With AVENGERS: ENDGAME dominating the box office, and superhero fans getting hyped for the release of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, there is a lot of buzz swirling around the next big steps in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plans appear to be underway for movies centered around Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Eternals and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But what about new characters?
Fans who have been returning to AVENGERS: ENDGAME again and again feel like they have picked up a clue to the introduction of a superhero who could make their debut in the MCU. To reveal this, we will have to get into slight spoilers for ENDGAME, so if you are one of the few who haven’t seen it yet, you might want to consider clicking away.
The hero is Captain Britain, a comic book savior introduced in Marvel Comics in 1976. Essentially, he was the U.K.’s answer to Captain America, and now we are seeing Easter eggs to his possible existence in the MCU. Let’s lay them out.
In the AVENGERS: ENDGAME scene where Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) travel back to the 1970s, Rogers is looking through a window at Agent Peggy Carter, his lost love. People were so caught up in the potential reunion, they might not have heard that Carter was speaking and asking about the whereabouts of “Braddock,” wondering why he hasn’t checked in.
Who is she referring to? Maybe no one. But Marvel fans have latched on to the fact that Captain Britain’s alter ego is Brian Braddock and are using that as the start of their conversation.
In the comics, Braddock turns into Captain Britain when he is given the choice between the Sword of Might and the Amulet of Right by Merlyn and Roma. By choosing the amulet, Braddock is transformed into Captain Britain, guardian of the British Isles.
Just because Peggy mentions “Braddock” in AVENGERS: ENDGAME doesn’t mean that Captain Britain exists in the MCU, though, does it? Not really — until you realize that Brian Braddock learned, as part of his origin, that there’s a multiverse. And in the multiverse, every alternate version of Britain has their own Captain Britain. Braddock was actually tasked with guarding the U.K. that was located on Earth-616, and there are countless other Captain Britains in existence, all formed together into the Captain Britain Corps.
The multiverse … where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, in the trailer for SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) explains to Peter Parker (Tom Holland) that Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) is from the multiverse, originating from a different Earth. He might be lying, or FAR FROM HOME could be introducing the multiverse to the MCU, which, in turn, would make sense for Captain Britain to be introduced.
Heck, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME will have a massive battle at the London Bridge. Could Brian Braddock make a cameo and help Spider-Man defeat the all-powerful Elementals?
We will find out soon enough. Marvel Studios said it will reveal its immediate plans for future films sometime after SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. That movie opens in AMC theatres on July 2, and then, we’ll know if Captain Britain appears, or at least gets teased, like he may have in ENDGAME.