Fan Theories About The Women Of The MCU That Prove They're The Real Heroes

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Vote up the fan theories that show that MCU women are the true heroes.

The women of the MCU are some of the universe's most important characters, and none of the popular films would be the same without these strong females. Over the years, members of Marvel fandom looked into the female MCU characters and dug up some great fan theories.

These theories are not super hard to believe, and will have many fans scratching their heads, pondering their factuality for a long while. Check out these MCU women fan theories below and don't forget to vote.


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    Nebula Suggested Natasha And Clint Because She Knew They Cared For Each Other 

    Nebula Suggested Natasha And Clint Because She Knew They Cared For Each Other 
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    At the end of Avengers: Endgame, some fans were surprised that Black Widow and Hawkeye ended up being the two characters to fetch the soul stone. Redditor u/MrMortsnarg believes that Nebula is actually behind this coincidence that left some moviegoers scratching their heads:

    The Soul Stone requires someone to sacrifice the one they love most, in this case Clint reluctantly sacrificing Natasha. I wouldn't call those two going there a coincidence. Nebula was the only remaining Avenger that knew how to get the Soul Stone. In the 5 year gap, we see that her and Rocket were in regular contact with Natasha; while Natasha was still trying to find Clint.

    My theory, which admittedly isn't very groundbreaking, is that Nebula suggested that Clint and Natasha fetch the Soul Stone, since she witnessed how close they were. They are two of the perfect candidates to retrieve it.

    2,154 votes
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    Scarlet Witch’s Visions Are From The Avengers’ Own Minds

    Scarlet Witch’s Visions Are From The Avengers’ Own Minds
    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    In Avengers: Age of Ultron, several characters are given vivid visions because of Scarlett Witch's powers. Redditor u/Middle-Man-Mindset has a theory that the visions are actually created by the character's minds, and not by Scarlett Witch herself:

    What is more likely is that what Wanda did was allowed everyone’s mind to create a scenario that would cause them to become emotional and vulnerable. It was meant to trigger thoughts/fears from their heads that they weren't willing to acknowledge or were trying to forget. Things that each person still hadn't fully overcome.

    Thor - he is constantly worried that Asgard will fall without his protection.

    Cap - never truly got any closure with any of his friends or with the war.

    Natasha - she had never gotten over the horrors that she experienced in her childhood and had pushed those memories to the back of her mind.

    Tony - constantly worried that the chitari return because sending the nuke through the portal had emotionally traumatized him and he knows he couldn’t do it a second time.

    1,260 votes
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    The Ancient One Chose To Die Because She Had Seen All Possible Scenarios

    The Ancient One Chose To Die Because She Had Seen All Possible Scenarios
    Photo: Doctor Strange / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    In Doctor Strange, The Ancient One chooses to die after not being able to see into the future. Redditor u/Kyle_Trite theorizes that The Ancient One lied and very well could see into the future in every possible way before her death:

    When the Ancient One was on her deathbed. She choose to die because she believed that's what fate had in store for her because she couldn't see past this point. However, for a character who's lesson has been that we can't always follow the rules to do what's right, and has been breaking them constantly for who knows how many years, just decides to lay down accept fate?! I thought that is was a plot hole but then realized it made sense if the Ancient One was lying. We know that she's not the most truthful character, so that line about not seeing past this point could be totally bs, especially since Doctor Strange could've used her in the final fight. But why? Because we know that at the end, all of the people who used dark powers will lose them and get sucked into the darkness where they will probably suffer a fate worse than death. You see where I'm going with this? If the Ancient One stayed alive, she would've suffered the same fate as well. It's possible that she saw all possible futures and her dying at that time was the best case scenario.

    1,064 votes
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    812 VOTES

    Janet Van Dyne Spent 30 Years In The Quantum Realm Because She Interacted With A Time Vortex

    Janet Van Dyne Spent 30 Years In The Quantum Realm Because She Interacted With A Time Vortex
    Photo: Ant-Man and the Wasp / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    In both Ant-Man and The Wasp and Avengers: Endgame, several characters become stuck in the Quantum Realm for what is described as 30 years in the former, but in the latter, it's revealed that Scott was only stuck for five years. Redditor u/Middle-Man-Mindset has a very plausible theory as to why Scott spent less time trapped in the Quantum Realm than many of his counterparts, especially Janet Van Dyne:

    So in Ant Man and The Wasp, we learn that Janet was in the Quantum Realm for 30 whole years and that it was 30 years for everyone as well but then in Endgame, we learn that Scott was in the Quantum Realm for 5 years but for everyone else, it felt like 5 years. I remember when Endgame came out, a lot of people were confused and why it was different for Scott. Here's where my theory comes in. So when Scott in going into the QR to get the Quantum Healing Particles for Ghost, Janet says to Scott "Don't get stuck in a Time Vortex." There were lots of theories that Scott would go into one of them and come out in the future and then some other stuff would happen but as far as we know, Scott didn't interact with them. I think that when Janet was in the QR, she interacted with a Time Vortex because she didn't know anything about the place and then the Time Vortex screwed with time for her making the time in the QR equal to the time for everyone else whereas Scott didn't mess with a Time Vortex because Janet told him not to which then leads to time being disproportionate from time for everyone else which is why 5 years was 5 hours for Scott.

    812 votes
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    Goose Chose Carol Because It Knew She Would Continue Lawson’s Work

    Goose Chose Carol Because It Knew She Would Continue Lawson’s Work
    Photo: Captain Marvel / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Featured prominently in Captain Marvel, Goose is a flurken, a dangerous alien that looks very similar to a cat. Redditor u/nerryoob believes that there is a deeper reason as to why Goose sticks around Carol which isn't overtly explained in the film:

    Goose might be a high intelligent "guard" animal to Lawson, and is possibly even prescient. Bear in mind we already had this cat surprise us, as it turned out to be a highly dangerous alien, that actually has pocket dimensions in its mouth for storage. I believe it saw that Carol and Fury would continue Lawson's work, so deliberately followed and helped them.

    687 votes
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    Black Widow’s Personality Fluctuates Because She Doesn’t Know Who She Is

    Black Widow’s Personality Fluctuates Because She Doesn’t Know Who She Is
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    It is noted by many fans that Black Widow's personality changes from movie to movie in the MCU. Redditor u/scarredbirdjrr theorizes that this is because she genuinely doesn't know who she fully is on the inside:

    Well, fact of the matter is, Natalia Romanov has spent so much of her life pretending to be other people that she doesn't really know who Natalia Romanov. Aside from Nick Fury and Hawk-eye, Natalia doesn't really have anyone she can claim to close to before the first Avengers movie, most likely because she was trained not to get too emotionally invested in others. For most of her life, she has probably tried her best to stay distanced from the people she gets close to, no doubt to keep her loyal to her handlers. This is a problem when it comes to emotional development, seeing as how we are often defined by our experiences with others. Heck, the very first we see of Natalia, she's pretending to be someone else, albeit under orders from Nick Fury. After the events of Avengers, Natasha was probably given something she hadn't had since she was a teenager, if not a child: the freedom to choose who she wants to be. And sometimes, freedom can be burdensome.

    947 votes