Avengers: Endgame is one of the most important events in the MCU. It was the last time we got to see all the heroes that had appeared till then grouping together to fight a common enemy. But it won’t be the last time considering that was only the beginning according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. With a variety of new characters making their debut, we can only expect to see a much larger event unfold. There have been many rumors surrounding the next big event that we will get to witness in the next crossover project that will feature the new rendition of the Avengers. Let’s explore all the reasons why Avengers 5 has to be Secret Wars.
Before we dive into the hints and clues that indicate that Avengers 5 will explore the Secret Wars narrative, let’s take a look at what this narrative is. The original Secret Wars comics from Marvel saw a cosmic being named The Beyonder bringing together Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains to face off against each other. These characters were teleported to a place called the Battleworld, where they had to fight for all their dreams and desires to come true. This narrative was released in 1984 and it led to a lot of merchandise being released for the characters featured in it.
If the Marvel Cinematic Universe tries to work on this arc, they will most likely go for the 2015 rendition. Jonathan Hickman brought us a version of the narrative that clearly made the story a lot more intense. Here, worlds started colliding with each other and some of the universes actually explored and were destroyed. These events were called Incursions and with time their rate of occurrence kept on increasing. But the most interesting thing was nobody was able to stop this from continuing until Doctor Doom came along. Doom actually managed to save some pieces of the world with cosmic power and his technological prowess.
The most essential indication that we are going to see the Secret Wars has to be the introduction of the multiverse. Secret Wars depends a lot on the Multiverse and it actually indicates a lot of the multiversal chaos. Certain realities were destroyed and we can be sure that this is something we got a hint of in the Disney+ series Loki. Phase 4 of MCU is primarily focused on the Multiverse following the end of the Infinity Saga. From the very beginning of this phase, we got hints of various things that include the Multiverse narrative.
But it doesn’t stop here considering we witnessed the multiversal chaos in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This chaos will be addressed in a much larger and more daunting way in the upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. According to what we saw in Loki, Kang the Conqueror will end up being a rather significant villain in the future of the franchise.
Michael Waldron, writer for Loki actually stated about this in an interview by saying:
We knew that we wanted this show to be huge, and we wanted it to really end with a bang and have a huge impact on the MCU moving forward. Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-traveling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense.
Even Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Multiverse will be something that will continue to be explored in the future. This will actually pave the way for a lot of other characters appearing in the MCU. We got to see the past renditions of Spider-Men appearing in the No Way Home and there are rumors of other such cameos happening in Doctor Strange 2. It is being said that we will get to see Wanda and Strange interact with the first mutant in the franchise. This is clearly paving the way for them to appear as interesting characters in the Secret Wars narrative.
Another interesting clue is the fact that Secret Wars featured some of the legacy characters taking the lead. This included the likes of Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Sam Wilson as Falcon, and Jane Foster as the God of Thunder. These characters are already under development in MCU with the latter 2 already set to happen. No Way Home actually featured a hint at Miles Morales and there was also another one in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We are also going to witness some other characters like Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk and others making their debut in the franchise.
The Russo brothers who previously helmed some of the most essential projects in the Infinity Saga including Endgame have already shown their interest in Secret Wars. This means that there is a clear chance that Secret Wars might already be under development. Even if it isn’t going to be Avengers 5 we can be absolutely sure that it is going to be one of the major crossover narratives in the franchise.