The Marvel Cinematic Universe needs a new villain and Avengers 5 could present a character who is at the height of the greatest heroes.
With Avengers: Endgame Y Spider-Man: Far From Home Phase 3 of Marvel where we say goodbye to Hombre de Hierro, Captain America Y Black widow (although she will return in her own movie). After the brutal impact of Thanos, for the future they need a villain who is up to the task and there is one that even fits perfectly. So it would be a worthy rival in Avengers 5, a film that does not have a release date yet, but that will surely be as shocking as the previous four.
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Best of all, they may have already taken the first steps to introduce it. It would be about Annihilus, of which there were already some rumors that they could even present it in Avengers: Endgame, but they preferred to save it for later, so it will be the great threat to Avengers 5.
Annihilation was a spectacular Marvel Comics event released in 2006. Rather than focusing on iconic heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the X-Men, “Annihilation” was a story that focused primarily on on the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. Among the main characters that appear in the story are Thanos, Nova, Drax, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Ronan, and more. The main antagonist of the comic was Annihilus, an old enemy of the Fantastic Four who spent many years trapped in a dimension known as the Negative Zone. Some time after gaining her freedom, Annihilus led a powerful, nearly infinite army called the Annihilation Wave, with the purpose of conquering the universe. The story of the battle with Annihilus was told in a six-issue, multi-tiered miniseries.
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Theory of plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"Annihilation" is just one of several comic book crossovers that could be an option for Marvel when it comes to creating its next major and global story. The previous crossover was an adaptation of the '80s miniseries, the Infinity Saga. The story took years of development and eventually culminated in a two-film battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Rather than jump straight into another, Marvel can use events from previous installments and upcoming Phase 4 movies to lay the groundwork for a major crossover in Phase 5. Here's why Marvel might already be moving toward "Annihilation." in Avengers 5.
Marvel would be hard-pressed to get past the scale of Infinity War, and their Phase 4 list indicates that making a competing movie is not part of their plan. Rather than go further for its next movies, Marvel is starting Phase 4 with smaller movies like Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor 4, Doctor Strange 2 or The Eternals,. Marvel clearly understands that all movies cannot be as massive as the showdown against Thanos. But while what they're doing with Phase 4 is a good strategy to follow, that doesn't mean Marvel should move away from crossovers entirely. Nor that they have forgotten Avengers 5.
The bases for presenting Annihilus.
Two of the building blocks Marvel needs for "Annihilation" are already in place: the Kree and the Skrulls. Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the Kree Empire and the movie Captain Marvel explored the Skrulls, so fans of Marvel movies are already familiar with both alien races.
Since Annihilus' arrival in "Annihilation" was a threat to everyone in the universe, both the Skrulls and the Kree found themselves in an unusual situation. After being at war for centuries, the two civilizations were forced to put aside their differences and come together. In the miniseries, both races have representatives who were key against Annihilus. Ronan and Super Skrull, who had a reputation as villains, actually had to fight on the side of the heroes on that occasion. Seeing the Skrulls and the Kree working together on Avengers 5 could be spectacular, and while Ronan is dead, it could still include Super Skrull.
The just-announced Nick Fury Disney + series released could kick off the Annihilation story.
Marvel could use the post-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), SWORD and Talos to come up with "Annihilation." It could be revealed in the future that Annihilus and the Wave of Annihilation are already on SWORD's radar. They could be one of the reasons humans have agreed to work alongside the Skrulls. Marvel can further establish this connection through its Nick Fury series on Disney +, which is reportedly in development. In fact, the plot of Fury's new show could revolve around SWORD establishing relationships with other civilizations in an effort to properly prepare for the Wave of Annihilation. Knowing it's coming, Fury might be in a hurry to make sure Earth has allies that can fend off Annihilus in Avengers 5.
Marvel's next crossover should fit the direction Marvel is currently taking.
With Marvel putting more and more emphasis on cosmic adventures in Phase 3 and Phase 4, "Annihilation" fits in perfectly with what they are doing. Also, since Marvel should avoid trying to repeat or beat Endgame, it's important that they try a different approach for their next crossover, which should be comparatively smaller. Rather than spanning every corner of the Universe, the story Marvel chooses should have a narrower focus.
The last two Avengers movie had massive casts of characters across the franchises, but Avengers 5 doesn't need to do that. If they adapt "Annihilation," they can use fewer characters without making the story feel less epic. Like the Infinity saga, "Annihilation" is a story that puts everything at stake. The difference is that only a few characters will be needed, as most of the action will likely take place outside of Earth. The main characters could be cosmic heroes like Thor, Captain Marvel, and the Eternals. Depending on who shows up from now on, Nova, Adam Warlock, and Beta Ray Bill could also play key roles.
Thanos' role would be different when it comes to the comics.
In the comics version, Thanos starts out as an ally of Annihilus. After defeating Galactus, Silver Surfer, and others, the Mad Titan is killed by Drax. However, it was revealed that Thanos secretly betrayed Annihilus by creating a form of escape from the Silver Surfer prior to his death. Ultimately, Thanos helped the heroes prevent Annihilus from achieving her goal.
Of course, the "Annihilation" depicted in Avengers 5 would have to do things differently when it comes to Thanos, as the character was killed by Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.). Some might see Thanos' death as a problem for "Annihilation," but Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame have shown this to be only a minor hurdle. In the three films we have verified that no story depends on the inclusion of a comic character. Marvel was able to tell the origin of Ultron without Hank Pym, the man who created it. Marvel also adapted the Infinity saga without Adam Warlock, its main protagonist and Thanos' greatest enemy. With this mind, Avengers 5 could easily replace Thanos with a different villain from Marvel Comics, or eliminate that role entirely.
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