With a franchise as large as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's bound to be a number of plot threads that creatives in charge will favor over others simply because they aren't huge parts of their immediate storytelling. As time moves on, some of these dangling plot threads become more and more apparent, even approaching "elephant in the room" status for some characters. Redditors have taken to discussing some of these very threads in a thread of their own and we've got to admit - some of them are kind of a big deal.
This is a collection of dangling plot threads in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vote up the unresolved plot points you'd like to see addressed in the MCU!
When Exactly Were Nick Fury And Maria Hill Replaced By Skrulls?Photo: Spider-Man: Far From Home / Sony Pictures Releasing
One of the biggest questions going into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is pinning down exactly when Talos and Nick Fury started swapping places. Revealed in the end credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury and Maria Hill have been utilizing Talos and his wife Soren as body doubles while the real Fury and Hill are off elsewhere doing who-knows-what. Considering Fury has been in league with Talos and the Skrulls since the '90s and began setting up S.W.O.R.D. with Maria Rambeau around the same time, it would make some kind of sense that a super-spy like Fury has been swapping back and forth with a Skrull double since then.
There's some evidence peppered throughout the films: in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury's "death" scene and later "resurrection" was a bit of a headscratcher; some of "Fury's" mannerisms in Age of Ultron contradicted his own mannerisms later discussed in Captain Marvel; Maria Hill referring to Fury as "Nick" while The Snap occurred in Avengers: Infinity War even though he specifically states that he only goes by Fury in Captain Marvel.
Additionally, there's an eight-month time period between Tony Stark's funeral in Endgame and the events of Far From Home where a swap could have occurred, but thanks to the Skrull that appears in the mid-credits scene for WandaVision, it implies that Fury has been on that space station seen in Far From Home's end credits scene for a much longer period of time.
Chances are we might get an answer in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion which features both Fury and Talos (and likely Monica Rambeau), but until then this thread is left dangling.Dangling thread?
Who Was Rumlow's (AKA Crossbones) Buyer In 'Civil War'?Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Redditor u/Joerinaldi13 brought up an excellent point that was seemingly glossed over in the aftermath of the opening scene of Captain America: Civil War:
Cap asks Rumlow (Crossbones) who his buyer is when the Avengers foil the plot to steal the infectious disease in the movie opening, but Rumlow changes the subject to Bucky. Was the ever any concrete explanation of Rumlow's goals?
Running theories in the fandom point to the Ten Rings, the notorious crime organization led by the Mandarin first introduced in Iron Man, but members of the organization have popped up most recently in Ant-Man in a deleted scene. With Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings on the horizon, there's a chance we might learn about their biological warfare intentions.Dangling thread?
Remember That Earthquake Off The Coast Of Africa From 'Endgame'?Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Marvel fans have been theorizing about a potential throwaway line (yeah right) in Avengers: Endgame that occurred between Black Widow and Okoye during the post-snap Avengers meeting. The exchange involved a series of underwater earthquakes off the coast of Africa, concerning Natasha and wondering how the Avengers will be handling it, to which Okoye states, "An earthquake under the ocean, we handle it by not handling it."
Redditors in a thread created by u/Splice098 theorize that the line is a clear setup to the eventual introduction of Namor the Sub-Mariner and the MCU's version of Atlantis, a hidden society similar to Wakanda with advanced technology.
Another set of Redditors, in a thread created by u/TheRealLukeJames, have a different theory involving the eventual introduction of mutants to the MCU - the island of Genosha, a mutant sanctuary in the comics that could have major implications for the MCU moving forward. While less likely than the Namor theory, this would be an incredibly simple solution to introducing the X-Men and mutants as a whole to the MCU without creating a confusing narrative involving the multiverse or time travel.Dangling thread?
Did Ghost Just... Die?Photo: Ant-Man and the Wasp / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
From Redditor u/Cardinal_and_Plum:
I was thinking about Endgame today and what movies are important to see for it and Ant-Man and the Wasp came to mind. Ant-Man was originally in the quantum realm to gather particles so that the team could help Ghost retain her form. Hopefully she got snapped too, because not only did we never see or hear of the particles in Endgame, but Ant-Man was gone for 5 years. Who knows what state Ghost would be in after that long without treatment. I expect the next Ant-Man film will address this but it was something I hadn't seen brought up yet.Dangling thread?