Marvel Theory

Okay I will not say any spoilers from WandaVision until all episodes are released on March 5th, so be on the lookout. Any who, there are so many theories surrounding the MCU as I spoke about in each review I did but as I’ve been watching S.H.I.E.L.D and WandaVision theres so much more I haven’t even comprehended. I feel like I’m lacking due to my lack of reading the Comic books. I need to re watch them all again slowly because as you all know there are tons of Easter Eggs that were noticed but I’m going to begin to explain what I can thus far.

Now Ranker List had 18 theories that ended up being mostly true but why? Let’s dive into the ones we know the facts too.

  1. Spider Man made a cameo in Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 was the third movie in MCU, and it had a scene where a very young boy encounters a drone and is saved by Tony at the last second. Tom Holland later confirmed that was indeed Peter Parker. Later on we see Parker is a huge fan and has a close bond with Stark. It is interesting because Iron Man 2 came out in 2010, when Sony still had full control of the character. This was even before Disney entered the picture. But was as we all know, Disney does an amazing job linking story plots. It is possible someone in Sony was close to a screenwriter or even a director linking the connection.

2. Quicksilver And Scarlet Witch Got Their Powers From Specific Infinity Stones

According to a Ranker user razzy1319, Wanda and Piedro, aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, they got their powers after having been exposed to the infinity stones while in the custody of Hydra. This users reasoning was that the Tesseract is blue and Quicksilver’s color scheme and manifestation of his powers are blue. Likewise, the same is true for Scarlet Witch and the red Aether. More notably, their powers align with those that the specific stones would grant. The Aether is the Reality Stone, allowing the user to manipulate reality, which is what Scalet Witch does. The Tesseract is the Space Stone, which grants the wielder super-speed, which Quicksilver obviously possesses. However, according to the Comic Books created by Stan Lee, their first appearance was in The X-Men #4 (March 1964) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. They are first depicted as super villains and as a founding members of the Brotherhood of Mutants. In most depictions, she is portrayed as a mutant, a member of a fictional subspecies of humans born with superhuman abilities, and, for much of the character’s history, was considered the daughter of the mutant Magneto and the half-sister of Polaris. 

Magda, the wife of Magneto, escapes from him while pregnant and takes sanctuary at Mount Wundagore in Transia, the home of the High Evolutionary. She gave birth to twins, Wanda and Pietro. The Elder god Chthon altered Wanda at birth and gave her the ability to use magic in addition to her mutant abilities, planning to use her as a vessel when her powers reached maturity. Fearing that Magnus would discover the children, Magda leaves the sanctuary and supposedly dies of exposure to the elements. The twins are attended by Bova, who soon assists the super-heroine Miss America through labor, but the birth results in a stillborn child and Miss America dies in the process. Bova tells the Whizzer that the twins are his children, but he flees because of shock from the death of his wife. The High Evolutionary places them instead in the care of the Romani Django and Marya Maximoff, who raise the twins as their own, naming them Pietro and Wanda. After Django Maximoff steals bread from a neighboring town in order to feed his starving family, the townsfolk set fire to the Roma village, killing Marya. Pietro carried Wanda to safety and the two wandered Europe. The events of their childhood were so traumatic that they did not remember them until well into their adult lives. After Wanda used her powers to save a child, they were chased by a mob. They were saved by Magneto, although neither of them are aware of their connection. He recruits them for the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, which fought against the X-Men on several occasions. When Magneto is abducted by the cosmic entity Stranger, the Brotherhood dissolves and the twins declare that their debt to Magneto has been paid.

If MCU movies and the shows follow the comic books like they have been, then this means that there is a major link between the Avengers and the X-Men series despite being produced by two operate companies. As I mentioned in my first point, Disney would need to link the Sony storylines to the Disney versions.

3. Hydra Is The Key Difference Between Marvel Studios And Fox

BaronOlio’s deleted his Marvel theory on Reddit but it was so convincing. There’s a whole new theory circling around his point of Hydra. The original theory argues that all of the differences in the MCU and Fox Marvel properties can be explained by the existence (or non-existence) of Hydra. 

In the MCU, Hydra rose to power in Germany, which preceded and superseded Hitler, so the Holocaust never occurred. As such, Erik Lehnsherr was never traumatized by the Nazis, releasing his latent powers. Erik never met Charles Xavier and they never formed the X-Men. Mutants exist in the MCU, but they are isolated from one another.

The reverse is true in the Fox universe. Hydra never rose to power, meaning S.H.I.E.L.D. was never created, as they wouldn’t have had a purpose. Thus, Captain America was never designed, Tony Stark never came across rare or alien tech, etc. Overall, it’s a pretty elegant solution to a well-known problem.

However, in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, we understand that Hydra was during the Nazi invasion which was why Captain America was created. We also learned that Agent Carter and Howard Stark were major players back in the 1940s, which built the agency. Through the show we see that not only had Hydra continued into present day but that Mutants (aliens) were learned of and connected through S.H.I.E.L.D, which also went after artifacts and it sprinkled various easter eggs linking both worlds.

4. Stan Lee Isn’t Just An Employee Of The Watchers

“Stan Lee as a Watcher” has been a fan theory for years. In fact, there’s even some notion that James Gunn (and the MCU power that be) confirmed Stan’s connection to the Watchers in Guardians Vol. 2, as a nod to this very fan theory. Well, now that the theory’s confirmed, it remains to be seen what exactly Stan’s role is with the Watchers.

The Watcher Informant is a being who travels the universe and reports on his adventures to the Watchers. He frequently visited Earth on various occasions, dating as far back as 1943 until at least 2018, and other planets such as Xandar and Sakaar in 2014 and 2017 respectively.

This would make complete sense with every Lee Appearance until his death, including his cameo easter egg in Big Hero 6.

5. Magneto Was Indeed The Maximoffs’ Father In The MCU

We know that Pietro and Wanda’s parents died in the MCU when they told their back story in Avengers: Age of Ultron. TwitchyCookie on Reddit argues that the twins didn’t just get lucky and survive because one of the bombs was a dud. Their father actually saved them by using his metal controlling powers as he died, stopping the bomb from detonating. Marvel hasn’t confirmed this. However, as I mentioned in the 2nd point. Magneto is their father. So they are mutant. It is possible that their adoptive were also mutants.

6. The MCU Already Crossed Over With Netflix

Joe Russo (who directed two Captain America movies) actually kind of hinted that the Punisher made an off-camera cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The long and short of it is that Nick Fury was saved by a truck driver who took out some of the cops after him in the car chase scene.

Well, Joe Russo said that driver had a “particular set of skills,” hinting that it might have been more than just a random truck driver — it may indeed have been the Punisher. Or Liam Neeson. However, it could also be a S.H.I.E.L.D agent with certain skill sets. Makes sense considering Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D is on Netflix right now.

7. The bad guys didn’t really lose the battle of New York

The alien nasties that invaded the Big Apple in the original Avengers movie were called the Chitauri. Like the Skrulls, these guys are shape-shifters, so this theory goes that the invasion was a distraction so that other Chitauris could assume human form and wait for the right time to strike. This is important to note because in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Phil Coulson mentions his death during the Battle of New York and Nick Fury and his T.A.H.I.T.I project brought Coulson back to life using an Alien.

8. Nick Fury is Jules Winfield post ‘Pulp Fiction’

Do you remember at the end of Pulp Fiction, Samuel L. Jackson’s character Jules declares he’s giving up the hitman life and is going to walk the Earth? 

This theory posits that Jules became Nick Fury. Why? Because Nick Fury’s fake tombstone in Captain America: Winter Soldier has the famous Ezekiel 25:17 speech that put the fear of God into Jules’ targets. The eyepatch is certainly a better look than the hair. Except we see Nick Fury as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D until he starts S.W.O.R.D as seen in the MCU films. The only thing is that Fury fakes his death in Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as well.

9. Ant-Man was there the whole time with Wasp

As far as we knew, Ant-Man was that goofy-sounding hero that turned out to be really fun in 2015. However, an enterprising fan suggests that Ant-Man was fighting along with the Avengers even before getting his own movie. So we guess that means it was Hank? Now I did hear this theory that according to the comics, Ant man and Wasp really started the Avengers but weren’t added until later when the Avengers were already assembled. In the movies, we see in Ant man that the Avengers already had their facility in upstate New York but I couldn’t find any evidence of this in the Comic books just yet.

10. The Defenders Are Connected To Agents Of SHIELD

There are innumerable theories connecting them all, but one in particular by jdylopa is very compelling. This theory is exceptionally well thought out, so here are the bullet points this Reddit user provided:

  • All of the Defenders that we’ve seen so far were inadvertently created by IGH.
  • IGH stands for “Inhuman Growth Hormone,” a substitute for Mutant Growth Hormone.
  • IGH began as a Hydra experiment in the ’70s/’80s, in an attempt to create their “Inhuman army.”
  • Luke Cage’s wife was involved in IGH somehow.
  • IGH/Hydra will play a part in the Inhumans movie, which would allow for The Defenders to intersect with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and potentially Avengers/GotG.

jdylopa points out a few more interesting connections, like the fact that after her childhood accident, Jessica Jones’s medical bills were paid for by a mysterious organization called IGH. The unification of the theory is certainly convincing.

So in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, this already happened beginning in season 3. The inhumans (mutants/aliens) or whatever you want to call them are divided and work for both Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D until Hydra ends up going on a kill rampage killing many of them.

There is so much more to the MCU that I need to dig down. Stay tuned for more.

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