In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the heroes have done their best to take on threats ranging from the personal to the true cosmic – the stakes have now reached a multiverse level. However, the heroes would have had an unexpected and powerful ally who could help counter it all – if only his ambitions had not destroyed the happy family life he could have lived. MCU version of Ego the Living Planet from Guardians of the Galaxy The movies gave up the opportunity to live a normal life on Earth with a family – and that got him killed, but if he decided to stay with Meredith Coyle, he might not only have saved himself but helped create a better version of Earth.
Drama Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 It is revealed that the ego – reinvented in the MCU as a celestial being – has made its way through the galaxy in an attempt to give birth to an heir capable of wielding cosmic power. His time on earth led him to form a romance with Meredith, a nice woman from Missouri.
In fact, the two seemed to fall in love, with Ego later admitting that he came too close to staying on Earth to be with her; However, Ego sticks to his plan to spread his consciousness across all of creation, eventually deciding to remove this temptation by placing a brain tumor inside her – resulting in her death. Ego’s decision to condemn the woman he loved to a painful death for his seduction is the final sign to Star-Lord that his father is evil, leading to the film’s climactic battle and Ego’s demise.
However, it’s worth considering – especially with the multiverse now being fully open and capable of expansion – how things might evolve in another reality. It’s possible that in one timeline, Ego’s feelings ended up exceeding his ambitions and he decided to stay on Earth as a “human” to be with Meredith. Perhaps this small change was enough to drastically alter the schedule in many unexpected ways – starting with Peter Quill, who would not have been kidnapped by Yondu on Ego’s orders if the latter had remained on Earth. On top of sparing Peter his cosmic future, this would have prevented Yondu from cracking the Ravager Code – keeping him in the favour of the likes of Stagard Ogord.
While the cosmic angle of the MCU may have changed drastically because of this, it’s possible that Earth has gone through some other serious changes, especially considering Ego’s place as celestial. This cosmic significance means that the Ego remaining on Earth may have come to the attention of the Eternals, who, given their place as servants of cosmic beings, may have seen the Ego as something of a leader. An ego that cared about protecting humanity and the family that ended up doing so might be more willing to bring eternity out into the open, which could allow them to participate when the world is threatened by alien hordes. Avengersand Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World or robots in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In this chain of events, the Avengers and Eternals may have become allies, resulting in a more successful winning streak for the heroes. Ego might even be able to reveal the existence of the Celestial Egg to the heroes, giving them a chance to resolve the conflict without resorting to fighting against the Celestials.
The ego’s choice to be a family man could have been very beneficial to the MCU, speaking to one of the franchise’s most enduring themes. Redemption is always there for heroes and villains alike – Tony Stark, Stephen Strange and Wanda Maximoff are all characters defined by overcoming the mistakes they’ve made to try to do better. However, some, like Ego, cannot seize this opportunity to achieve happiness, and they not only perish themselves, but deny many possible developments of the world.
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