‘Avengers: Endgame’ …or is it?

By on May 8, 2019

—- SPOILER ALERT! —-

If you believe ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is the finale of the Marvel Cinematic Universe I have a bridge I could sell you.

There’s no way a production company is going to smash the record for highest grossing opening weekend by $100 million and turn around and pull the plug on a perfectly functioning cash cow. So, what’s next? Here’s a few of my theories (and hopes) on what happens next.

(If you are reading this, I assume you have already seen ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ You’ve been warned.)

Getting friendly — the easiest Marvel extension of the MCU is already in motion. After hurtling across the battlefield with the new Stark gauntlet, Spidey (Tom Holland) swings back into theaters for the Fourth of July weekend in what has become the fan favorite of Spiderman portrayals (sorry Tobey Maguire).

By taking a look at the credits for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ it is easy to see the Stark legacy lives on here: Jon Favreau is Happy Hogan and Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury.

Where is Loki? Once Loki gets his hands on the Tesseract (a.k.a. space stone) when the Avengers flub the time heist in 2012 and the God of Mischief teleports out of capture, my eyes were peeled for his reappearance the rest of the movie. It never happened.

There’s talk of a Loki TV show starring Tom Hiddleston, which will air as part of the new Disney+ streaming service. Will the show fall in line with the MCU timeline?

Asgardians of the Galaxy — Comic geeks like me have already been reading the adventures of this Marvel mash-up in print, but it is much different than the crew aboard The Milano at the end of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ Not having to read between the lines, it looks like Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will join Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) on Star-Lord’s (Chris Pratt) quest to find Gamora (Zoe Saldana). I’d look in the Soul World first. There will always be a piece of her there.

Time’s up X-Men — The upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ (6/7/19) will be the end of a laborious run of X-Men films. But Fox-owned Marvel characters (like the X-Men and Deadpool) have now become part of the Disney world, legally, and this opens a world of scenarios for Marvel tie-ins.

Cap is worthy! — But, so is Jane Foster. We got a couple minutes of Jane Foster via Thor’s flashbacks, but it was not enough to assuage my desire to see the female Thor (a la writer Jason Aaron) on the big screen; Natalie Portman, of course, becoming worthy enough to wield Mjolnir.

But I hate to admit that time has passed. Oh, well. I guess that’s why they gave us Captain Marvel. And you gotta believe that movie is due a sequel!

So, while the Avengers story line as we know it may be dead, old, and retired (in order of their appearance as Avengers in Marvel history) I think MCU has a lot more in store for us in the coming years. Stay tuned! (Psst… anybody ready for the return of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on May 10?)

Agree or disagree? Reel Reviews works like this: 1) Watch a movie; 2) Send suggestions, comments and criticism to Michael at SomeProMCU@gmail.com.

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