20 Things The MCU Needs To Address Before “Avengers 5”

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Marvel Studios nonetheless has to place some main items into place earlier than the subsequent meeting of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

For those who’re something like this author, you is likely to be a little bit perplexed about the way forward for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Thor: Love and Thunder.


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Whereas the ambition has been definitely appreciated, there’s been an absence of focus and too many lingering questions concerning the fallout from Endgame and the primary wave of Part 4 initiatives. With this in thoughts, I’ve put collectively 20 of probably the most urgent and important issues within the MCU that should be addressed previous to our subsequent Avengers occasion movie (although be warned, reader, as there will probably be SPOILERS)…

1.

Madame Hydra Must Make Her Transfer


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From her appearances in Black Widow and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (higher recognized to comedian followers as “Madame Hydra”) seems to be reaching out to the extra risky ”heroes” of the MCU to tug off high-paying soiled work. What recreation is she taking part in at? Reaching out to US Agent and the brand new Black Widow, it would seem that she could possibly be assembling an Anti-Avengers-esque crew (presumably the Thunderbolts?), however her ambitions could possibly be extra international within the wake of the Blip. Both manner, we’ll have to see her subsequent strikes towards no matter her grasp plan could also be earlier than the subsequent Avengers outing.

2.

Moon Knight Must Discover His Place within the MCU


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Moon Knight was a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s streaming slate, however the collection itself had nearly no connection to the higher MCU, whether or not it’s via cameos, references, or shared settings. With that stated, all the things within the MCU serves a goal for one motive or one other, and if there’s a probably supernatural risk to humanity about to come up, Marvel must convey Moon Knight into the fold correctly among the many new wave of Avengers.

3.

The Earth Must Tackle the Aftermath of Eternals


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To this author, this can be probably the most baffling cliffhanger at present with the MCU: Eternals arrange some large occasions on Earth for the MCU, together with a large stone hand protruding of the Indian Ocean, an interstellar celestial showing within the sky and pulling folks off the floor of the planet, and Thanos’s brother showing out of a random portal among the many exiled Eternals. Although there’s an inherent belief that these conditions will play out accordingly within the coming movies, it’s nonetheless tremendous bizarre that there’s been zero acknowledgment of those occasions in current Marvel initiatives and would seemingly should be reconciled earlier than the Avengers might transfer on to extra urgent issues.

4.

The MCU Must Type Out the Defenders


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In late 2021, the MCU skilled a significant shake-up when the core canon introduced in Matt Murdock/Daredevil into Spider-Man: No Approach House and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin into Hawkeye. With the 2 rumored to return for Marvel’s Echo collection with the doable addition of Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, it could appear that the Defenders could have an even bigger presence among the many Avengers sooner or later, although it’s unclear if Finn Jones, Mike Colter, and Jon Bernthal will return, particularly with the latter two actively engaged on a number of tv initiatives for the time being.

5.

Physician Unusual Must Return to His Universe


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The mid-credits scene in Multiverse of Insanity noticed Physician Unusual and new companion Clea tending to some unfinished enterprise in alternate dimensions, however contemplating that Iron Man and the primary Captain America received’t be headlining the Avengers this go-round, the Outdated Guard might want to present up in pressure, which suggests the ex-Sorcerer Supreme might want to return to his authentic aircraft of existence to swimsuit up with Thor, Hawkeye, and the Hulk once they’re wanted most.

6.

Marvel’s Latest Heroes Have to Grow to be Correct Avengers


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In Part 4, the fleeting conferences of the Infinity Struggle-era Avengers and the brand new waves of heroes have been fairly novel, however not essentially substantial in any possible way. Nevertheless, if Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are going to return, we’re going to have to see Shang-Chi, the Eternals, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight break free from their extra enclosed adventures to cement themselves as most important occasion gamers within the MCU.

7.

The X-Males Have to Come Collectively within the MCU


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Think about this spoiler territory for individuals who haven’t seen the season finale of Ms. Marvel: the Mutants have arrived in Earth-616 within the MCU, as confirmed with a basic X-Males musical sting that was utilized beforehand with the looks of Patrick Stewart in Multiverse of Insanity. It’s clear that the significance of their arrival is seismic within the MCU, and with scores of potential heroes on the horizon, it’s seemingly inevitable that the X-Males will combat alongside the Avengers towards no matter subsequent post-Thanos risk involves the universe.

8.

The MCU Must Present The place S.W.O.R.D. Stands After WandaVision


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For the reason that dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. following Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there have been various companies launched within the MCU to symbolize the federal government’s curiosity in superhero affairs, corresponding to S.W.O.R.D. and the Division of Injury Management. With the latter totally embarrassed on the finish of Ms. Marvel, there’s been little concerning the previous following the occasions of WandaVision, which begs the query: What’s occurred with S.W.O.R.D. since their shake-up, particularly with their model of Imaginative and prescient has gone rogue in components unknown? Are they doomed to go the way in which of S.H.I.E.L.D., or may they’ve an even bigger half in policing the Avengers following the Blip?

9.

Spider-Man Must Determine If He’s Nonetheless an Avenger


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On the finish of No Approach House, it appeared as if Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was given a clear break from the MCU so Sony might go about no matter plans they could have for his or her Spider-Verse…a minimum of, till No Approach House made $1.9 billion and renewed audiences’ religion in theatrical exhibition in a giant manner. Earlier than the subsequent spherical of Avengers’ adventures, Marvel Studios and Sony must determine if Peter Parker goes to stay a pleasant neighborhood Spider-Man on the fringes of the MCU or lend his web-slinging skills to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, albeit maybe extra anonymously.

10.

The Venom Symbiote Must Be Addressed


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Talking of No Approach House, the Tom Hardy-starring stinger within the mid-credits scene successfully added the alien symbiote from Venom into the MCU. That is to not assume Venom or any symbiote-driven facet character goes to play a component in any fast conflicts, however given the recognition of the character and the success of Let There Be Carnage, it could appear that the Earth-616 host(s) for the symbiote could possibly be an fascinating X-factor to work with (or towards) the Avengers.

11.

Part 4’s the Mysterious Cosmic Objects Have to Be Uncovered


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One of many extra intriguing features of Part 4 is that, in lieu of Infinity Stones, there was an uptick of vital objects of mysterious origins affecting our heroes, from the Darkhold, to the Ten Rings, to Dane Whitman’s sword, to Ms. Marvel’s gauntlet, to call a number of. Whereas this stuff all imbue energy to those that can maintain them, in addition they all have unusual and typically cosmic ulterior motives, with the rings being described as a “beacon” and the gauntlets inflicting Ms. Marvel to spontaneously swap locations with Captain Marvel. Are this stuff related? What introduced them to Earth? And can they lead one thing notably petrifying upon Earth-616?

12.

Gamora Must Reunite With the Guardians of the Galaxy


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Whereas the “authentic” Gamora is useless within the MCU, courtesy of Thanos who sacrificed her for the Soul Stone, her previous model deserted the Guardians following the occasions of Avengers: Endgame. Whereas there’s little doubt that Gamora will return to the Guardians, seemingly as a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vacation Particular, her journey of self-discovery in a universe with out Thanos will seemingly show vital for each the Guardians and Avengers alike, particularly if the subsequent risk to Earth-616 emerges from the fringes of the galaxy.

13.

Nick Fury Must Return to Earth


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With Nick Fury’s off-planet adventures seemingly persevering with as a part of Marvel’s Secret Wars collection, it is unclear when, or if, Nick Fury will probably be coming again to Earth within the MCU. Nevertheless, Nick Fury has been an icon to convey the Avengers collectively time and time once more, and may the occasions of Secret Wars be as game-changing as rumored, it will solely be becoming that Fury accompany the Avengers on their first post-Endgame journey towards an enemy with which he’ll be intimately acquainted.

14.

The MCU Must Reveal What is the Deal With the Energy Dealer


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Sharon Carter (aka Agent 13) might have discovered a brand new lease on life in a post-Blip world because the villainous Energy Dealer, whose actions have been comparatively quiet for the reason that occasions of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Whereas she’s definitely persevering with to tug strings, her place in a seemingly increasing prison underground in Part 4 that features Madame Hydra, Kingpin and the Ten Rings might vastly complicate issues for the Avengers, particularly these with a extra private connection to Steve Rogers.

15.

Loki Must Return to Earth-616 (If He Can)


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Loki’s path to redemption was thrown a curveball when his variant, Sylvie, killed He Who Stays, thus altering the Multiverse and probably unleashing anarchy on numerous timelines. Whereas this might probably assist Loki in his autopsy return on Earth-616, the ending of Loki‘s first season put Marvel’s favourite trickster right into a tough spot as soon as extra, which begs the query: If he can, how will Loki return to the MCU’s major timeline, and can he run into his brother earlier than the subsequent meeting of the Avengers?

16.

Captain America’s Time Journey Must Be Addressed


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Is it simply me, or is it unusual that the MCU has but to deal with Steve Rogers and his mission to return the Infinity Stones all through time, with the presumption that he remained up to now to be together with his one real love, Peggy Carter? Nevertheless…there’s been no addressing how these selections might have affected the timeline, whether or not it’s in small methods or something probably catastrophic down the road. Whereas seeing Evans again as Rogers is unbelievable at greatest, the results of his selections might have substantial ramifications within the MCU at present unknown to audiences presently.

17.

The MCU Must Determine If the Inhumans Are Canon


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This author was notably thrown off by the looks of Black Bolt in Multiverse of Insanity, as of all of the MCU tv properties to be referenced on such a scale, nobody might have actually guessed Inhumans can be chief amongst them. That stated, Inhumans was beforehand cited by Kevin Feige as an necessary property within the MCU, and thus, the critically panned and commercially ignored collection appears to exist in some kind throughout the total related universe. Whereas we’re not sure if this iteration of the Inhumans will seem on Earth-616, plainly there must be a call concerning the significance, perform, and canon of the Inhumans within the MCU, particularly with the X-Males’s look on the horizon.

18.

The Avengers Want a Chief


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As beforehand talked about, each Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are gone throughout the MCU, which successfully units forth an influence void throughout the Avengers. Whereas some might assume Sam Wilson might take a management place throughout the Avengers as the brand new Captain America, there are many potential leaders each new and outdated, from Physician Unusual to Captain Marvel to even presumably whoever will probably be donning the Black Panther mantle. However with many newcomers abound to probably be part of the Avengers even after Part 4, together with Blade, Deadpool, and plenty of others, it is crucial {that a} clear chief stands out amongst Earth’s Mightiest Heroes earlier than the fifth Avengers flick.

19.

Wakanda Must Re-Set up Its International Presence


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Wakanda got here out of the shadows in Black Panther, however its international presence grew to become clear after T’Challa introduced the nation’s new outreach program. Now, we’ve got but to return to Wakanda since Endgame, although the fictional nation is scheduled to be the subsequent cease on Marvel’s theatrical narrative, which beckons the query: What does Wakanda appear like following the Blip? Will it’s the technologically superior mega energy we had beforehand seen? Did the 5 years between the Snap and the Blip wreak havoc upon Wakanda, throughout which era it lacked its king?

20.

The MCU Must Tease Its Subsequent “Thanos”


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Loki. Ultron. Thanos. All stellar villains, and all of which made for wonderful foils for the Avengers of their respective adventures. However, Thanos was a shadow looming over the MCU for years following his momentary tease on the finish of Marvel’s The Avengers. As of this writing, it is nonetheless very not sure who may fill that villainous void, whether or not it’s the celestial Arishem, Kang, Physician Doom, Magneto, Galactus, or any of the myriad gods and non secular beings launched in Part 4. Whereas it is enjoyable to see our heroes combating on a smaller degree after Endgame, there’s solely a lot stalling that is left earlier than Marvel completely, positively must introduce a risk that is equal, or higher, than the Mad Titan.

What are some questions you want answered earlier than Avengers 5? Let me know within the remark part beneath!

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