Marvel fans enjoying the first animated series in the MCU, Marvel’s What If…? are still wondering where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading after the epic conclusion of the Infinity Saga in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). And it’s clear that instead of narrowing the focus of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Boss Kevin Feige is expanding the MCU.
The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse is here following the Sacred Timeline’s collapse in the finale of the Loki series. And now the debate is raging at who or what will become the new big bad to rival Thanos (Josh Brolin). For now, the MCU is taking its time exploring the new Marvel Multiverse with the new What If…? original series currently streaming on Disney+.
The animated series is inspired by the What If…? comic books that take the characters fans know and love and flip on their head. And while the series seems to be playing it relatively safe in terms of the new alternate realities it is bringing to the MCU, they are certainly pulling inspiration from the comics of the same name.
Many fans are expecting He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) to return as a crucial playing in Marvel’s Phase 4 as the time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror. We know he’s coming back in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023), but beyond that his path is unclear. The multiverse is headed for an epic theater debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022) and who knows where it is headed from there.
However, Marvel Comics may be testing out a new threat to the Marvel Multiverse in their milestone issue of Avengers #750. The Avengers will be taking on a brand-new threat, the Multiversal Masters of Evil. The Multiversal Masters of Evil were introduced in the Avengers/Hulk Free Comic Book Day Special by Jason Aaron, Iban Coello, and Brian Reber.
The new team will be made of variants of villains and heroes from across the Marvel Multiverse led by one of the greatest villains of all time – Doctor Doom. Marvel Studios just regained the film rights to Victor von Doom along with the rest of The Fantastic Four when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox.
Marvel describes the 96-page mega issue as:
Continuing Jason Aaron’s Marvel Universe-shaping run, AVENGERS #750 will be a 96-page milestone issue consisting of multiple game changing stories by an all-star lineup of artists including Carlos Pacheco, Aaron Kuder, Ed McGuinness, and Javier Garrón. The giant-sized epic will be packed with revelations and jaw dropping moments, including the introduction of THE MULTIVERSAL MASTERS OF EVIL.
Much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Comics is undergoing a bit of a rebirth at the moment, which many popular titles coming to an end and new ones being launched. So it’s definitely a good time to look at jumping in on some new comics with Marvel Unlimited.
And while this team may be new to Marvel Comics, for now, the comic books have been a testing ground for ideas that the MCU wants to play around with. And the lead writer behind the current Avengers series and the mastermind behind this large issue Jason Aaron hinted that these villains would begin a whole era for the Avengers. He said:
“It’s such an honor to be a part of issue #750 of AVENGERS, and I’m looking to celebrate the rich history of the title and its iconic characters by using this issue as the gargantuan-sized kick-off for a story that’ll be as wildly sweeping and swing-for-the-fences epic as it can possibly be. It’s not just that everything I’ve been doing in the last 50 issues of AVENGERS has been leading to this, but there are threads feeding into the next year’s worth of stories that stretch back to most every major series I’ve ever written in my 15 years at Marvel Comics.”
It could be a sign that Marvel Studios might move away from a single ominous threat to a wide array of evil coming from all directions in their new Multiverse. They have already teased other teams of villains like the Thunderbolts or the Dark Avengers in Black Widow (2021) and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The supersized issue will be on sale on November 11 and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will take on their biggest challenge yet.
Marvel has revealed very little about Jason Aaron’s endgame for Avengers except that:
Throughout this supersize extravaganza, fans will also witness the shocking conclusion of “World War She-Hulk”, finally learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers, uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor, watch the Avengers recruit some surprising new members, and follow the Ghost Rider on a quest for vengeance across the Multiverse that will spark an all-new era in Avengers history!
Let us know in the comments if you think the MCU should follow Marvel Comics’ lead and focus on a huge team of Multiverse Threats in the next phase.