You know the formula: mix geeks with too much free time on their hands and the necessarily-inconsistent setting details of fictional universes, then sit back and watch the bizarre fan theories explode. Despite their famed attention to continuity, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just as susceptible as anyone else to this, as Dorkly proves with “5 Marvel Movie Fan Theories That Are Too Good Not To Be True”.
There’s the secret of Star Lord’s parentage, a supposed theory with no actual theory attached, Loki’s two-movie-long Xanatos Gambit that seated him on Asgard’s throne, Black Widow’s nefarious purpose in urging Cap to get himself a gal, and (weakest of the lot) Phil Coulson’s supposed identity as a super-soldier. (Really?) Out of all these, the only one that’s actually Too Good Not To Be True is the true identity of Stan Lee’s character.
Who is this omnipresent old man anyway? Showing up at least once in every MCU movie (and several other alternate Marvel movie and television continuities), he’s appeared as a Hugh Hefner clone, a cap-bedecked redneck, even an Army General. And yet in every role he looks, sounds, and acts the same (a little stiff and unnatural, to be honest). So who is he?
Uatu the Watcher.
An alien being charged with observing, but not interfering, Uatu keeps watch over the Earth of the Marvel Universe. In particular, he shows up to observe particularly critical events, like the first time Tony Stark takes up the mantle of Iron Man to seek out terrorists using his weapons, or when Ultron first appears to the Avengers and threatens to destroy them.
If we assume that Stan Lee is playing a character, and that he’s the same character in each of the movies, then Uatu is the only possible explanation. Plus, there’s just something poetic about the man who created much of the Marvel universe, and has hence been watching it since its creation, being the MCU’s Watcher.
I’m not saying it’s the capital-T Truth in the movies, but that the theory is in fact Too Good Not To Be True.
The rest of this fan theory, and four other inferior ones, can be found At The Link!