Spider-Man: Homecoming proved you don't need to reboot your characters with every single first solo movie. No one needed to see Uncle Ben die again, just like no one needs to see the Four become fantastic again. Just give them to us, and better yet, give them to us in relation to someone else, like the Hulk and his human half Bruce Banner, making for both an ally and a foe for the Thing in the same body. It works out for the Hulk too, as the Hulk can't have a solo movie thanks to some weird problem with Universal's rights. And if you've seen Thor: Raganarok, or any other movie with the Hulk in it, you know that Hulk is best suited to the classic role of "Side character who could beat the cape off of the main character if he wanted to."
Funnily enough, that's the role that the Thing tends to play in the Fantastic Four as well. So let the other 75 percent of the Fantastic Four ignore the origin story bullshittery and butt heads with the rest of the Avengers. Ben Grimm / the Thing is both connecting and wrestling with the Hulk, who, as a fellow scientist/borderline unlovable monster, could potentially help cure him, and also potentially crush his skull.
It would be oddly touching, as both characters are perceived as monsters, both are constantly lamenting their loss of humanity, and both can throw a truck like Uncle Rico rocketing that football right over a mountain. Imagine it like a coming of age story, only instead of adjusting to growing pubes, the heroes adjust to being rage-beasts. And then imagine the Thing being played by someone like Ron Perlman, whose voice already sounds like it's coming out of a gravel megaphone. Imagine that. No, everyone. Thank you.
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe
I know that the title Deadppol Kills The Marvel Universe sounds confusing. What could it mean? Is it, like, a riddle? No, wee children. This storyline is about the X-Men trying to cure Deadpool's insanity and instead exposing him to a villain who wipes out the only normal voice in his head, causing him to fall prey to a worse one that tells him to kill everyone. So he does. He slits Human Torch's throat, roasts Howard the Duck, shoots Spider-Man in the head, kills Hulk as a sleeping Bruce Banner by lopping his head clean off, kills the Avengers by using Ant-Man's tech to put shrunken grenades in their coffee, and manages to take out Wolverine with some fancy metal blade that destroys his healing factor. When Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe, he literally kills the Marvel Universe.
At some point, the only question about this movie becomes "What's the point?" Why make it if everyone dies and it doesn't matter? Maybe because sometimes a movie is just fun, and sometimes you just need to let a psychotic antihero with a sock on his head and horrible tumors all over his body utterly destroy your childhood heroes for 90 minutes.
It's not like it ruins the canon forever -- Days Of Future Past gave us alternate realities and timelines, and fans didn't seem to mind. Disney is also not opposed to letting Pool get dirty, apparently. And for once, it would be a film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Marvel's movies are good at being light, but there's still this overarching seriousness, this deadly importance of "the mission" which links them all. Well, this brutal, clearly R-rated movie can ignore all of that and just uppercut the entire MCU -- the same thing Disney is now doing to DC's hopes of ever having a competing universe again.
The Marvel Universe is only going to keep expanding -- catch up as much as you can with a Marvel Expanding Universe chart for your wall.
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