Okay, so we know from past experience that this kind of thing is generally nonsense. Posts on 4chan purporting to be big leaks, that take things that are known to be true, mix them up with rumours from the likes of Bleeding Cool that are likely to be true, then adding a whole lot of nonsense, trying to use the reliability or semi-reliability of the first aspects to add a veneer of credibility to the latter.
But we can’t deny that they are always entertaining to read, in a What If? kind of way.
Though this one below not even mentioning the upcoming What If TV series let alone Ghost Rider or Helstrom is an indictor that this may all be the proceedings of a heat-oppressed brain…
Also this one isn’t even the original poster, just a collation of recent 4chan postings from all over the place. So tinfoil hats on everyone and popcorn at the ready. But if they are true, then these, as has happened before, are major spoilers. Know this going in. Onwards.
- Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are in active development and there are plans for Thor 4, Ant-Man 3, Captain Marvel 2, New Avengers, Young Avengers and Dark Avengers.
- Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye are being developed for Disney+, but the characters will still be featured in the movies. The X-Men and the Fantastic Four will not appear until Phase 5.
- There won’t be another decade-spanning overarching storyline like the Infinity Saga, but there will be overarching “mini-arcs” spanning 3-6 films.
- There will be a clearer divide between grounded MCU and cosmic MCU going forward, each having their own core casts, specific tones and overarching storylines.
- Norman Osborn will be the main antagonists of grounded MCU and is expected to appear in several movies provided Marvel and Sony renew their contract.
- Chris Hemsworth renewed his contract for several more Marvel movies and is expected to appear in both Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Thor 4.
- Chris Pratt also has several movies left in his contract and is expected to continue even though Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is intended as the team’s final appearance in the MCU.
- SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME – Mysterio is from a parallel dimension, but is a criminal there and is controlling the Elementals in order to masquerade as a hero and usurp Iron Man. OsCorp is revealed to have purchased Stark Tower.
- BLACK WIDOW – Florence Pugh is introduced as Yelena Belova, the new Black Widow.
- THE ETERNALS – Richard Madden is playing the main character, Ikaris. The Eternals will pivotal to cosmic MCU.
- BLACK PANTHER 2 – Killmonger will appear in the spiritual plane. Queen Divine Justice will be featured. Movie will be political.
- SHANG-CHI – The Mandarin is rumored to be Shang-Chi’s father.
- DOCTOR STRANGE 2 – Christine Palmer, Wong, Mordo and the Ancient One will appear. Lord Nightmare will be the villain. Mordo will be a complex, sympathetic antagonist like Loki. Clea and Brother Vodoo will be featured. Asian actresses eyed for Clea. Parts of the movie will be set in the 1980’s.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 – The High Evolutionary will be the main villain and Rocket’s creator. Rocket will fall in love with another of the High Evolutionary’s experiments, Lylla. Drax will find out that his daughter is still alive. Star-Lord and Nebula will become closer as they search for Gamora. Thor will be in the movie and meet Beta Ray Bill, who might be another of the High Evolutionary’s experiments. Quasar and Adam Warlock also rumored to appear, with Zac Effron reportedly eyed for Adam.
- LOKI – Anthology chronicling how Loki shaped human historical events.
- HAWKEYE – Hawkeye has to come out of retirement (again) when troublemaker Kate Bishop begins running around claiming to be the new Hawkeye and gets into trouble with the mob. Ends up training her to take his place. Supernatural mobster The Hood and Hawkeye’s evil brother Trickshot might appear.
- FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER – Falcon and Bucky have to work together with a new government-sanctioned Captain America to stop terrorists from destroying the United Nations. New Cap eventually goes psycho and they have to stop him. Seems like it’ll lead to Sam becoming the new Cap after all.
- WANDAVISION – Vision gets rebuild, Wanda tries to give him a soul and he instead gets possessed by a dark force. Allegedly it’s more of a psychological thriller with a 1950’s aesthetic. Wanda and Vision end up living in the suburbs where the neighborhood is racist against Wanda’s robosexuality. The witch Agatha Harkness might appear.
Still it would be churlish to totally dismiss this kind of thing, here’s what a 4chan poster was writing about Avengers Endgame almost exactly one one year ago…
- Iron Man reassembles the Avengers and decides to build his own Infinity Gauntlet to undo everything that Thanos did. They recruit Ant-Man to help them travel through time and space using the Quantum Real to retrieve the Infinity Stones from different time periods. Thanos finds out about their plans and becomes hellbent on stopping them.
- The movie revolves around the relationship between Captain America and Iron Man.
- At one point, Captain America and Thor fight Thanos. Timeline alterations have restored Mjolnir, and Cap wields it against Thanos to allow the others to escape, and is killed holding Thanos off.
- At one point, Hawkeye must protect the unfinished Stark Gauntlet from Thanos’ minions. He plays an “instrumental” role in Thanos’ defeat.
- Thor’s subplot centers on him assembling an army to challenge Thanos. Captain Marvel joins him.
- Hulk’s subplot centers on Banner and Hulk finally merging to become Professor Hulk. He is the one that ultimately wields the Stark Gauntlet against Thanos, losing his arm in the process.
- Nebula’s subplot centers on her efforts to redeem herself. At one point, she fights her murderous past self.
- Several MCU movies are revisited and retconned (probably not permanently), such as the Avengers retrieving the
- Power Stone creating a timeline where the Guardians of the Galaxy never came together.
- There’s a pivotal scene between Doctor Strange and a fully CGI character being shot on a secret location, with a skeleton crew, and which takes up a sizeable portion of the budget.
- Only two of the original Avengers (Cap, Stark, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow) meant to survive the movie. Cap dies.
- The title was AVENGERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET at one point, but it might be changed after Zoe Saldana accidentally leaked it.
- Steve Rogers has adopted the identity of Nomad and is leading the Secret Avengers, formed by Black Widow and Falcon. Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye and Ant-Man went their different ways. Ant-Man is not in the movie in any significant way.
- Steve and his team have minor roles. Early on, they rescue Scarlet Witch and Vision from the Children of Thanos and send them to Wakanda so Black Panther and his sister Shuri can extract the Mind Stone from the Vision and guard it against Thanos. When Thanos’ forces invade Wakanda in the end, they return to help. Steve is the one that manages to kill Thanos’ main enforcer Corvus Glaive after he kills Vision and defeats everyone else that tries to stop him.
- Thanos attacks the Asgardians’ ship in search of the Space Stone, which Loki trades for Thanos’ pardon and the lives of the refugees, becoming Thanos’ advisor. Thor is severely beaten and cast out into space by Thanos, where he is later found by the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had been following Thanos’ trail of destruction across the galaxy.
- Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Mantis go to Knowhere to consult with the Collector, but find him being tortured by Thanos for the Reality Stone. Meanwhile, Thor, Rocket and Teen Groot visit the Dwarf King Eitri (Peter Dinklage), who forged Mjolnir, for weapons. Eitri has also forged the Infinity Gauntlet, and Thanos has cut off his hands so he can not build something powerful enough to destroy it. Thor finds an axe, Jarnbjorn, made from the same metal as Mjolnir, but it is unfinished, so Teen Groot gives his wood to make the handle.
- There’s a gag that, although Eitri is considered a “dwarf”, he’s actually massive by mortal standards. Thor goes up on his knee. Thor also doesn’t get his eye back. He wears the eyepatch for the entire movie.
- Iron Man takes the spotlight, heading into space with Doctor Strange to meet Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy and stop Thanos. Spider-Man tags along and ends up getting injured in battle.
- Black Panther unites the Wakandan tribe leaders – including M’Baku – to defend Wakanda, and brings Winter Soldier out of cryosleep to help fight Thanos’ forces, providing him with a new arm. Hawkeye also joins the battle in the end.
- Bruce Banner makes it back to Earth in a escape pod, but can’t turn into the Hulk anymore. He pilots the Hulkbuster armor during the battle of Wakanda and fights Thanos’ strongest enforcer, Cull Obsidian, who tears the Hulkbuster apart. He eventually turns into the Hulk again, bursts out of the Hulkbuster and defeats Cull Obsidian.
- Doctor Strange develops a rivalry with Thanos’ smartest enforcer, Ebony Maw, after he breaks into the Sanctum Sanctorum and uses his psychic powers to mindf-ck everyone and steal the Time Stone.
- Doctor Strange becomes good friends with both Iron Man and Spider-Man. Thor also gets along well with Star-Lord. Lots of humor come from Iron Man/Drax and Spider-Man/Teen Groot interactions.
- Valkyrie has a minor appearance, having led the Asgardian refugees to safety after Loki’s betrayal and Thor’s apparent death.
- Wong’s appearance is also minor, hanging out at the Sanctum Sanctorum when Ebony Maw attacks and when Strange and Banner later meet Iron Man.
- Red Skull also briefly appears, having been stranded in space since WWII, when he was seemingly disintegrated by the Space Stone.
- Thanos kills Gamora to get the Soul Stone. Its guardian reveals that one can only wield it by sacrificing the soul of a loved one. Since Gamora is one of Thanos’ daughters, he “loves” her (as an asset, not as person), and her death grants him control of the Soul Stone. It is also what compels Nebula to join the others in order to avenge her sister.
Lots wrong, of course, but what was right is too right to be a total coincidence… will it be the same with this latest post?