8 things you didn't know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, commonly abbreviated as MCU, refers to the collection of movies and TV shows produced by Marvel Studios, which are based on Marvel comic books. While the movies and shows featuring superheroes like Iron Man and Captain America are more well-known, there are also lesser-known facts about the MCU that you may not know—such as the fact that several actors who have played superheroes in the MCU were actually villains in earlier parts of the series! Read on to find out 8 things you didn’t know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
1) Stan Lee's cameos in his films
It's no secret that Marvel legend Stan Lee loves to pop up in his superhero movies, with cameos in pretty much every film in some capacity or another. However, there's a far greater number of these cinematic shout-outs than many fans realize! With Lee confirmed to be appearing in at least four upcoming Marvel movies (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), here's a list of all his previous movie cameos... It's no secret that Marvel legend Stan Lee loves to pop up in his superhero movies, with cameos in pretty much every film in some capacity or another. However, there's a far greater number of these cinematic shout-outs than many fans realize! With Lee confirmed to be appearing in at least four upcoming Marvel movies (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), here's a list of all his previous movie cameos...
2) Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp in Ant-Man and The Wasp
Evangeline Lilly has played The Wasp in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Avengers: Infinity War. She’s also set to appear in a yet-to-be named sequel with Paul Rudd. So if she makes it through Avengers 4, that will give her a total of four MCU appearances. It’s doubtful she’ll be killed off that many times though, so could it be possible she will suit up as Janet Van Dyne at some point? Her suit does have an upgraded helmet after all, which would explain why Hope doesn’t get to use her original helmet from 2015's Ant-Man film. And we know Hope is ready for a new superhero identity since she told Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man and The Wasp that I don’t want to wear my mother’s suit anymore. I want one of my own. Will she finally get her wish in 2019’s Captain Marvel or 2020’s Untitled Avengers Film? Only time will tell. But even if she never gets a chance to suit up as The Wasp again, there is still a chance Evangeline Lilly could return to play Hope van Dyne once more. After all, Peyton Reed revealed he had a story arc planned out for Hope during his interviews for Ant-Man and The Wasp. He said: There was always an idea that maybe someday down the road there might be a standalone movie with her character. Maybe someday isn't now but it's still something we can look forward too!
3) What was cut from original cuts of Captain America: Civil War?
One of my favorite subplots in Civil War that was not included in either cut of the film is Black Widow's side mission to retrieve her old friend: Bucky. At some point during filming, Scarlett Johansson flew out to Cleveland for three days to shoot a scene with Sebastian Stan. According to sources, directors Joe and Anthony Russo shot an extended exchange between Cap and Black Widow as they intercepted her on her way back from rescuing Bucky Barnes. Whether or not Black Widow will be able to hold onto both Bucky Barnes and new love interest Frank The Fixer (played by actor Dominic Cooper) remains a mystery but if anyone can do it, she can! I sure would love to see more scenes involving these characters.
4) Can we expect a third 'Ant-Man' film?
Rumors have been circulating for months that a third Ant-Man film is in development. The rumor originated from Disney CEO Bob Iger and has since been denied by a number of people involved with 'Ant-Man'. While Iger did say that Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas would return for a sequel, there has not been anything said officially by Marvel or Disney to confirm that an Ant-Man sequel is in development. If it is being worked on behind closed doors, they are doing a really good job of keeping it under wraps because most information that comes up regarding these characters relates to Ant-Man and The Wasp. Fans will just have to wait and see if we get a third film about Scott Lang’s adventures as Ant-Man.
5) When did Thanos arrive at Earth?
Thanos has already been spotted on Earth in a post-credits scene at the end of The Avengers. But that scene took place in 2012, so it’s unlikely we’ll see him again until Guardians of Galaxy 2 or Age of Ultron. We suspect Thanos won’t arrive until much later down the line (probably not for a few more years). Why? Because it’s likely that director James Gunn wants to introduce other villains and heroes before bringing back such an important character from previous films. And because there are currently no plans for an Infinity Gauntlet comic series to tie into either of these movies, which would explain how Thanos makes his way to Earth at all. When he does arrive, though, he’ll almost certainly be alone. His Black Order henchmen have yet to make their appearance on screen, but when they do show up (likely in Phase 3), they’ll probably be doing a lot of Thanos’ dirty work for him. If anything, they might serve as his eyes and ears while he waits patiently for his chance to strike.
The first Avenger?: A popular fan theory suggests that Captain America will become a member of a new team led by Nick Fury—a sort of superhero version of S.H.I.E.L.D., if you will—and that he'll recruit several fellow Avengers along with himself: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow.
6) Every time Loki has worn the Asgardian armor.
Loki is known for wearing Asgardian armor at least once in every movie. However, fans may not have realized that there was an instance where he wore it twice! It happened in Thor: The Dark World. The first time we see Loki in his battle armor is right after he's broken out of prison by Thor and a few S.H.I.E.L.D agents and has apparently killed Frigga (his mother). A scene later on reveals that it was actually Odin dressed as Loki who took down Frigga - and Odin was wearing Loki's black armor from when he had just arrived on Earth! Later, we see Loki back in his normal attire and then he puts on a helmet to disguise himself as a guard before sneaking into Odin's chamber. He wears all of his armor again while fighting with Malekith, but then removes it before going to Asgard to be crowned king. Finally, towards the end of the film, Loki is standing around watching Thor leave with Jane Foster when suddenly...he puts on all of his armor again! What gives? This final scene hints at some unfinished business between father and son - perhaps a reunion between them will occur in Ragnarok? Only time will tell...
7) No Endgame, What Next For The MCU?
The mid-credits scene in Avengers: Endgame sent shockwaves through comic-book fandom: a vision of a shadowy figure, not dissimilar to Captain Marvel, floating in outer space. The character was left unidentified, leading many fans to presume that she’s actually Ms. Marvel. That said, there are significant differences between Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers—and we shouldn’t be surprised if Captain Marvel 2 features an entirely new iteration of Ms. Marvel (or Moon Knight for that matter). But what about Spider-Man? Ant-Man? The Fantastic Four? What other characters could join Phase 4? Here are 10 possibilities...
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8) Infinity Gauntlet writer to pen new script for MCU
A recent interview on SyFy has confirmed that Jim Starlin, writer of Infinity Gauntlet, will be penning a new script for 2018's Avengers: Infinity War sequel. While details remain sketchy, it is rumored that both Moon Knight and Adam Warlock will make their MCU debuts in an Avengers film directed by James Gunn. This means that two new characters may be introduced in Phase Four of Marvel's ongoing series of films. The confirmation came from a recent tweet by SyFy's Aaron Sagers: Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige just told me that @JimStarlin will write a treatment for ANOTHER #Avengers movie.