Caution, this article includes spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and potentially Spider-Man: Far From Home. Please be courteous of others who don’t want to know spoilers and don’t share the details in the open on social media.
“The bill comes due.” – Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange (2016)
At the end of Doctor Strange, Mordo cautioned the Sorcerer Supreme on the consequences of messing with time. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark mentioned how they messed with time and time hit them back. The Ancient One cautioned Bruce Banner about making branching timelines by not returning the Infinity Stones, but there are some events in the movie that definitely caused some alternate timelines to be created; such as Loki escaping with the Tesseract in 2012. Soon, you will see the consequences of that time travel surface in the MCU very soon. Sooner than you think.
Rumor has it that in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Nick Fury introduces Mysterio to Spider-Man and says he’s from a different Earth. Now, obviously Mysterio is a BSer, but the theme of the multiverse and multiple parallel Earths is something that the film immediately following Avengers: Endgame will apparently address; and that opens up an infinite number of possibilities for the future of the MCU.
In the comics, there have always been multiple universes with the “prime” Marvel Universe being referred to as the 616 universe. But of course there are others like the popular Ultimate universe that was destroyed in Hickman’s epic run on Avengers and New Avengers, as well as the other universes where characters such as Spider-Gwen come from.
This is completely uncharted territory for the MCU, but with the Disney+ series tying into the films and new movies coming, it gives so many mind-blowing options as to where they can pull story ideas from. Those who thought Endgame would be a finale to the MCU and better fasten their seatbelts, it’s going to be a rollercoaster from now on…