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The Multiverse Served As The MCU’s Most Effective Anti-Spoiler Barrier

By Mabel Judith Andrady
June 15,2022

There have never been more characters or more movies in the MCU, but the multiverse concept has proven to be the best defense against spoilers. Although fans of the Marvel comics were the first to express interest in a live-action Avengers film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become a global phenomenon. Fans are eager to see what comes next in the MCU saga because of the connections between the films and the constant speculation about and hunting for spoilers.

Spoilers are always popular for superhero movies, especially when they are part of a massive franchise like the MCU. This is because both Marvel and DC Comics have decades’ worth of storylines and characters that fans want to see adapted to the big screen. Although this was true before the advent of social media and the massive impact of the MCU on pop culture, it reached new heights with the release of the first Iron Man film and the subsequent Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

The Most Spoiler-Friendly Era Of The MCU

The Three Spiderman

The Three Spiderman

In a surprising reversal, recent blockbuster films have piqued audiences’ interest in knowing what characters might appear next to or what events from the comics will be adapted. This contrasts with the discussion surrounding shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, where viewers were keen to avoid spoilers. Phase 4 of the MCU had the potential to be the most spoiler-friendly era of the franchise.

Yet due to a large number of established superheroes, many theatrical films and Disney+ Marvel series being released each year, and the introduction of new major characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. However, after shows like Loki and What If…? brought the concept of the multiverse to the forefront of the MCU, the franchise was opened up to so many possibilities in terms of crossovers and cameos that it became more difficult to distinguish between an actual spoiler and what was pure wishful thinking or speculation.

Numerous rumors circulated in the months leading up to the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, including speculation about the return of Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man and various lineups for the film’s Sinister Six. Much of what had been leaked about No Way Home was accurate, but other details, such as the possible appearance of Rhino or Mysterio, were purely conjectural.

No More Guess Work

Doctor Strange

Many Marvel cameos were anticipated in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but no one knew for sure which characters would actually make an appearance. There were rumors that Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds, and Tobey Maguire would appear in Doctor Strange 2, but none of these were true.

Studios’ attempts to prevent conversations about plot details from leaking online are futile, but the MCU can capitalize by introducing even the most outlandish characters and events into its canon. The fact that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire returned in No Way Home, John Krasinski played Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange 2, and Patrick Stewart returned as Professor X despite Logan demonstrates that anything is now possible in the MCU. So, even avid spoiler readers may be unable to guess all the twists and turn that the MCU has in store for Phase 4 and beyond.

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