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After 10 years of Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures, Avengers: Infinity War will finally show Thanos taking on all of the MCU's superheroes. Once Thanos wields the Infinity Gauntlet, he will be nearly unstoppable — but we know that the Marvel heroes will carry on into Avengers 4. The Infinity War sequel is a completely unknown quantity, but fans have been speculating that the film will reshape the MCU as we know it.

The fourth Avengers film recently started filming, and the shared a post on Instagram that seemingly confirmed that it might be a huge turning point in the .

The Russo Brothers Hint Their Movie Will Change The Very Fabric Of The MCU

The Russo Brothers posted a picture on Instagram that caused the comments section to erupt in debate, and the theories were all over the place. Some fans thought that the four outstretched fingers signaled the arrival of the Fantastic Four to the MCU, but since Kevin Feige has already confirmed that it won’t happen, it’s wishful thinking at best.

Although several theories are still bouncing around, the general consensus is that this Instagram post marks the start of production for Avengers 4. The caption immediately caught the eyes of many fans, which simply read: “Beginning the end".

In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Kevin Feige made some comments about Avengers 4 that line up with the Russo Brothers' Instagram post, and raise some very interesting questions:

"The original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019, and then two months later it will be Peter Parker and Spider-Man that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there."

If Avengers 4 Is officially the “end” for the MCU as we know it, then it would have to be an event that changes everything. Is there a Marvel Comics storyline adapted that could change the very fabric of the MCU?

Which Game-Changing Marvel Storyline Could Be Adapted For Avengers 4?

In the history of Marvel Comics, there have been several crossover events that changed the landscape of the Marvel Universe, and some of them could be adapted for Avengers 4. Certain facets of the stories would have to be altered because of rights issues, but Marvel Studios has a great track record of tweaking comic book storylines to fit into the established MCU.

Let’s look at two great storylines that we could see in Avengers 4:

Secret Invasion

Secret Invasion [Credit: Marvel Comics]
Secret Invasion [Credit: Marvel Comics]

Many fans believe that will adapt the storyline, in which the race of alien shapeshifters known as the infiltrate the Avengers in an attempt to conquer the Earth, which they believe is rightfully theirs. This theory became popular after the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, when the studio announced that the Skrulls would be introduced in the upcoming Captain Marvel film.

If Avengers 4 turns out to be Secret Invasion, it would have the potential to change the MCU drastically, especially if some of our favorite heroes were secretly Skrulls the whole time. Everything we thought we knew would come into question, and the fallout from the invasion would carry the MCU into the next phase — potentially without some of the previously prominent characters.

House Of M

House of M [Credit: Marvel Comics]
House of M [Credit: Marvel Comics]

The idea that Marvel Studios would adapt House of M is very interesting, and it would be something very different from either the comics or anything else we have seen in the MCU. In House of M, Scarlet Witch became mentally unstable, and eventually used her abilities to alter the fabric of reality. This alternate reality is completely different from the original world, and no one remembers their past life.

After spending some time in the new reality, where mutants rule over humans, Wolverine slowly starts to remember his past life and realizes that everyone is living in a false reality. Wolverine awakens other Avengers and X-Men to the truth, and they confront Scarlet Witch and her family.

After a battle between the two sides, Scarlet Witch becomes distraught and utters the phrase “no more mutants,” and the reality seemingly resets to its original state. Everyone soon realizes that this world is slightly different than it once was, and the changes became more apparent over time.

Although the storyline prominently features the X-Men in the comics, it could still be adapted for the MCU. They would have to replace the X-Men with MCU characters, but since they have Scarlet Witch, it could still work. We still don’t know the full range of Wanda’s powers in the MCU, but from what we have seen, she is extremely powerful.

is a perfect set-up for a House of M adaptation, and after the MCU heroes are devastated by , Wanda could use her abilities to change reality — and essentially reset the universe. While it's a bit of a stretch, it would be a great way to lead into Avengers 4, and the fallout would lead to big changes in the MCU moving forward.

For those of you who are Marvel Comics readers, you might wonder why there are only two crossover events listed above. While there are several great storylines to choose from, some wouldn’t make a lot of sense in the MCU. For example, Secret Wars (1984) wouldn’t work due to the MCU’s lack of villains, since the entire run revolves around a battle royale between the heroes and villains.

Avengers Disassembled is amazing, but it was already folded into Captain America: Civil War; instead of using Doctor Doom to systematically dismantle the Avengers, it was Baron Zemo. It’s possible the MCU could use Doctor Strange to introduce the multiverse, but until they do, big crossovers like — which combined the Marvel Multiverse in 2015 — don’t fit in the world that Marvel Studios created.

No matter what the storyline is for Avengers 4, we’re sure it will live up to the pristine reputation of all the films that came before it. With Avengers: Infinity War less than a year away, the hype is building for the release of the first trailer, which is sure to blow our minds.

While you’re waiting for more Avengers 4 news, make sure you check out Thor: Ragnarok, when it hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

Sound off! Which Marvel Comics storyline do you want to see adapted for Avengers 4? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

(Source: Toronto Sun)


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