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Unanswered Questions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

3What is the last Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Egg?

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Collector's Museum Collection

It's been a year and half since Guardians of the Galaxy debuted in theaters and in all of that time, no one has found the last hidden Easter Egg according to James Gunn who said in September:

“They have not all been found. No one has found the big one, really.”

He reiterated that this "big one" hasn't been found since, even to me directly. How is that possible knowing that fans have gone through it frame by frame, especially if it's "the big one"? Is it a joke despite Gunn promising that it's not? Is it something abstract?

Some of the fan theories about this have commonly pointed towards Marvel Comics Thor analog Beta Rey Bill being in The Collector's vault but that's been confirmed false (in fact, no Korbinites are in the film, not even those weird skulls from the intro). Another neat theory is that some believe Odin is hidden in The Collector's collection somewhere and that this is the reason why Asgard (secretly under the command of Loki) hands The Collector an Infinity Stone (the Aether). That, we presume, would all be Loki's doing and could be a way to connect Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Thor: Ragnarok. Or not.

2Will the movies include the TV heroes?

Marvel Netflix Defenders Team Up Miniseries

If under-developed villains are a major criticism of the MCU, the other big glaring one is in how disconnected the film and TV divisions are, to the point where there are reported rivalries between the two. It's extremely important to develop ABC and Netflix television shows as stories that stand on their own, but it's weird and off-putting in how much the films so far have avoided even mentioning that happenings and characters from the small screen.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says the movies eventually referencing the TV shows is "inevitable" but that doesn't seem to be in the cards anytime soon. Directors and brother pair Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America 2 and 3), who are returning for Avengers: Infinity War, said including the Defenders for instance, is "complicated" and just this week, Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn said on his Facebook Q&A that the TV and Movies are "not really connected at all."

Is that #ItsAllConnected social media hashtag for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really something to be ignored? Are the stories in that show, and its exploration of Inhumans and the origins of Hydra, all stuff that won't matter in the movies?

1Will the Fantastic Four Join the MCU?

Fantastic Four and Ant-Man

Consider this the bonus entry in our evolving list of unanswered MCU questions, but it's a valid one based on recent events. Twentieth Century Fox holds the film licenses to key Marvel Comics properties in the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, but the former is currently dead in the water.

The deal Fox has with these characters requires them to have a film with "Fantastic Four" in its title in production every so many years otherwise the rights revert back to Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment (this is how Marvel got Daredevil back). They had big plans for the FF with the hope of eventually crossing it over with the X-Men, but the Josh Trank-directed reboot failed in every measurable way.

Fantastic Four 2 has been pulled off of Fox's release slate and in the time since, Fox and Marvel (who reportedly lost any semblance of a relationship previously) are now working together. They're co-producing a pair of X-Men live-action TV shows for the Fox and FX networks, which is a milestone moment for the two companies. If Marvel agreed to approve - and even help Fox make - new programming, is there any chance the higher-ups at each company spoke about working together on the Fantastic Four? In this day and age, is it really possible that they haven't had that conversation?

Consider that and how just a few months before Marvel and Sony announced a similar partnership for the Spider-Man franchise. Fox can't realistically re-reboot the FF on their own. The property has been buried by Marvel in the comics and merchandise/licensing, and fans are generally against Fox developing a Fantastic Four movie again. On top of all of that, the Fantastic Four characters and stories rely on characters that Marvel prime owns - to have any meaningful future anyway. So, the question of the FF and their roster of cosmic characters and villains potentially joining the MCU in the future remains one of the most interesting questions we currently have.

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If have other questions for the future based on what you've seen in the MCU, share them in the comments along with your thoughts and theories on the above!

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