Ok, so this is my first article on this website, so I decided I would start things out big, loud, and above all, super. I love the MCU, as do about 90% of Americans, so you can see why I'm writing this ridiculous post. However, I am also highly speculative, and I have made a (sort of) Master Plan for Marvel to follow in order to please their fans (mostly me).
As I mentioned earlier, though, this is highly speculative and optimistic, and by that I mean for this to work Marvel would have to make a deal with Fox for the film rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Again, optimistic. :)
Anyways, I've compiled a list up to Phase 8, which goes into the 2030s, so we'll probably all have grown tired of the MCU by then, but this is just for fun! That's what the internet is for (and cat videos. There are a lot of cat videos). I've also included my predictions for what will happen in Phase 3, i.e. what Villains will be present, possible stories, etc. So without further adieu, I present my MCU Master Plan:
MCU Phase 3 (aka S*!$ Gets Real)
- 1) Captain America: Civil War
Villain: Baron Zemo
Plot: Ok, so since this comes out in a couple days, you should probably already know the plot: Something with the Avengers goes wrong, Sokovia Accords, Bucky, Team Cap vs. Team Iron Man, Divided We Fall, you get the point. Here's to hoping that Marvel does something ballsy (but not too ballsy because Captain America is my favorite MCU hero. Sorry).
- 2) Doctor Strange
Plot: Dr. Stephen Strange gets into a nasty car wreck and loses the ability to use his oh so important hands (cuz you know, he's a surgeon). He goes to train with the Ancient One, maybe dukes it out with Baron Mordo a little bit, and saves New York from inter-dimensional annihilation. You know, normal stuff.
- 3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Villain: Nebula, Magus?
Plot: Well, the elephant in the room is going to be: Who is Star-Lords papa? (Please let it be Kurt Russell). Plus, Nebula and Gamora still have a grudge against one another, so that'll play play out nicely. Magus (or whoever) will do some evil stuff that requires help from the Guardians of the Galaxy! It'll be good, but maybe not the breath of fresh air that the first was. Here's to being pleasantly surprised!
- 4) Spider-Man: Homecoming
Villain: Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
Plot: Well, well, well. Here we are at the most highly anticipated Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man (I mean look at him, he's holding Captain America's shield for Christ's sake!). Since I've heard that Marvel is courting Michael Keaton for a villainous role, I see him playing a good Vulture. We know he can do manic, and Vulture is definitely off his rocker. Peter Parker tries to balance his school, home, love, and superhero lives. 'Nuff said.
- 5) Thor: Ragnarok
Villain: Loki, Surtur
Plot: Well, since Ragnarok is the Norse apocalypse, I see an apocalyptic level event happening in Asgard. Since Hulk is apparently in this, he and Thor will go to Asgard as BFFs and try to stop Loki and Cate Blanchett's (hopefully) Enchantress from unleashing the Fire Demon Surtur. Less Darcy comic relief, more serious End of the World stuff.
- 6) Black Panther
Villain: Klaw (Klau? Klauw? I don't know)
Plot: Ulysses Klaw comes back from that nasty, um, arm injury at the hands of Ultron and tries to defeat the Black Panther with Vibranium. He threatens the peace of Wakanda, and T'Challa will do whatever it takes to protect his homeland. I really can't wait for this. Plus, Ryan Coogler of Creed fame is directing, so I'm expecting top-notch work here.
- 7) Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
Villain: uh, Thanos
Plot: After acquiring the last of the Infinity Stones, Thanos puts them in the Infinity Gauntlet and goes to work destroying the Marvel Universe. He's gonna be tough, and some heroes may go to that farm upstate. He will seemingly defeat the Avengers, leaving them beaten and bruised, the future bleak. However, there's someone in the near future who can help. But first, Ant-Man.
- 8) Ant-Man and the Wasp
Villain: Radioactive Man or Whirlwind
Plot: After Hank Pym reveals the super-sweet Wasp suit to Hope, she takes up her mother's mantle and teams up with Scott Lang to take down one of the villains above. Not sure on the story, but I want more of Luis, and I can't wait to see the buddy/love dynamic between the two heroes. I sure Hope it lives up to the first one! (I'll walk myself out now).
- 9) Captain Marvel
Villain: Moonstone or Doomsday Man
Plot: Carol Danvers gets her powers and becomes Captain Marvel. I honestly don't know why it'll have taken Marvel 11 whole years to make a female-led movie, but at least it's happening. Anyways, either villain would be pretty cool. I just hope that the movie doesn't focus too much on the fact that she's a woman with her own superhero movie; I want her to kick butt and be awesome while addressing the issue subtly. This is gonna be a cool movie!
- 10) Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
Villain: the picture is literally right there
Plot: After the Avengers have been defeated and left no hope, they are given some in the form of Captain Marvel, who is super powerful and will be the rallying cry the Avengers need. She and the remaining heroes will defeat Thanos, but at one final, great cost.
- 11) Inhumans
Plot: I'm going to put this one at the end of Phase 3, kind of like Ant-Man was at the end of Phase 2, even though it could easily start off Phase 4 as well. I'm not as privy on the history of the Inhumans as I am on some other Marvel heroes, but I expect the team to assemble and fight some intergalactic villain. Maybe Daisy from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will show up, too.
MCU Phase 4 (aka Simmer Down)
The MCU just got the crap beat out of it in Phase 3, but they're pulling themselves together and are ready to rumble again in Phase 4.
- 1) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Plot: Thanos' son, Thane, is out for revenge against the Guardians after his father was killed by them and the Avengers. He tries to use his father's old stuff as well as some of his own, but to no avail, as the Guardians are just too awesome. Also, the Collector might have some beef with the Guardians.
- 2) Daredevil: Born Again
Plot: I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of Netflix's Daredevil series, and I would love to see him FINALLY INTERACT WITH OTHER HEROES ON THE BIG SCREEN! Sorry, sorry, lost my cool. Anyways, Daredevil encounters a mysterious new assassins who never misses. Plus, Elektra is brought back from the dead, which is pretty shocking to Matt. He again tries to balance his double-life after his stint with the Defenders. If ever there will be a time for Daredevil to go on the big screen, this is it.
- 3) Spider-Man: Thrill of the Hunt
Villain: Kraven the Hunter
Plot: Spider-Man is just settling into life as the Web-Slinger when a new villain named Kraven appears and vies for the ultimate trophy: Spider-Man's head. This could be interesting in a number of ways thematically and visually, and it would be really cool for the "Kraven's Last Hunt" story line to be adapted, at least a little bit. This could honestly be cooler than the first one.
- 4) Moon Knight
Plot: Mercenary Marc Spector is working with his friend Frenchie and another mercenary, Bushman, when they stumble upon an archaeological dig site in Egypt. Bushman kills the expedition leader, leading to Marc fighting him and being left for dead. He is brought back to life by the Moon God Khonshu, in exchange for him being the god's fist on Earth. He then goes to New York City and uses his mercenary money to become rich and fight crime. He eventually goes toe to toe with the Taskmaster, who can memorize any fighting style and replicate it perfectly. This could be very interesting because of Spector's multiple personalities, and I think it could also work as a Netflix show because it's a little grittier.
- 5) Black Panther: Rise of the Ape
Plot: Black Panther is haunted by the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and he is trying to recover back in his home of Wakanda. He is ruling peacefully there, until a series of attacks on the Wakandan people lead him to take action against a villain called the Man-Ape. This could take place entirely in Wakanda or some kind of snowy environment given the fact that the Man-Ape looks like the Yeti from Expedition Everest.
- 6) The Fantastic Four
Villain: Dr. Doom
Plot: I'm going to start off by skipping the origin story. After the two ok to bad FF origin movies, you already know how they get their powers. So anyways, it starts off with them in the Baxter Building. Dr. Doom comes to town and wreaks some havoc, and the Four take notice. They find out that he's oppressively ruling his home country of Latveria and they go there to stop him and save his people from his sinister rule. No alien goo. Just no.
- 7) Captain Marvel 2
Plot: After helping save the universe from Thanos' rage, Captain Marvel is back to protecting Earth and the rest of the Marvel Universe. However, a new cosmic threat appears and only she has the power to stop them. Maybe she could team up with the Nova Corps or some other Avengers on this one, actually. That would be pretty cool.
- 8) Planet Hulk
Villain: Red King or the Leader
Plot: Since I don't know if the Illuminati will be part of the MCU, it could be changed to the Leader sending Hulk to space instead of the other heroes. There, he has to fight in the Red King's arena like a gladiator. He then forms the alliance with the other gladiators and they rise up and take back the planet from the Red King. Thus, it becomes Planet Hulk. I know you were probably expecting this eventually, but I thought it would be interesting nonetheless.
- 9) Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme
Villain: Baron Mordo
Plot: This is going to be a classic battle of the sorcerers to see who can claim the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Baron Mordo will be more antagonistic in this one than the first movie, and will present a greater challenge as his powers grow stronger. I know this will have been a long time to wait for a sequel, but I have a perfectly reasonable explanation: I forgot about Doctor Strange.
- 10) Power Man and Iron Fist
Villain: Blackout? It doesn't matter, you don't go to Iron Fist for the villains. Or do you?
Plot: This would be Marvel's ultimate buddy action movie. Just like in the comics, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be heroes for hire, protecting the streets of New York one block at a time. The dynamic of their friendship could be fun, as well as the banter between the two heroes, who have pretty different styles. This would just all around be a fun movie, as long as it's not made on Netflix first. I wouldn't mind that either, though.
- 11) New Avengers
Villain: Count Nefaria or Dr. Doom
Plot: Now that some time has passed, the Avengers are settling down and regrouping. Spider-Man decides to join the Avengers full-time, though he changes his mind by the end of the movie. Either villain could work because they are both very powerful and would serve as good reasons for the Avengers to get back together and protect Earth. Only problem is, Count Nefaria makes me think of Dr. Nefario from Despicable Me. Very menacing indeed.
MCU Phase 5 (aka Move Over, Avengers)
- 1) Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
Plot: I guess Venom would have to be introduced for this to work, but he could be a more minor character compared to the big bad. So, Cletus Kasady bonds with the spawn of the venom symbiote to become the evil, super-powerful Carnage. He then goes on a killing spree similar to the one in his original comic appearance. Spider-Man could even team up with the Fantastic Four to stop him here, too (just not at the 90s punk concert).
- 2) The Punisher
Villain: Everyone who isn't the Punisher
Plot: Ok, so this was originally towards the end of this phase, but then I thought, Hmm, maybe almost 50 year old Jon Bernthal won't want to be the Punisher after 12 years, so I pushed it forward quite a bit. Anyways, the plot is simple: since his origin is out of the way, he just goes and does his Punisher thing, but in a meaningful way against a meaningful villain, not just a spectacle of blood and bullets.
- 3) Black Panther: The White Wolf
Villain: The White Wolf
Plot: White Wolf, who is Black Panther's brother, overthrows T'Challa and becomes the ruler of Wakanda. Black Panther has to fight back so that he can bring his country to peace once again and stop his maniacal brother. This could be interesting because of the familial dynamic, kind of like The Lion King with Mufasa and Scar.
- 4) Fantastic Four: The Negative Zone
Plot: The Fantastic Four receive a transmission from the far reaches of the galaxy. When they investigate, the Baxter Building is attacked by mysterious alien beings. They find out that they hail from an intergalactic destination known as the "Negative Zone" and travel there. They then have to battle the crazed Annihulus, who will stop at nothing to, well, annihilate them and then the human race. If there was any villain who could come close to Thanos' intergalactic scale, Annihulus might be it. Him and someone else, who I'll get to later.
- 5) Moon Knight: Fist of Khonshu
Villain: Midnight, Black Spectre, the Committee, or Man-Wolf?
Plot: Now that Marc Spector has established himself as the Moon Knight, he continues to fight the good fight on New York's crime-ridden streets. However, Khonshu reappears and warns him of a new threat, who should maybe be Man-Wolf since werewolves have to do with the moon. He could track him down like in the original comic and then become an ally after it is revealed that Man-Wolf isn't a bad guy. I kind of wanted Taskmaster to be part of the whole Man-Wolf/Committee story, so maybe I'll make a new article and change it in the future. Let me know which one you prefer in the comments: use #SoloTaskmaster for Taskmaster alone vs Moon Knight, or use #AlliedTaskmaster for Taskmaster working for the Committee vs. Moon Knight and eventually Man-Wolf!
- 6) Doctor Strange: Warped Realities
Plot: Doctor Strange's world (along with ours) is turned on its head as the demon Dormammu appears on Earth for the first time in ages. He wages war against the Sorcerer Supreme, leading to Doctor Strange to use all his wits and skills to take down this all-powerful demon. Could possible have an awesome magic fire vs. magic magic fight.
- 7) Namor: The Sub-Mariner
Villain: Attuma and/or Tiger Shark
Plot: While Namor isn't Marvel's most popular hero, he is one of their oldest and has a loyal fan base. I think he would make a cool movie hero, as would his Atlantean world. Plus, he appeared before Aquaman, so he's not a rip-off. Anyways, Attuma, who is an exiled Atlantean, comes back to try and take control of Atlantis. Could have some ramifications outside of just the water. I know this is similar to Thor and Black Panther, but I mean, he is a king. Tiger Shark could either be a henchman, secondary villain, or primary protagonist in a separate film. Now that I've written way too much about Namor, let's move on.
- 8) Captain Marvel 3
Plot: I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. Remember how I said I don't know a whole lot about the Inhumans. Well, I don't know very much about Captain Marvel's rogues gallery other than the ones I found on the wiki, so I'm going to let you guys make the story for this one in the comments. Just make sure it works with the continuity of my universe. Put #CaptainMarvel3 or CaptainMarvel3 in bold so that I know where to look, and I'll include my favorite in another article, or I'll modify this one. Thanks peeps.
- 9) Wolverine
Villain: William Stryker or Deadpool
Plot: I'm iffy on the whole William Stryker thing since it was kind of butchered in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but maybe that memory will have passed. This could focus on Weapon X again, or it could feature Wolverine as an already established character that could square off against Deadpool and team up with later? The banter between these two as enemies would be fun, and there really is no conflict resolution because neither of them is going to kill each other. Again, just a fun movie.
- 10) Spider-Woman
Villain: Connelly and Electro/or Doctor Octopus
Plot: After falling ill as a child, Jessica Drew was healed with a spider-serum by HYDRA. She then was trained as an assassin for them, using her new powers for evil. Connelly, a HYDRA agent, is the one trying to keep her on the evil side, while her moral compass tells her otherwise. She then could fight classic Spider-Man enemies like Electro or Doc Ock when she becomes a hero. The movie would be complex and interesting, about her redemption and eventual realization that it is better to be a hero than a villain.
- 11) New Avengers: The Trials of Kang
Villain: Kang the Conqueror
Plot: Maybe Kang would be better served as a GOTG Vol. 3 villain, but he fights the Avengers often, too, so I'm putting him here. Anyways, Kang comes from the 30th century, so he goes back in time and uses his superior technology to take over and rule ancient and modern kingdoms. To stop this alternate timeline from happening, the Avengers join again and attempt to take down Kang before he conquers Earth, and then the rest of the universe. Time travel in this movie could make for an interesting twist on the Avengers formula.
- 12) The Uncanny X-Men
Plot: This is the big payoff of the entire Phase 5: the X-Men finally join the MCU. This, as referenced by the name, is a callback to the more classic X-Men, without Wolverine, at least for now. Professor X guides his team of heroes to try and defeat the Master of Magnetism, protecting the humans that Magneto so despises. Could touch on the same social issues as the comics and the original movie, while also having that classic vibe of X-Men: First Class. Cyclops is the team leader, of course, and I see this as being an extremely fun (and successful) entry in the series.
MCU Phase 6 (aka Mind Blown)
- 1) Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Villain: Sabretooth and HYDRA
Plot: The comic storyline has something to do with Wolverine being brainwashed by HYDRA and used as their personal killing machine. My version deviates from that a little bit, where HYDRA could be trying to do this, deploying their soldiers and super villains while Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, goes after Wolverine with his own personal goals. The two enemies could eventually meet as one and try to take down the Wolverine, but we all know that if anyone can get out of a tough situation, it's Logan.
- 2) Spider-Men
Plot: This is more or less a movie adaptation of the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game, which has Mysterio stealing a tablet with magical powers. Spider-Man breaks it, sending the Amazing, Ultimate, Noir, and 2099 dimensions into chaos. They wouldn't be fighting all 13 villains from the game, of course, because a movie is too much with 3 villains, let alone 13. The four Spider-Men (like Aliens) will be assisted by Madame Web, and they eventually defeat Mysterio in a crazy cross-dimensional battle. (I'm not being lazy, it's just that the regular Spider-Man will be nearing the end of his screen career in the MCU, so the need to introduce more Spider-Men is huge. Plus, that game was just so awesome).
- 3) Fantastic Four: Reign of the Skrulls
Plot: The alien being known as the Super-Skrull arrives on Earth. He was artificially given all the Fantastic Four's powers, but at a more powerful level. The Four have to be stronger than ever before as they meet their match (or superior) in the Super-Skrull. The motivation for the Skrull's invasion is that they want revenge on the Fantastic Four for stopping their previous conquests, leading to their planet being destroyed by a little someone named Galactus. This one has a lot of groundwork to lay for the Destroyer of Worlds to appear in the future.
- 4) She-Hulk
Villain: Absorbing Man
Plot: Jennifer Walters is shot by mobsters and is given a last minute blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner. The blood saves her life, but his radiated blood allows her to turn into the She-Hulk. She could then fight the Absorbing Man, who can absorb any material and use its properties. At the end, she could become a member of the New Avengers.
- 5) Uncanny X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Villain: Dark Phoenix
Plot: This would essentially follow the plot of the classic "Dark Phoenix Saga" from the comics. Jean Grey would gain the powers, they would make her do some pretty bad things, the X-Men fight her and try to save her, and then she dies at the end when she stops herself from hurting more people. The movie would have a pretty epic feel, and wouldn't have all the extra baggage that X-Men: The Last Stand did.
- 6) Nova
Plot: Richard Rider becomes a member of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic peace-keeping organization. This could come substantially earlier in this universe, either due to popular demand or the fact that the Nova Corps have already been introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, so it might make more sense to connect it earlier to them. This could maintain or even revive the humor of the GOTG series, since it will be returning to that same type of setting and will feature a normally humorous character.
- 7) The Ghost Rider
Villain: Blackheart or Deacon
Plot: Since this will have been 24 years since the original Ghost Rider (which I've never seen, but consensus seems to be that it sucks), so it would probably be reasonable to retell his origin to a newer audience that isn't familiar with a somewhat obscure character. Johnny Blaze makes a deal with Mephisto to save his ailing father. He then has to become the Ghost Rider, and protects those in need of it with his flaming bike and skull. Blackheart is the son of Mephisto, who takes over his father's power and uses it for evil, so maybe he could be a villain in the sequel. Deacon brutally punishes "sinners", and since he isn't a huge villain in terms of scope, he might make more sense in the first movie. Let me know what you think!
- 8) Blade
Villain: Deacon Frost and/or Blackout
Plot: Again, it'll have been a while since the original, so it could have an origin. Also, unless the violence (and thus, the character) were really toned down, this would definitely be Rated R, just like the original. Ok, so, Deacon Frost, a vampire, bites Eric Brooks mother before he is born, causing her to die and Eric to become half human, half vampire. He vows to destroy every vampire for what they did to him and his mother. He hunts down Deacon Frost and eventually stops him, avenging his mother in the process. Blackout could be in this if he isn't in Power Man and Iron Fist. This would be one of the darker and more violent movies in the MCU.
- 9) Avengers vs. X-Men
Villain: The Phoenix Force
Plot: Could follow closely to the story line in the comics, though obviously without some major Avengers characters, because unlike comic characters, actors age. The Phoenix Force returns to Earth, hoping to find Hope Summers and make her its new host. The X-Men want to protect her like the mutant savior, while the Avengers want her handed over so that they can figure out what to do with her and protect the world from potential destruction. The battle begins, and maybe everyone doesn't make it out alive. Kind of like Civil War, but a bit larger in terms of characters. Let me know if you'd like this movie as much as me in the comments!
- 10) Silver Surfer
Villain: Akhenaten and sort of Galactus
Plot: Norrin Radd confronts Galactus and becomes his Herald in exchange for his world being spared. He finds new worlds for Galactus to consume, but only tells him about worlds that are void of life, so that nobody has to be killed. Eventually, it becomes harder for him to find non-sentient worlds, and Galactus tries to get him to lead him to worlds that are full of life. He rebels against his master, and Galactus deploys Akhenaten, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh given a large amount of power by the Celestial Order. He takes down the pharaoh, and the movie ends with him searching for Earth and other worlds full of life, trying to warn them before it is too late. This could be a very epic movie, and full of heart, as the Silver Surfer fights his former master to do what is right. It also sets up the MCU for the arrival of Galactus in a much more prominent fashion.
MCU Phase 7 (aka The Beginning of the End)
- 1) Venom
Villain: Doctor Octopus
Plot: This could be traditional Eddie Brock Venom as an anti-hero, but I think I'll go with the Flash Thompson Agent Venom, since Brock will need to have already been established due to Carnage only existing because of the Venom symbiote. Flash loses his legs in the military and becomes Venom, working as an operative for the government. He could fight Doc Ock, who is trying to harness the symbiote or some kind of technology. It could be on Earth or in space, since Agent Venom is a sort of cosmic character as well. If you think that Agent Venom is a bad idea, let me know. If not, GOOD.
- 2) Wolverine and Cyclops
Plot: This is another buddy movie, but not as humorous or light-hearted as Power Man and Iron Fist. After the events of Enemy of the State and Avengers vs. X-Men, Wolverine and Cyclops are pretty shaken. However, it can't last long as the Juggernaut has returned after years, itching to end Cyclops' life and beat the crud out of Wolverine. They team up to keep the X-Men from going through another battle and take down the massive villain after a lot of fighting. This is where Juggernaut is done right (again, thanks X-Men: The Last Stand).
- 3) Nova 2
Plot: Nova is back at it again, doing his thing and protecting the galaxy. Once again, some kind of cosmic threat could appear, or maybe this one should take a more Earth-bound approach. Either way, he should probably come across either the Silver Surfer or Galactus in some way, making him the catalyst that sets the eventual conflict and preparation into motion. Nova is now the little errand boy.
- 4) Magneto
Villain: The X-Men or Mystique
Plot: This is a story from the point of view of the sometimes sympathetic villain, Magneto. He fights his archenemies, the X-Men, and may fight Mystique if she chooses to fight the good fight, as she is constantly changing affiliation. The movie should put Magneto in a better light, since he is sometimes a good guy and will help protect Earth from Galactus later on. Three cheers for Magneto!
- 5) Avengers: M.O.D.O.K.
Plot: The Avengers encounter a being called M.O.D.O.K., which means Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing. He is extremely intelligent and has very powerful allies, ones that supplied him with his powers and put him in his current...situation. This is the final Avengers movie before the fight against Galactus, so I picked someone who probably won't kill any heroes but is suitably menacing in his own way. He's no pushover, but the Avengers, as always, will succeed.
- 6) Ms. Marvel
Plot: This movie will bring some much-needed diversity into the MCU, in that this is a female Muslim Pakistani-American teen, not the traditional white male. She's also like Spider-Man in that she is a teen who has to deal with school and all that while being a superhero, instantly making her more relatable. The movie would have a smaller scale than some others, taking place in her hometown in New Jersey. She will, however, play into the bigger picture's battle against Galactus. She can fight Kaboom, who also gets her powers from the Terrigan Mists. Another fun and relatable hero for the MCU to enjoy.
- 7) Spider-Man 2099
Villain: Alchemax Corporation and Scorpion
Plot: Since I'm sure that Spider-Men will be uuuuuge hit, and everybody loves Spider-Man 2099, I think he should get his own spin-off movie. He is an interesting character in his own right, and his rogues gallery and world and inventive and cool. So, Miguel O'Hara is the Spider-Man in 2099. He's already been established as a character, so no origin story is really necessary. He fights the evil Alchemax Corporation, which experiments on Kron Stone, turning him into the villainous Scorpion. Spider-Man tries to defeat Stone and make him human again while taking down the nefarious corporation that did this to him. Could be a serious story with a fun and funny main character.
- 8) Return of the Ghost Rider
Plot: Ghost Rider is another one of those characters who I'm not super familiar with in terms of their rogues gallery. However, I feel like the first movie would be successful enough to warrant a somewhat belated sequel. Plus, who can deny the awesomeness of the Ghost Rider? Anyways, he'll still be protecting the world from otherworldly demons. He's one of the MCU's darker properties, but I think that the movie would still be entertaining and fun. If you've got any ideas besides my basic premise, let me know with #ReturnoftheGR in the comments!
- 9) The Incredible Hercules
Villain: Ares and Typhon
Plot: This is the last major Avenger being added to the MCU before Galactus arrives. Hercules starts off on Olympus, where he has a bitter rivalry with his brother, Ares. Ares ends up sending him to the mortal world, particularly New York City. He tries to find a way to get back to his home and defend it from Ares, while protecting the people of New York when he is there. He makes his way back to Olympus, and just as he is about to confront Ares, the Titan Typhon is unleashed. He begins to destroy Mount Olympus and the accompanying countryside. Hercules defeats Typhon and confronts Ares, fighting a grueling hand to hand battle against his bitter enemy. After his victory, he realizes that his duty in the world is not only to protect his home, but the rest of the Earth's inhabitants as well. This would be a very epic and compelling character study and would make a great addition to the MCU. Maybe I should have put this earlier!
- 10) Uncanny X-Men: House of M
Villain: Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Plot: Reality is altered, causing Magneto to have brought mutantkind to prominence in the world. The only person who remembers how things are supposed to be is Wolverine. He struggles with deciding whether to fix things or leave them as they are, with his kind finally not being oppressed. Magneto and the Brotherhood can make his mutants look good on his end, but he and his cohorts still have sinister motives. This is the kind of thought-provoking story that would make a great closer to Phase 7, and would be a suitable penultimate chapter in the MCU. Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments!
MCU Phase 8 (aka The War of the Worlds)
- 1) Avengers: The Destroyer of Worlds Part 1
Plot: Galactus has finally arrived at Earth. The MCU's entire roster of heroes: Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, have all joined forces to try and stop the impending destruction of their world. The heroes fight hard, but this ends similarly to Infinity War Part 1, with the heroes losing some of their own, including their moral leader. The heroes brace for the end, hoping for one last chance at defeating this behemoth. Things aren't looking good. But then, there is a shining star in the pitch-black night.
- 2) Avengers: The Destroyer of Worlds Part 2
Plot: All hope seems to be lost for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, when the Silver Surfer returns to Earth and aids them in their fight against Galactus. The Silver Surfer's awesome cosmic abilities are the boost of strength that the heroes needed and they retaliate, fighting with every fiber of their being. In the end, the Silver Surfer gives his life to save a world that isn't his, defeating Galactus and saving Earth in the process. The heroes can rest easy now, knowing that, at least for the time being, they will only have to fight threats from their own world. They have the valiant Herald of Galactus to thank for that. I think that that is a fitting end to the MCU, and epic story that connects all the franchises and heroes and unites them against a common enemy. It might be cheesy, but it works for me. Let me know if you think this is a good ending as well!
So there you have it. My MCU through Phase 8. There were tons of new heroes introduced, new villains to defeat, new stories to expand, new areas to explore. If this were ever to become a reality, I think I would cry. Anyways, this was a lot of fun. I enjoyed coming home and working on this huge story every day. If you ever want me to do something else like this, let me know in the comments (I'll probably do it anyways). Maybe you want me to do a DCEU version. Who knows? Anyways, thanks for reading, and EXCELSIOR!