Avengers Secret Wars was announced at San Diego Comic-Con just a couple of weeks ago: we still don’t know anything about the film, except that it will be released in 2025 and will be inspired by the homonymous Marvel comic. Despite this, already now i MCU fans are eagerly awaiting for the film, which promises to be the greatest crossover between universes within the Marvel Multiverse: in fact, the very opening of the Multiverse has already given us several satisfactions, such as the return of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Own Secret Wars could be the perfect setting for the return to the big screen of well-known faces from the world of Marvelperhaps taken from films (and TV series) outside the MCU as we know it today: here are the vintage cameos that we would most like to see in theepic conclusion to Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
THE Fantastic 4 are among the most loved superheroes from the public, but still have not received a film adaptation worthy of their fame: perhaps things could change with the release of the new reboot of the Fantastic 4, arriving in 2024 and which should open Phase 6 of the MCU.
We already know that the new Fantastic 4 movie will not be an origin story, but rather it could be strong ties with Kang the Conqueror and the Multiverse: In the comics, for example, one of the many variations of Kang is Nathaniel Richards, descendant of Reed Richards himself. Some fans have already theorized that the Fantastic 4 of Earth-616 are trapped in the Quantum Realm and that will be released during the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp Qantumania, which according to insiders would be a real mini-crossover like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, also presenting several characters historically linked to the Fantastic 4 themselveslike MODOK and Kang himself (who would have already made his first appearance in the trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp Quantumania released at Comic-Con).
Intriguing narrative perspectives, that’s for sure, but that they would deprive the Fantastic 4 of an origin story: if on the one hand it is true that the quartet no longer needs any introduction, on the other it would be difficult for Marvel to introduce superheroes without explaining who they are, where they come from and how they received their powers.
However, Disney could play the variant card, presenting the origin story of the Fantastic 4 by reconnecting to the two previous films about the group, namely the 2005 film directed by Tim Story and the (much worse) one of 2015 directed by Josh Trank (to find out more you can take a look at our review by Fantastic 4). In short, the MCU could tell the origins of the Fantastic 4 through their variantsbringing talented actors such as Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Miles Teller or Michael B. Jordan back to the big screen.
Such a move wouldn’t just be a retcon of previous Fantastic 4 films (or perhaps the 2005 one, leaving Josh Trank’s adaptation to the cinematic oblivion to which it rightfully belongs), but it could lend itself to some decidedly interesting plot twists.
The first is the return of Chris Evans in a Marvel movie, this time not so much as Captain America (a role which is now by right of Sam Wilson-Falcon) but as Human Torch. Evans himself explained that he would gladly return to play Johnny Storm: if this becomes reality in Avengers: Secret Wars, we could see ex-Captain America in the big final battle of the Multiverse Saga, in full What If …? style. The second possibility, which teases us the most due to its narrative implications, is that a 2005 Fantastic 4 cameo could also lead to theintroduction of Silver Surfer and Galactus in the MCU. The two characters, in fact, both appeared in The Fantastic 4 and the Silver Surfer, the sequel to the 2005 film released in theaters in 2007, while Galactus could be the villain of Phase 7 of the MCU, or even of the new Marvel movie saga.
The new Marvel Knights
Alongside the Fantastic 4, though, there are a plethora of much-loved Marvel heroes they have debuted in theaters before the MCU with shoddy films and that they have never returned to be part of the Marvel Universe, at least until now.
The name that first comes to mind is that of Ghost Rider, which has received two versions outside the MCU: in fact Ghost Rider appeared in Agents of Shield as Robbie Reyes (played by Gabriel Luna) and in Ghost Rider (2007 ) and Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance (2012), in variant of Johnny Blaze – Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage is interested in returning to a Marvel movie by reprising his old role, but the low quality of the actor’s previous superhero titles seems to be putting a tombstone on his return to the scene. Although there is increasing talk of a Ghost Rider reboot with Ryan Gosling or Norman Reedus, a Return of Gabriel Luna’s Robbie Reyes, maybe just for a cameo ahead of the introduction of the MCU’s Johnny Blaze, with Secret Wars or shortly thereafter. If the rumors about a Chloe Bennett return as Quake in the MCU were true, then Robbie Reyes could also be nearby: the two superheroes, in fact, collaborated in season 4 of Agents of Shield.
Another name that could peep out on Battleworld is that of Daredevil by Ben Affleckwhich could join that of Charlie Cox (who entered the MCU by right with Spider-Man: No Way Home) during Secret Wars, perhaps as a variant of the latter.
While Ben Affleck’s Daredevil is not terrible, it’s hard to think that the Batman interpreter can get a stable role in the MCU as well. both for its links with the DC and for the cachet that Affleck may require at each appearance. Alongside Daredevil, however, he could make his entry into the MCU too Elektra, which would be an entirely new presence in the MCU. In this case, however, a certain “narrative engineering” on the part of the Marvel authors would be necessary, since the superheroine played by Jennifer Garner dies during the film that stars the Red Devil.
More muscle, less CGI
Finally, since dreaming costs nothing, why not dedicate space in Secret Wars a Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, or perhaps as a Maestro? Lou Ferrigno played the Hulk between 1977 and 1982 in a questionable small-screen adaptation of the Marvel superhero.
More recently, the actor has harshly criticized She-Hulk, explaining that to play the Jade Colossus it would take “less CGI and more performance“from the actors. Also, even if this is a treat for the most seasoned fans, Lou Ferrigno always gave his voice to the first appearances in the Hulk’s MCU, voicing the hero up to Avengers: Age of Ultronwhen his role was then taken by Mark Ruffalo (who, of course, already played Bruce Banner).
Unfortunately, in recent years The Hulk was one of the less incisive characters in the MCUalso thanks to the difficulty in staging the superhero and his superhuman powers, of which both Kevin Feige and some directors, such as Joss Whedon and the Russo brothers, have repeatedly spoken.
However, some Hulk storylines are among the most loved in all of Marvel’s comic production, while according to some insiders She-Hulk will open the doors to World War Hulk. Effectively, the series will greatly expand the world of the Hulkre-introducing the hero played by Bruce Banner (who we haven’t seen since Avengers: Endgame, where he managed to take control of his violent component, transforming into Professor Hulk), Abomination and, of course, the She-Hulk herself. World War Hulk should, according to rumors and rumors, be a TV series for Disney + and should not feature Maestro in it. However, Secret Wars could set the stage for another storyline much loved by fans, namely Future Imperfect.
Because Imperfect Future can be transposed to the cinema, however, some preconditions are not just necessary: the first is the customs clearance of time travel, which occurred in Avengers – Endgame (with all the annexes and the multiversal connected of the case); the second is the existence of Professor Hulk (also introduced with Endgame); and the third is the creation of an alternate future in which Professor Hulk ages and transforms into a Master.
Secret Wars could be the perfect time for this third condition to occur: through a Raid, in fact, an “old” variant of the Hulk, interpreted by Lou Ferrigno, could be transported to Battleworld. After the reset of the Sacred Timeline, the Hulk and his supporting actors may decide to travel into the future to verify if their timeline is also at risk of falling into the hands of Maestro, defeating him and returning to the present: this is a risky hypothesis, this is true, but when we consider that Maestro also appears in the Secret Wars comicthe chances of seeing it in action on the big screen increase.