movie, if not more. As a black comic book fan, I know I con­tributed about $200 of its ini­tial run. I went to see it no less than five times and bought it on DVD. I don’t do that with most movies. Black Pan­ther is the excep­tion to that rule. I intend to con­tribute fur­ther to one of the best super­hero ori­gin sto­ries I have ever seen. Buy black y’all;

5. The next big vil­lain of the MCU will be Galac­tus. He is the only other over­ar­ch­ing vil­lain that I can think of that would threaten the Mar­vel uni­verse on the cos­mic scale. This, of course, would mean Sil­ver Surfer would have to be intro­duced as well as the Fan­tas­tic Four. Given that the Fan­tas­tic Four’s reboot didn’t do so hot recently, it’s a long­shot for them. But they’re needed to pull off Sil­ver Surfer, kind of;

6. The X-Men will get pulled back to promi­nence. Now that Dis­ney owns 20th Cen­tury Fox, guess who can come back to the Mar­vel uni­verse and be done cor­rectly? Our favorite mutants will enjoy the ben­e­fits of tight writ­ing and smart cast­ing. There will be abun­dant Patrick Stew­art and Ian McK­ellen to go around and ori­gin sto­ries will be won­der­ful and plen­ti­ful, filled with accu­racy and cor­rect mutant pow­ers; and,

7. With the X-Men does come a pow­er­ful vil­lain­ous duo, who have been fea­tured in some of the ver­sus games: Apoc­a­lypse and Onslaught. These two are pow­er­ful enough on a cos­mic scale (beyond an Omega-level mutant) to wreak appro­pri­ate havoc and cause mass wide­spread destruc­tion, much like Thanos did. It remains to be seen who will emerge from that core, but if the X-Men come so does Mag­neto, who you need to cre­ate Onslaught. Both char­ac­ters are a men­ace, not just to the X-Men but to all the Mar­vel universe.

So, with my pre­dic­tions cast, I’m watch­ing any Mar­vel cast­ing news to see if any of these come true imme­di­ately. For the long-term, we’ll just have to see how this goes and if Mar­vel fol­lows the same pat­tern that it did with intro­duc­ing Thanos in the first ensem­ble movie and then using sub­se­quent char­ac­ter sequels to build up to his main plan.
If you can’t tell eas­ily, I’m excited as a true believer.

Lyn­d­sey Hicks is editor-in-chief of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. She can be reached by email at lyn­d­seyh [at] gaminginsurrection.com

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