Fans love a good film theory and the superhero genre is full of them.
While the DC Comics Cinematic Universe is just getting started, the many movies from their Marvelous competition have already created a rich landscape that the blogosphere loves to mine for the smallest details and any possible connection between entries in the #MCU.
Hundreds of theories have already been explored, but with the recent addition of #DoctorStrange to the franchise, I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at six MCU theories that are so outrageous they might just make you a believer.
Let’s dive in!
(Note: The following contains spoilers for Doctor Strange and previous Marvel movies.)
6. The Red Skull’s Death Created Captain Marvel
We're kicking things off with one of the craziest!
Red Skull was turned into a bolt of brightly-colored energy and shot into space by the Tesseract in the climactic battle at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.
In Doctor Strange, we're were given a possible Captain Marvel origin Easter Egg that a schizophrenic woman (who many fans think could be Carol Danvers) was struck by a lightning.
Could the two be connected?
The screenwriters of the upcoming Captain Marvel solo film already confirmed her origin will differ from the comics and keep in mind the Space Stone is able to open portals in the space-time continuum.
So what if that bolt of energy from the 1940s crossed space and time to strike Carol Danvers and gave her the powers of Captain Marvel? Wouldn’t that be insane!
5. Jane Foster Is Morgan le Fay Or Enchantress
Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster won’t be seen in an MCU movie any time soon, but while contracts and creative differences are to blame, there are other ways Foster could make an appearance in the MCU again.
One theory suggests that Foster is actually Morgan le Fay or Enchantress and has actually been manipulating the god of thunder ever since their first encounter in 2011’s Thor. Fans theorize that her sudden absence in the MCU after Thor: The Dark World is because the Reality Stone has affected her ability to magically hide her true identity and thus, she's distanced herself from #Thor.
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The fact that Foster was able to control the Reality Stone lends some credibilty to this theory. Remember, in #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy the Collector pointed out that only “powerful beings” are able to hold the Infinity Stones.
Perhaps she's not who we think she is after all.
4. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man Is Ben Reilly
What if Tom Holland is not Peter Parker/#SpiderMan?
One fan theory suggests that Holland is actually portraying the famous clone, Ben Reilly, who believes himself to be the real Peter Parker. The theory goes on to hint that it's possible the real Peter Parker existed before the events of The Avengers and was captured and experimented on by Hydra. Eventually, a clone of Peter was made and that is the version of ol' Web Head Tom Holland is playing.
However, the theory does hit a snag when we consider that in the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier Black Widow makes every secret of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra public. If Peter Parker was an agent of Hydra, we would probably know by now, but stranger things in the MCU have happened.
3. Doctor Strange Died In Mount Everest, Was Replaced By Loki
They don't come any crazier than this!
In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One helps train our hero in the use of his mystical powers, including the ability to magically teleport from one place to another. At one point in the film, she leaves him stranded near the top of Mount Everest to help jump-start his ability to create portals using his sling ring.
This theory suggests that Strange died of hypothermia and the being who actually returned from the mountain was Loki who had taken the form of Stephen Strange.
It’s ridiculous, I know, but given that Strange mentioned #Loki in the mid-credit scene in the presence of Thor, well…
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2. The Battle Of New York Never Happened
However, given that the event has been referenced in many movies after The Avengers (being a central aspect of Iron Man 3) and even in the various Netflix shows, this would be highly unlikely.
Nevertheless, what if the entire MCU is actually the superhero version of The Matrix and Thanos is the architect?
1. James Gunn Is The One Above All
I saved the best for last!
This one's a bit of a stretch, but stick with me.
In Fantastic Four no. 511, the One Above All was depicted as comics creator Jack Kirby when the Fantastic Four met the legendary artist.
Additionally, like an editor’s note in a comic book, Gunn is always interacting with MCU fans on his social pages, making him the most active creator at Marvel Studios on social media.
Could he be the MCU version of the One Above All?
I'm hooked on a feeling he could be.
Which theory was the most outrageous? Have a theory of your own? Leave your thoughts in the comments and poll below!