Can you imagine this? A whole city of bad guys could be housed within the Quantum Realm. And they will be the new bad guys after Thanos leaves the scene. Whoever comes in Avengers: Endgame will soon be old news. The news is yet to be confirmed regarding the fact that it will be the Mad Titan reprising his antagonistic role in Endgame after Infinity War. Many claims that it will be an entirely new villain that takes the stage, someone who is even more powerful and evil than Thanos. Some say it would be Mephisto. But what happens after that? What happens in the movies that take place after Avengers: Endgame? Turns out, this theory could be the answer to this question.
Kevin Feige has been very cryptic and secretive when it comes to divulging any spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. What we have seen as footage for the movie in the form of TV Spot trailers and teasers as well as promotional videos is being termed as just being part of the first 15 minutes of movie footage. This means that there is no way to see any part of the movie that happens during the climax sequence.
But, some leaks are bound to happen. As well-oiled as the Marvel machine might be, it does have some few kinks. Due to some major toy line figures of Rocket Raccoon and Thor being released, we now have enough insight into what might be happening in Avengers: Endgame. And the descriptions say that the new Avengers team will face a villain that does not even hail from this dimension. The white suits and new gear being any indication, the Avengers are going to fight a new threat that belongs to a completely different realm.
And this is where the Quantum Realm comes in. Remember that the Quantum Realm has been featured twice in the Ant-Man movies. The first time it was featured, we just saw a glimpse of it. The second time it was featured, there was a bit more exploration of this mysterious dimension. But we are still not sure what this realm is and how significant this might be in the near future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, now we do.
And tall comes down to that scene where we saw a secret hidden city within the realm. The city proved that the Quantum Realm is indeed inhabited and this theory is banking on this fact to claim that the newest Avengers villain will be a resident of this secret city form the Quantum Realm.
The Tale of Chronopolis – The City Hidden In Time!!
In the comics, there is one location that could actually match with the parameters of the secret Quantum Realm City. And it is none other than Chronopolis, the city that is ruled with an Iron Fist by Kang the Conqueror. In the comics, there has never been a scene where we see the insides of the city but we do have a basic knowledge of its inner structure. Each block of Chronopolis is connected to another Earth existing in a different time period.
Unless you gain access to special portals, you could get lost in Chronopolis forever. Kang rules the city from a Citadel. But here’s the catch – Kang is a Fantastic Four villain and Marvel still does not have rights to those characters yet. But there is one more resident of Chronopolis that could be a perfect fit for the Avengers Endgame super-villain. It is – Immortus.
Is the Quantum Realm what we call the Limbo dimension in the comic books?
There are several different versions of Limbo in the comic books. The one associated with Kang and Immortus’ super city is the one that is the most fascinating. That dimension exists beyond the normal constraints of time. Time does not flow normally in this realm. Everything that ever was, is and will exist simultaneously.
But in the MCU, the concept of time does not exist in the Quantum Realm, which is why Janet Van Dyne never aged. But there could be more to this theory. Remember that Janet says that she is in the “Wastelands beyond the Void”. This means that there might be several different levels to the Quantum realm stacked together. The one where Janet was might be where time ceases to function. The one where Immortus’ secret city exists might be on the deepest level in the stack.
The Avengers Forever storyline was released in the year 1998 and it featured the Avengers and the villain Imoortus going toe to toe against each other. It also featured Chronopolis in vivid detail. The premise of the story involved Kang and Immortus fighting against each other in a war of temporal nature and the Avengers were caught in the crossfire.
The Time-Keepers, self-proclaimed guardians of the fabric of time, whom Immortus serves, instructed the guy to break up the Avengers as the team was considered a threat to time. Could this be why Immortus is after the Earth’s mightiest heroes this time? We know that in the comic books, every time traveler, has to pass through the Limbo dimension if he or she wants to get to another point in time. Captain Marvel has been confirmed to possess time traveling abilities of her own.
The Avengers will be traveling back and forth in time to undo Thanos’ wrongs in Infinity War. After Thanos wiped out half of the universe using the Time Stone in conjunction with the other Infinity stones, the fabric of time, which is already fragile in the first place, is now severely weakened. Immortus might be the one who decides to end the Avengers and provide time with some much-needed course correction.
Immortus – is he the villain or not?
To say no would be telling a lie. Immortus would serve the purpose of the MCU perfectly. Remember that we told you that different levels of the Quantum Realm are stacked up and each level has a different concept of time. The one the Avengers need to travel to has to be the one ruled and guarded by Immortus. He is the one the Avengers should really be scared of.
In the comics, Immortus is aided by a personal army of phantom-wraiths, beings who were trapped in Limbo and became Immortus’ servants and personal foot soldiers. Just one of them was able to tear through the entire Avengers like they were children. If you think the Outrider army of Thanos was powerful, wait till you see the Phantom wraiths in action. Immortus might indeed be coming and he will be bringing the wrath of time with him.
Whether the Avengers could manage to stop both Immortus and Thanos is something that we will have to wait to find out. Let us hope they manage to do it. The fate of the whole wide Marvel Cinematic Universe depends on it.
Whether this theory holds any water or not, the fans could answer it better. The fact that Avengers 4 is said to a fresh storyline and is not based on any comic book arcs might indicate that there is more to the Avengers: Endgame movie that what meets the eye. Director Joe Russo, one of the two co-directors who is directing the Endgame movie had this to say and we quote:
“I don’t think there are any comics that correlate to it,” he said. “I think we’re in pretty fresh territory with Avengers 4. If anything, I think it’s interesting after to go back and look at some of the Marvel films and view them through a different lens. But I can’t think of any comics in particular that would have value.”
The last Avengers movie to be released under the MCU banner was Avengers: Infinity War. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.