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Avengers: Endgame ends a Marvel era. Here's what I want next for MCU



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I'm intrigued by what's next for the MCU.


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With the Avengers: Endgame, the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over.

The last decade has seen a grand, 22-part opera that revolutionized modern cinematic storytelling. But now this phase, collectively termed the Infinity Saga, is over – and several of our loved characters are gone too . This means that there's an opportunity to shake things up and really redefine what it means to be a MCU movie moving forward.

Here's what I want to see from the MCU now that Endgame is over.

Warning: Big spoiler territory going forward. Proceed at your own risk.

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Fewer CG battles

Countless sci-fi and fantasy films end with massive conflicts between computer- generated armies. From Starship Troopers in 1997 to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we've long been grown bored with faceless, nameless hordes crashing into each other. Just look at DC's Man of Steel to see how boring city-smashing CG can be.

Endgame's ending ambitiously brings together every MCU hero in the final clash with Thanos and his CG pets. It's even a denser retread of the Infinity War's final battle, and while visually impressive, it's a jarring departure from the film's earlier intimate focus on the core avengers. After sharing emotional moments with the characters we've come to love over the last decade, glorified cameos For the likes of Black Panther and the Guards of the Galaxy, make things less relatable, detaching me from the experience.

Seeing all these guys in action is cool as hell, but we do not need to end every superhero movie with a massive battle anymore.

Bring the A-Force to the silver screen

What's the A-Force? An all-female version of the Avengers that appeared in Marvel comics in 2015. For a brief moment, we got a glimpse of what A-Force might look like in Endgame when Scarlet Witch, Shuri, Okoye, Wasp, Valkyrie and Gamora backed up Captain Marvel is her push to return the Infinity Stones to their proper timeline.

Sadly, the team-up was missing a key Avenger. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow was last seen dead on an alien world – but she's also set to finally headline her own movie in the coming years, so maybe we'll see another hero resurrected.

Asgardians of the Galaxy

Thor's journey into space in Ragnarok has reinvigorated the series and made me really care about the Norse god of thunder. Now that Chris Hemsworth has tapped into his comedic side, he was hefted around some heavyweight humor in Endgame.

The tease at the end showing Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy is just perfect. I am anxiously awaiting seeing Hemsworth spar with Chris Pratt's Star-Lord under the direction of James Gunn.

A new Captain America

The endgame peaceful final moments saw aged Steve Rogers pass the baton (or shield) to BFF Sam Wilson Even Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, gave Wilson the nod. Wilson has taken the mantle in the comics, so let's see it on the screen.

I'm keen to see the Captain America franchise continue with a character who does not have the super-soldier serum, but possesses the same spirit and integrity as the original cap. Oh, and metal wings are cool too.

Until then, there's still the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier show on Disney Plus .

Recruit the X-Men and Fantastic Four

Not all Marvel comic book characters are part of the MCU. Previously Fox had its own X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, but since Disney bought Fox, they could now be unified under Marvel.

The Avengers tapped the Quantum Realm for time travel. Maybe they can travel to parallel universes too?

How does Deadpool co-exist with the rest of the Marvel universe?


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But I do not want a clean reboot of the Fox franchises. I would love to see Marvel Studios find a credible way to incorporate the existing properties. I'd like to see a MCU where the Fantastic Four and X-Men are already out there, even if those films have proven hit-or-miss. And do not you dare to reboot Deadpool.

Standalone stories

This may be a controversial request. Part of the MCU's appeal is the way each movie builds upon the next, with intertwining plot points and Easter eggs for fans. But as much fun as it's been, it also often took focus away from individual films. Watching Captain Marvel, for example, I was bracing to see how it fit in with Endgame.

Sure, let's get the X-Men in there and keep combining characters in interesting ways. But I'd love to enjoy a superhero movie as its own standalone experience – even if it means dialing back on the connections.

The original Iron Man did not need a cinematic universe to offer fun time.

Fingers crossed the next Marvel movie to hit theaters – Spider-Man: Far From Home – will offer just that.


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