Marvel’s [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) really changed things up in the MCU with the division of the Avengers and a number of new characters being introduced. While the early days of the MCU were fairly easy to predict, the story is now at a crossroad with uncertain pathways lying ahead. With over 70 years of epic storylines at their disposal, we can but dream of what the MCU will try next. Here are eight storylines, that might, just might, happen.
Actual and potential spoilers ahead, you have been warned.
1. Planet Hulk
Personally, I thought this one was a given after watching the first few Age of Ultron trailers. Hulk goes nuts and blasted himself into space for the safety of the general public — surely this would be the perfect way to connect the Earth-bound heroes with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, the ending of Age of Ultron rather put my theory to rest, but with the Hulk confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok, who’s to say that Bruce Banner won’t find himself being blasted into space in the near future?
The Planet Hulk storyline also offers something a little bit more original for another standalone Hulk film, which a lot of people still want to see. Fingers crossed. For more on a possible Planet Hulk film, see here.
2. The Thunderbolts
With DC’s Suicide Squad fast approaching, Marvel may well be looking at their own Thunderbolts property as a counterpoint. The introduction of the Raft makes it a definite possibility — after all, there’ve got to be some supervillains in there, not just shamed Avengers. Personally, I was a huge fan of Warren Ellis’s run on the series — however short it was — and with characters like Venom, Penance and Moonstone on the team, a big-screen version of the Thunderbolts could be epic.
Let’s not forget that with the Avengers in turmoil, the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs a superteam, and the Thunderbolts might just be that team.
3. Falcon Cap
When Marvel announced Captain America: Winter Soldier, they seemed to telegraph the idea of Bucky taking the shield, particularly given Sebastian Stan’s nine-movie contract. However, with three movies down, Bucky is now on ice, missing an arm and seemingly lightyears from taking up the mantle of Captain America. Meanwhile, another potential candidate for the role is still very much present: Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) took up somewhat of a leadership role in Civil War, and with Steve Rogers apparently giving up the shield, Falcon may be ready to step in.
In the comic books, Sam Wilson is still in possession of the shield, and, by the end of the Infinity Wars, he may well be in the film world too.
Check out this Falcon featurette for more info:
4. Red Hulk
After years in the wilderness, Thunderbolt Ross made a big comeback in Captain America: Civil War, so one has to question why. Sure, it’s hard to think of a better governor for the Raft prison, but I was expecting the appearance of the Red Hulk as a late twist in Civil War. That’s not to say we won’t be seeing more of General Ross; in fact, leading up to Infinity Wars there are a number of opportunities for Ross to get angry, and you won’t like him when he's angry.
Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to see a real clash of the titans between Banner and Ross? The perfect way to tie up the Hulk’s long burning story arc.
5. Dark Reign
Having said that, Ross would be the perfect candidate to oversee the MCU’s version of the famous Dark Reign storyline. Tony Stark might be very much in charge at the moment, but the potentially Universe-changing Infinity Wars might just be the catalyst for a dramatic change in leadership. The comic book storyline saw Norman Osborne take control of the S.H.I.E.L.D. replacement, H.A.M.M.E.R., and appoint hardened villains such as Bullseye, Venom and Daken as official Avengers. I wouldn’t bet against Thunderbolt Ross doing the same in a film version of the storyline.
This is obviously some way off, but have the effects of Civil War set the Dark Reign story arc down an inevitable path?
6. Secret Invasion
2008’s Secret Invasion really changed the status quo of the Marvel Universe, calling into question the authenticity of all of the world’s heroes. It was also the event that brought the fractured Avengers back together after the devastating Civil War, and triggered one of the most epic battles ever seen in Marvel comics history. The MCU might use the Infinity Wars to bring the worlds of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy together, so cosmic-level events like this could become more commonplace in the aftermath.
If the Secret Invasion is to happen, expect to see the MCU introducing the Skrull race in the near future.
7. The Sinister Six
Sony still has unfinished business with their golden boy, Spider-Man, and they will no doubt be disappointed that their Sinister Six project never came to fruition. However, their deal with the MCU makes the likelihood of seeing the Sinister Six considerably greater. Once again, the appearance of the Raft in Civil War offers a number of possibilities and also prevents the need for six movies’ worth of backstory to introduce this epic rogue’s gallery.
Of course, Spider-Man writers will probably steer clear of the last two franchises’ mistake of adding too many villains in one film — six might just be too much.
8. An Avengers Wedding
In 1975, Scarlet Witch and Vision got married in front of their Avengers teammates as part of the Giant-Size Avengers Annual. With the developments in Civil War, it is entirely possible that the MCU could repeat this iconic moment on the big screen. Of course, much of the Scarlet Witch/Vision love story is dependent upon Vision’s role in the Infinity Wars and if (as many have predicted) Thanos kills Vision for the Infinity Stone in his head — but we can hope.
With some tough times are ahead for the characters of the MCU, a good wedding might just be the order of the day.