Is the Annihilation Wave coming?
In keeping with Captain Marvel’s ‘90s era setting, Marvel released a promotional website that looks like it was made in the ‘90s, and while the site counter, guestbook, and painfully over-animated fonts bring about a certain sense of nostalgia, that’s not what has fans talking. The URL for the throwback website features a big Easter egg for an iconic Fantastic Four villain.
The URL starts with “https://i.annihil.us/” which spells out the name Annihilus, longtime nemesis of the Fantastic Four. The powerful bad guy first appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #6 from November 1968. Annihilus hails from another dimension called the Negative Zone and is a threat not just to Earth but the entire universe because he controls the Annihilation Wave, a massive fleet of insect-like warships. His power level is off the charts, able to go toe-to-toe with mighty cosmic Marvel characters like Silver Surfer and Thanos.
This Annihilus tease could be interpreted in a few ways.
We know Captain Marvel will be caught in the middle of the Kree/Skrull War, but perhaps a larger threat will present itself in the form on Annihilus, either during the film or in the post-credits stinger, setting him up as the villain in a potential Captain Marvel sequel.
But Annihilus is so powerful that he’d be more fitting for an entire team to take on, so maybe the tease isn’t for Captain Marvel’s movie at all and Annihilus will appear in Avengers: Endgame as a new threat for the heroes to deal with on top of Thanos. We know that the Quantum Realm can lead to all sorts of new places, and it’s practically a given that Ant-Man will use the Quantum tunnel machine in his van to give the Avengers a chance to undo Thanos’ Decimation, so perhaps they’ll accidentally wind up in the Negative Zone and awake a new evil along the way to stopping Thanos.
If the Avengers don’t face Annihilus in Endgame, then there’s always the chance he’s being set up as the next big threat for the Avengers to face after Endgame, meaning he’ll appear in a post-credits scene. And that would of course open the door to introduce the heroes who know him best from the comics, the Fantastic Four.
Currently, Fox owns the movie rights to the Fantastic Four (and presumably all of their villains, like Annihilus), and the Fox/Disney deal reportedly isn’t going to be finalized until June, so it’s unclear how Marvel Studios would be able to use Annihilus for Endgame, which opens April 26.
That said, Marvel could have made a deal with Fox similar to the one they made with Sony to share Spider-Man. There’s precedent for Marvel working with Fox to use certain characters: Marvel made a trade with Fox that allowed them to use Ego the Living Planet in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 in exchange for letting Fox alter the powers of Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool. And on top of that, for the longest time it seemed like the Skrulls belonged to Fox and weren’t able to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because they debuted in Fantastic Four #2, but they’re featured as villains in the upcoming Captain Marvel film, so at this point, anything could happen.
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