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Word Balloons: Do Marvel Comics of 1992 hold clues for post-Endgame films?

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IronMan279: Iron Man was among the Avengers to become embroiled in Operation: Galactic Storm in 1992. [Marvel Comics]
IronMan279: Iron Man was among the Avengers to become embroiled in Operation: Galactic Storm in 1992. [Marvel Comics]

“Avengers: Endgame,” in movie theaters this weekend, will wrap up many storylines for the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But where do we go from here? My colleague, Brandy McDonnell, asked if the comics had any clues for things that might come next for our favorite characters. With that in mind, here are some possibilities.

“Infinity Gauntlet” was a 1991 comic-book miniseries that provided some of the inspiration for the “Infinity War” and “Endgame” films. So, looking forward to what happened in 1992, what could some of our characters expect? I’m looking primarily at characters who had their own comic-book titles in 1992, and spoilers for nearly 30-year-old comics follow.

Captain America: Like many of the Avengers, Captain America was involved in “Operation: Galactic Storm,” featuring a war between the Kree and the Shi’ar Empires. He also was involved in “Infinity War,” in which many of the Marvel superheroes faced off against evil duplicates. (So for those following at home, the comic book series “Infinity War” doesn’t track exactly to the film “Infinity War.”) In his own comic series, he turned into a werewolf, which probably won’t happen, but wouldn’t that be great?

• Captain Marvel: Though Carol Danvers didn’t have her own title in 1992, she did, as the superhero named Binary, play a key role in “Operation: Galactic Storm,” before returning to her Ms. Marvel nomenclature and costume later in the year.

• Iron Man: After Tony got into conflict with Cap during “Galactic Storm” and had a relatively minor role in “Infinity War,” he is, for a time, dead, as War Machine takes over headlining the Iron Man comic.

• Hulk: Bruce Banner, in control of his Hulk transformations, spent most of 1992 working with a team of super powered beings called The Pantheon, and also had a team-up with The Punisher.

• Spider-Man: In 1992, Spider-Man faced off against Carnage for the first time, the spawn of the alien Venom merged with a human serial killer. He also wondered if his parents had been found alive years after their supposed deaths. Spidey also teamed up with the Hulk to fight a new Sinister Six.

• Thor: During “Infinity Gauntlet,” Thor was actually architect Eric Masterson, given the powers of Thor to save his life. Masterson remains Thor through 1992’s big crossovers, so unless Masterson is introduced, the Thor movies likely will be pulling from other eras.

With so many eras and storylines to pull from, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will likely go in a different direction than the Marvel comics universe went after their galaxy-spanning battle with Thanos. But, if in the next Captain America movie, Cap turns into a werewolf, remember: you heard it here first.

Matthew Price is an award-winning journalist who has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman. His email address is matthew@matthewLprice.com.

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