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Thor is Secretly a Skrull Spy?

by Emily Keen

Marvel has a reputation for laying the groundwork for major plot reveals well ahead in time. We witnessed the weird alien race called Skrulls in Captain Marvel. And the Marvel fans can’t help but wonder if they have seen these creatures apart from this film.

The shape-shifting creatures may have sparked a theory that questions the truth about a significant Marvel hero. Thor may not be who you think is after all. This has been an exciting reveal yet has some fans worried over the claims.

Marvel has used this strategy of dropping hints in many movies. Be it showing Wakanda on Nick Fury’s map in Iron Man 2 or the name-checking of Steven Strange in Winter Soldier. This creates a whole new kind of excitement amongst fans and Marvel is all game for it.

The theory suspects that the Skrulls have some odd connection with the characters we already know. Secret Invasion Storyline is a very important narrative in the MCU. In this story, the homeland of Skrulls is sabotaged by Galactus, and the survivors find their way onto the Earth and infiltrate the superhero community. They do this as a part of their scheme to eliminate the heroes permanently. This culminates in an epic battle where all superheroes have intruders among them. In the end, Norman Osborn is known to have saved the planet.

The Secret Invasion Storyline was rather intriguing in a notable way. That was until the Skrull infiltrators were activated by their masters, they thought of themselves as true Avengers. Meanwhile, the real heroes are kept in a temporary cessation of vital body functions to keep them dormant. They do not possess any memory of their kidnapping whatsoever.

So it is highly likely, the original lord of thunder was abducted and replaced by a Skrull.

According to Reddit user J-Patrick, Thor Ragnarok gives some kind of hint that the Odinson has been abducted by the Skrulls and replaced with one of their own. There are multiple instances in the film when Thor seems to have drifted away from his reality with some vague memories.

The theory suggests that he was taken captive before one of these incidents. After several months of his powers and memories being transferred into the body of a Skrull, he was frozen and the imposter Thor assumed his place.

Since Skrulls are natural shapeshifters they can also replicate a memory or a superpower just as easily. So it becomes almost impossible to tell them from the real superheroes. Thor lacks his Mjolnir in Ragnarok and Infinity War. Besides he starts exhibiting some new powers in addition. This seems suspiciously Skrull like. So is this nerve-wracking theory really true? Only time will tell.

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Is Stan Lee Really a Watcher ?

by Emily Keen

The man behind the genesis of the Marvel universe is no longer amongst us. But for as long as he lived, he made it a point to watch over the superheroes he so dearly created. Stan Lee makes appeared in every Marvel Film until he died before the release of End Game. Be it for a few seconds, he is always there to fill his superhero with some pearls of wisdom.

A bevy of Marvel Superheroes including Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther are attributed to Stan Lee’s imagination.

Stan Lee’s appearance holds the same significance in the Marvel universe as A113 in Pixar movies.

While some perceive this just like a cameo he bags as a token of gratitude for giving us these superheroes, some fans have a different outlook about why he is there in almost every Marvel movie. The theory suggests that Stan Lee is a Watcher.

For those of you who are unaware, Watchers are alien beings who are handed with the responsibility of keeping a watch over the multiverse.

Over the years, almost every Marvel movie has dropped hints suggesting that there is a possibility that all our superheroes exist in a multiverse.  Let us break it down for you.

Take for instance spiderman. It is obvious that Spiderman looks different in each multiverse. In one universe it is Toby Maguire, in the other he is Andrew Garfield while in the third he looks like Tom Holland. Even the animated venture based on Spiderman comics (Spiderman Into the Spiderverse) was set in a multiverse.

This proves that these parallel universes are a big part of Marvel’s narrative. If this is true, how does Stan Lee manage to appear in every universe? He has a cameo in all Spiderman movies with three different actors portraying the lead. Well that confirms that the watcher theory holds some weight to it.

Stan Lee’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 is somewhat a hint that backs these claims. In James Gunn, directed film, Stan Lee is seen having a conversation with three other watchers sharing with them his experience as a federal expressman. This is him referring to his cameo of a FedEx postman in Captain America: Civil War.

Before this bit appeared in GOTG vol 2, fans believed Stan Lee is Uatu, the watcher. But this hypothesis is contradicted by the MCU wiki page which presents Lee as a “Watcher Informant”. An informant is tasked with passing information to the Watchers. So apparently Lee’s job is only to report to other watchers about his experiences on Earth.

In all probability Gunn himself believes this is true. In almost all movies Stan Lee portrays the same character which is a Watcher Informant.

But here is a twist which somehow puts a kink in the theory. Stan Lee appears in the post-credit scene of Big hero 6. He plays Fred’s dad in the film. Now, Big Hero 6 is a Disney/Marvel movie. The question remains if Big Hero 6 belongs to the Marvel multiverse of Disney multiverse. Since it is animated, it is highly unlikely to be called a part of the Marvel live-action universe. Probably a Marvel animated universe would be a better fit for the film.

Besides we cannot tell for sure if Fred’s dad is a watcher? And considering Big Hero 6 is an animated Disney film based on a Marvel character if Marvel multiverse standards apply to the film is pretty much ambiguous.

For all, we know Stan Lee is still awake in another version of this universe and smiling at this little concoction. How far do you think this theory makes sense? Feel free to add to this theory if you think we passed up on something. Comment below and let us know what you think.

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Iron Man 2- Peter Parker is the Little Kid in The Mask

by Emily Keen

This scene from Iron Man 2 attracted a lot of speculations post Spider-Man joined the MCU universe like the Son Tony Stark never had. The scene at the Stark expo showcases a little Kid saved by Tony Stark from a hammer drone attack. Fans had this wild idea that the kid was, in fact, the young Peter Parker.

The little guy in that scene is clearly a hardcore fan wearing the Iron Man mask. He is at the expo because he loves the tech and the man himself. And what do we know of teenage Peter Parker? That he is a science geek. Isn’t that great?

Peter Parker approves!

“It’s cool. I like the idea that Peter Parker has been in the universe since the beginning.” Tom Holland said in an interview.

 

Here’s the moment we are talking about:

In the final showdown of Iron Man 2, Stark Expo and its attendees are under attack by the suits and drones meant to be showcased at the presentation. In an attempt to control the suits, Whiplash reprograms all the devices to follow his command and lets hell lose in the city. His ultimate aim is to bring down Iron Man himself when he arrives at the Expo. As the drones set attacks, one after the other Iron Man fights to prevent civilians from getting hurt by any of the attacks. As one of the drones is about to attack a kid, Iron Man swoops in and takes down the robot. He then turns to the kid with the Iron Man mask and goes- “Nice Job Kid”. That kid right there is Peter Parker.

How are we so sure if it is just a theory?

Because Tom Holland himself confirmed it before the release of Spiderman Homecoming! The actor also said that Kevin Feige fully backed this theory and nothing makes him happier than the thought of Spiderman being a part of MCU for a long time.

None of the movies as of yet explicitly confirm this theory. But we do have a lot of Spiderman films coming up. Maybe the retcon will find its way in one of those. But even if it doesn’t, we already have a very powerful link between Spider-Man and his father figure to cherish forever.

 

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