ByRandy Micah Smith, writer at Creators.co
I have a deep love for the superpowered, the superhuman and the supernatural. This translates not only to a deep and abiding love for ancien
Randy Micah Smith

Recently, there has been plenty of news swirling around Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) was a great success, and Guardians of the Galaxy seems to be headed toward similar popularity; the rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner may or may not have reverted back to Marvel; the Ant-Man movie and the Daredevil Netflix series have both lost old directors and gained new ones; Doctor Strange finally has a director (plus, a potential short list for the star role); and Zac Efron may be joining the MCU.

So, what can we make of all of this? Certainly, some things are confirmed, and other things have no way of easily being debunked. It's quite possible that Zac Efron is coming to the MCU, and Namor may very well be on the horizon for Marvel Studios in the near future. Until we know what definitely will or won't happen, though, let's start with what this writer would like to see happen.

Disclaimer: Each of the MCU movies that are known to be confirmed, will be labeled as such. Otherwise, do not take any of the following movie suggestions or choices as factually confirmed for near-future production in Marvel Studios' MCU. Also, the movies will be arranged in the order I believe they should come.
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He may be small, but don't count him out yet!
He may be small, but don't count him out yet!

Ant-Man (confirmed)

Whether you like the character or not, Ant-Man is slated to be the superhero who starts off the MCU's Third Phase. And rather than have the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, in the role, they plan on using the second Ant-Man, Scott Lang.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Ant-Man (I've never gotten familiar with Lang in the role, and I preferred Pym as Giant Man). Still, I won't be the bratty child who refuses to try new things. I have faith in Marvel, so I'm giving Ant-Man a shot.

See Also- Why Ant-Man Movie Canon Doesn't Have to be Doomed without Ultron...

After all, Ant-Man promises to have a heist-movie element to it which, combined with the given sci-fi element, could really be big fun (especially if, by some miracle, the plot ends up similar to the one suggested in my other Ant-Man article). It’ll lead nicely into the world of espionage for the next pic.
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God bless America...
God bless America...

Captain America 3 (confirmed)

Of course, Captain America 3 (the last of Chris Evans’ solo Cap movies) has already been confirmed to air somewhere during the course of the MCU’s Phase Three. With some time away from Cap after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, this trilogy finale should be highly anticipated.

Interestingly enough, there is something particularly special about this movie’s release date, May 6, 2016. It is slated to arrive on the same date as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Knowing Batman and Superman’s fan following, they must be pretty confident that this will be dang good competition.

Though, more immediately relevant to Marvel Studios, this transition from Ant-Man to Cap 3, in my humble opinion, is actually a good call. After the fun heist intrigue of Ant-Man, and the exciting spy-agent-assassin action of Cap 3, we transition to another SHIELD member with a story to tell.
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To infinity, and beyond?
To infinity, and beyond?

Captain Marvel/Ms. Marvel (unconfirmed)

True enough, this movie has yet to be confirmed, but after seeing Chris Evans in his final solo Captain America appearance (he’s only due to appear in Avengers 3 after this, and then his contract is up), we start to move away from the typical ‘sausage party’ that is the current MCU superhero world.

Enter Carol Danvers. She’s excellent to introduce into the MCU at this point. This is not only because she is a woman, but also because of how strong, smart and capable she is. She’s had a tough life, but she’s very relatable as an average woman. She’s well-balanced; not a total girly girl or a total tomboy.

Not to mention, in telling her story, you get a look back into the alien world; and aside from her connection to the first male Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), she has a connection to his race, the Kree, who also are connected to the next set of supers who should arrive in the MCU’s Phase Three.
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Freaks? They prefer Inhomo Supremis...
Freaks? They prefer Inhomo Supremis...

Inhumans (unconfirmed)

After seeing the Kree in the events of Captain Marvel, we move away from talking about their effects on the SHIELD organization for a little bit, and start to talk about their effects on humanity as a whole. This comes in the form of a look into the lives of the race known as the Inhumans.

Likely, their story will compose of a struggle between them and another race (probably humans, but Kree and/or Shi’ar are also viable possibilities). Not to mention, there will almost certainly be some introduction of the Terrigen Mists (as both a potential threat, and a potential weapon/boon).

In all, this would be so much fun; each member of Inhomo supremis looks interesting and unique, and/or has incredible powers. And SHIELD’s encounter with them can reveal that some Inhuman DNA resides among the human race (*ahem* Inhumanity). And speaking of human-alien interaction…
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By Odin's eyepatch, prepare to die!
By Odin's eyepatch, prepare to die!

Thor 3 (confirmed?)

Of course, this is likely Loki’s last hoorah or some such. The last scene of Thor: The Dark World made quite clear that Loki is nowhere near done making mischief (on Asgard OR Earth). So, perhaps he gets his hands on the Tesseract, which has been given to Heimdall for safekeeping, and gets back to being bad?

And along the way, he hopefully teams up with an army, and at his side Amora the Enchantress (pissed off at Lady Sif and the Agents of SHIELD for imprisoning her sister) and possibly Loki’s estranged daughter Hela, the goddess of Hel and Niflheim (ya know, just for the sake of mythical accuracy)?

Since the MCU has decided on the explanation that gods are really just powerful aliens, The Inhumans would be a great transition, from introducing a new, powerful alien race (Inhumans), to revisiting a well-known one (Asgardians). And Thor 3 would make a great transition to the next hero.
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Imperius Rex!
Imperius Rex!

Bonus: Namor the Sub-Mariner (unconfirmed)

Yes, I know. This movie is so unconfirmed, it hurts. It was rumored to be on its way in 2016, but, as much as I would like to see this happen, we have yet to even confirm whether Marvel has the rights back from Universal. That being said, a little speculation never hurt anyone.

After what seemed like an ‘Easter egg’ alluding to his presence in the MCU in Iron Man 2, this hero would be great to see. As King of the mythical Atlantis, his connections to magic and myth would bring a very new landscape to the big-screen. If nothing else, that’d be a big thumb in the eye of DC’s Aquaman.

Not to mention, Namor’s story reaches into nearly every corner of the Marvel Universe (the X-Men and the Fantastic Four which Fox control, but also the Black Panther, Captain America, the Avengers, the Defenders, the Invaders, etc), so it only makes sense that he’s got connections in the MCU, too.
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“Preparation is the father of success.”
“Preparation is the father of success.”

Black Panther (unconfirmed)

After seeing a king like Namor, this would be a perfect time to show the first African superhero in action. Many call him Marvel’s answer to Batman, and with good reason. T’Challa is King of the African nation Wakanda, a genius and martial arts master, with armies at his command and favor from the gods.

A great story would be first following his father T’Chaka (the Black Panther before him), and then having T’Challa follow in his father’s footsteps after he is killed in combat at the hands of the villain Klaw. As the new Black Panther, he confronts the forces of Reverend Achebe, who works as a figurehead for Klaw.

And for those of you wondering why Achebe would be the main villain instead of Klaw…1) It leaves room for him to face Klaw in a sequel and, 2) Achebe, for those who don’t recall, found success by striking a deal with the demon Mephisto, which would be a perfect transition point for the next hero in this list.
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[Doctor Strange](movie:559685) (confirmed?)

While it has been confirmed that a script has been written, and that a director has been found, it has not been confirmed that filming is underway. That being said, they should take as much time as possible to make this the fantastic and outlandishly amazing film it deserves to be.

Stephen Strange starts off as a gifted surgeon, and then, after a freak accident damages his hands (thus ruining his career), he takes off to the East. He starts practicing magic, and gets to be incredibly skilled in it. Naturally, though, defending the title of Sorcerer Supreme means fighting off some big baddies.

In essence, the tone and pace of this movie would probably be something like a fun mix of the Harry Potter movies and the upcoming Constantine TV series, and VFX-heavy like GOTG or [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462). And this is acceptable, when combined with such a complex and multi-dimensional character as Strange.

See Also - Is THIS Mary Jane Watson For The Amazing Spider-Man 3!?

So, that sums up a few of the potential movies that this writer thinks should come before the third Avengers movie rounds out MCU Phase 3. In my opinion, they should come in this order, or something similar, though, you never can be sure.

For all we know, a fourth Iron Man movie movie could be on its way soon, or another Hulk movie, or Alpha Flight or The Runaways (all of whom have been circling around the rumor mill for some time now).

As was stated before, these are just suggestions. Still, what do you think of the list? Let us know, in the comments below!

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