If you haven’t heard, Guardians of the Galaxy is a complete success! It broke box office records for August while nearly beating Captain America: The Winter Soldier in it’s opening weekend. Something that is pretty impressive considering Peter Quill and his team of outlaws was largely unheard of until now. However, you may be wondering where does Marvel go from here? I am here to help you figure that out. Now, my main focus is what hero should be introduced next and how. If you want a more complete walkthrough of what to expect, check out Screenrant’s breakdown of the infinity gems and how they are a part of the Marvel universe. You can also keep watch on my website for a complete breakdown of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) so far as well as predictions as to where everything is going.
Now, the next two heroes officially set to join the MCU are Ant-Man and Dr. Strange. Dr. Strange is still “unofficially” announced but it has been confirmed as a Phase 3 film. This is important because between Avengers 2 and 3 there are 9 films, 5 of which we know of for sure. These are Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Thor 3, Captain America 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. This leaves 4 films still to be announced and decided upon. There are a few rumors floating around as to what they may be, but only the all knowing Kevin Feige know’s the answer to that. Now there are two heroes that I want to see make their debut one of which has been rumored more than a few times.
To start off with the rumored hero, Captain Marvel takes a little back story. The original Captain Mar-Vell, was a Kree captain sent to spy on Earth and report back to the Kree empire if Earth was a threat or not. He is eventually caught in an explosion with Carol Danvers who receives similar powers due to the explosion. She assumes the mantel of Miss Marvel until recently when she took up the mantel of her predecessor, Captain Marvel. So, here we have a hero tied very closely with the Kree empire, who made their first real appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. Captain Marvel is primed for introduction since it could tie in to the Secret Invasion story arc within the Marvel Comic Universe. Now, replace Skrull with the Kree and this story arc could help lead into a new direction beyond Thanos. Not to mention that Captain Marvel has strong ties with both the Earth and Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe which would help bring these two sides together. This is exactly what is needed to mix things up and to help ground some of the more obscure properties in the Marvel Cosmic Universe.
With either of these characters, the MCU would greatly benefit from their addition. Regardless of Kevin Feige’s feelings towards time constraints in the MCU, it appears they have plenty of open slots with plenty of opportunity to introduce some fantastic characters.
Now, my favorite for the next hero is Quasar. Her real name is Phyla-Vell, who as you may have guessed is the daughter of Mar-Vell. Now it is a little more complicated than simply being his daughter but you can read that in the link above. Why she is such a great candidate for the next Marvel hero is due to her connection with Thanos, Drax, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. During her run as Quasar, she held the quantum bands which function similarly to a green lantern’s ring. Basically, she can create anything she can imagine out of quantum energy. Whoever holds the the quantum bands and the true mantle of Quasar is designated as the protector of the universe. Carrying such a big title within the Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe brings her into the paths of such people as Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy. She has confronted Thanos often, especially when he is out trying to destroy the universe with the infinity stones. Now, she has much more personal connection with Drax since she is in love with her daughter. This fact combined with her conflicts with Thanos makes her central to the Cosmic narrative and an excellent way to expand on the Cosmic side of things.
Now, what you will notice about both these heroes is that they are in fact heroines. Introducing the first true female hero in her own title film is exactly what is needed to to shake up the super hero movie genre. With an all male superhero cast, except for Black widow, things are starting to look a little testosterone heavy. With Wonder Woman appearing in Dawn of Justice, that will be the closest to a headlining heroine. With both these characters, they are still grounded enough and central enough to further tie the MCU closer together while still being different enough to shake up the MCU.