The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a magical brainchild is working to tie everything together, and all events so far have built to Avengers: Infinity War, set for release next May. However, there are some questions that we need answers to before we get there, or possibly in the major blockbuster itself. Here are eight questions that the head honchos at #Marvel should be answerable to in the next couple of years.
1. Where Are The Incredible Hulk Characters?
One of the very first films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Incredible Hulk, introduced several important Marvel characters aside from Bruce Banner himself, including Betty Ross, General Ross, The Abomination and The Leader. Twelve Marvel films have been released since The Incredible Hulk, so it may be time to give us answers — at the very least about the villains — because it's entirely possible General Ross could have put them in some deep, dark bunker somewhere.
2. Where's The Real Mandarin?
The Mandarin question is one posed by the Marvel short "Long Live The King." While Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3 was not the real Mandarin, there is one out there somewhere, and he's unhappy about Trevor impersonating him. So, the big question is: Will we ever see the real Mandarin? I would be perfectly OK with seeing a fourth #IronMan film before Robert Downey Jr. hangs up the suit, hopefully one that leaves him happy and resolves issues such as him and Pepper breaking up and Tony never finding true happiness.
3. Is The Collector Good Or Evil?
This is an interesting question because we may never get a definitive answer. Benicio Del Toro's mysterious character seemed willing to help the Guardians of the Galaxy, but also teased "two down and four to go," meaning he is after all six Infinity Stones for himself. Fortunately, he lost the Power Stone and it is now in the hands of the Nova Corps, but you still have to wonder what he may be able to do in Phase 3 if he aligns himself with #Thanos.
4. Is Hank Pym's Wife Alive?
One that is sure to be answered in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Hank Pym's wife entered the Quantum Realm long before Ant-Man, and it is possible that she is still alive. After all, Scott Lang was somehow able to escape the Quantum Realm after going there in his attempt to defeat Yellowjacket, but what could the Quantum Realm have done to Pym's wife after all these years? Perhaps more importantly, what will Hank do to get her back if Scott's escape makes him believe it is possible?
5. What Happened To Red Skull?
In Captain America: The First Avenger, Red Skull went a little crazy and tried to use the Tesseract to win World War II for the Nazis. Fortunately, Captain America stopped him, but even though Red Skull disappeared after grabbing the Space Stone, many fans have theorized that he could merely have been teleported somewhere. Of course, it is equally possible that this was done so his death would be a result of his literal grab for power (a fitting death for such a villain), but with the experiments performed on him it seems plausible that he could wield the stone and be transported elsewhere. With a huge focus on all of the infinity stones in Avengers: Infinity War, I am hopeful that we will get an answer to this question.
6. Will Coulson And The Avengers Meet Again?
Phil Coulson's death was the most heartbreaking moment of The Avengers, and it united the team, making them what they are today (well, before Civil War, anyway). Nevertheless, his return to lead ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just a year later has sparked a long unanswered question: Will he find the Avengers again? None of them know that he is alive, and it would be terrible if we never got to see this reunion. Unfortunately, #Marvel has been boasted fewer crossovers recently. Early on in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. we got Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Lady Sif all turning up, but no one from the Cinematic Universe has really crossed over at all since Season 2. We want Coulson back on the big screen already!
7. Does Vision Need The Infinity Stone To Survive?
When Ultron made Vision and when Thor/Tony Stark/Bruce Banner brought him to life, he already had the mind stone from Loki's sceptre embedded inside his head. With Thanos on a hunt for all six stones in Avengers: Infinity War, it looks like Vision may be getting a little hole in his head. The big question is: Can he survive that? The Infinity Stone is a part of him, but is there a chance that even if Thanos gets the stone, it won't kill Vision? It would be a real shame to kill a hero with such potential before he has a real chance to shine in Phase 4, so let's hope that Vision survives the battle.
8. Do The Inhuman Royal Family Already Exist?
On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we have seen a lot of Inhumans. We saw a whole paradise full of them in Season 2, and many more created through the fish oil tablets infused with Terrigen crystals. However, we don't know if the Inhuman Royal Family — led by Black Bolt and Medusa — already exist in the MCU? The Inhumans are set for their own TV show this September, hopefully providing us our answers then. The Royal Family were traditionally portrayed in Marvel comics as some of the earliest Inhumans to be created, but with so many already being around on AoS, are we going to see these newly created Inhumans trying to deal with their powers, or will they already have been in place for many years?
There it is folks! Do you think you have the answer to any of these questions or even more that I should have been asking? If so, let me know in the comments, and check out The Comical Theory on Facebook and @ComicalTheory on Twitter for more.