Avengers: Infinity War was envisioned as a two-part epic that would serve as the culmination of Phase 3 and the current iteration of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. As time went by, though, Marvel began changing their slate: First with the inclusion of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which forced them to push back Black Panther and Captain Marvel and then with the controversial removal of The Inhumans, which to this day has no new release date.
One thing that remained the same was Avengers: Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously revealed that the films would get title changes and that the two Infinity Wars would ultimately be stand alone films. The two-part epic had fans speculating on how Marvel would deal with a divided storyline...until a few days ago, that is.
Many, including myself, thought of their comments as simply meaning that each film would be able to stand on its own. That, however, was not the case. The Wrap revealed that a schedule change states that the film set for release on May 4, 2018 had the Part 1 removed from its title and is now called Avengers: Infinity War and the previously named Part 2 is now called Untitled Avengers, still set for release on May 3, 2019.
So, with Avengers: Infinity War now being the MCU's only official film to wrap up the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, how can Untitled Avengers be more interesting than its predecessor? Where do you go after that? How do you go bigger? Or do you dial it back and go smaller? Here are five comic books storylines Avengers 4 could adapt to make an awesome movie.
1. Secret Invasion (2008)
Yes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already dealt with issues of mistrust in Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. But all three of these would pale in comparison to the massive Skrull Invasion that was the focus of the Secret Invasion storyline.
In the comics, a shapeshifting alien race known as the Skrulls begin to kidnap superheroes and take their place. This infiltration continued for years with no one on Earth being the wiser. Eventually, previously thought-to-be-trusty companions such as Spider-Woman and Elektra were revealed to be copycats. You can imagine the chaos as all our heroes started to wonder who was real and who was a Skrull, and it tore the universe apart.
Considering the large roster of characters in the MCU and that Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn, recently revealed that the Skrulls are free for Marvel to use (with a few exceptions), now would be the perfect time to dive into this story. Infinity War could even be used as a springboard for this event. Maybe Thanos caused the Skrulls to arrive on Earth? Perhaps the Skrulls have been carefully planting their seeds for some time now?
Either way, there's no doubt this would be an awesome story to explore in the MCU.
2. Dark Avengers (2009)
Dark Avengers is one of the best comic book storylines out there and I've been dying to see some form of adaptation of it. Fortunately, the MCU is finally in a state where a storyline like this would have a significant impact. Imagine if our favorite heroes, whom we have followed for 8+ years are replaced and framed by a group of psychopathic copycats who are now worshipped by people around the world? That was the plan of Norman Osborn, a.k.a. Green Goblin.
The best part about this is that it isn't necessary to introduce all of the Dark Avengers in separate films first. The plot of Avengers 4, centered on this storyline, could be kicked off by introducing these dark versions of Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, etc., who they are and their motivations for taking part in this twisted game. Plus, Marvel now has control of all the characters involved, with the exception of Wolverine's son, Daken. It wouldn't be hard to retcon it a bit.
James Rhodes' Iron Patriot armor could even be set as precedent for Norman Osborn's suit design, because, like I said, everything that's part of the MCU could be used in favor of kickstarting this amazing storyline that, if handled by the right people, could be one of the greatest comic book films in history.
3. Secret Wars (1984)
Hitting newsstands in 1984, the 12-issue Secret Wars event was initially meant to be nothing more than a gigantic toy advertisement. But it overcame the odds to become one of the most celebrated storylines in comic books and united some of Marvel's greatest characters while introducing classic characters like Venom and Spider-Woman.
Considering that almost every major villain that's been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far has died, the Secret Wars event would be an opportunity to bring them back to duel with our favorite heroes. The film would also open the door to introduce new, awesome faces such as Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, and finally give us a live-action, comic-book-accurate origin for Venom. I don't know about you, but I'd love for Spidey to find his future-nemesis black goo in a costume-repairing machine.
The only problem that could be an obstacle for us finally getting an adaptation of this awesome storyline would be Fox's ownership of the X-Men, who play a pivotal role in the comic book. However, if speculation on Legion being part of the MCU is to be believed, a bigger deal between Fox and Marvel would not be as far-fetched as before.
4. The Kree-Skull War (1971)
The MCU has spent more than eight years presenting us with new characters, worlds, and different facets that are evidence of the vastness of its universe. One of those facets is the alien race, The Kree, first introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy. But they also played a pivotal role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., particularly in Season 3. Since then, with Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming up, their role is expected to get bigger.
As for the Kree, like I mentioned before, Gunn confirmed that the Kree were now free to use, with only very specific characters from the race being off-limits. I would guess it's the Super Skrulls.
Given the liberty Marvel has with these two rival species, all the superheroes required for the event, the cosmic scope of the story, the high stakes involved and with most of the seeds for the Kree-Skrull War storyline already planted, the film would be a welcome and exciting addition to the ever-growing superhero franchise.
The Possibilities Are Endless For Avengers 4
Avengers: Infinity War will undoubtedly be one of the biggest cinematic events we've ever seen as the wrap-up to the introduction of a movie universe that's been explored for a decade. Keeping this in mind, it can seem an almost impossible task to deliver another Avengers film with as much high stakes that play on fans' anticipations and ultimately delivers on its promise of awesomeness.
Fortunately, there are decades and decades of amazing storylines to pull from. Still, whichever route Marvel choose to take, they seem to be sure enough about it to keep the as yet untitled Avengers film in schedule.
Which storyline would you like to see adapted for Avengers 4?
[Source: The Wrap]