As Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to focus on the Multiverse, all signs point to a full-scale crossover for the fifth. avengers film.
In the Loki finale, the Kang variation “He Who Remains” warns Loki and Sylvie of a multiversal war and the Russo brothers also hinted that the 2015 series of Secret Wars will serve as the basis for the fifth Avengers movie, via nerdist. The multiverse has the ability to visit different incarnations of characters as seen in No coming home and Multiverse of Madness.
Hulk (2003 movie)
While Edward Norton’s Hulk has gotten a lot of things right, and fans have expressed interest in his return, it wouldn’t make much sense given that the MCU version is now just Mark Ruffalo. On the other hand, it would be awesome if Banner’s Eric Bana incarnation returned.
Although the film had a mixed reception, it played very well with the psychological aspects of the character. Unfortunately, when asked if he would be interested in returning, Bana said, per Live“I guess the short answer is no, I never felt like it was something I was going to do again or do again. And I still feel like after all this time, I don’t I certainly can’t see that happening.”
The Human Torch (2005 Fantastic Four Movie series)
Last year, Deadline reported that Chris Evans is set to reprise his role as Captain America in a future MCU project. So far, he hasn’t appeared in any Phase Four movies or TV series yet. But what if he actually plays Johnny Storm in a future MCU movie?
It would be a super fun way to subvert people’s expectations by making other characters think he’s Steve Rogers, only to reveal himself as the Human Torch. With the multiverse, anything is possible.
Mystique (X-Men film series)
Although fans on Reddit have been tossing around names for Mystique, there’s only one person who can play her in the MCU and that’s Jennifer Lawrence. While Rebecca Romijn debuted in the role and did a great job, Lawrence’s version was much more nuanced thanks to X-Men: First Class.
With many actors in the x-men still a relatively young franchise, it would be foolish not to include them at some point in a multiverse crossover. Lawrence previously mentioned that she would like to cross paths with Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord as Mystique, after working together in Passengers.
Ghost Rider (2007 film series)
With the latest releases from Pork and The unbearable weight of massive talent, Nicolas Cage is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. While his ghost rider the movies aged a little badly, his portrayal of the character was still excellent.
The second movie, spirit of revenge, really allowed Cage to go super far with his performance. His eventual return to the MCU will no doubt be notable for audiences who would love if he could team up with the MCU’s version of Robbie Reyes, played by Gabriel Luna.
The Punisher (2004 film)
Originally panned by critics upon release, the 2004 adaptation of The Punisher gained ground over time. Although the story is a bit clunky, some fans and critics praised Thomas Jane’s portrayal of the character.
After being disappointed by studio interference, Jane left the role and was recast with Ray Stevenson for the sequel, Punisher: Warzone. Jane then wrote and financed a short film in 2012 titled Punisher: Dirty Laundry and called it the definitive version of his incarnation of the character. When asked if he would return to the role, he said he would be open to it, via Unilade.
Spider-Man (1977 TV and film series)
No coming home was an exciting crossover featuring three live-action Spideys in one movie. However, there was one major exclusion and that was Nicholas Hammond. Long before Tobey Maguire brought the character to life, Hammond played Peter Parker in 1977 The Amazing Spider-Man television show, as well as three theatrically released films, Spider Man (1977), Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978), and Spider-Man: Dragon’s Challenge (nineteen eighty one).
In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterHammond expressed his disappointment that he had not been approached for No coming home but has always professed his love for the character and his appreciation for the direction of the MCU incarnation. Hope Marvel contacts him for Secret Wars because fans loved seeing him back on screen in 2019 Once upon a time in Hollywood.
Cyclops (X-Men film series)
While most fans are clamoring for Hugh Jackman to return as Wolverine, people seem to be forgetting James Marsden’s fantastic portrayal of Cyclops. While the character was more of a side note in the first two movies, the third movie went in a different direction that allowed Marsden to really show off his acting skills. Sadly, he is killed off in this movie just as audiences are getting to know him.
Time and again, Marsden has said he’s excited to reprise the role of Scott Summers. More recently, during the press tour of sonic the hedgehog 2Marsden again expressed openness to this.
Gwen Stacy (Webb Spider-Man film series)
Although Gwen met a rather grim fate in The Amazing Spider-Man 2there had been plans for his character to return in the third film, per CinemaBlend. Peter had to use his blood to resuscitate her. Most fans think the whole idea is pretty dumb and probably for the best it was scrapped.
Considering Emma Stone is such a big name and Gwen is arguably Spidey’s best love, it would be disappointing not to see her return in some capacity. Having her play a Spider-Gwen variant would be a great way to reintroduce her. It would also be a great way to have a standalone story featuring Gwen. It would be great if she came from a universe where her Peter died so she shared that same void with Andrew Garfield’s version.
Spider-Man (Raimi Spider-Man film series)
Andrew Garfield had a lot to do and really redeemed the character in No return home. But Maguire’s version also had some cool moments but for the most part didn’t really have much time to shine. The actor said he was open to anything.
Reliable Insider MyTimeToShineHello said Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire should return for Secret Wars. Like the 2015 Secret Wars event saw characters from each comic universe collide with one another, the film version has so many different character portrayals and versions to pull from past Marvel films.
Wolverine (X-Men film series)
This top entry is definitely a no-brainer. Hugh Jackman argues that Logan would be his last time playing the role, but Patrick Stewart said the same thing but returned for Multiverse of Madness. Jackman has also said in the past that he would have loved interacting with other Marvel characters in the MCU, per FilmFone.
With Dead Pool 3 in development at Marvel Studios, director and also Jackman’s friend Shawn Levy has expressed his determination to get Jackman into the film somehow, via FilmWeb. It would be such a shame to never see Jackman play the role again because it’s impossible for fans to see anyone else in the role.
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