MCU released its first film, Iron Man in 2008 and over the next ten years, it has released almost two dozens films each with their extremely loyal fan base. Marvel Studios has since then remained persistent in keeping their fans entertained. What has constantly kept the fans at the edge of their seats and biting their nails are the MCU’s complex characters who constantly learn and evolve and endure and of course, their highly entertaining plot lines. It is no surprise that with such a dynamic fan-base; speculations, talk and fan theories are inevitable. This article discusses some of those wildest MCU fan theories that actually came true.
1. The return of Kilgrave
Jessica Jones on Netflix stars Kristen Ritter as the protagonist, a young female private detective with superpowers who has quite a few bones in her closet. The show felt fresh while dealing with severe subjects like post-traumatic stress and emotional abuse. David Tennant’s portrayal of Kilgrave was nothing less than excellent but the character eventually gets justice served and dies at the end of season 1. But this didn’t leave the fans wanting more of him and soon surfaced a fan theory that he would return in season 2 owing to his ability to self-heal.
Upon the release of season 2, Kilgrave did return as predicted but not as a resurrection but rather a haunting vision that haunted Jessica. It only goes to show how difficult can trauma and the processing of it can be.
2. The Quantum Realm and Time Travel
Peyton Reed’s 2015 Ant-Man introduced the comic’s “Microverse” as the ‘The Quantum Realm’ which encompassed elements from both quantum-dynamics and trippy visuals. Ever since Scott Lang entered the realm by going sub-atomic and successfully coming back; it only becomes evident that he would visit it again. Since the Quantum Realm exists beyond the laws of space and time it was theorized that Ant-Man would eventually get Janet out of it and out he got her in the Ant-Man and the Wasp.
3. Peter Parker was the young boy in Iron Man 2
In Iron Man 2, a kid (rather an adorable one) with an Iron Man mask stands up to one of Whiplash’s drones with a toy hand blaster. Iron Man lands behind him and blasts the drone and before taking off says “Good job kid!”. The child’s face wasn’t revealed but with news of Spider-Man joining MCU, fans started theorizing that the kid maybe Peter Parker.
In an interview with Germain Lussier of Gizmodo, Holland confirmed this popular theory, saying that he thought it would be a “good story”. And this just goes to make Tony and Peter’s relationship a lot more dynamic and the ending of Infinity War a lot sadder.
4. Someone else lifts Mjölnir
Throughout the Marvel comics and MCU, Thor’s hammer Mjölnir has been a weapon of great power and respect considering only someone “worthy” of it could pick it up. Up to a certain point, only Thor was able to prove himself worthy of it.
Fans, however, speculated that sooner or later someone else would be able to do so. Even though quite a few characters have lifted the hammer in the comics; it was speculated that Captain America would soon achieve the same (he was able to wiggle it though). It was however in Avengers: Age of Ultron, that someone apart from Thor could lift it and that someone being Vision.
5. Loki tries to trick Thanos
Loki being the God of mischief and being a trickster constantly tricks and double-crosses everyone. It is almost impossible to determine his true allies at any given moment. So, when fans saw his eye on the Tesseract in Thor: Ragnarok, they assumed that he’d grab it and that Thanos would force him to hand it over. Fan further theorised that Loki would not yield to Thanos and try to trick him. The opening scenes of Avengers: Infinity War proved this theory correct. Loki attempted to stab Thanos with a blade he’d had hidden, and his neck was easily broken by Thanos. We still believe that Loki’s fate isn’t final and he’ll show up in Avengers 4 ( fingers crossed ).
6. Skye turned out to be Quake
The 2013 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced the character of Skye, a pragmatic computer activist in a group called “The Rising Tide”. She was revealed to have grown as an orphan and later picked up by Agent Cousin of S.H.I.E.L.D. As the seasons progressed and plot points like the introduction of the Inhumans, and an unstable borderline psychotic father; it started becoming more and more clear to draw the parallels between Skye and the Marvel character Quake. And that is how exactly things played out and Skye was later revealed as Quake.
7. The inevitability of Civil War
Ever since the Avengers were formed there were altercations that threatened to destroy the integrity of the team. By the time Ultron came the entire team was distraught and at odds especially after discovering that Tony had created the new foe. Fans saw all this as a setting the stage for larger plot something similar to the superhuman registration act and superhero civil war akin to that of the comics. When finally Captain America: Civil War was announced, all speculations came true.
8. Red Skull’s Survival
The Red Skull was introduced in the MCU in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Hydra leader proved to be a great nemesis with his plans of world dominance. But as he held the Cosmic Cube at the end of the movie he was seemingly destroyed.
It was theorized by multiple fans that the Cosmic Cube was simply a facade to protect the Space Stone and hence the Red Skull was simply teleported somewhere else. This theory came true when he made an appearance in Infinity War.
9. Gamora’s fate
In the comics as well Gamora was adopted by Thanos after half her race was wiped out by the cult known as the Church of Universal Truth. Unfortunately for Thanos, Gamora leaves him here as well and then tries to kill him after siding with the Avengers and Adam Warlock. During the battle, she suffered fatal wounds and was saved by Adam as he absorbs and preserves her soul in the Soul Gem.
Fans quickly theorized that Gamora would meet with a terrible fate in the MCU’s Infinity War as well and might need ‘preserving’ in the Soul Stone. What no one could have predicted is how she would be sacrificed by the Mad Titan; at the bottom of a cliff at Vormir.
10. Hulk in the Hulkbuster
Tony created his forty-forth iron Man suit, the Mark XLIV Armor a.k.a the Hulkbuster with the help of Bruce Banner as a device to restrain the Hulk when the time came. And it did to an extent in Ultron when the Hulk fell victim to Scarlet Witch’s mind manipulation. When it made a re-appearance in Infinity Wars trailer fans began to suspect who was manning it.
One popular theory suggested it was Banner himself which was soon confirmed as Lego released a set for Avengers: Infinity War which showed Bruce Banner piloting the Hulkbuster gear. Now fans eagerly wait for the Hulk to bust out of it in Avengers 4.
11. Valkyrie’s backstory
Valkyrie has introduced in Thor: Ragnarok as a badass, alcoholic warrior who eventually helps Thor after selling him to the Grandmaster. Comic book readers soon realized that the film’s director, Taika Waititi’s version or rather interpretation of the Valkyrian was quite different from the comic-counterpart, Brunhilde. Fans further theorized that perhaps the blonde-haired woman who lays down her life for Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie was her lover and Brunhilde herself. Tessa Thompson herself confirmed by stating on her Twitter definitively that her character was bisexual. And hence the Asgardian warrior became MCU’s first LGBTQ character.
12. The arrival of Doctor Strange
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier it was offhandedly mentioned that Hydra was tracking anyone that it deemed a threat, including Stephen Strange, Tony Stark, and others. During that time there had been no mention of Stephan Strange or any film pertaining to him. Fans were quick to assume that they would soon meet Doctor Strange. The theory came through when Doctor Strange was released in 2016.
13. Stan Lee is one of the Watchers
For a while, Stan Lee’s cameos appeared to be easter eggs that kept the fans hooked up during Marvel movies and like their post-credit scenes became an essential element of every movie. Through his omnipresence across the different films hinted at the fact that the character had more than what meets the eye. More specifically he could be a Watcher named Uatu.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed this theory at a Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 press conference, mentioning that both he and James Gunn agreed the idea would have been a “fun” thing to entwine into the overall MCU plotline. Whether he’s a Watcher or a different entity all together is still up for debate but fans now know more than they did before.
14. Vision’s fate
The fact that Vision’s forehead had an Infinity Stone, it was rather obvious that with Thanos’s quest to gain the Infinity Stones, Vision might perish. And true came the fan’s assumptions; obviously none could have seen how tragic it would be considering having his lover Wanda destroy the stone and Vision with it; only for Thanos to bring him back and take the stone leaving our beloved Vision dead.
15. The Eye of Agamotto is an Infinity Stone
Prior to the release of Doctor Strange, several stones were confirmed – the Space Stone was housed in the Tesseract, the Reality Stone in the Aether, the Power Stone in the Nova Corp’s Orb, and the Mind Stone in a Scepter. This only left two stones- Soul and Time and fans were searching harder than Thanos for them. Fans theorized that the Eye of Agamotto must house the time stone as the smelt’s glow was of the same color as the time stone and Kevin Feige’s statement that the Eye can allow its users to “screw around with time”. This was easily confirmed in the proceeding films.