A lot of the discussions surrounding “The Marvels” have focused on why it bombed at the box office and what its various shortcomings may reveal about the current, unsteady state of the MCU. Consequently, there have been fewer conversations about what the film actually does for its franchise. For instance, it notably sets the stage for the long-awaited formation of the Young Avengers and introduces a live-action, albeit variant, version of the X-Men. It also sets up a bright future for Captain Rambeau.
It is, after all, only after Monica gets trapped in an alternate reality that she wakes up to find herself being cared for by Binary (Lashana Lynch) and Beast (Kelsey Grammer). These characters’ brief appearances in “The Marvels” have been met with so much excitement that Monica’s presence in their sequence has been somewhat overshadowed. If there’s one thing the film’s mid-credits scene does, though, it’s set up the possibility that Monica will either create a new life for herself as a member of the X-Men or bring some of that team’s members with her whenever she eventually returns to her home universe.
Either way, it seems safe to say that there’s still plenty of time for Monica to assume an official superhero moniker within the MCU, and it may not even be Photon that she ends up going by. Notably, the character has taken on a few different aliases in the comics, including Pulsar, Photon, Spectrum, and even Captain Marvel. Unfortunately, fans will just have to wait to see which of those alternate identities Monica ultimately assumes in the MCU.