The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for eight years already and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With Phase 3 rapidly approaching, you can’t help but wonder what Disney/Marvel has up their sleeves. We’ve seen a lot in the eight years since Iron Man hit the big screens from Hydra, Frost Giants, Ultron, Pym Particles, and Infinity Gems. And after eight years, some fans are wondering, what’s left for Marvel to show us that they haven’t already? Well, in fact, there’s plenty. There’s loads we still haven’t seen on the big screen or even on television and that’s why Phase 3 of the MCU is shaping up to be the most exciting of all. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be getting a big shake-up with this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, and to be honest, it’s a good move. Personally, I felt things were getting a little stale after Avengers: Age of Ultron and I asked myself whether it was time for Marvel to really start changing up the formula. One thing we’ve learned from the audiences right now is that they are sick of origin stories. And I don’t blame them, heck I’m tired of origin stories. Luckily Marvel Studios seems to have heard these complaints as they’ve announced the new Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland will not be one. In fact, it’ll be established by the time Civil War rolls out that Spider-Man will have already been established in this universe.
Phase 3 will be rolling around the corner sooner than you think and we’ll be seeing lots of new aspects of the Marvel Universe. Black Panther will show us the life of T’Challa and the kingdom of Wakanda, Captain Marvel will show us the strong, and loveable Carol Danvers (whether it’ll be Earth based or a cosmic adventure is unknown as of now), and Doctor Strange will introduce magic and mysticism to the MCU. And if you thought that was a lot, now the world of Spider-Man is open for Marvel to use after their deal with Sony. There are so many things to be excited for and I’m here to tell you what I’m looking forward to and things I hope to see in the future!
Yes, I realize that the Inhumans play a part in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I admit that I stopped watching a long time ago) but I’m not talking about those Inhumans. I’m referring to the Royal Family. The likes of King Black Bolt, Queen Medusa, Karnak, Triton, Maximus the Mad, Gorgon, or Crystal haven’t been seen yet. The Inhumans have seen a surge in popularity in the last few years and while many feel like they’re simply replacing the X-Men, they have a lot to offer on their own. While there is an Inhumans film lined up for 2019, I’d like to know that the Royal Family exists out there before then. It doesn’t have to be much, just a few name drops would suffice. I can only imagine how amazing it’ll be to see how the world reacts to seeing Attilan and beings with extraordinary abilities walking among them, especially after the events of Civil War. The arrival of the Inhumans could provide some great tension as the world and the Avengers learn to deal with their existence, especially when trying to deal with a king who can’t speak, unless you know…you want to get blown off the Earth.
The discussion for Spider-Woman to show up in the MCU has been a hot topic over the past few years but for no one knew if it would work for one reason: No one knew who had the rights. Besides sharing “Spider” in her name, Jessica Drew really has no connection to Spider-Man at all. In fact, she shares more of a past that’s more akin to Winter Soldier than Spider-Man. Jessica Drew was once an agent of Hydra before defecting to S.H.I.E.L.D. before joining the Avengers. She and Carol Danvers are best friends in the comics and to see those two on screen together would be very fun indeed. Much like Jessica Jones, Spider-Woman worked as a private investigator for some time, so it could be something that could be explored as well. Spider-Woman is a very recognizable Marvel character but she’s relatively unknown to the non-comic book reader. It’d be a perfect time for Marvel to introduce this character to us, especially now that we know they officially can. A good way to introduce her would either be in Agents of SHIELD or in Captain Marvel’s film. We’ve seen Spider-Man plenty of times, but we haven’t seen any other “Spider” characters yet, and given how popular she is among comic readers, Jessica Drew definitely deserves a shot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One question that I continue to ask myself about the MCU is how will they be able to shake things up just enough to keep things fresh and interesting? Sure we’ve got some new characters being introduced soon but after Infinity War, things CANNOT go back to the way they were. That film, the film they’ve been building up to since Iron Man, cannot just end and everything returns to normal. No, things need to change, people need to meet their maker, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to be shaken. I’ve come up with an idea that I’d love to hear what people think. Dark Reign. This arc took place after the Secret Invasion event, when Skrulls were able to bypass Stark’s security and launch an invasion on Earth. After the event concluded, Stark was essentially shut down along with his Avengers and in his place Norman Osborn took power, replacing S.H.I.E.L.D. with H.A.M.M.E.R. In the Avengers place, Norman replaced all of the heroes with supervillains who dressed up as the heroes.
So my idea is that the events of Infinity War will shake people’s belief in Stark’s Avengers and ultimately demand an end to the team. Norman Osborn (now that they can use him) will form H.A.M.M.E.R. as a new police keeping force to put an end to the Avengers while recruiting super villains to act in their place. So the good guys will be on the run, while the bad guys are the new Avengers. Obviously, the focus of the films will still remain on the good guys, but it’d be just the shake up that the MCU would need.
The first major female super heroine of the “Comic Book Movie” era has been around since Iron Man 2 and has shown up Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and will be appearing in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War. For such an important character, why do we know so little about who she is or where she came from? Sure we know about the “red in her ledger” and we got glimpses of her past in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but really, there’s still so much we haven’t learned of her yet that could be explored in either a solo film or Netflix show. There are many who are unaware of just how fascinating, Natasha Romanoff’s history is, and unfortunately, many who just know her from the films don’t appreciate what a strong character she is. Giving her a film or television show would really help show people that she’s more than just a “S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.” With Warner Bros. rolling out Wonder Woman so early in their own film slate, I would hope Marvel will do the same now that they’ve had plenty of time establishing her in their own universe. Especially since Marvel has been ridiculed for its lack of diversified, leading characters. Who wouldn’t want to see a spy thriller in the vein of the James Bond/Jason Bourne movies with Scarlett Johansson?
NEW AVENGERS/SECRET AVENGERS
With the shake up that will most likely come with Infinity War and the growing cast of characters, Marvel might find themselves in a complicated situation. There will be so many characters to juggle in Avenger films that some will get less attention than others. But what if they split up the Avengers into two teams? An idea I thought of would be to split them into the “New Avengers” and “Secret Avengers.” The New Avengers would consist of some of the new characters along with the Avenger’s “heavy hitters.” This could include the likes of Bucky Barnes as Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Iron Man, Vision, and Scarlet Witch. On the other team, we can have the more covert op/ secret agent types such as Steve Rogers, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Wasp, and Falcon. This way, Marvel can focus on a smaller amount of characters without feeling like their films will be overcrowded or some characters feeling two-dimensional.
Netflix recently released season 2 of their critically acclaimed Daredevil show and one of the biggest highlights of the season is by far, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher. Fans have been asking for a Punisher show even before he was confirmed to appear on the next season of Daredevil and now after such a brilliant performance and introduction into the MCU, it’s time to take Frank Castle’s story further. If it were up to me, I would base his series on the brilliant run by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads, which saw a more militarized Punisher taking on the cartel in California. I’m not sure when we’ll see the Punisher show up again, but I’m hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
Well these have been a few ideas of what I’d like to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we move forward. So please, let us know what you’d like to see in future Marvel films, we’d love to hear your thoughts!