Oliver Davis with the top 5 Marvel movie fan theories, ranked…
THANOS IS STAR LORD’S FATHER
With all those daughters, you might think Thanos quite the promiscuous intergalactic tyrant. Well, you’d think wrong. In Marvel comic lore, he hasn’t been romantically linked with even a single other character. Not even Black Widow.
Instead, those ‘daughters’ of Thanos’ are actually adopted, taken as the sole survivors of their homeworlds after their new dad conquers them. An activity Thanos calls ‘bonding’.
But for all his non-biological offspring, that still hasn’t stopped fans theorizing that Peter ‘Star-Lord’ Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy is Thanos. The end of GotG teases a powerful family, where Nova Corp tests reveal half of Quill’s DNA as unknown – a mighty powerful unknown, too, if he was able to hold infinity stone and live to tell the tale.
Director James Gunn has teased Quill’s dad will be revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, saying the film will be about fathers. Even so, Thanos being Star Lord’s father is pretty out there. Online bingo has much better odds.
THE RED SKULL ISN’T DEAD
Speaking of holding infinity stones, that didn’t work out too well for Red Skull in the final scenes of Captain America: The First Avenger – where he was destroyed in a blast of energy from the much-sought-after Tesseract. Or was he…
Going by the argument that Nazis ruin everything – even perfectly acceptable arch-nemesis deaths – some believe that the Red Skull didn’t meet his demise, but was instead transported across the Universe by the Tesseract’s power. The energy effect that destroyed him is very similar to when Thor and Loki use the Tesseract to travel back to Asgard in the first Avengers movie.
And, this being based on a comic book, nobody stays dead for long…
PHIL COULSON IS AN IMMORTAL SUPER SOLDIER
Before the first Avengers movie and the following Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Television series, there was a mysterious figure that would appear across the films of the MCU (Stan Lee aside), recruiting emerging superheroes to the new defense initiative for which he worked.
Admittedly, Phil’s name doesn’t have the same heroic ring as ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Hawkeye’, a very mundane human characteristic (apologies to all real life people called ‘Phil Coulson’) the MCU plays off. From his boring suit to fanboy geeking out for Captain America, Coulson is one of us regular-powered folk.
Some fans have theorized that Coulson is actually an immortal super soldier, the second successful subject in the experiment that created Captain America. Which makes sense – after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s success with Cap, of course they would have tried to recreate those results. And there’s the small matter of Coulson being killed by Loki during Avengers, to then return to life for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
STAN LEE IS AN ALL-POWERFUL, OMNISCIENT BEING CALLED THE WATCHER
There’s only one thing more consistent in Marvel movies than 40 minute final battle sequences with stuff falling out of the sky – Stan Lee cameos.
He’s appeared everywhere from being a World War II general in Captain America: The First Avenger to chatting up alien ladies on Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy. From Avengers Assemble to Thor: The Dark World, the Daredevil TV show to The Incredible Hulk – if these films and their sequels had numbers next to them, it’d be like playing a game of bingo movies. But is this just fan service…or something much bigger?
Marvel Studios take continuity between their movies very seriously, leading some to believe that Stan Lee’s role is actually the same in every film: that of the omnipresent force of Uatu the Watcher.
From an ancient race, The Watcher observes everything occurring in the Marvel Comics Universe and then reports back to his home planet without interfering. Stan Lee has denied these claims – but, then again, that’s just the sort of thing a secret, omnipresent force would say…
LOKI IS WORKING WITH THANOS
Loki is a tough one to figure out. One moment he’s best bros with Thor, the next he’s making a devious play for Asgard’s throne. Although many put it down to his God of Mischief status, there’s potentially something much deeper there – an intense sibling rivalry with Thor complicated by both brotherly love and a desire to better him.
This has led some to believe that Loki intentionally lost the Battle of New York (or the ‘incident’, as it’s wonderfully referred to in Netflix’s Daredevil) so he could be brought back to Asgard where the Tesseract is stored in Odin’s trophy room.
The ending of Thor: Dark World has given this theory weight. Loki reveals himself (to the viewer only) as having secretly taken the place of Odin, disguising himself in his adoptive father’s glimmer. Could he be in on Thanos’ plan to wield the Infinity Gauntlet? It would be a twist fitting of the fan favorite.