When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) showed up at the end of Iron Man all those years ago, he threw out the term “Avenger Initiative” and a whole cinematic universe was born. Now imagine if he had also made some references to Spider-Man and the X-Men.
As Marvel Studios sets itself to celebrate the end of the first part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, new special features are being prepared to be released. Amongst them is an alternate take of the famous post-credits scene from Iron Man that sees Nick Fury refer to “radioactive bugs” and “mutants.”
This is an interesting take on the scene as at the time the rights for Spider-Man and all mutants were tied up at other studios. It makes you wonder how Marvel ever thought it would get away with these references. It also makes you wonder about an alternate version of the MCU where these pieces were always in play.
It would have been a very different MCU to be sure, and we probably wouldn’t have gotten to spend quite as much time with some of the characters we have now grown to love. Would Marvel have spent as much time working on Thor (Chris Hemsworth) if it had its own version of Wolverine to work on? It certainly makes you wonder.