WARNING: SPOILERS FOR LOKI AHEAD. Avengers Endgame was beyond epic. Never before had that many superheroes shared the big screen together as displayed in that final battle scene. But as the MCU enters its Phase 4, just how can such a climactic conclusion be topped?
Well, it’s no secret that Marvel Phase 4 will be exploring the multiverse and time travel as first introduced properly in Avengers Endgame.
And by the looks of what’s in store for the franchise across the next couple of years, it seems like different MCU movies and TV shows are introducing variants of multiple Marvel characters.
And since Avengers 5 hasn’t been announced quite yet, some fans believe the shared universe’s big picture storyline is all leading up to Avengers: Secret Wars.
The 2015 Marvel Comics narrative famously saw the Marvel multiverse collide into Battleworld.
On Battleworld, variants of multiple Marvel characters existed at the same time. And the clues that Avengers 5 will adapt Secret Wars start in Avengers Endgame and appear to be building up throughout Marvel Phase 4.
We first came across a few variants in Avengers Endgame when versions of Thanos, Nebula and Gamora travelled from alternate 2014 to 2023.
Of course, Thanos and Nebula both perished, but the variant Gamora is still out there and will presumably show up again in 2023’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Then there’s the Loki variant who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers Endgame’s 2012 Time Heist scene.
Since Disney now own the rights to Fox, we wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel characters seen in previous Fantastic Four and X-Men movies will be showing up in Doctor Strange 2 alongside those Peter Parker variants.
After all, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by the Maguire trilogy’s Sam Raimi.
Then there’s Thor: Love and Thunder which features both Chris Hemsworth’s Asgardian god and now Jane Foster’s The Mighty Thor, who could be a variant.
While the villain in that movie is Christian Bale’s Gorr the God Butcher, who took on three versions of Thor in the comics: A young Viking Age version, the present-day one and an old Asgardian King Thor.
Going back to the original question of how do Marvel top Avengers Endgame; well we reckon by seeing the MCU multiverse collide and having variants of multiple Marvel characters come together in one epic battle.
Just imagine all the Spider-Mans, Lokis, Thors etc fighting on Battleworld with all kinds of other variants of superheroes fans know and love so well.
And if that wasn’t enough, let’s also not forget that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is entering the mix. Plus time travel villain Kang the Conquerer, who has had many variants in the comics, is set to debut in the franchise in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Whatever happens next in the MCU, the weirder and wonderful elements of the comics are about to get the big-screen treatment they deserve, so buckle up.