Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Siberia, you’ve heard of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the MCU. You’ve probably watched all the big name films: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Avengers. Maybe you are into it enough that you watch the television show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and if you are as big a geek as I am, you’ve sat down and watched all of them in chronological order. Just to make sure you have all of the stories straight.
Now, I am going to preface this with the fact that, I have never read the comics. I was always a Top Cow, Image kinda guy, reading Witchblade, Fathom, Magdalena and Tomb Raider. Since the formation of the MCU with Iron Man, I’ve been hooked. It’s pretty easy to get hooked on these stories if you are a geek. They have some real depth, great characters and themes that reach beyond just truth, justice and… well you get the idea.
So, to my theory. Right now, in the MCU S.H.I.E.L.D. has been pretty much obliterated, fractured by the devastation of HYDRA rearing it’s ugly heads in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Tony Stark, trying to further distance himself from the power that he has as Iron Man, has removed the power source from his chest in Iron Man 3, and Loki, in the guise of Odin, is ruling over Asgard at the end of Thor: The Dark World. You’ve probably seen all of this, but there is something you might be missing, and this is where my theory comes in. Did you watch X-Men: Days of Future Past? If you did then you saw two clips at the end. One is of Baron Von Strucker, a leader of HYDRA, holding two extraordinary miracles in cells: Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver. No biggie. They do this all the time. Stop, freeze, listen. YES IT IS A BIG DEAL. You just saw a clip of characters who will be featured in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron in… wait for it… A SONY FILM. That is huge.
Three companies currently own characters from the fractured Marvel Universe. Sony Pictures owns the rights to the mutants, the X-Men. Fox owns the rights to Spider-man and the Fantastic Four, and Marvel retains the rights to just about everything else. These companies have millions of dollars invested in these characters, and they “normally” don’t play nice with other companies. So, now I think you might understand why Sony featuring Marvel characters in their films is a huge deal. The second clip from the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past that was shown was of the pyramids being built under the watchful command of a blue-skinned man. This is the super-villain of the Marvel Universe known as Apocalypse. He’s kinda a big deal, as in he’s the first, the First Mutant.
-sigh–pant–pant–pant- Okay, do I have you caught up now? Good, cause I’m out of breath from all of that. The last part of this is dealing with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you remember from the events of the Avengers, the beloved Agent Coulson was killed by Loki. This was the glue that brought the Avengers together to open a can of whoop-ass on the Norse God of Trickery. In season one of the tv show, we discover that Coulson is Alive!! He’s alive! Muahahahaha! -cough- sorry. That whole season dealt with how he was brought back to life, and it has spilled into the second season. We discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. used the serum created from the DNA of a strange blue man in a tank. We also discovered that Agent Coulson was not the only agent to be brought back.
Flash forward to last night’s episode of the tv show: “The Writing on the Wall”. Here we got an even better look at the blue guy kept in a vat and used as lab rat for a healing program that was originally intended to…. Bring back fallen AVENGERS! Yes, Avengers like Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and Hulk. The serum, however, when tested on normal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents gives them a burning desire to scratch out strange markings and symbols and search for… something! Through the past 7 episodes of the tv show, Agent Coulson has been doing just that, going insane trying to figure out what these symbols mean. In “The Writing on the Wall” he finally discovers that they are not two dimensional markings, but rather a three dimensional map of a city.
Alright, 750 words of build up to my meager theory… here it is, I will lay it out as plainly as I can. The blue man in the vat, being used to possibly heal fallen Avengers: Apocalypse. Yes, I already here is coming, “but Apocalypse is going to be the villain in the next X-Men movie and their owned by Sony not Marvel…” Yes, yes. I get it. I think however, people are forgetting that these companies care first and foremost about making money. If they work together, they can create something that will be beneficial to both of them. The city that Agent Coulson and his team are now set to looking for, getting a head start on HYDRA is Genosha. This is a former mutant city off the coast of Africa, north of Madagascar. Why is this important? There is another region in the same area that is about to become important in Avengers: The Age of Ultron – Wakanda. That’s right, the home of Black Panther, which we have already heard will be getting his own movie.
The question that remains is that if Marvel is extending this olive branch of building the rebirth of Apocalypse in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. what will Sony be giving up? Maybe they will simply allow Marvel to use the term mutants which could play a huge role in Captain America 3: Civil War? I’d love to hear your theories, post them below! Cheers!