Tony Stark and Steve Rogers bid the Marvel Cinematic Universe farewell in Avengers: Endgame. Though their Phase 4 departures were heartbreaking, the choice was appropriate, well-founded, and necessary for the landscape’s expansion into new territory. However, not every MCU character has received their fair share of attention before dying.
Not every MCU character has had a narratively substantial moment in the spotlight — a consequentiality inherent to their character’s value in the comics. However, based on recent insider information, a few familiar faces may be coming back from the grave…for a shot at redemption.
1. Cate Blanchett’s Hela may return in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
Though Cate Blanchett is an incomparable actor with multiple Oscar nominations and wins to her name, Marvel Studios wasted her talents on a two-dimensional villain with a tendency toward torture and a superiority streak.
Hela was not complex, her motivation was a bit simplistic and childish, and the character lacked scenes that required a shift in performance. She strutted her stuff and slew the good guys, but never gave fans a peek into her inner depths; was there anything more to the character? If she has more to offer, fans may discover what lurks beneath the surface come Thor: Love and Thunder.
Insider reports suggest that Hela will return in Thor: Love and Thunder as an ally when a threat attempts to seize and destroy New Asgard. She will be safeguarding her own life in the process, and possess self-driven motivations at the start. Yet, as the movie progresses, fans could reportedly come to understand who Hela is and why she became the woman she became.
2. Quicksilver could stage his MCU reentrance via ‘WandaVision’
Quicksilver appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He died at the end of the movie, and never returned to the landscape. He is an essential piece to the puzzle when it comes to the Maximoffs. And, though he became a hero at the end of the film, his life as savior was cut unexpectedly short.
Quicksilver is Wanda’s brother, and Wanda is set to fracture reality to “fix” the world she has come to survive in. Thus, Quicksilver could come back to life alongside Paul Bettany’s Vision in the upcoming Disney+ series, WandaVision. If Wanda resurrects the people who matter to her, in House of M fashion, it goes without saying that her brother could make an appearance and get his shot at an MCU redemption.
3. Is Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow sticking around past her prequel?
Black Widow’s Phase 4 MCU installment will be a prequel since she died in Avengers: Endgame. She sacrificed herself to save Hawkeye and safeguard his family unit. Yet, to many fans, it was a little too late to mend the mistakes made with Natasha. Natasha should have received a solo installment (or a film trilogy like the other Avengers) when her actions could be consequential to the present timeline.
Rumors suggest that the MCU prequel could provide a link to the present timeline, giving Natasha’s movie more value than it would otherwise possess. And, if the Multiverse of Madness is set to mess with time and space, she could reappear in a parallel universe to save the present (in an abstract and complex fashion).