We see you, Miles Morales.
With the incredibly revealing spoilers that were littered throughout the ridiculously revealing Spider-Man: Far from Home trailer comes the first in canon confirmation that there are alternate universes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe mythos.
Such storylines have been explored extensively for years on DC’s television arcs, most explicitly so on Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. So, the fact that we’re now in a world were any number of interesting possibilities are possible within the MCU, and everyone is stocked. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal makes his entry into the comic book world as Mysterio.
We know that Mysterio has always been a villain, but in this trailer, we see a Mysterio who was a, get this, HERO in from an alternate universe that enlisted the help of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. to save his world.
But, we all know, Mysterio is a master of illusion. So we all know the Okie-Doke is going to drop sooner or later as far as ol’ Quentin Beck is concerned.
However, that did get us to thinking about this revelation of dimensions, of which the “normal” world is Earth-616, and what that will do for the future of all Marvel Studios films in the upcoming phases.
With Marvel Studios now in possession of the rights of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Galactus and many other heroes and villains that were unavailable when all this began way back with Iron Man in 2008.
What’s immediately obvious with the whole inter-dimensional thing is how it leaves the door wide open to introduce Spider Gwen, Miles Morales and other arachnid-based heroes. It could even make it so we get a young Captain America and an “alive” Tony Stark, but it also opens the door for some old, classic villains that we didn’t get to see.
Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four has an entire mythos that was completely inert because of the inability of those who produced the films to capture the essence of the heroes.
At one time, very long ago, the Fantastic Four were the flagship Marvel super team. They even had a Saturday Morning Cartoon on NBC in the 70s. The X-Men made their reign as America’s most favorite super team short like leprechauns around 1980 or so.
Though the X-Men movie franchises were far more successful than any Fantastic Four movie attempt, they still didn’t garner the success of most of their MCU counterparts. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix, to be released by Warner Brothers this summer, is the last of the X-Men movies from the old deal.
So afterward, it’s possible that all bets are on for mutant inclusion in the near future.
Currently, folks are getting their Marvel fix with Cloak & Dagger, Agents of Shield, Marvel’s Runaways, and we’re counting on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If…?, WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye to maintain the high quality that we’ve come to expect from most Marvel offerings. The New Mutants, however, is still in limbo right now.
Some Marvel fans, who grew up reading comic books, are sticklers for the movies being as close to established comic book canon as possible. With inter-dimensional, interstellar and time travel all being established as MCU canon, there’s no telling what can come from the right writers and directors.