Superhero comics are a serial medium, we all know that. Things happen, things change, things reset. With such an influx of talent going on for so long, particularly in the case of DC and Marvel, questions can get answered in an unsatisfactory way, or sometimes not at all. Today let’s look at some of the biggest unanswered questions recently in Marvel Comics.
What did Nick Fury whisper to Thor?
For the last few years, the current Thor has been Jane Foster. Her predecessor, the original Thor only lost his status due to having lost his hammer, thanks to Nick Fury who at the end of Original Sin. The question on our lips is just what did an old man say to break Thor so badly he couldn’t be worthy anymore? Was it an insult? That he would have a gross depression beard? We’re all dying to know, Marvel.
Whatever Happened to Kaine Parker?
This is a new version of an oldie but goodie. Up till a few years back, Kaine was consistently in limbo until he was brought back for the Brand New Day era of Spider-Man. He even became a nominally good guy as the new Scarlet Spider until he was killed and resurrected at the end of Spider-Verse… only to not show up again over the last year. So the question is, will Kaine spend as long of a time in limbo as last time? Or can we expect to see him again soon?
What heroes are really HYDRA agents?
In the midst of all the HYDRA Cap chaos, there’s been a big plot point forgotten in the chaos. One of the big hooks of Rick Remender’s initial All-New Captain America arc was the infiltration of HYDRA agents in every superhero team. And when the dust settled in that arc, there was more than a big hint that Misty Knight was one such HYDRA agent. Come Nick Spencer’s run, and so far, nothing has come of that. So the question is, whatever happened to all those HYDRA agents lying in wait? Truth or lie?
Speaking of HYDRA…Who is funding S.H.I.E.L.D?
One of the stranger questions of the Marvel Universe is just who cuts the checks for S.H.I.E.L.D? While it’s always been presented as a UN-based organization, it always seems to have recruited from and operates on behalf of U.S. interests. Jonathan Hickman did address that at the end of his seminal Secret Warriors series where the organization was restored with baby steps being taken with the US picking up the slack. However, that’s gotten a bit murkier these days with the comics taking cues from the movies, and the introduction of counter-organizations like China’s S.P.E.A.R. So the question we have is just where does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand on that geopolitical fence these days?
How did Doc Samson return from the dead?
In the last five or so years, Doc Samson has been killed and resurrected many more times than we should count. During the Dark Reign storyline he was thought to be dead after being hurled out of a plane by Ghost, then he reappeared in the Hulked-Out Heroes story and was killed helping Hulk, then he returned again during the Chaos War and then returned to death. But somehow out of nowhere, he just randomly shows up in Civil War II like nothing happened and yet no one, except us readers, wants to know how.
Who is F.A.C.A.D.E.?
We saved our biggest question for last, and that question is thusly. What is the true identity of the person who wears the Full Acclimation Combat and Defence Explo-skeleton or F.A.C.A.D.E? One of the biggest unanswered subplots in Spider-Man history not counting the Spider-Baby anyway, is the identity of F.A.C.A.D.E. A question which was never answered after one really bad first appearance. So the question is, will we ever know? Maybe it’s best if we don’t.
Again, these are but a few questions that need answering. if you have some of the answers or a good hypothesis, please leave them in the comments section below along with a few other questions that Marvel has yet to satisfactorily answer.