Marvel Theories For Falcon And Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision TV Shows
Phase 4 is right around the corner.
New decade, new MCU. Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is kicking off with a bang on screens both big and small and naturally, the Super Bowl was prime time to showcase some of the upcoming projects Marvel Studios has waiting in the wings. A brand new Black Widow teaser showcased the villain Taskmaster as well as Natasha, Yelena, Melina, and Red Guardian--but that's not all. We also got our first ever official clips of three upcoming MCU Disney+ shows: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki.
Naturally, with only 30 seconds of footage, we were left with some pretty major questions for all three, but that's where the fun can really begin. GameSpot rounded up their biggest and most obsessive MCU and Marvel comics fans to start doing what they do best: Theorizing wildly over every tiny scrap of information passed their way. What's going on with Sam Wilson as the potential new Captain America? Is Baron Zemo really a bad guy now? Is WandaVision actually in the Wakandan Matrix? Is Loki in time jail?
We can't be sure--but we're absolutely going to start guessing. Let's break down some of the biggest and most interesting details from the Super Bowl Disney+ spot and see if we can figure out what they might mean.
1. Sam doesn't become Captain America
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Captain America handed off his shield to Sam--a passing of the torch--but maybe Sam doesn't want the mantle. Obviously, as we've seen in the trailers, someone is in a Cap-like suit--but it isn't Sam, it's John Walker aka US Agent. We see Sam throwing the shield, but later, we see him decked out in his classic Falcon costume, all wings, no shield to be found. We can't tell what order these events happen in the show based on these clips alone, of course, but the question remains. What if The Falcon and Winter Soldier just pulled the trigger and didn't make him Captain America? -Mat Elfring
2. WandaVision takes place inside a computer
Wanda is still an Avenger, living in a world where Thanos was defeated, and everyone was unsnapped. However, Vision--for all intents in purposes-is dead. The last time we saw him, Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his head, and he was no more. However, Shuri was trying to save him during Infinity War. What if Shuri accomplished her mission and uploaded his consciousness onto a computer in Wakanda? Everything happening on this show could actually be a weird computer simulation, as Vision has no way to cope with the traumatic experiences that happened to him during the transfer into the computer. -Mat Elfring
3. Vision is actually trapped elsewhere
Infinity Stones are weird, right? They're unpredictable and magical, and we're not even sure entirely how they work. When the Mind Stone was ripped from Vision's head, maybe his essence or consciousness went with it, so he never truly died. The series WandaVision could just be Vision coping with being trapped in the Mind Stone, and that's why it's so bizarre. -Mat Elfring
4. Young Avengers in the making
There is a brief moment, which is my favorite thing in the trailer, where Scarlet Witch and Vision are standing over two cribs, and two pacifiers shoot up into the air--one blue, the other pink. In the comics, the couple had two kids, Thomas and William, who would later become Wiccan and Speed of the Young Avengers. The kids are canon within the MCU, so this could be the beginning of a Young Avengers more or TV show, like 14 years before Thomas and William become heroes. -Mat Elfring
5. Loki's in continuity prison.
Loki--or, Avengers-era Loki who fled the scene back in Avengers: Endgame--seems to have been caught by someone or something. We see him here in what looks like a prison uniform with an orange logo emblazoned on the chest. It looks like it spells out "TVA," which would be pretty appropriate under the circumstances. In Marvel Comics, the TVA is the Time Variance Authority, a sort of meta-gag that functioned as a bureaucratic continuity-policing agency modeled after real-life Marvel writer/editor Mark Gruenwald. By blipping out of the (admittedly already extremely screwed up) Avengers: Endgame timeline with the Tesseract, there's absolutely no doubt that Loki would have wound up on the TVA's radar--and he doesn't seem to be too happy about it. Just listen to him: He's gonna burn this place to the ground. -Meg Downey
6. John Walker is trying to win hearts and minds
A brief clip of US Agent attending what looks like a high school pep rally (complete with an "A" branded marching band) tells us everything we need to know about the MCU's take on the new character--which is to say, it's likely going to follow very, very closely to his comic book counterpart. In the books, Walker used big-budget propaganda techniques to make himself look like a favorable alternative to the current Captain America, who he smeared as old, outdated, and ineffective. Unfortunately, Walker himself was actually a zealous nationalist who used his own "patriotism" to terrorize anyone who didn't fall in line with his own misguided "values." -Meg Downey
7. Bucky and Zemo still have beef
It seems like Bucky and Zemo have still got some major issues to work out with one another--which is probably pretty unsurprising to anyone who watched Captain America; Civil War. A shot in this trailer seems to indicate that Bucky may even have a chance to shoot Zemo dead-to-rights, but rather than actually making the kill, opts to empty the clip from his gun with his metal hand. Maybe this is an act of mercy--or maybe it's just another bit of fuel in the fire of their rivalry. One thing is certain, whatever happens between the two of them is going to have some messy results. -Meg Downey
8. Sparing Zemo will eventually birth the Thunderbolts
One of Marvel's greatest anti-hero (or, well, fake-hero, it gets a little complicated and depends on which era you're looking at) teams, The Thunderbolts, was actually started by none other than Baron Zemo--in disguise as a new hero named Citizen V, with a bunch of other villains in new "heroic" alter egos. They may have started as a conniving, underhanded ploy to topple some of the Marvel Universe's most powerful heroic organizations from the inside out, but after a while, the Thunderbolts actually did become kind-of-sort-of heroic. And we'd really, really love to see them crop up in the MCU. There might actually be a chance if Bucky and Sam really do decide to spare Zemo's life. -Meg Downey
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