The 12 Craziest Marvel Fan Theories

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The internet has opened up the parameters of what it means to be “conspiracy theorist.” Before, one had to be a weirdo with a crazed dream, content to ramble on at the local coffee shop or comic book store - but now, with the whole world connected, anyone can step up and voice their opinion. Some of it good, some of it not so good. Fortunately, the role of the theorist in film has found an oasis of like-minded fans, each more down to discuss than the next.

And given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the biggest thing in the film business, it only seems fair there be a string of fan theories to accompany it. Faked deaths, franchise-changing concepts, and even the occasional tie-in have peppered each of the these installments over the last eight years. Often times, backed by a Reddit thread and an outpouring of fellow comic book heads. So are any of these true? Or just outlandish concepts concocted by megafans? That’s for you to decide.

With Captain America: Civil War in our rearview mirror, here are Screen Rant’s 12 Craziest Marvel Fan Theories.

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12Ant-Man Is In Every Movie

Scott Lang in Ant-Man

2015’s Ant-Man established how and when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) took over the tiny shoes, but that’s not to suggest Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) was ever out of action. In fact, Reddit user The_Last_Castoff goes as far as to suggest that his Ant-Man has been a part of every Marvel movie to date, but that he's so small we haven't been able to see him. The idea that Pym has kicked it with The Avengers this whole time has netted quite the positive reaction online, providing a conspiracy that kind of holds up against the harsh sting of logic.

Obviously, the odds of this being confirmed are slim, as is the proof to support it. Still, the theory remains a fun one for fans of the pint-sized Avenger. Who knows, given how good the de-aging technology has gotten in these films, we might actually see a young Pym kicking butt and taking names down the line. Fingers crossed for Ant-Man & the Wasp.

11Red Skull Is Still Alive

The Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger

As far as we know, the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) was killed in 2011’s The First Avenger. Taken out by his patriotic counterpart and stripped of the Tesseract, however, it was a sendoff that always seemed a bit fishy-- especially since Cap (Chris Evans) made it out alive a good eight decades later. Consequently, fans have continued to speculate as to whether the Red Skull could make a return to the MCU.

The most popular Skull theory involves him still being alive thanks to the powers of the Tesseract. Could the red-headed Nazi have teleported elsewhere in the universe before his ship went down in 1945? Could be. Especially since First Avenger director Joe Johnston goes out of his way to stage his death offscreen. Only time will tell whether Skull is currently kicking it with Thanos.

10Hydra Ceased The Existence Of Mutants In The MCU

Hydra in Captain America: The First Avenger

Fans everywhere rejoiced when Sony sold the rights to Spider-Man, allowing Marvel to inch closer to a quintessential comic book universe. Unfortunately, given the success of the X-Men franchise over at Fox, it doesn’t look as though Deadpool or Wolverine will get to drop by anytime soon. In fact, the 20th Century studio has their teeth sunk so deep in the super squad that the word “mutant” is exclusively reserved for their cinematic walls - forcing Marvel to compensate without a crucial ingredient. As such, savvy Redditor BaronOlio has concocted a thesis that explains this curious absence.

In this wild theory, HYDRA splits off from Germany and stops Hitler from starting The Holocaust. This keeps Magneto from being imprisoned and consequently discovering his powers. No meeting with Charles Xavier, nor the formation of his special school. Mutants exist, though only in secret. This logic also extends to Fox, explaining that HYDRA’s failure to take over kept The Avengers from ever forming, and instead refocused all super soldier energy on experimental mutation. Theory holes aside, it's the most entertaining explanation we have until Marvel can reclaim their uncanny clan.

9Erik Selvig Is The True Hero Of The MCU

Erik Selvig in Thor: The Dark World

Bear with us on this one: Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) has been the real dude getting things done behind the scenes, amidst the rambling and public nudity. Though lacking in supernatural ability, the brilliant scientist has proven pivotal in some of the MCU’s most dangerous battles. Introduced in the first Thor (2011), Selvig orchestrated the hero’s escape from a S.H.I.E.L.D. internment camp, allowing him to, you know, save the world and all that. Stakes rose even higher in The Avengers, where the poor professor was brainwashed and forced to unlock the Tesseract for trickster extraordinaire Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

But, ever the quick thinker himself, Selvig installed a fail-safe on the device that enabled Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to shut it down. By the time Thor: The Dark World (2013) kicked into action, it was only too clear that he would be crucial in saving the world once more - and sure enough, he was. Aided by Jane (Natalie Portman) and Darcy (Kat Dennings), Selvig used his equipment to send Malekith back to Svartalfheim, where Thor got to see him be crushed by his own ship. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Someone should be starting a petition to get Selvig his own movie already.

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