MCU Phase Four? Bring on Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight!!

As we get closer and closer to Phase Four, there’s more and more speculation about what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look like. I spend a lot (but not like an unhealthy amount) of time thinking about it.  Heck, I wrote a post about it a month or so ago.  Kevin Feige has said Phase Four will be, “completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.” Then, a few weeks ago, Marvel revealed they have six untitled film projects coming out for 2021 and 2022.  It would appear I have more to say as I dream about my perfect choices to fill those slots.  This time I’m talking about a Captain Marvel/Alpha Flight film (or films!) set in space.

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Deadpool is something Fox has gotten SO RIGHT. / Photo Credit – Deadpool 2

To be fair, the idea didn’t come to me completely on my own.  I was watching this episode of My Side Of The Laundry Room: Live where Rob and Chris were discussing what characters/comics they thought/hope would fill those six spots.  As they discussed the incredible inherent potential of the X-Men (and not just the X-Men as we’ve seen them on film but the entire history of the X-Men) I started getting excited.  Then my wheels started turning.

I’ve always enjoyed the X-Men movies, doing my best to accept them for what they are.  They’re certainly not running on empty either.  I thought Logan was one of the best films I’ve ever seen, in any genre.  And Deadpool was a wonderfully inappropriate work of art.  But I can also say – save the Wolverine and Deadpool films – that I haven’t been super excited for a new X-Men movie since X3: The Last Stand (which I still maintain is better and more enjoyable than most people give it credit for).  I was unaware that I was suffering from, as Rob put it so perfectly in the video, “the staleness of Bryan Singer.”  It’s not that he doesn’t make enjoyable films.  But his work with the X-Men hasn’t blown my mind since X2: X-Men United.  In addition to being uninspired, Days Of Future Past was a continuity mess!  It didn’t line up with the comics, the original X-Men films, or the new “young” X-Men films.  But I digress.

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Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

Yet, it wasn’t the X-Men proper that got me most excited nor, as the feature image and first paragraph show, are they going to be the topic of this post.  Rob and Chris started talking about Alpha Flight and that’s when all the lightbulbs started going off in my head.  Aaaaahh!  Alpha Flight!  Currently the team is above the earth running the Alpha Flight Low-Orbit Space Station.  They are to be the Earth’s first line of defense against extraterrestrial threats as well as be the liaison for anyone – from alien leaders to refugees fleeing intergalactic conflict – looking to come to Earth or make contact with the Earth.  That alone sets the stage for some fantastic stories.  But Alpha Flight aren’t up there alone, oh no!  The Alpha Flight Space Station is currently under the command of Captain Marvel.  WOO HOO!  Attention everyone: This is a movie I need to see.

As I wrote in another post devoted to Captain Marvel, I’ve fallen in love with her exploits with Alpha Flight.  I was originally (a little) concerned to see Carol leaving earth (primarily) behind, trading her regular supporting cast and time with the Avengers for space stations, regular intergalactic travel, and Alpha Flight.  I should have known I had nothing to worry about!  Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters hooked me from page one of (their) Captain Marvel #1 and each issue has continued to be more exciting than the previous one since Margaret Stohl has taken over.

But it’s not just my deep love of Carol Danvers as a character that makes me see this as a great option for the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.  Rather, I think Captain Marvel & Alpha Flight (uh…that’s just a working title. we could do better…we could do much better) would be the type of film(s) that perfectly fits the mold of where the MCU seems to be heading.

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The team dynamic…the characters…the setting – it’s all PERFECT. / Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

First, I don’t think it’s a big leap to say (after how) in the future Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will form the core of the MCU, just as Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’s Captain America have been for the first three phases.  Narratively it makes sense.  Black Panther has received wildly enthusiastic fan and critical acclaim alike while rightfully becoming an important cultural milestone.  So we’ll be seeing lots more of T’Challa and Wakanda in Phase Four.  Given the legions of Carol Corps fans who love her comics and buy her swag, coupled with the people who are so hungry for the inexcusably long overdue first female-led film in the MCU, I think it’s safe to say 2019’s Captain Marvel will be a hit too.  As a result, the idea of Captain Marvel showing up in as many films as possible (whether it’s her solo series, this idea I’m pitching, and Avenger team-up films OR her solo series incorporating this along with the Avenger team-up films) doesn’t seem far-fetched.

Second, this is an easy way to incorporate other characters into her story.  It seems clear team-ups and guest stars are the way the MCU is headed.  Can anyone imagine Thor: Ragnarök without the Hulk?  Of course not!  And who would want to??  Iron Man was bouncing around Spider-Man: Homecoming.  The Wasp is suiting up alongside Ant-Man in Ant-Man and The Wasp this July.  Guardians Of The Galaxy has always been a team movie and Captain America: Civil War was CLEARLY Avengers 3 in all but name.  (I’m sure some sort of contract thingie kept them from calling it what it really was.)  Through the first two phases, the team-ups were always an exciting and central feature too.  Black Widow and War Machine joined the party alongside Tony in Iron Man 2The Avengers blew everyone’s mind.  Natasha was fighting alongside Steve in Captain American: Winter Soldier too.  And, let’s be honest.  The fact that no one else seemed to notice, care, or show up to help Thor as Malekith ripped open interstellar gateways all over London was one of the most awkwardly inexplicable parts of Thor: The Dark World.

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We can even have the team team-up with ANOTHER TEAM.  It writes itself! / Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

Third, Kevin Feige has said Phase Four will be different from anything we’ve seen so far.  Just think of what this setting – Carol and Alpha Flight above earth, serving as the planet’s first line of defense – could yield as far as story possibilities go!  We’ve seen (and LOVED) the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Guardians Of The Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarök.  So we’ve had space adventures but (save the Chitauri invasion of New York in The Avengers) we haven’t seen any real tie between aliens and the earth.

To center a film (or films!) around the mission of the Alpha Flight Space Station opens so many doors.  We could see Carol and the crew dealing with a dangerous, lurking menace on the quiet isolation of the station as in Alien or Life giving the film a crazy-intense horror and/or thriller vibe.  They could be tracking some dangerous creature(s) that have landed on earth in a high action piece like Predator.  It could easily handle the humor/action vibe of Men In Black or the high-tension paranoia of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers or The Thing.  Or they could even be direct about it and just give us the straight-up battles in the skies above the Earth we’d see in something like Independence Day or even the Star Wars films.  Not only are there countless story options with Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight hanging out between us and the alien threats that lie in the cosmos, it also allows Marvel to introduce some different genres/feel to their movies if they’d like to.  They can even bring in the Alpha Flight cadets – ljnklm – to add a youthful feel to the movie too.

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Just imagine the possibilities… / Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

Basically, I can see no downside here.  So Kevin Feige (and everyone at Marvel Studios (because I’m sure you read my blog), if you haven’t already thought of this idea, it’s yours.  You’re welcome!  If you have, well this is clearly another example of how great minds think alike and all that.  No rush on the official announcement of course.  I know these things take time.  BUT LET’S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.  Okay?  Please and thank you!

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I’m with you Carol.  We ALL want to see you in action.  The more the merrier! / Photo Credit – Marvel Comics

While we’re talking about Phase Four, here are a couple other posts I’ve written about my hopes and dreams!

Here’s my predictions on who will live and who will die in Avengers: Infinity War and/or Avengers 4.

And here’s my great hope/dream for the future of the Thor franchise!

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9 thoughts on “MCU Phase Four? Bring on Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight!!

  1. Thanks for the shout out. As always this was a great post, brother. I really, really need to check out this Captain Marvel/Alpha Flight comic. It sounds so awesome.

    As much as toxic fans are against it, I think Disney will do the comics justice by embracing what makes comic books so great and fun.

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    1. My pleasure Rob! And I’ve never understood why so many people are fearful of Disney running things for Marvel. Sure, if I start to see the quality drop or the direction take a weird change I’ll worry. But so far the MCU’s been nothing but brilliant, comic-inspired fun! They seem to be getting the right filmmakers and the right people overseeing it all. Sure, it’s not perfect but I’ve seen no real reason to worry.

      And yeah, I love the comic! It’s just FUN you know? She’s zipping around space, they planets and aliens are all so cool looking; I love the space station too! It’s exactly what I want a fun, exciting superhero comic should be.

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    1. Aurora’s in the comic! The team is Carol along with Aurora, Puck, Sasquatch, Lt. Wendy Kawasaki, the Alpha Cadets (A’di, Dante, and Glory), and a few other scientists, techs, and awesome droids. It’s a great group dynamic. I love them!

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  2. I really need to get round to reading some Captain Marvel! You have a way with words that makes me want to go out and get my hands on whatever you’re talking about.

    If I may add another reason to your already extensive list, what is going to be one of the glaringly obvious take aways from Avengers: Infinity War? Man is most definitely not alone in the universe. Why did we just let Thanos and his motley crew of villains walk right through the door? Earth needs an intergalactic defence mechanism: Who better than Alpha Flight!

    I feel like Alpha Flight would make an excellent TV show. As you rightly point out, such an idea opens so many doors but I feel like having them as a movie team may limit the explorative possibilities. A TV show could take us to exotic locations across the Marvel Universe in a way that the films arguably struggle to do with full justice. Agents of SHIELD went to space in what I’m regarding as a successful venture so why not have a permanent team based there? The only drawback of that is the whole connection issue that leaves a gaping hole in Marvel’s fantastic cinematic universe. Seriously, they need to address the one thing that would make the entire cinematic universe effectively bulletproof (I would really like a Daredevil/ Spider-man Team-up)

    I’m with you completely: Alpha Flight is a must!

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    1. OH MY GOSH YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! How didn’t I see the obvious Thanos tie-in?!? The idea of building a planetary defense team after the Infinity War is so absolutely perfect. It’s brilliant! I love it!!!

      I can see this as a TV show too. It would certainly add a fun bit of narrative diversity to the Marvel Television side of Marvel Studios. We’ve got the street level action in the Netflix shows. The spy/thriller/sci-fi stuff of ‘Agents of SHIELD.’ We have the lighter fair they’re developing for – uh, nuts…I forget which station it will be on – with ‘Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors’ as well as ‘Cloak & Dagger.’ This would give them a brilliant option to do something very ‘Star Trek’ or ‘Battlestar Galactica’ inspired. I think that would be a lot of fun and I’d absolutely watch that show!

      Thank you for your kind words about my writing too. They mean a lot. Also, I’m sorry because I know you’re trying to trim your pull list at present…so I’m not really helping :). But I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the piece!

      And yes, WE NEED A SPIDER-MAN DAREDEVIL TEAM-UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. As they are presented in their respective films/TV shows, they are both such “neighborhood” heroes but with very different approaches. It would make for great storytelling!

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  3. Brie Larson as Cap Marvel sounded promising…
    …until I saw THAT “COSTUME” – can hopes deflate any faster…?
    Why do th movies have to go so out of th way to make comic characters look so unrecognisable? Or not-so-MARVELous? (e.g. matching boiler-suits for th X-Men: NAH thanks)
    Apart from that, th MCU does enlist top class writers so I am pretty sure we’ll be fine. As usual
    Cheers!

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    1. The costume threw me too. I heard one theory that it’s supposed to be an older Kree uniform, using those colors. My hopes is that will change into the regular Captain Marvel costume I see each month in her amazing comics before the end of the movie!

      However, as you said, even if the costume raises my eyebrows and furrows my brow, I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Marvel movie. And their writers/casting/directing is always top notch. So I’m still feeling positive!

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      1. When Captain Marvel’s solo series began in 1968, (w art by Gene Colan), he did indeed have a green and white costume, but when Carol Danvers acquired Kree powers in that accident, her costume was based on Mar-Vell’s red/blue togs. And she was originally known as Ms. Marvel. So it’s all v baffling!
        Okay, as long as MJM is still feeling positive, why fret, eh?!
        Cheers!

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