Nick Fury or A S.H.I.E.L.D. Prequel
If Marvel Studios likes what Captain Marvel produces though, then another project that features the younger Nick Fury could come. A Nick Fury movie was actually part of Marvel Studios' initial lineup of titles, but the project never made much progress. Even though Jackson is now ten years older than he was when he first took on this role, the deaging technology would allow him to re-explore the character through a younger lens. Captain Marvel could fill in enough gaps to make a true standalone a bit redundant, but even then, a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie could work instead. It could be similar in tone and execution as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but also allow for a much larger cast of recurring characters.
This could once again be an opportunity to bring back Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, maybe even in a time period where she's still able to get in on the action. The return of Hank Pym could be featured too - if our previously proposed Hank and Janet prequel doesn't happen. Maybe the best option, however, could be either concept's ability to bring back Robert Redford as a younger Alexander Pierce, further setting up their relationship prior to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If they really wanted to pack this film, Cobie Smulders's Maria Hill could appear too as a new recruit. Whether it comes in a Fury solo movie or a movie focused on the earlier days of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jackson playing a younger version of Fury is an interesting change for the character. In either film, the supporting cast could warrant more familiar faces that are changed through the deaging tech.
Out of these suggestions, Black Widow is the only movie we know is actually in development. Unlike the other films on this list, though, Black Widow's lead character may not even need this tech. Despite debuting as Natasha Romanoff in 2010's Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson can still portray a younger version of Black Widow (as in Avengers: Age of Ultron), if her solo movie is in fact a prequel as reported. Details on the likely Black Widow movie are sparse, but reports have linked Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier to the film too. Similar to Johansson, deaging Stan isn't totally necessary. There are ways to make each look younger practically if the difference is more noticeable than expected too. Instead, the deaging could come with its supporting characters.
The plot of Black Widow reportedly follows her early days as she flees to the United States and prior to her days as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However, the movie could still deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. in some regard. The usual cast of characters we've mentioned before could certainly appear, especially a pre-Phase 1 looking Nick Fury. If there is one additional possibility that comes with Black Widow, it may be with Jeremy Renner returning as Clint Barton. While there were recent rumblings of a possible Hawkeye solo movie, this would be his most natural way to fit in. Some slight deaging effects could be utilized in this instance, but there aren't any major characters who could use these enhancements. So, Black Widow isn't reliant on this technology, but could be given a few extra MCU connections by using it.
These are just a few possibilities though and smaller additions could be included in other movies. Marvel's invested a lot of time and resources in making this an effective part of their movies, so as long as they can continue to pull them off, expect more deaging in the MCU's future.
- 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