And five other what-thehell developments we can expect from the all-new MCU multiverse
Seen Spider-man: Far From Home and wondering what all this multiverse business is? We open up Marvel’s comic-book pages to look for clues to the future...
IN THE LATEST trailer for Spider-man: Far From Home (out 1 July), Nick Fury casually drops a bombshell: new pal/ potential villain Mysterio has come from another dimension. And while much of what Mysterio claims should be taken with a rather large pinch of salt, it seems to confirm a longstanding rumour: the MCU now exists in a multiverse. A long-established feature of Marvel comics, the ramifications for the MCU are huge, and far-reaching. Infinite universes mean infinite possibilities; nothing is off the table. So what is on the table, then?
spider-woman — and more!
The thing about multiverses, as illustrated neatly by Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse, is that it gives you options. What if Gwen Stacy were bitten instead of Peter Parker? Or Aunt May? (Aka — seriously — Spider-ma’am).
What if Jane Foster inherited the power of Thor? What if Peggy Carter were Captain America? (In fact, that last scenario will be played out on Disney+’s animated What If? series.) It’s a power to be used lightly — this gets confusing fast — but if you’re sick of the sausage fest yet want the brand names, it’s a nifty solution. HELEN O’HARA
The arrival of X-men AND Fantastic Four!
With the Disney/fox merger now a done deal, the multiverse clears the path for the X-men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool to join the MCU. Hailing from an alternate dimension is an easy way to explain where the hell mutants have been all this time; plus, the Fantastic Four are explorers as well as superheroes, so an alternate Reed Richards — one of the smartest men in Marvel comics — at the forefront of dimensional discovery makes sense. In any case, expect Deadpool to have a thing or three to say about it. AMON WARMANN
A resurrected Black Widow!
Natasha Romanoff definitely died in Endgame. But if you wanted to emotionally devastate your existing characters by briefly reuniting them with their mentors/true loves/bffs, the multiverse opens the door. This is a power to use very sparingly: nothing diminishes the power of a death, and with it the emotional weight of a franchise, than endlessly resurrecting people who are gone, or permanently importing replacements for them. Just, please, close it again and let the dead lie. HELEN O’HARA
Miles Morales joins the MCU!
The multiverse opens the door for a tantalising possibility: bringing Miles Morales into the MCU. The alt-spidey already exists in a separate Marvel franchise, of course, for Sony’s Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse; here, Miles could be live-action — and who better to play him than Shameik Moore, the actor who voiced him? Or you could have Tom Holland’s Peter Parker sucked into the animated world, and be the only live-action component in a fully CG world. CHRIS HEWITT
An interdimensional baddie!
How can you possibly get any bigger than Endgame, a movie featuring almost every major MCU character (Trevor Slattery notwithstanding) and the fate of the universe at stake? There’s an argument that Marvel shouldn’t even try. But if it is to tackle something of the scale of Endgame again, they could do a lot worse than adapt Secret Wars, the legendary 1980s miniseries which saw an interdimensional being called The Beyonder scoop up dozens of Marvel heroes and villains, relocate them to a patchwork planet called Battleworld, and had them fight.
Is the Beyonder the next Thanos? CHRIS HEWITT
If Marvel wanted to go the horror route, one detour could be a version of Marvel Zombies, a 2005 limited series set in Earth-2149, in which a virus transforms the world’s superheroes into the undead. It’s a concept far too weird to ever make it into the ‘prime’ MCU continuity — but the multiverse could be the perfect loophole. Zombie Spidey? Would watch. AMON WARMANN
Infinite possibilities for the MCU — clear your infinitydiary!