Volume Eight, Issue Eighteen
“Where Does The MCU Go From Here?”
We live in a post-Endgame world. After the events of the much-hyped about film, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in an interesting spot. Many of our beloved heroes are forever changed from the events of the film, with some not returning, and others carrying on in ways that would surprise even the most jaded movie fans. It should without saying that this article is gonna delve into some pretty major SPOILERS from the movie, so if you still haven’t seen it, turn back now!
Obviously the biggest event going forward for the MCU is the departure of the guy who started it all, Iron Man. Tony Stark’s sacrifice resulted in the end of Thanos, but it also leaves a major character gone from the MCU, one who was arguably their biggest box office draw. In a world without Tony Stark, who could possibly take up the role of being their next big character to lead the charge? With the MCU five years into the future, it’s certainly possible that we could see Tony Stark still around as an advanced AI tech, popping in every now and then to give advice (or trade witty banter) with the MCU members that exist currently, or he could be the new JARVIS/Friday tech for either Pepper Potts or even his daughter in a future film, but we’ll probably have to wait and see how any post-Endgame films perform at the box office to see if these plans come to fruition or not.
Following Tony, Endgame finds Steve Rogers finally getting a happy ending, but it’s also the most confusing element of the film. We know Cap goes back in time with the infinity stones to set them back in their rightful spots, thereby preventing any branched timelines. BUUUT we know that we see Steve back with Peggy to end the movie, so did he create a new timeline? Was he always destined to go back and be with Peggy (causing the MCU’s history to remain unchanged)? It’s easily the biggest question mark at the end f the film, and the Russo Brothers haven’t made it any easier for us by being so cagey about that aspect of the film, but their quote about Cap’s time in the Quantum Realm being something that “maybe there’s a story there” definitely adds some new wrinkles into it, and maybe Chris Evans isn’t as done with the role as we initially thought.
Someone who’s clearly not done with their role is Chris Hemsworth, who’s Thor is now a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and will be off adventuring with them, hopefully sticking around long enough to be in their next film. Of the three, I’m really surprised that Hemsworth ended up being the one to re-up his contract, especially with how vocal he’s been about the workouts and the scripts that he had had for his solo outings as the God of Thunder. But like everyone else, it seems that Ragnarok really re-energized Hemsworth in the role, and the changes made to Thor have made him one of the most interesting characters in the MCU now, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
Of course, now that the Big Three of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are either dead, retired, or off adventuring somewhere else, we have a fairly big void to fill for the heroes of the box office. Naturally Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Spider-Man are going to be some of the upcoming box office draws, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel Studios starts to put a bigger push behind Doctor Strange as well. It would be pretty cool to go from having a big cosmic threat like Thanos into a more mystical one like Dormammu or even Mephisto, but if I was a betting man, I’d wager that the next big thing that Kevin Feige and Co will work towards will be the rise of the MCU’s Fantastic Four, and the time-hopping madman known as Kang.