Avengers: Endgame

The release of the latest Avengers: Endgame trailer has got me thinking. One of the biggest questions raised by the Fox/Disney merger is “How will the characters owned by Fox be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?” The characters in question are the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, among others. I think I have a good idea as to how this will happen.

In the comics, after Thanos is finally defeated, the cosmically-powered beings such as the Living Tribunal (mentioned by name in Doctor Strange) decreed that the Infinity Stones should be separated and given to six worthy individuals to guard them, thus forming the Infinity Watch. Several of the characters in that group have already been presented in films- Drax, Gamora, Thanos (yes, despite his murderous ambition he is given an Infinity Stone to guard), and Adam Warlock. Warlock was mentioned in a post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2, and his cocoon was shown. And to be fair, the versions of both Drax and Gamora are very different from their cinematic counterparts. Drax has the intelligence of a six-year-old and mistakes his Infinity Stone for a jelly bean and swallows it whole, for example. The other characters are Pip the Troll and Moondragon.

My theory states that an Infinity Watch will be introduced at the end of the film, and some of the characters us fans are expecting to see will be given control over some of the most powerful artifacts in the universe. I have five ideas of who should get them:

Related image1. Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic – Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat. Marvel has been trying for decades to give their First Family a quality film. The first attempt was in 1994, then again in 2005 with a sequel in 2007, then a universally panned reboot in 2015. Fortunately, it didn’t work out because Chris Evans is much better as Steve Rogers/Captain America than he was as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. Reed is generally regarded as the smartest man in the Marvel Universe, beyond even what Tony Stark has shown to be capable of with his seemingly limitless Iron Man armors.

  1. Charles Xavier AKA Professor X – All of us fans want to see the X-Men with the rest of the characters that we’ve seen thus far. James McAvoy has been exceptional as Xavier the few times he’s played him. Although Wolverine is probably the most popular character, Xavier makes more sense to receive a stone due to his intelligence and power set. Fingers crossed that Hugh Jackman follows through with his statement that he would take up the mantle of Wolverine again if he would be a part of an Avengers film.

  2. Victor von Doom AKA Doctor Doom – I know what you’re thinking; why give a villain an Infinity Stone? Especially one who, in the comics, is bent on world domination as well as once possessing the Infinity Gauntlet and also has the last name of Doom. Not exactly subtle, nor easy to overlook. The reason is simple- partly to introduce Doom to the MCU and partly because Doom is one of the few characters who is not only intelligent enough to understand what the Infinity Stones are and what they can do but driven enough to not want to stop at a single Stone and be the catalyst for some great storylines down the road.

  3. Erik Lensherr AKA Magneto – Again, why should a villain be given an Infinity Stone? For the same reasons as I listed for Dr. Doom. He’s a great character that’s already been given a lot of depth and emotional resonance in the Fox films as well as demonstrating the unbelievable power he possesses. Like Doom, he has a rich, full history and is one of the most compelling characters in Marvel’s history, and again, like Doom he offers a whole lot of potential storylines and clashes with characters. Imagine Tony Stark having to build a “Magneto Buster” suit as he did for Hulk. That would be incredible.

Image result for storm marvel comics5. Ororo Munroe – AKA Storm – Storm is a natural leader, a powerful character and one of the best X-Men team members. She too is a compelling character and it would be a great way to introduce her to the MCU. Her powers are also really interesting, as she can control the weather. Pretty awesome and certainly lends itself well to a cinematic experience. I think she would be great not only to have with the Avengers but also with an Infinity Stone in her possession.

Of course, not every one of these characters will be introduced in Avengers: Endgame. Maybe not any of them. I can almost guarantee that these characters won’t all get Infinity Stones. How could they? There are only six total stones, and if this crazy theory of mine is true, then some of the characters we already have will be getting Stones. Obvious candidates would be Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Shuri, T’Challa, Stephen Strange and Vision. In the comics, there is a group called the Illuminati who controls the Stones comprised of Stark, Xavier, Strange, Richards, Namor (Marvel’s version of Aquaman, for all intents and purposes) and Black Bolt the leader of the Inhumans. Disney doesn’t have the rights to Namor and the Inhumans’ introduction into the Marvel pantheon went poorly as the TV show was not well-received. Plus, Black Bolt’s power is that his voice is so powerful that he can shatter planets if he speaks loudly enough. Doesn’t seem to be something that would translate well to the screen, a better fit for the page in my opinion.

If they do decide to go with the Illuminati route, I’d be willing to bet that they’d use some combination of my speculation and the roster we’ve already got. It also is dependent on who actually survives through to the end of Avengers: Endgame. These are just some thoughts I’ve had while watching trailers and having conversations with some fellow comic fans. Chatting with people has sparked my imagination and my interest in theorizing. It’s very helpful. Of course, I’m probably way off on these guesses, but the speculation is still a lot of fun, and who knows, maybe I get something right.

What characters do you think could be introduced in Avengers: Endgame?

Patrick Rahall covers entertainment for MFST. Follow him on Twitter at PatrickRahall.

Patrick Rahall

Writer of horror books, sports and entertainment articles, and comic book reviews.Host of the Throwdown Thursday Podcast, Angry Nerd and Jedi Ninja.I'm eagerly anticipating the zombie apocalypse to get out of my credit card debt.
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