If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These superheroes are super cool, and I want not just more adventures from them, but also I want to see their non-adventurous days as well, kind of like what we are getting in WandaVision. Of course, these movies don’t exist.
Below I have compiled a list that aren’t superhero movies, but feel like they could be MCU movies, if only in a fan theory sense. They start off easier to grasp, but as I continue down the list, admittedly they get a bit far fetched.
This seems to be the easiest jump, and is in fact where I got the idea for this article. It follows the story of four adult best friends who are in a never ending game of tag. One of these friends, however, has never been tagged. Jeremy Renner. A fitness personality, he is able to outmaneuver all of his friends, and uses his environment in ways they can’t predict, including throwing donuts across the room with “surgical” accuracy. To me, this movie follows Hawkeye in his regular life between Avengers missions, and you can’t tell me otherwise.
The MCU’s Black Widow follows a woman who was trained in Russian Sexpionage, the act of seducing important enemies of the state, in order to extract vital information, or kill them. This is a real thing that happens, and as such, another movie has been made about it, Red Sparrow. While this movie isn’t necessarily about Natalia Romanova (Natasha Romanoff), it easily be about someone else that went through the same training as her, which is why their code names are both three syllable Color-Animal that end in -ow.
When the comics were first written, Tony Stark was designed and inspired by real life inventor Howard Hughes, who created the fastest plane at the time, as well as the largest plane at the time. As Marvel kept moving with time, eventually it was his father that was more designed to be like Hughes, which is why he is called Howard Stark, who we see in the MCU. The Aviator is a movie about the rise of Howard Hughes, and you could easily see it as Stark’s life pre-Captain America, as he is clearly already a famous scientist by the time The First Avengers begins.
Who is Nic Fury pre-S.H.I.E.L.D.? The earliest we see Fury is in Captain Marvel, which is set in the ’90s. Well, that leaves a lot of time before hand for his skills as a Bad Motherf*cker (as it states on his wallet) to grow. Why Pulp Fiction? Because Fury’s tombstone holds an incorrect bible verse, the same that Jules Winnifred quotes multiple times.
The Dirty Dozen
In The First Avenger, Captain America goes to save his friend Bucky, as well as a handful of other soldiers that have been kidnapped by Nazi Hydra. I want a full WWII movie that follows these “Howling Commandos” as they are called, and the closest real movie we have currently that might fit is The Dirty Dozen. The movie was inspired by a real-life WWII unit of behind-the-lines demolition specialists from the 101st Airborne Division. A group that goes from enemy base to enemy base, blowing stuff up? That’s the Howling Commandos to a tee.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Before Scott Lang, the Ant-Man was Hank Pym, who learned to shrink by created the Pym Particles. How did he learn? Perhaps by shrinking his kids accidentally. While timelines won’t match up at all, Ant-Man is a comedy, so it’s not against type to go full family comedy with the prequel.
Some of these might be completely ridiculous. There might even be some that are obvious that I haven’t listed here. These are just the ones I could think of.