Film Theory: ‘No Exit’ Takes Place in the Marvel Universe

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Marvel Studios have been treated to their favorite comic book characters on screen since ‘Iron Man’ (2008). These characters have a more realistic depiction while keeping with their comic book storylines.

The MCU has taken audiences across the nine realms as depicted in Norse Mythology with Thor, traveled across the cosmos with the Guardians Of The Galaxy, and recently shattered open a Multiverse by bringing in characters from other studios in ‘Spiderman: No Way Home’. For the rest of 2022, Marvel has a spectacular list of films and TV series to offer. 

Benedict Cumberbatch is all set to put on the Cloak of Levitation once more as he journeys into the multiverse in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is on a pilgrimage to find himself after dropping the superhero mantle in the upcoming ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and fans are all excited to see who sits on the throne of Wakanda in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.

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This is only in film, on TV screens, the ongoing series ‘Moon Knight’ continues to develop the story of Egyptian Gods and their earthly avatars, Kamala Khan – the MCU’s first-ever Muslim superhero is set to debut in ‘Ms. Marvel’, and the story of She-Hulk will be brought to our TV screens before the end of 2022.

Keeping the Marvel films in mind, fans throughout the internet, including us, have been enticed with the idea of a movie depiction of what life could be living in the MCU where every day is plagued with ‘normal people’ dealing with Demi-Gods, Skrulls, invading space armies, five-year time blips, a celestial hand piercing out from the earth surface, and the possibility Khonshu from ‘Moon Knight‘ recreating the alignments of the stars and the moon by taking earth back in time.

We’re proposing a theory about the film ‘No Exit’ (2022) that is a bit outlandish and far-fetched but very much holds value to be set up within the MCU movies. And yes, spoilers all the way from here on! This theory will give Marvel fanatics a chance to see a story that does not involve shield-wielding superheroes and intergalactic villains but a redemption story arc and a heroic deed, nonetheless.

The Creatives 

‘No Exit’ is written by screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The talented duo has previously worked together in the MCU movie ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hannah John-Kamen, Michael Peña, Laurence Fishburne, and Walton Goggins. 

To maintain a level of continuity in the MCU films for their ensemble movies (‘Avengers’, Avengers: Age of Ultron’, etc,.), writers probably would need to know the character arc in previous films before adapting them into a new movie and then continuing their storyline in the forthcoming films. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp’ ends with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) trapped in the Quantum Realm, only to get freed in ‘Avengers Endgame’. In ‘Endgame’, he introduces the Quantum Tunnel to the rest of the team, which leads the into the time heist. The original Ant-man Hank Pym and the Stark family do not have a great relationship throughout the films, although they did work together at S.H.I.E.L.D. These listed events take place across more than one film, and would need a connective tissue between the creative team per film and the overall story in the MCU.

Iron Man 3: Mrs. Davis

We are introduced to a character with a small role – Mrs. Davis in ‘Iron Man 3’ played by actress Dale Dickey. She is the mother of a deceased soldier who served in the army and enlisted in the AIM program after his injury. 

Tony speaks with her, gains his military file, and takes away his military dog tags. Stark conducts his due diligence and learns from Harley Keener that her son, Chad Davis, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of his military service, and he ‘went crazy’ and died in a bomb explosion of his own making. 

Tony Stark destroys the ‘demons’ he made, who went on to create the AIM program. Harley Keener gets a ton of items as gratitude, and Mrs. Davis is not seen again. She feels mistreated because her country failed to care for her son after he left the military, does not hear from Tony Stark, or even receives her son’s military tags back, which were destroyed.

If an English stage actor named Trevor Slattery can change his identity and con the world into thinking he is the ‘The Mandarin’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s certainly plausible for Mrs. Davis to change her lifestyle and relocate to San Jose under the name Mrs. Sandi Lowery.

No Exit: Mrs. Sandi Lowery

Without diving into a particular year that the movie could be set in the MCU and the spoiling redemption arc of the protagonist Darby, we will stick with a study of Sandi, played by Dale Dickey.

She is first introduced sitting beside her husband, Ed, a former marine. Along with a few others, they are stuck in a visitors shelter due to a harsh snowstorm. The group gets acquainted over a card game of ‘Bullshit’ and when invited to play, Sandi comments she can see right through her husband’s bullshit.

When the subject of those who served in the military comes up, she gets annoyed and expresses that everyone gets a ‘thanks for their service’ and indicates nobody knows what the family goes through or the sacrifices made. “It sounds about as empty as thoughts and prayers”, she says. As the suspense grows, it is revealed that she is a retired nurse who now works as a housemaid. As she and her husband have lost all of their savings, she enlists the help of a crew to abduct her boss’s daughter and profit from the ransom.

The Theory

Dale Dickey is playing the same character Mrs. Davis/Sandi Lowery that we saw in ‘Iron Man 3′. Unable to confirm her profession in ‘Iron Man 3’, she could have very well been in the medical field even then. By not being able to cope with the death of her son, a military man, and her life after her interaction with Iron Man and the events that follow, she changes her identity and residence. 

She meets Ed, another serviceman, marries him, and settles down. His gambling addiction puts them in financial trouble. She devises a scheme to clear their debts after failure to reach Happy Hogan or anyone from Stark Industries for assistance,

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari may not have systemically planned or, in any way, devised a subplot to further this character from the MCU, but we like to think they did.

‘No Exit’ is a suspense thriller adapted from a novel of the same name by Taylor Adams. Damien Power serves as the film’s director. The film takes place in a visitors center during a snowfall, similar to Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’. The cast members include Havana Rose, Danny Ramirez, David Rysdahl, Mila Harris, Dennis Haysbert, and Dale Dickey.

Watch ‘Iron Man 3’ on: Disney+
Watch ‘No Exit’ on: Hulu

 

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