Spoilers: They’ve flown higher, further, and faster together now that they’re in theaters. The Marvels, the newest addition to the MCU and Nia DaCosta’s first directing run in this franchise, has seen its share of positivity from critics initially as Carol Danvers, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau hit the big screen united.
However, while their cosmic adventure against Dar-Benn seemed universally contained, it entangled them (quite literally) into Marvel Studios’ larger multiversal story. Now, with The Marvels out, fans have taken notice of two new storylines being prepared ahead of the ultimatum in Avengers: Secret Wars.
SPOILERS FOR THE MARVELS AHEAD!
Kamala Khan’s “Nick Fury” Moment
Shortly after defeating Dar-Benn, Danvers and Nick Fury help the Khan family settle into their new home, previously owned by Maria Rambeau. A few days later, Kamala decides to head back to New York City, awaiting someone very special.
It’s revealed that she’s in Kate Bishop’s apartment, which Kate discovers herself after greeting Lucky with some pizza. In her own take of the “Nick Fury recruitment” scene from Iron Man, Kamala says that she’s putting together a team of young superheroes, even going out to reference Stature from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
From the looks of it, Kate seems to be willing to join whatever team Kamala’s creating, though the result of this remains to be seen in the larger scheme of the MCU.
The Young Avengers Are Here
With this marvelous ending, it looks like Marvel Studios is finally building off of the foundations for the Young Avengers. Kamala Khan and Kate Bishop are planned to be the leaders of the new legacy team, though the confirmed roster is still up in the air.
However, with Cassie Lang mentioned, her addition to the team is all but confirmed. Two other potential recruits, Wiccan and Hulkling, who’ve been rumored to be played by Joe Locke and Miles Gutierrez-Riley make their real appearances in Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, could be recruited later on at the end of the Disney+ series.
Furthermore, some other recruits could include Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart, Xochitl Gomez’s America Chavez, and Elijah Richardson’s Eli Bradley, whose stories are definitely set to continue both on Disney+ and in theaters, giving Kamala and Kate ample time to make their appearances throughout Phase Five.
Breaking Into the X-Men Universe
As for Monica, whose ultra-powered abilities left her trapped on the other side of the Jump Point, she managed to find her way into an alternative universe.
After finding herself in a hospital bed, it’s revealed that she’s ended up in a universe where her mom, Maria, embodied everything Captain Marvel. In reality, Maria Rambeau is actually Binary, the second alias of Carol Danvers in the comics.
As it turns out, Binary actually has a relative connection to this next reveal: Kelsey Grammer’s Beast, fresh out of his last appearance in X-Men: The Last Stand. It turns out that Binary rescued Monica after she closed the portal, trapping her in this new X-Men universe.
However, this universe is confirmed not to be Earth-838 from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Beast confirms that Charles is still alive and wants an update about their newest visitor in the school for gifted youngsters.
The Multiverse Connection To ‘Deadpool 3’
Given such a post-credits tease in The Marvels, Marvel Studios has made it clear that the X-Men is the group they want to establish next following the conclusion of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. What better way to do it than through Deadpool 3, which makes its release next summer?
Wade Wilson has pretty much added to the chaos thanks to Cable’s time device he received at the end of Deadpool 2 and given the multiversal shenanigans (thanks Loki!), it’s not far-fetched to say that Deadpool could potentially end up in the universe where Monica is being taken care of.
In fact, the universe where Monica is residing could be the universe where Deadpool initially encounters Wolverine given how Hugh Jackman is nearly sharing similarities to his look from The Last Stand. These events would have to occur some years after that film though as his suit design is a complete overhaul.
Nevertheless, The Marvels has created a new narrative node for the MCU to explore in future phases as the franchise’s newest Multiversal War begins to rage on and with Kang on the rise, who knows what might happen next?
The Marvels is playing in theaters now. Check out our review here!