MCU Fan Theories We Saw This Month That Could Definitely Be True

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Vote up the best fan theories.

Phase Four of the MCU has been out in full force. There are a ton of new characters, new storylines, and most importantly, new and more dangerous threats. With all of these new heroes and villains, fans are speculating on what's about to happen in the MCU. 

Fans are sharing their theories on Reddit about the fate of the Marvel universe. Take a look below and vote up the fan theories that might just come true.


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    428 VOTES

    Doctor Strange Was Dealing With Post-Blip Depression

    Spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home ahead! Fans who saw the blockbuster Marvel film know that Doctor Strange is heavily featured, making an unforgettable entrance wearing... sweatpants. Redditor u/TheMediocreCritic has a theory as to why Doctor Strange seemed so unusually lackluster in the most recent Spider-Man installment: 

    Dr. Strange seems diffrent or “off” in Spider-Man: No Way Home because he is dealing with post-Blip depression. He was snapped for five years, and when he came back, the job he had was no longer available, and the love of his life was engaged to someone else. He feels like the snap stole his future from him. 

    The “Blip” was a tragic and upsetting event that would have had long-reaching consequences for everyone that was blipped or not. People lost parts, spouses, kids just to have them magically appear again, which would be amazing in many situations but heartbreaking in others. If someone remarried, that would be heartbreaking. But it would also take an incredible toll on those who were blipped. To them, it would've seemed like 5 seconds, then bam, everything in your life is different. Your kids are old, and your spouse is remarried, people you loved have passed. The world and would be thrust into another state of a mental health crisis (cont'd).

    428 votes
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    246 VOTES

    Earth Is Ready For A Higher Form Of War

    Everyone remembers the classic dialogue that went down in the Helicarrier, where Thor declares, "Earth is ready for a higher form of war." Redditor u/SamaritanPrime expanded on their theory, speculating about how Earth has transformed since 2012:

    In the first Avengers film, right before Loki’s goons attack the Helicarrier, the Avengers get into an argument that’s exacerbated by the Mind Stone that’s also in the room. During this scene, this exchange happens:

    Thor: Earth is ready for a higher form of war.

    Captain America: (disgusted) A higher form?

    Here’s the thing: Thor was right to say this. Think about what all is on Earth at this very moment:

    Steve Rogers is proof positive that the human race can successfully augment itself biologically to fight off other races. Rogers manages to stand up in combat against Loki, Thor, and later Thanos. Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit manages to hold up against the might of Thor himself- and that was just the Mark VI armor. Future upgraded suits could be much hardier than that, and come with Odin only knows what weapons and features. 

    Wakanda is a nation that has become a technological marvel thanks to its massive supply of vibranium, a metal that is as versatile as it is durable. Wakanda could conceivably arm humanity with sufficient weaponry to defend against a full-scale invasion. Finally, there is an order of sorcerers under the guidance of the Ancient One. This does not factor in the Eternals, a group of beings with mysterious powers.

    Thor was right. In less than a century, Earth has gone from a backwater world no one cares about to a rapidly arming world with resources that would make any interstellar power think twice about attacking.

    246 votes
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    228 VOTES

    The MCU Is Not Five Years Ahead

    The timeline after Avengers: Endgame and "The Snap" is tricky to piece together even for the most knowledgable MCU fans. The student news anchors from Spider-Man: Homecoming did a pretty good job at explaining the post-blip timeline, leading audiences to think the MCU is actually five years ahead of real-time. Redditor u/camo_17 has a theory that this is not the case:

    Ok, we see that in Avengers: Endgame they take a 5-year leap, but it's not from 2019. It is from 2018, because we know that only a few weeks happen after the snap. Now, the movie takes a 5-year leap, so it is actually 2023, and we know that Spider-Man: Far From Home and No Way Home took place in close proximity. Far From Home takes place just after Endgame, so even at the end of No Way Home it is still 2023. WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Solder both take place a few weeks after Endgame, so again it is still 2023. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will also take place in 2023.

    Redditor Philosopher_3 added:

    Ironically, the pandemic helped us catch up in real life to the MCU, most of what’s coming out now should have came out a year or so ago.

    228 votes
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    266 VOTES

    The Vulture Is An Air Force Veteran

    The Vulture was the main Spider-Man antagonist from Spider-Man: Homecoming, played to perfection by Michael Keaton. His character was privy to alien tech and preferred to fly through the air to facilitate illegal weapons trading. And on top of that, be a loving father to Peter's high school crush. Redditor u/Babywalker66 has a theory about the Vulture's priors to becoming a supervillain: 

    In the first MCU Spider-Man movie we see the first live action Vulture played by Michael Keaton. He is a slightly different than his comic book counterpart, but rewatching it last night I started noticing other things about his character. I believe he served in the U.S. Air Force, probably as an engineer and a pilot. His costume is a military style bomber jacket and his mask has an oxygen part that resembles the one that Air Force pilots wear.

    He tells Peter that guy’s like them were nothing like guy’s like Tony Stark, and even says people who fight rich guy’s wars probably referencing himself. He must have training in flying since it seems difficult to fly those Vulture wings but probably not as hard if you flew jets in the Air Force.

    And finally, this seems like a stretch, but if he did serve in the Air Force he probably knew Sam and probably help designed Project: Falcon as his wings and the Vulture suit look similar but the Vulture suit uses Alien technology and named his villainous self Vulture as Sam uses the moniker Falcon. Adrian uses a different name to differentiate himself from Falcon.

    266 votes
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    261 VOTES

    Doctor Strange Knew About The Emergence

    Eternals brought a new threat facing Earth, the emergence. Despite there being some other loose ends the MCU definitely needs to tie up, some fans are speculating on whether or not Doctor Strange omitted some more information he knew before Avengers: Endgame. Redditor u/LuckyMe111 has a theory Doctor Strange knew about the emergence:

    Upon rewatching Avengers: Infinity War in the scene where they are in Titan and strange saw 14,000,605 different futures and why he didn't stop Star-Lord from punching Thanos when they were so close from taking the gauntlet from his hand, I think Strange saw the future where they beat Thanos on Titan and the snap didnt happen, but later on the emergence happened. I think Dr. Strange purposely gave the stone for the snap to happen to delay the emergence and later on bring everyone back for the Eternals and Ajax to see that Earth is a planet that is worth betraying Arishem.

    261 votes
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    175 VOTES

    Why Loki Hasn't Been Blue Since The First 'Thor'

    Longtime MCU audiences know Loki is a frost giant, and Odin adopted him from Jotunheim, where he was seen as a baby with blue skin and red eyes. He hasn't been seen in this "blue" form since the first Thor movie, and fans sometimes wonder why that is. Redditor u/Spomelo has a theory: 

    I've seen people complaining that after Thanos killed Loki, he didn't transform back into his frost giant form. Or after he entered TVA, where magic doesn't work. I think that his skin color has nothing to do with magic. He was blue only on Jotunheim as a baby, when an ice giant touched his hand and when he was holding Casket of ancient Winters. This could mean that Loki (and other ice giants) are blue only when they are cold.

    175 votes