For a while, everything was good. The world was at peace. But it didn’t last long. It never does.
Part 3 of The End of the Marvel Universe answers the question that I'm sure has been on the minds of Face Front viewers since 2019: What happened after Falcon snapped? You've all seen the scene a million times: "Sam, stop, please! We're sorry! I'm sorry! Do you hear me Sam? I am sorry!" followed by "And I... am... the Falcon." SNAP!
Of course we know what happened to some characters after that. Spider-Man was transported to another reality. The Midnight Suns had to deal with rifts opening up through space. And we now know that Loki was shot 5 years forward in time. But we never figured out what happened to Sam himself. Well, now we know.
Inspired by Doctor Strange looking into the future, Tony Stark observed the timeline to see when the Infinity Gauntlet would be used next instead of waiting for it to happen. The answer: The year 2099. Figuring that's where Sam ended up after he snapped, Tony and Bruce Banner, with the help of Hank Pym's research into the Quantum Realm, created the time travel device we saw used in the (not canon in the Face Front Universe) movie Avengers: Endgame.
Last time Tony saw Fury, he'd assured him that he was fighting the Secret War from a different angle (see Secret Wars Season 9). This was it. Recruiting Captain America, the only one not wrapped up in a Secret War battle (wonder what happened with Bucky...), Tony blasts to 2099 to get Sam and the Infinity Gauntlet. Only when Bruce tries to bring them back, it doesn't work. Which means, as Tony said, they're stuck in the future and now someone has to go get them!
Hm. Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange... Busy. Missing. Trapped. Lost. Earth's Mightiest Heroes are scattered. Which leaves the world vulnerable to attack. And paves the way... for the end of the Marvel Universe!
This leads us into the finale of this series, Part 4, which will finally answer the question: How did the Marvel Universe end? Alas, Marvelites, you'll have to wait until 2024 to have that answer. But that's right around the corner, so fret not! I can't wait until you guys finally witness the epic conclusion to this thrilling adventure! Until then, Face Front True Believers, and I'll see you in the Multiverse!