Avengers: Secret Wars has the opportunity to canonize several non-Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises in a way that has never been done before. As the latest entry in the MCU’s ongoing multiverse saga, the sixth avengers The film, which is currently slated for a 2026 release date, is expected to delve into multiple universes outside of Earth-616, potentially including some worlds and characters from previous Marvel movies and series that currently sit outside of the main MCU. . With a film as vast as Secret Warsthere really is no limit to which Marvel Worlds could be explored there.
During Phase 4, several pre-MCU characters returned, making their franchises canon in the multiverse. Spider-Man: No Coming Home led the charge in this regard, acknowledging the universes of Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man, and Tom Hardy’s Venom as part of the MCU’s multiverse. The highly anticipated Dead Pool 3 should do the same with Fox’s x-men movies, with Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman set to reprise their roles as Deadpool and Wolverine, respectively. By the time Secret Wars will hit theaters in 2026, however, there will still be plenty of non-MCU franchises waiting to be canonized in the expanding Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
Fox’s Fantastic Four (2005)
With the Fantastic Four set to make their MCU debut, the time has come for Marvel to revisit the first-ever live-action franchise featuring the iconic superhero team. While Fox’s Fantastic Four franchise hasn’t been particularly well received, it does have an exciting connection to the MCU in the form of Chris Evans, who portrayed the Human Torch. The return of Ioan Gruffudd’s Mister Fantastic, Jessica Alba’s Invisible Woman and Michael Chiklis’ Thing would be exciting, but if a character from the 2005 franchise were to appear in Secret Warsit’s definitely Evans’ Johnny Storm, who would be an absolute delight to see interacting with the MCU’s Captain America.
Agents of SHIELD
Agents of SHIELD is perhaps the finest Marvel show that, despite being originally intended to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been largely disavowed from canon, especially in the years since. Wanda Vision launched the franchise’s many Disney+ projects. While the series still includes enough MCU connections for some to consider it canon as of this writing, Secret Wars could go a long way to furthering these claims by having the main characters return through the multiverse. Seeing characters like Daisy Johnson and Bobbi Morse finally fight alongside the Avengers would certainly be exhilarating, while simultaneously establishing Agents of SHIELDIts rightful place in the MCU canon.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Although No coming home excluded Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse of its multiversal antics, hope is not lost that the two universes will come together one day soon. Secret Wars presents a perfect opportunity for Into the Spider-VerseMiles Morales will meet Tom Holland’s Peter Parker for the first time and may even draw a key plot point from the comics by making Miles a permanent fixture in the MCU. Conversely, future sequels, Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse And Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verseare highly prevalent to beat Secret Wars to that feat, potentially incorporating cameos from the other live-action Spider-Men in the film, possibly including even Tom Holland.
While the MCU may be getting its own Ghost Rider in the near future, it’s never too late to bring back Nic Cage’s Johnny Blaze. Although both ghost rider The films are far from the best non-MCU Marvel movies, it’s hard to deny the sheer entertainment value of Cage’s quirky performance as the eponymous superhero. Cage has often come up in discussions of the potential Secret Wars cameos and, although the actor has denied these claims so far, his return would certainly be a major win for the film. Updated with improved CGI that wasn’t available for the original movies, Cage’s Ghost Rider is perhaps better than ever.
Wesley Snipes’ return as Blade is badly needed to Secret Wars. Not only would Snipes’ return allow him to pass the torch to his MCU successor, Mahershala Ali, but it would also pay homage to his incredible contributions to the superhero cinematic genre. the original Blade the trilogy was paramount in proving to the general public that comic book movies could be entertaining, paving the way for other flagship franchises like Fox’s x-men and that of Sam Raimi Spider Man trilogy. Secret Wars can recognize the colossal impact that the original Blade films had on modern cinema, while also giving Snipes one more opportunity to play the iconic Daywalker.
After portraying both Daredevil and Batman, Ben Affleck had a troubled history with superhero movies, although the 2003s daredevil is often considered one of the worst movies the genre has to offer. However, with the popularity of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil in the MCU, it may be fun to see Affleck’s version return once again. A multiverse event could even find Affleck reuniting with Jon Favreau, who played his best friend Foggy Nelson in the 2003 film. of the MCU, potentially allowing his character to return to Secret Wars Also.
Ang Lee’s Hulk
Ang Lee’s 2003 Pontoon The film was plagued with CGI issues and campy dialogue, but still retains a modest following to this day. As the first actor to portray the Hulk in a live-action film, Eric Bana would be a perfect actor to return to. Secret Warsmaking the universe of Pontoon officially canon in the MCU multiverse. It would also give audiences a chance to see what their version of the Hulk would look like with updated CGI, solving the original film’s biggest problem. While Marvel may have to work with Universal Studios to make it happen, Eric Bana’s return would certainly be worth it.
Fox’s Fantastic Four (2015)
Many mistakes have been made with the 2015s The Fantastic Four movie, but that certainly isn’t stopping his universe from returning to the multiverse saga. The MCU has a history of embracing its past mistakes and can do the same for Fox’s much-maligned film. The cast, which included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, weren’t without talent and certainly deserve one last chance to prove their worth as Marvel’s First Family. Although the MCU can simply choose to allow The Fantastic Four to continue to fade into obscurity, its cast has the potential to embark on the biggest comeback story in the events of Avengers: Secret Wars.
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