There’s a super duper gigantic Marvel film coming out next Friday — Thor: Ragnarok. Following that, we’ve next got Black Panther in February, then Avengers: Infinity War in May and Ant-Man and the Wasp in July. However, in the first quarter of 2018, Marvel Studios will go into production on one of their most ambitious, secretive and biggest, most important projects yet — Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson in the titular role.

As of San Diego Comic Con this year, we were told that the film will take place in the early 1990’s, will feature a younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and will somehow revolve around a Skrull Invasion. We’ve also heard rumors from the Marvel Studios science consultant that the Quantum Realm will be utilized in some capacity.

So why do we mention all of this?

Because there’s a new quote from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige talking about the role of Captain Marvel in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with Indiewire, Feige said, “We’re really focusing on Captain Marvel and the work that Anna and Ryan are doing. It’s going to be a big part of heading towards this epic conclusion and epic finale of 22 movies over the course of 10 years. Really, the focus now is on delivering Captain Marvel and then bringing Captain Marvel’s story into the finale of everything we’ve started thus far.”

That finale is the fourth Avengers film which is currently untitled. We have a few thoughts here that we want to expand on.

   
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With both Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp dealing with the Quantum Realm, and with Doctor Strange being able to mystically access it, our guess is that the fourth Avengers film will deal, in some capacity, with this pocket universe within a universe. One thought here is that the film will be titled Avengers: Secret Wars. Marvel Studios has shown a seeming love for naming their films after “wars” — Civil War, Infinity War — so “Secret Wars” would fit into this pattern. However, beyond that, and more importantly, the Quantum Realm could be a stand in for the otherworldly Battleworld, the pastiche landscape pieced together by the cosmic entity known as “The Beyonder” where the kidnapped heroes and villains in the Secret Wars storyline had their epic fights.

With the events of Infinity War threatening to decimate the entire cosmos, it would make total sense that if Earth’s Mightiest Heroes can get their hands on the Infinity Gauntlet or even just the Reality Stone, Space Stone, or Soul Stone, they could pull their entire fight into a wholly other realm to safeguard the earth and all reality. In fact, with the Soul Stone as the last Infinity Stone to be introduced, it’s entirely possible that the pocket universe within it is actually the Quantum Realm.

If, in her standalone film which comes out just months after Ant-Man and the Wasp and months before Avengers Four, she ends up somehow accessing the Quantum Realm and getting herself stuck there, that would go a long way in explaining where Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, has been this entire time and why she hasn’t been on Earth for the last 30 to defend it against these otherworldly threats.

Theory two from us is that the Skrull Invasion of Earth in the early 90’s is so bad and so complex that it requires Captain Marvel’s attention in space. That is, she and Nick Fury are able to defeat the Skrulls here on Earth, but they’re still coming and their plans of invasion must be stopped. Or, perhaps, the Kree race finds a new ally in Carol Danvers, who goes off-planet to fight light years away in another planet’s war in order to keep the war from making its way back to our solar system. Should this be the case, a great title for the fourth Avengers film would be Avengers: The Kree-Skrull War. This would go hand-in-hand with what seems to be Marvel’s favorite title word, though the fear on our part is that both “Kree” and “Skrull” are still a little too inaccessible for the casual fan.

Listen — this is all speculation. We have no real clue as to what’s actually going to happen or what to really expect — but c’mon — those are some pretty solid theories, right?

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Matt Key

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Matt Key is a writer/producer/performer living in Los Angeles.

He has two cats and knows all things about Doctor Strange but little else.
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