In the world of superhero franchises, continuity reigns supreme. That's why it was so odd to learn that DC intends to break away from the pack and start an entirely new brand of DC-inspired films with no connection to the DCEU. It's a bold decision for a comic book media giant to make, but it also raises another major question: could that also work for the folks at Marvel?
While we're definitely not going to deny the box office power of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's an easy case to be made that some new standalone stories could resonate with fans. With that in mind, we have assembled a list of nine potential movie ideas for Marvel Studios to explore outside of the current MCU. On that note, let's dive in with a new take on the hero who launched the entire MCU.
Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle
The Iron Man franchise has flirted with the idea that Tony Stark drinks too much over the years (particularly in Iron Man 2), but the character generally seems to have moved on from the self-destructive tendencies that define much of his comic book persona. It does not seem likely that Robert Downey Jr. will ever go all in on a pure adaptation of Demon in a Bottle (which, as the name suggests, dives headfirst into Tony's alcoholism), so a move outside of the MCU could be in order to bring it to life. In a one-off story, we want to see a darker and even more self-loathing version of Tony reach absolute rock bottom.
World War Hulk
A lot would need to happen in the MCU for World War Hulk to occur, and given the fact that Planet Hulk is already receiving a loose adaptation during the events of Thor: Ragnarok, the odds of it happening seem unlikely. World War Hulk is a revenge event centering on the green monster's fury at the heroes of Earth (specifically The Illuminati) for shooting him into space and (in his mind) killing his pregnant wife on Sakaar when the spaceship they used to send him away from Earth explodes. It's a world-spanning showdown in which Hulk fights all of his former allies, but it wouldn't make sense for the current arc of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk in the MCU.