Just about a month ago, reports came in suggested that Marvel had sanctioned a Dark Avengers script which was completed. So for a whole month, a rumor has been in the air that Marvel is, in fact, planning a Dark Avengers movie which will take place sometime in Phase 4 or 5 may be.
Marvel has checked all the boxes of producing films around heroes, and it is time that they start to look at the villains as well. We need Marvel to put the Suicide Squad in their rightful places, and the Dark Avengers movie will do exactly that!
For those of you who don’t really know, the Dark Avengers is basically a new iteration of the Thunderbolts in the comics, as it is a team of supervillains including Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin as the leader of the pack.
The other members of the team include former Scorpion Mac Gargan who was combined with the Venom Symbiote as Spider-Man, Bullseye dressed as Hawkeye, the evil son of Logan (Daken) as Wolverine, Moonstone as Ms. Marvel and Osborn himself in Tony Stark’s Iron Patriot suit. Similar to the Suicide Squad, all these villains band together as heroes in order to have time off of their sentences removed.
Now that the rumor is out in the wind, people are actually thinking about how these characters could be brought into the larger MCU, and how all of it could be set up. Considering everything that has happened in the MCU till now, a Redditor named Spider-Fan96 has laid out their thoughts on how the MCU has already set up the coming of the Dark Avengers.
According to the theory of the Redditor, the seeds for the Dark Avengers were laid when the Avengers tower was sold to a mystery buyer in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It begins with the basic idea that the buyer of the tower is none other than Norman Osborn, and here’s how the rest of it goes:
“The selling of the Iconic Avengers Tower has a lot of people speculating on what it could be. To me, it’s obvious that Norman Osborn is buying the Avengers Tower. I’ve heard the Baxter Building a lot but it doesn’t make sense to me. First, Marvel doesn’t even have the rights to the FF yet, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to plan for something that they don’t know for sure would happen at the moment. The second thing is that they established Avengers Tower being sold in a Spider-Man movie. What better way to establish one of Spidey’s Biggest Bads than in his own movie? But also, this time he’s different. This won’t be the same ol’ Norman were used to, he has bigger and better plans. Also the foreshadowing of Avengers Tower becoming the new home of the Dark Avengers.”
Well, obviously the Redditor has a valid and sensible point here. Why would Marvel set up the sale in a Spider-Man film if it was to go to some other faction of Marvel comics like the Fantastic Four? And the second major evidence that his theory presents is the movement of Asgard to Earth in Thor: Ragnarok. It continues:
“Next big clue is in Thor Ragnarok. It’s very obvious in this movie that they are attempting to bring Asgard to Earth. Now obviously the MCU is very different from the comics but in the Dark Avengers, Norman launches a Siege on Asgard to try and get them off Earth. Obv. We don’t know if this will happen in the MCU but it seems that they could be hinting towards that.”
Now we don’t really know whether there will be any precedence left for this as only a quarter of the Asgardians that made it to the Grandmaster’s ship survive now. Thanos killed half the people on the ship in the beginning of the film, and then post snap, half of the ones who escaped in the beginning of the movie also might have vanished. But let’s move forward because the point made in the theory is valid.
The Redditor then continues by establishing that Spider-Man: Far From Home will make things more clearer as it may solve the mystery of who bought the Avengers tower, and if it is indeed Osborn, then the film may lay the path for Osborn and his Dark Avengers. He writes:
“Lastly (*Spoilers*) lets look at Spider-Man Far From Home. With all the leaks out of that movie and the return of Fury and Maria Hill, it seems like SHIELD is making a comeback. But we haven’t had any confirmation that SHIELD is returning. I think this could be a classic Marvel twist, with not SHIELD coming back, but H.A.M.M.E.R (not to be confused with Hammer Industries) In the Dark Avengers, Norman reforms SHIELD into a new organization called H.A.M.M.E.R. I think that would make a great twist for FFH, especially if Spidey is working for them. Having him unknowingly work for Norman would add a great twist to their relationship that we haven’t really seen before and definitely be a way to differentiate their relationship from the Sony Movies.”
This right here is an amazing theory that has a major chance of happening in the upcoming film. The Redditor does seem to have the point for Norman Osborn right, but Spider-Man: Far From Home is already pretty villain packed, so this reveal might as well come at the very end of Spider-Man: Far From Home or may be in the beginning of the third “Home” Sequel for Spidey.
Even if Norman is not brought into the picture in Spider-Man: Far From Home but Fury ends of working for H.A.M.M.E.R, we’d know that it is in fact what the Redditor talked about.
So let’s see what Marvel has in store for us. Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out on July 5, 2019.