Sherlock Holmes Exists in Marvel Universe:
Many consider him the world’s first-ever fictional superhero. Well, sort of anyway. Creation of the great author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle back in the year 1887, Sherlock Holmes is still revered as a great work of art and his image is the one that comes to mind every time we hear the word ‘Detective’. Sir AC Doyle has passed away long ago but his creation is still very much a part of current folklore. And against all odds, Sherlock Holmes has found his new home – he exists in the Marvel Comic Book Universe. We know. That part is a little hard to digest.
A Victorian Age superhero, Sherlock Holmes is a very renowned character. His adventures are now the stuff of legends. Despite such a global fan following, Sherlock Homes has very few takers in the literary world. Especially in the graphic novel category, artists tend to stay away from Sherlock Holmes because of the difficulty of painting an accurate visual depiction of the era he lived and breathed in. Sherlock Holmes, as a result, has been adapted to too just a few works. In the entertainment industry, apart from a few series and a movie to his name, Sherlock Holmes has found little refuge in the current small screen or big-screen entertainment.
So it comes as a boon to the 221B Baker Street resident when Marvel Comics took in the character and painted him as a part of their original mainstream comic book universe. DC Comics has also tried making the classic character a part of their universe back in the 1970s. While it did prove to be a valiant effort and had some pretty good publications to their name, Sherlock Holmes’ run in DC Comics came to a screeching halt in the 1980s when the editors and writers changed hands. Marvel has also done the same. But they got lucky and ended up creating a whole new sub-universe around Sherlock Holmes, something not even DC Comics could do.
Marvel’s tryst with Sherlock Holmes goes way back. In 1976, Sherlock Homes was featured as the lead character in Marvel Preview. The graphic novel was an adaptation of Sir AC Doyle’s The Hound of Baskervilles. Many of the Marvel Superheroes also started referencing Sherlock Homes in their series. Spider-Man even quoted the most famous line of Sherlock Holmes – “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” When Marvel Comics published an atlas of the Marvel Universe, Sherlock Holmes was mentioned as UK’s still greatest private detective. They even had an MI-6 character named Clive Reston, a distant relative of Sherlock Holmes.
Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Junior have played the character in separate productions. The former played Sherlock Holmes in the popular series BBC Sherlock. RDJ played the titular detective in two Sherlock Holmes movies. What if MCU decides to go completely wild and make a Sherlock Holmes movie under the MCU Banner? Whom will they choose to play him – Cumberbatch or RDJ?
The Last Solo Marvel movie to be released under the Disney banner is Spider-Man: Far From Home. The movie was released on the 2nd of November, 2018. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Peter Parker’s relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures — each representing Earth, air, water and fire — emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent.
Avengers: Endgame released on the 26th of April, 2019. The official film synopsis of the movie has been released and it states:
“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”