Spider-Man, Captain Marvel: The New Faces of the MCU?
With Spider-Man’s return to the fold, the collective imagination of Marvel fandom jumped into overdrive. And now, with Tony Stark’s chosen successor’s return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (did he actually ever leave?), the phenomenal success of Black Panther, and with the fantastic popularity of Captain Marvel, fans wonder who exactly is the face of the MCU.
Indeed, after the heroic pair of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark formed the center of the cinematic universe for the franchise’s first three phases, it’s widely assumed that Marvel will require some new leads to structure the next major saga around, and according to sources close to We Got This Covered – the same ones who told us Taskmaster will be the villain in Black Widow and that Marvel was developing a Ms. Marvel show – Kevin Feige and his team have already settled on a new duo that they think are up to the task.
First, let’s start with Steve’s successor. While the new Captain America is technically Sam Wilson, as confirmed by the final minutes of Endgame, the next hero to fill his slot as leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and lead the next iteration of the team will reportedly be none other than Captain Marvel.
Next, we move on to the Iron Man replacement, and to the surprise of no one, we’re hearing that it’s going to be Spider-Man. Apparently, Peter Parker will become the biggest, most well-known superhero on Earth, much like Tony before him, and will continue to rock some hi-tech iron suits with A.I.
Of course, this idea all hinges Sony and Disney coming to an agreement to keep Spidey in the MCU beyond the next couple of films, but it’s considered very likely at this point that the two sides will work something out.
As mentioned in the comments to the above story, I think this theory severely discounts the popularity (and on-screen power of Black Panther); a film that — to date — has garnered $1,346,913,161 at the box office.
However, only time will tell. Sony could still take back Spidey, and there’s no Black Panther 2. If that’s the case, Brie Larson, as the face of the MCU, suits me just fine. And while we’re at it, why does it have to be an either-or? IDK, but sometimes I think all of these “who’s the best” or “who is the leader” stuff can get kind of old.
How about you? Which character do you consider to be the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?