One simple retcon could provide a way for Marvel Studios to write Galactus, the Phoenix Force, and even mutants into the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Upon completion of the Disney/Fox merger, Disney CEO Bob Iger has already indicated that the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights will go to Marvel Studios. That means Marvel will soon have a whole host of new characters and concepts to play with (once the deal goes through).
So far, attention has focused on the question of how prominent franchises such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four could be added into the MCU. But not only will Marvel Studios be gaining access to some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time, they'll also have the opportunity to add a massive range of new cosmic forces into the mix. Prominent among these are Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, and the cosmic Phoenix Force. These are two of the most powerful entities in Marvel Comics, and their addition would drastically reshape the cosmic side of the MCU.
Of course, it's possible that Marvel will simply reveal that both Galactus and the Phoenix Force have always been out there, perhaps occupied in corners of the galaxy that we're yet to see on the big screen. But there's another possibility, an easy way of retconning them into the history of the MCU via the Infinity Stones. And if Marvel takes this route, then they could even explain the origin of mutants in the MCU too.
- This Page: The MCU's Infinity Stones Can Be Very Different to the Comics
- Page 2: How Galactus and the Phoenix Force Could Connect to the Infinity Stones
- Page 3: How Phoenix Can Bring The X-Men Into The MCU
The MCU's Infinity Stones Aren't What You Think
It's important to understand that the MCU's version of the Infinity Stones are very different to the one we've seen in the comics. In the MCU, Odin described the six Infinity Stones as "relics" of the universe before our own. The Collector went further in Guardians of the Galaxy. "Before creation itself, there were six singularities," the Collector explained to the Guardians - and, through them, to viewers. "Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots... Infinity Stones." These mysterious "singularities" weren't the only thing to survive the previous universe's Big Crunch, either; according to Thor: The Dark World, the Dark Elves ruled that dying universe, reveling in a bleak cosmos suffering from heat death and entropy.
The Marvel movies have been relatively silent as to the nature of the Infinity Stones. The closest we've come to a detailed analysis of one was in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Tony Stark analyzed the Mind Stone. He identified a net of neurons, suggesting that the Mind Stone was more than just a raw cosmic power; it was some sort of entity in its own right. That raises a startling possibility; at least some of these Infinity Stones could actually be beings who survived the destruction of the previous universe, entities of far greater power than the Dark Elves. The Collector said these mysterious "singularities" were "forged into concentrated ingots," but could a better description would be that these beings were trapped within the Infinity Stones.
Marvel currently faces a difficult decision: what should happen to the Infinity Stones after Avengers 4? Thanos's story is the logical conclusion of the story of the Infinity Stones, and once Avengers 4 is finished they need to be written out in relatively short order. The best way to do so would be to destroy them, just as Wanda attempted to destroy the Mind Stone in Avengers: Infinity War. But if some of these Infinity Stones are essentially prisons, then that opens up some interesting possibilities.
- 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
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) release date: Apr 03, 2020