There isn’t any denying it: Avengers: Endgame was the superhero occasion of a lifetime. The end result of over a decade’s value of storytelling into one huge, immensely satisfying conclusion will not be a typical incidence on the earth of cinematic storytelling. But Marvel Studios efficiently pulled it off. The one situation, nevertheless, was the large query followers saved asking: what’s subsequent?
The reply to that has been what followers have seen in Section 4 to this point: extra tales, characters, and intriguing lore. WandaVision showcased the delivery of the Scarlet Witch, Loki launched the Multiverse to the world, Eternals revealed a wholly new layer of cosmic storytelling––and there’s been a lot extra.
The addition of Disney+ has allowed the MCU to broaden and develop at a velocity and depth at which it may by no means have completed earlier than. Nonetheless, there’s something notably absent among the many seemingly limitless quantity of initiatives: an Avengers 5.
Regardless of Endgame’s title, everybody is aware of it will not be the final Avengers. The group all the time comes again––and extra importantly, the money-making machine that’s the franchise gained’t keep down endlessly. So what could possibly be subsequent? Effectively, all indicators are pointing in the direction of a large adaptation of certainly one of Marvel Comics’ largest occasions: Secret Wars.
What Is Secret Wars?
Earlier than diving into why Avengers 5 might be a Secret Wars adaptation, it’s finest to elucidate simply what the story is.
The title has been used for multiple story, with some vastly completely different than these earlier than. The unique one in 1984 concerned a cosmic being named The Beyonder teleporting Marvel’s best heroes and villains into a spot referred to as Battleworld to face off in opposition to one another for all of their goals and wishes to return true. In actuality, the storyline existed virtually completely to make extra toys.
The model of the story that the MCU will virtually actually take most of its queues from is the model from Jonathan Hickman in 2015. The stakes of his story actually couldn’t be increased.
Worlds begin to collide with one another, main to numerous universes dying off explosively and destructively. These occasions, referred to as Incursions, begin occurring at an exceedingly quicker price, as numerous worlds crash into each other, ending total realities. Even worse, nothing can cease them. This results in all of existence coming to an finish. So how do folks make it out?
Life continues due to none apart from Physician Doom, who, sparing plenty of technical particulars, acquires unfathomable cosmic energy simply in time to create a patchwork existence product of items of worlds he was in a position to save.
Seems like the proper story for an MCU epic.
The Avengers Will Return
Let’s state the plain: one other Avengers movie will occur. There won’t seem to be a transparent build-up to 1 simply but, however don’t doubt that one other occasion film will arrive finally.
If one wants any additional affirmation, Marvel Studios Kevin Feige himself confirmed that one other entry of their largest franchise will launch “sooner or later… greater than a few years” after 2021.
Clearly, there’s no world the place followers don’t get an Avengers 5. The true query will not be solely when, however who would be the focus, and what the large occasion might be. Will they instantly attempt to do an Endgame stage occasion, or possibly one thing smaller, with the group taking up a lesser risk (a minimum of, compared to one with common stakes)?
The Model Title
All the earlier Avengers movies have taken their queues from well-known storylines. Although, regardless of the names, the occasions depicted don’t all the time line up with what precisely occurs within the supply materials.
The largest instance is Age of Ultron. In addition to having the notorious murder-bot as its antagonist, nothing else strains up with its time-travel-based counterpart. Infinity Conflict has Thanos and the Gauntlet, however there are many larger, common parts at play that by no means made it into the live-action model.
That is all to say that the conditions main as much as these massive tales don’t need to line up completely. The largest requirement is that the model title is a major one. This makes Secret Wars the proper candidate.
Introduction of the Multiverse
The one idea that Secret Wars is dependent upon probably the most is the Multiverse itself. All the story relies on this, and the way it turns into unstable and finally ends up collapsing––with numerous universes and worlds crashing into one another, resulting in all realities being destroyed.
As most studying this most likely know, the Multiverse is the important thing idea of Section 4. Whereas the Infinity Saga had the stones, these subsequent few years of MCU storytelling are prone to proceed leaning on alternate realities and the numerous inventive instruments they convey with them.
To ensure that the Multiverse to break down and all realties to stop current, it needs to be there within the first place. Now, after Loki, What If…?, and Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling, followers have a reasonably good thought of what it has to carry to the desk.
With its formal introduction in Loki, extra important info was launched, which pointed the story proper in the direction of Secret Wars territory. Jonathan Majors’ He Who Stays has been staving off his Variants from beginning one other Multiversal warfare that would destroy all of existence. This actually feels like one thing which is able to come to move finally––very like Thanos’ fateful snap.
As an apart, Kang the Conqueror, the Variant(s) Majors’ character feared, will not be usually a Multiverse-centric unhealthy man within the comics. The timeline and the Multiverse are way more faraway from one another than the ideas being taught to audiences within the MCU. Clearly, the finer particulars are going to work otherwise than some followers could be used to.
Nevertheless it appears Marvel is clearly setting him as much as not solely be certainly one of, if not the villain going ahead, but in addition somebody who’s the lynchpin to all the Multiverse. Loki author Michael Waldron beforehand said that Kang “[is] most likely going to be the following massive cross-movie villain.”
Whereas audiences have solely gotten a style of alternate realities, Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity guarantees to discover the extra chaotic aspect of those concepts. Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff can also be set to be a key a part of the proceedings.
The Scarlet Witch’s earlier story, WandaVision, included some foreboding teases, ones that, if they arrive to move, may put the destiny of the Multiverse on the road––probably producing the precise setting and circumstances wanted for incursions to start out occurring throughout existence.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige additionally confirmed that the Multiverse will proceed to be explored after Physician Unusual’s upcoming movie—the insanity is right here to remain.
The Profitability of Cameos
After Spider-Man: No Method Dwelling, there’s a clear remark to be made: audiences love nostalgia. The film introduced again outdated villains and the earlier two Spider-Males—and it made critical cash.
With Multiverse of Insanity developing, there may be an limitless string of rumors about characters who would possibly cameo because the story takes viewers throughout the Multiverse.
Followers would possibly find yourself seeing Physician Unusual and Wanda Maximoff work together with mutants for the primary time, or the outdated Implausible 4, and even the Inhuman king Black Bolt—all due to the alternatives the film permits for. It’s clear Marvel sees the potential within the numerous cameos and the enjoyment it brings to followers.
Secret Wars is the proper place for occurrences like that. All the idea lends itself to unusual recreations of the heroes and tales viewers know—the creatives may actually make something and anybody doable.
This opens the door to returning guests like Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield, it may possibly present a simple approach to see Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans as soon as once more, and even carry to life worlds the place utterly completely different MCU occasions occurred.
It’s a tough story to move up. It doesn’t matter what, whether or not it’s the following occasion or not, it’s tough to think about a universe the place Marvel doesn’t adapt Secret Wars.
These Legacy Characters
This subsequent trace could be coincidental, however it’s actually value noting. Again when the 2015 Secret Wars storyline started, it was on the tail finish of a push for legacy characters to take the highlight.
This included Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Sam Wilson as Falcon, and Jane Foster because the God of Thunder. Whereas the MCU could not have Miles simply but, in a few months, the opposite two might be mainstays in a few months.
They aren’t the one ones both. There’s Tatiana Maslany’s She-Hulk, Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, and Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, who’re all additionally set to select up legacy spots.
Clearly, it is a good distance from any type of affirmation. It’s, nevertheless, one more trace of what the longer term could maintain.
Russo’s Writing On The Partitions
Avengers: Infinity Conflict and Endgame are two of probably the most profitable movies of all time, and critically talking, they are typically ranked as a few of Marvel Studios’ finest works. Each movies turned out the best way they did due to their sensible administrators: The Russo Brothers.
Given how properly they dealt with the Infinity Saga’s conclusion, Marvel will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a motive to work with them as soon as once more. Fortunately for them, the administrators have publicly spoken about their want to helm an adaptation of Secret Wars.
In interviews, the duo has all however confirmed that discussions had been had between them and the studio. So, whereas the entire Scarlet Johansson lawsuit scenario briefly put all of it in jeopardy, the latest phrase from the 2 brothers signifies the opportunity of their return stays on the desk.
The Marvel mission that they’re speaking to Marvel Studios about isn’t confirmed to be something particular, however given the brother’s vocality, the writing is on the wall: Secret Wars.
The Disney+ Growth
The latest explosion of Marvel content material is due to none apart from the studios’ new software: Disney+. The streaming platform has allowed the studios to not solely launch extra tales however give extra characters an opportunity within the highlight and extra time to be developed.
This permits extra tales to be informed, enhancing the general richness of the narrative. Throughout the final 12 months alone, there have been extra MCU content material than the cinematic universe had in its first 9 years mixed.
How does this relate to Secret Wars? Effectively, in the newest 2015 model of the story, after Battleword was created, there have been dozens of spinoff comics that explored what life was like in these numerous patchwork worlds.
Examples of those locations embrace a territory the place the superhero Civil Conflict by no means actually ended, a complete world consisting of varied variations of the God of Thunder as they lead a police pressure, and one ravaged by the zombie apocalypse––and a lot extra.
With a number of streaming collection alternatives, if Marvel Studios have been to make Secret Wars a multi-part epic, they might carry a few of these alternate worlds into not solely massive blockbuster film spin-offs, but in addition a number of Disney+ collection.
In the long run, it will serve to flesh out the large occasion in a manner that merely wasn’t doable earlier than their fourth part of content material.
Then there may be the elephant within the room: The Mutants. The group of super-powered people has been one thing followers have wished to see come to the MCU since its inception. But, there nonetheless hasn’t been a lot motion on that entrance––even after Disney acquired Fox.
The opposite downside is determining their introduction into the world. The logistics are something however simple, and there are many features which are arduous to line up.
That is what probably makes an adaptation of Secret Wars so tempting for Marvel Studios. On the finish of the day, the occasion can function an entire reset of all the MCU, letting the creatives behind the scenes utterly reinvent ideas throughout the story and have it as in the event that they’ve all the time existed, such because the mutant gene.
Nonetheless, a very recent tackle Home of M with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch may do the trick. Although, all the basis of the occasion must be modified, seeing as mutants don’t exist within the first place.
Marvel’s Secret Future
Mark these phrases: Secret Wars will occur, and all indicators level to it being the following massive Avengers movie. It’s only a matter of when Marvel Studios has the items to assemble the large occasion.
One factor which will maintain up the occasion’s adaptation’s arrival is how the MCU wants its Victor Von Doom. Implausible 4 continues to be years away, and the group, in addition to the notorious villain, are arguably a very powerful features of Hickman’s 2015 story. Although, as theorized above, there’s all the time the possibility Marvel Studios will pawn off these roles to others.
Whereas the following correct Avengers mission continues to be brewing behind the scenes, loads of rumors have pointed to a Younger Avengers spin-off—which makes excellent sense given the introduction of almost all of the core group over the past 12 months. The group has loads of offshoots within the comics, so it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the identical occurs for the MCU.
Whereas followers watch for bated breath in regards to the subsequent massive MCU occasion, they’ll brace themselves for the following entry within the cinematic universe: Moon Knight, which is about to hit Disney+ beginning on March 30.