With the conclusion of the Infinity Saga and the exits of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has more question marks than it’s had in years. And with a dearth of real information, rumors are flying about what’s in store for the future of the franchise.
The latest tantalizing piece of potential information concerns Captain Marvel. Showbiz CheatSheet, citing “current narrative projections in the MCU and leaks from Marvel insiders,” reports that in addition to the long-rumored A-Force, Captain Marvel is the natural choice to lead another rumored superhero team: The Ultimates.
Marvel head Kevin Feige has said that Captain Marvel will be a core piece of the puzzle moving forward, and leading both the all-female A-Force and the mixed-gender Ultimates would certainly make that a promise kept.
The A-Force came to be in a short-lived comic series published in 2015 and 2016. It includes Captain Marvel, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Nico Minoru, and Dazzler Thor.
She-Hulk is coming to her own Disney+ series. Jane Foster is taking on the mantle of Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. It would make sense to put Captain Marvel, a character played by an Oscar winner who already has a solo Marvel film under her belt, at the head of the team of characters who’ve already debuted in the MCU.
Like the A-Force, The Ultimates was also a limited comic book series published in the early aughts. It currently counts Black Panther, Ms. America (who will reportedly appear in a Disney+ show), Spectrum (who appeared in Captain Marvel), and Blue Marvel as members. With the exception of the latter, an Ultimates movie would have the same advantage of featuring characters who already exist in the MCU.
It also seems likely that Marvel wants to get Captain Marvel and Black Panther on screen together, and an Ultimates movie would be a relatively easy way to do so.
Alas, however, these are just rumors, and what’s at least as likely as an elaborate secret plan already being hatched is that Feige and company are still making decisions about the future.