Marvel fans have been pretty vocal lately for a Sentry movie. But the question is – who is the Sentry and why are fans asking for a Sentry movie now? Considered Marvel’s version of DC’s Superman, the Sentry’s real name is Robert Reynolds. After injecting himself with an experimental serum, Reynolds gains the power of one million exploding suns. But the Sentry is not without his own set of problems. And since years, despite his morally ambiguous affiliations, the Sentry remains a fan favorite. Here’s why we all want the MCU to make a Sentry movie.
He Isn’t All Good Or All Bad
Robert Reynolds means well when he becomes the Sentry and flies off to save the world. But with the power of a million exploding suns in his veins, there has to be some side effects. The Sentry is easily one of the best or worst heroes to have around depending on the situation. His split personality makes him a really intriguing, neurotic version of DC’s Superman. He has the power to split open the fabric if reality with his bare hands. And he uses that power based on which persona has taken control. If the evil Void persona is in control, the Sentry becomes the world’s strongest supervillain. Reynolds struggles to keep that persona at bay but he can’t always do it. The more he uses his powers, the more in control the Void is. This conundrum is what makes a Sentry movie so interesting.
He Has Overcome So Much
Despite being associated with neurosis and sociopathy, the Sentry is still a damn good role model. He has accomplished so much in his life. Reynolds was an agoraphobic, meaning he had trouble even getting out of his front door. His mental condition weakened his will and he gave in to drugs. When Reynolds injected himself with the Serum, he was still an agoraphobic junkie. Even after becoming the Sentry, Reynolds worked hard to get out of his mental cages. After he made the whole world forget (including himself) that he was Sentry, Reynolds set out into the world, braving his returning agoraphobia, to find the truth. Robert Reynolds is a beacon of hope against mental health issues and substance abuse.
The Void-Sentry Dynamic Is Tailor-Made For Adult Audiences
Up until now, most of the target viewers of the MCU belong to a younger demographic. Comparatively speaking, the MCU has lesser adult viewers than the DC movies. The reason is simple – the dark, gritty, and violent tone of DC movies appeals to a more mature audience. The MCU can break through that mold if they go for a Sentry movie. The Void-Sentry dynamic is super complicated and would attract a more mature audience group.
A Sentry Movie Will Be Marvel’s Answer To Superman
For long, Marvel’s Sentry has been compared to DC’s Superman. And fans think of it as a bad thing. We are of a different opinion. Marvel based the sentry directly off of cues taken from DC’s Man of Steel. Any comparison between the two is valid and legit. Superman has raked in billions of dollars in box office revenue alone for Warner Brothers. Marvel fans love the Sentry despite the Superman comparison. Disney can bank in on his popularity and make a Sentry movie. A Sentry movie could be the beginning of an era, just like Richard Donner’s 1978 movie – Superman did for DC.
The MCU Needs A Fresh Breed Of Heroes
The events of Endgame have given birth to a new generation of heroes. But they look very similar to what we already had with the founding Avengers. Phase 4 and beyond just looks like a repetitive rehashing of what we had seen until Phase 3. If Matt reeves’ The Batman is any indication, the people love a flawed protagonist. The Sentry is as problematic as a superhero gets. A morally distorted hero like the Sentry might just be what the MCU needs to break free of a very prevalent stereotype.