As the day of April 26th 2019 drew to a close one thing became painfully clear to Marvel fans. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no longer a movie franchise supported by the core Avengers. After the events of Avengers: Endgame, if we can be sure of something it’s that although the fans and studio executives both love Captain America (Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans), Iron man (Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr) , Hulk (Bruce Banner played by Mark Ruffalo) , Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlet Johannson), Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) and Hawkeye (Clint Barton played by Jeremy Renner) but it is now time for the cinematic universe to move past its core cast of heroes and make sure that the baton is passed on to the next generation. To this effect, Marvel Studios has made sure that we say goodbye to some of the major characters after the events of Avengers: Endgame. SPOILERS AHEAD
The final war that summarized over 22 movies lasted only about an hour in real time but in that short span of time, we lost three core Avengers including Captain America (to time travel), Black Widow (sacrificed for the soul stone) and Iron Man (snapped his fingers to eradicate Thanos and his nefarious armies of evil including the Black Order). But a fourth Avengers was merely injured and maybe beyond the point of any feasibility combat-ability. I am talking about The Hulk. Banner used his persona of Professor Hulk (the mind of Bruce Banner and the brawn of Hulk) to snap his fingers using the Star-Trek gauntlet (the replica of Infinity Gauntlet created by Tony Stark to harness the power of the Infinity stones) and snap all the victims of Thanos’ genocide back into existence, or rather a partial genocide.
It seems that the fandom much appreciated this particular moment and they seemed to have particularly latched on to a particular line said by Professor Hulk. The superhero says,” …..the radiation’s mostly gamma….. I was made for this….” . It seems that’s Banner is referring to the radiation emitted by the infinity stones, a callback to Marvel’s The Avengers for when Nick Fury calls upon Banner to locate the tesseract using its gamma radiation.
It seems that u/SirNekk has really appreciated this callback in his post on r/Fantheories. The user talks about how this gamma radiation and Hulk’s snap could be the perfect plot point for Marvel to introduce the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The post has been reproduced below for your scrutiny, take a look:-
The user talks about how Hulk used his massive power to snap all the victims back into existence and how this snap took a toll on Banner that is well beyond comprehension. But most importantly, the user talked about how, if Marvel and Kevin Feige play their cards right, they can induct the X-Men and the relevant lore into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As comic fans know, the X-Men are not a welcome sight for the general public.
It is common knowledge that the populace in any Marvel-verse despise the X-Men because mutants have always been associated with monsters and insurgents. But how do you inculcate such a thought process in the Marvel Cinematic universe where people like The Hulk are celebrated heroes.
The user gives a very clever situation when associating the future possible mutants born out of Hulk’s snap to the ultimate consequence of Thanos’ snap. The ones who were spared in the first go will act as if they are an elite group somehow important to the cosmos and the others who may have been snapped back with powers are now the degenerates and the rejects of society.
How fickle is humanity if it bends so simply to the will of a Titan who was defeated by its own heroes. The Avengers may have put an end to the exploits of Thanos but they are far from making the universe whole again with so many of its residents now strangers in their own homes after the snap.
What do you think about this theory from r/Fantheories? Do you think it’s feasible and we can see the X-Men come into the MCU with this premise or do you think it’s completely preposterous? Do let us know in the comments below and keep watching this space for everything Marvel.
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