How is Marvel’s post-endgame setup bigger than the MCU’s Multiverse? Since Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios has placed a lot of emphasis on laying the groundwork for the multiverse. However, this isn’t all they’ve done. The MCU appears to be embracing the supernatural, as evidenced by the introduction of characters like Kit Harington’s Black Knight and Mahershala Ali’s Blade, as well as Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight. Who knows what Marvel can do with this genre, and what stories might be told as a result of their efforts?
Most of Marvel Studios’ projects since Avengers: Endgame have focused on the multiverse. It was the Disney+ series Loki that tore apart the Sacred Timeline, introducing alternate variants and the potential arrival of Kang the Conqueror as a future MCU villain. The Watcher and the Multiverse Guardians appeared in Marvel’s What If…?, an animated series that debuted shortly thereafter.
While Spider-Man: No Way Home introduced multiverse villains and Spider-Men from alternate universes in anticipation of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is set to arrive in 2022, the upcoming film has the potential to go even further and influence the direction of the MCU takes.
After Avengers: Endgame, the multiverse has rightfully takencentere stage, but Marvel has been sowing the seeds for the supernatural as well. Wizarding concepts like chaos magic and Wanda Maximoff’s role as the Scarlet Witch were introduced by the studio in WandaVision. Following Eternals, Dane Whitman was seen preparing to assume the role of the Black Knight, while off-screen the voice of Blade, the Vampire Hunter warned him.
After Marvel released its Moon Knight series, Marc Spector was introduced as the High Priest of Khnoshu, further opening the door to Marvel’s supernatural exploration. This is just the beginning, as a Blade film and a Halloween special starring Werewolf by Night are reportedly in the works.
The MCU is clearly preparing for darker, more supernatural stories. The Midnight Sons, a team made up of many of these characters, have previously worked together in comic books as well. Doctor Strange, Moon Night, Blade, and Werewolf by Night could form an Avengers-style team if Marvel Studios wanted to.
In addition, characters like Ghost Rider and the Punisher, beloved by fans on both ABC and Netflix, have been included in Sons of Anarchy. However, the true benefit of the supernatural is simply to provide Marvel fans with a different genre to enjoy rather than focusing solely on the multiverse.
After Avengers: Endgame and the defeat of Thanos, Kang the Conqueror appears to be Marvel’s next big bad. But the supernatural has a lot of potential to rival the multiverse stories currently being told by Marvel.
Mephisto, Dracula, and even Dormammu could finally make their Marvel Comics debuts thanks to the increased focus on the darker corners of the Marvel Universe. It’s safe to say that the MCU’s supernatural side is about to get a whole lot more exciting in Marvel’s post-Endgame setup.