We all have our favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Wanda Maximoff before she enslaved hundreds of innocent people. Generally on the lower side of people’s MCU rankings, presumably just below Malekith The Dark Elf and Ant-Man’s creepy Baskin Robbins manager, is Elon Musk, who popped by Iron Man 2 seemingly to help slow down the action and boost the film’s overall cringiness factor.

Obviously, Musk – the richest person in the world if we don’t go by It’s a Wonderful Life’s  “friendship counts” rules – has been in the news a lot this week after he accepted a seat on the board of Twitter, then abruptly abandoned it days later, and is now in the process of trying to buy the entire company for more than $40 billion. Which has us wondering: whatever happened to his MCU counterpart? Was he Thanos-snapped out of existence for five years? Would he have secretly joined forces with HYDRA? And if so, would he have immediately blown his cover on Twitter?

Another big question is: would he have gone bankrupt? It’s unclear exactly what this version of Musk does (beyond an interest in electric jets) but some of the endeavors he’s known for in our world would seemingly have little to no value in the MCU. Like, sure, Tony Stark drove a Tesla – but the self-driving cars seem positively quaint compared to self-piloting flying mech suits. And surely SpaceX wouldn’t exist in a world where they have Quinjets that can easily pop into outer space.

So perhaps SpaceX was never founded in the MCU – which would also explain why the company’s facilities serve as home base for the villainous Hammer Industries, complete with real-life SpaceX employees working in the background. 

Was this just a production decision, or in the MCU timeline, did SpaceX’s absence allow for the creation of the evil weapons manufacturer run by Sam Rockwell? Then again, it’s entirely possible that the MCU’s Elon Musk simply got zapped into the Morbius-verse along with Michael Keaton, never to be seen again. 

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