The fanbase for Marvel is so massive and so passionate that it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that sometimes fan theories can emerge into the interwebz that end up being damn near just as good as the actual product that Marvel puts out themselves.
I mean, Marvel purposely puts Easter eggs everywhere and does all sorts of low-key stuff that people gravitate towards, naturally. One of my favorite things is reading up on theories and speculation (after having seen the film of course) to try to figure out what insane thing is going to happen next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here are 3 awesome fan theories that we found on the net. Feel free to add your own in the comments below!
1. Stan Lee actually plays the same Marvel character in every cameo he does in the Marvel movies
Stan Lee most recently showed up in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) as a war veteran who couldn't handle Thor's ridiculously intense cocktail. It's always a pleasure and delight to see this dude arrive on the scene and make nerds everywhere get a little jolt of excitement whenever his quick cameo graces the screen.
So, is the Marvel legend just playing a rando in each of these movies, or is he playing an actual Marvel comic book character?
Some say he's playing this guy...
Uatu plays a big part in the comics. He's one of The Watchers, an ancient race of beings who are designed to look after and observe some area of the cosmos and report back without getting involved or interfering. The only time they appear in person is during meaningful or cataclysmic events, which makes sense - I mean, that's pretty much the case in every Marvel flick.
If Stan Lee was one of The Watchers, it would make perfect sense that he'd be looking after these superheroes - and he has been, dating all the way back to the '80s TV movie, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk.
The idea of this theory revolves around the fact that, yeah, Stan Lee always looks a little bit out of place, but that's part of the "blending in" process Uatu uses to watch without giving away his real identity. Stan Lee has denied these claims, but the theory still works because... what Watcher would give away their identity? Boom.
2. Loki purposely lost in The Avengers
Loki in the MCU is that dude who you know who is pretty much a tyrannical asshole but for some reason you sort of rock with him. He's constantly scheming and calculating and just trying to make things harder for his enemies. Remember when he got caught on purpose a la The Joker in the The Avengers? Prime example of a classic Loki move.
You may remember that in the original Thor movie, Loki was after the throne of Asgard... would it make sense that he wants to, as Dorkly says "steer the yoke of billions of puny humans just because they make some killer shawarma?" No, it's more likely that he wanted to get back to Asgard with the Tesseract and take his time until he made his next move.
Loki spends much of Thor 2 in a cell, similar to his role in The Avengers. He isn't too worried about it, if you notice.
Loki is obviously not a dumbass. He wouldn't just randomly get incarcerated twice... once in the Thor film and once in The Avengers movie. He probably figured Malekith would come after the Aether, since Infinity Stones were becoming a big draw... all he had to do was wait until the proper moment to strike.
And it worked out for him. At the end of Thor 2, Loki is disguised as his father, sitting on the throne of Asgard, which is what he always wanted.
We'll see what is in store for our boy Loki... but this theory is interesting and kind of works.
3. Phil Coulson is actually an immortal Super Soldier
Everyone is wondering what the real deal is with Phil Coulson and his origin story. TV show [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) probably has gone the furthest in developing him as a character, but there are a few things that are confusing. In The Avengers, Phil dies.
The TV show then goes on to explain how he was brought back to life thanks to the T.A.H.I.T.I. program and there was a memory wipe - but it seems like there's something going on with this dude. A popular fan theory suggests he's actually in more Marvel movies than you might think at first. Was he in the first Captain America movie?
Is that Phil leading that fake charge in the 1940s? Well, then by the time The Avengers came around, if that were the case he would've been too young to do anything effective or productive. Well, that's where him being made into a Super Soldier starts making some sense.
If you take a minute to think about it, you realize that after the death of Cap, S.H.I.E.L.D. would have certainly tried to replicate the success of their ONLY Super Soldier. Why wouldn't they test this out on somebody else. Phil would be on board because he's a huge Cap fan and had those vintage trading cards in The Avengers.
Coulson has been brainwiped by S.H.I.E.L.D. at least once, so we can't leave out the possibility that he's been brainwashed. Perhaps he's a Super Soldier and doesn't even know it. Maybe S.H.I.E.L.D. scrubs Coulson's brain every now and then to confuse him. Who knows? He could be even more of a bad-ass than Cap.