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13 Dark Fan Theories About The MCU

List RulesVote up the fan theories that actually make a ton of sense.

You might not think the MCU could get much darker than the end of Infinity War, but fans have some ideas that put Thanos' snap to shame. Some of them involve the Avengers' past, like the theory that speculates Black Widow committed crimes against humanity while in Budapest. Others paint grim pictures of heroes like Doctor Strange and The Falcon, who both may have been working with the enemy from the start. There's even a theory that suggests Nick Fury is in a constant state of mourning after the loss of his "cat."

If you think you've got the superpower to withstand them, check out this list of dark fan theories about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • 1

    Doctor Strange Knew He Had To Sacrifice Tony

    From Redditor /u/Quilled:

    In Doctor Strange, his solo film, he becomes upset when he realizes that he killed one of Kaecilius' men. He "became a doctor to save lives, not take them" (I might be paraphrasing).

    So, what future would Doctor Strange want? A man who took an oath to save lives as a doctor, then another by guarding our realm from mystical beings? The one where the most amount of lives are saved.

    That future, was the one where Tony sacrifices his life. Strange himself is saddened by that fact, which is why his tone towards Tony changes after seeing all those futures. He knows that he has to sacrifice Tony to save the universe. Even if it's just one life, that is one too many. But, "it was the only way".

    There were other futures, but they involved too much death.

    Read the full theory here.

    Actually makes a ton of sense?
  • 2

    Black Widow Did Horrible Things In Budapest

    From Redditor /u/hootanahalf:

    Clue 1: In the first Avengers movie, Black Widow aka Natasha Romanov says, "It's like Budapest all over again!" Hawkeye aka Clint Barton replies: "You and I remember Budapest very differently."

    Hypothesis 1: Is it because they were on opposing sides in Budapest?

    Clue 2: In Avengers: Endgame, on Vormir, Natasha says: "I don't judge people on their worst mistakes." Clint replies: "Maybe you should." Natasha quips back: "You didn't."

    Hypothesis 2: Is it possible that Natasha, given that she originated from the Soviet bloc, did something very bad in Budapest before she was converted in her views and joined Hawkeye and his side? Is Budapest the "worst mistake" she is referring to?

    Small addition: As they head to Vormir, Hawkeye says: "We’re a long way from Budapest."


    Actually makes a ton of sense?
  • 3

    Hydra Infiltrates The United Nations

    From Redditor /u/Lol-Guru:

    S.H.I.E.L.D. was crippled by the events of Winter Soldier but Hydra had other bases of operations and other agents globally; they thrive on a decentralized network. While the Avenger's were trying to deal with Ultron I think Hydra was just gathering intelligence and finding ways to control the situation without engaging head to head (after getting savaged in their confrontation at the beginning of Age of Ultron).

    Hydra infiltrated the United Nations and made the Sokovia accords to control or divide the Avengers.

    Read the full theory here.

    Actually makes a ton of sense?
  • 4

    Hulk Meets Black Widow In The Soul World

    From Redditor /u/Crispworthy:

    Think about it..... we’ve only seen the soul stone used a couple of times;

    Thanos wiping out half the universe... and as soon as he does that, he has a moment in the soul world with the one he loves (Gamora: “did you do it?” etc).

    When the Hulk used it to bring everyone back.

    When Iron Man used it to get rid of Thanos and his army. We then see in a ‘deleted scene’ that Tony has a conversation in the soul world with his loved one (his daughter, all grown up).

    SO..... going back to number two, doesn’t it make sense that Hulk got to meet his loved one in the soul world after he used the stones? Especially when we consider that he told Cap (at least I think it was Cap) that he tried to bring her back. How does he know he didn’t!? Everyone appeared exactly where they were when they were dusted, maybe she came back to life there! But no, hulk KNOWS she didn’t... how could he KNOW?? Did Dr. Strange go to Vormir and see if she was bopping around?? It’s possible, but did he chat to Hulk about it? It’s a stretch... also, consider that Thanos meets Gamora in the soul world; because her soul maybe lives there now due to the sacrifice. The same could be said for Nat? Maybe even Tony’s daughter actually; but that’s probably a whole other fan theory about what she might get up to later in her life!

    Actually makes a ton of sense?