Marvel Studios is mastering their incredible deaging technology and should apply it to an even larger degree. Over the last several years, MCU movies have brought different versions of known characters to the big screen through the use of visual effects. As they continue to show the capability to pull this off, there's several other projects that Marvel should apply this technology to.
This practice began in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Hayley Atwell was aged up to play a dying Peggy Carter. Ever since then, there's been a string of films that worked this technology and story telling device in. Ant-Man had Michael Douglas as a young Hank Pym and brought Atwell back as an older Peggy Carter; Captain America: Civil War used B.A.R.F. to show off an 1980s-era Robert Downey, Jr.; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured Kurt Russell as a young Ego; and now Ant-Man and The Wasp had young Hank again and a young Janet van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Next up, Captain Marvel will take full advantage of this tech by deaging Samuel L. Jackson to the early days of Nick Fury as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. It'll also have Clark Gregg reprise his role as a fresh recruit version of Phil Coulson. Now that Marvel's going all-in with deaging and using it on major characters for the duration of a film, there's some exciting possibilities to explore. Let's talk about a few.
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Original Ant-Man and Wasp
Since their appearances are fresh in our minds, giving Hank and Janet a movie is the most obvious pick for what Marvel needs to do next. Their adventures have been teased in both of the Ant-Man films, but they haven't really gone beyond the 1987 mission to disarm a Soviet missile. Neither of the movies have directly said how long they were heroes before this either, so there's potentially years of stories ready for exploration. Making this even more unique could be the 80s (or even late-70s) setting such a film could take. Marvel explored the 1940s with Captain America: The First Avenger and will tackle the 1990s in Captain Marvel, so this movie could open up another untapped time period in the MCU's history.
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Marvel already has the reference points for Douglas and Pfeiffer anyways, so it'd just be a matter of utilizing them for an entire movie instead of brief scenes. Even though such a prequel wouldn't have the franchise's two main stars, a chance to see Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne in their primes as heroes is fascinating. They could even bring back Laurence Fishburne to play a young Bill Foster, maybe even showing him suit up finally. Plus, depending on when in the timeline it would take place, this could be another opportunity for Hayley Atwell to appear as Peggy Carter. There's even a chance to further explore Egghead, who was barely more than a name drop in Ant-Man and The Wasp. Considering Michael Douglas already expressed his interest in this idea, hopefully Marvel jumps at this opportunity.
Stallone's Guardians Prequel
One of the coolest possibilities, though, would be a Guardians of the Galaxy prequel/spinoff that also takes place decades in the past centered around Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rooker. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did a lot of set up and expanding of the cosmos, including the introduction of Stallone as Starkar Ogord aka Starhawk. The sequel established a shaky past between he and Rooker's Yondu, one that in the past was rooted in friendship, or some form of brotherhood. By the end of the film, we learn that this went far beyond just Starhawk and Yondu, and that they were actually part of a space traveling group all their own. The rest of the group is composed of Aleta Ogord (Michelle Yeoh), Charlie-27 (Ving Rhames), Martinex (Michael Rosenbaum), Mainframe (Miley Cyrus), and Krugarr. There's been teases by James Gunn that the group could return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or even a spinoff following the crew in the present, but taking them back to their heyday could be the better option.
Such a movie would obviously give Marvel the chance to show younger versions of Rooker, Stallone, Yeoh, and Rhames. Stallone is still a big name at this point in his career, but the prequel setting allows for Rooker to return naturally after becoming a fan favorite in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 prior to his death. While there's certainly potential for some of these characters to be explored in present day films, a prequel could really flesh out their ties to one another. If done successfully, this film could make Yondu's sendoff even more emotional since fans would then have an understanding of all the good times. Plus, who doesn't want to see a deaged Stallone in Starhawk's full get up fighting aliens? And if Marvel really wanted to double down on the deaging, cameos from a younger Ego or maybe even Benicio Del Toro as the Collector could work.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019