Kevin Feige probably won’t even bother getting out of bed on Dec. 25. Christmas came nine days earlier for him — and for a ton of Marvel Comics fans with the Fox characters now set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All thanks to that amazing Walt Disney buyout of the Fox properties officially announced today.
From Age of Ultron to Civil War, Feige has shown a knack for making acclaimed comic book events blockbuster movies. To some extent, he’d been limited to the Avengers’ playbook, but with every character at his disposal, here’s five likely future blockbusters.
5. Secret Invasion
After countless defeats to Earth’s heroes, the Skrulls plot their ultimate revenge and secretly replace heroes and their loved ones as fear and mistrust spreads around the superhero community. The best thing about this arc is that it could easily be contained in the course of a two and a half hour movie. And with Captain Marvel introducing the Skrulls, they will have already been established as a threat. This could also be a fun avenue to bring back dead characters like Quicksilver and whoever gets killed in Infinity War.
4. Avengers vs X-Men
This one is almost too obvious. Marvel’s two preeminent superhero teams clash in a battle to preserve the mutant race. As Marvel Studios did with Civil War in Captain America: Civil War, the film version could incorporate themes of the event and make for a better movie with 100 percent less homicidal heel turn Cyclops. But no matter what, this film would deliver the ultimate battle royal of the Avengers fighting the X-Men.
3. Acts of Vengeance
This was an ultimate team-up, not just because of the heroes, but because this assembled most of Marvel’s greatest villains — Dr. Doom, Loki, Magneto, The Mandarin, Kingpin, The Red Skull and the Wizard. Working on the same page for once, the villains proceed to battle against heroes unfamiliar with fighting them giving them a brief advantage until their conflicting interests ultimately prove their undoing.
2. Onslaught Saga
Given the endless focus on Professor Xavier and Magneto, this major event could be a lot of fun too. The X-Men fear Professor X is losing control of his abilities and he becomes the immensely powerful Onslaught. As the mutants alone can’t defeat him, their allies, The Avengers and Fantastic Four join the effort to stop the most malevolent mutant from carrying out his maniacal plan.
1. Secret Wars
Of all of Marvel’s events, this is the one the MCU couldn’t possibly do justice to without all of the major teams. The Beyonder takes a collective of Marvel heroes and pits them against some of their arch enemies with the promise to grant them their heart’s desire.
The MCU version could be even bigger than the comic with the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy battling against Dr. Doom, Magneto, Kang, Doctor Octopus and more. This would be the one epic Marvel would need to call Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and any of the other old guard to reprise their roles for one ultimate send-off.
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