When it comes to comic books, everyone’s a detective. As if it would help the characters on the page, fans pore over every word and every panel looking for clues as to what’s going to happen next. Through the power of the internet, these theories are then spread to the masses — it’s a necessary cycle. Marvel ends its comics with cliffhangers, as fans try to deduce what happens next before the next issue comes out. Sometimes, these things aren’t even answered in the next issue. In some cases fans have to wait years for answers.
Things are no different on the movie side of things. Take Thanos, for example. What started as a fun little tease at the end of The Avengers has turned into one of the largest cinematic events ever. From the moment his grin was first shown, movie-goers began to predict the arrival of the Infinity Stones in the MCU. Then there are times where fan theories actually dictate the direction of the stories. Sometimes an idea put forth by someone outside the writers’ room is so awesome that the powers that be can’t help but include it into future installments. Let’s look at 15 shocking Marvel fan theories that actually turned out to be true.
15. STAN LEE’S MCU CAMEOS MEAN MORE THAN YOU THINK
Stan Lee has shown up in just about every Marvel movie released in the last 20 years. Well, all except for that one Fantastic Four movie — that lack of a cameo speaks volumes. Otherwise, we can always count on the creator of many of our most beloved characters to show his face on screen in some form or another. Fans have long theorized that his cameos must have a deeper meaning. Sure, these films exist in different continuities and Stan Lee himself even denied the rumor, but fans have a way of getting what the want.
It was James Gunn who finally caved. In a post-credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., Stan Lee is shown telling stories to the Watchers. He isn’t a Watcher himself an informant. It’s a cool little way to show that the Marvel films are part of their own multiverse.