Ever since Comic Con 2014 came and went, a strange image has been seen floating around the internet. Judging from the looks of it, we may have our very first look at what Marvel has stored for us in the next 5 years. The photo in question can be seen here!
Now TAKE EVERYTHING HERE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. The dates and movies in this photo have not been confirmed as either legitimate, or as false. However, last year Marvel announced their Phase 2 movies in a very similar fashion with all of their movies with dates under the logo, and quite a few of the movies and dates in this are legitimate so hey, you never know. This photo appeared on 9GAG and made its way across the internet like a wildfire. Let's break this poster down movie by movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
This film is coming out on May 1st, 2015. Everything here checks out. No need to look in to this title any further.
As we learned from Comic Con this year, [Ant-Man](movie:9048) is still happening, and will still star Paul Rudd and Micheal Douglas. The footage we got this year was... interesting, to say the very least. ("Superheroes... what a goddamned joke."). So far, nothing has been said about a change in release date, so as far as we know, Ant-Man will still hit theaters a mere 2 months after Avengers: Age of Ultron. So far, all of the information on this photo is legitimate.
Captain America: The Fallen Son (2016)
Here's where things get a bit more complex. We know that Captain America 3 (or if this photo is legitimate, "Captain America: The Fallen Son) will open on the same weekend as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. We even have Directors set to helm the project. So at least the release date is legitimate. Now, let's break this down. The title gives one the impression that this film will pick up about where the The Winter Soldier left off, where Cap and Falcon are off to find Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier, who has just been freed from Hydra control, and is not journeying to find out who he is, and why this guy keeps calling him "Bucky", hence the "Fallen Son" in the title. Given the ending of Captain America: The Winter Soldier,it would seem only natural this this storyline is the next chapter in Steve's story. I think it is safe to say, that this movie, is legitimate.
This is another one that Marvel Studios has already confirmed and has a Director tied to. For those who don't know about the "Sorcerer Supreme", Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant but arrogant Neurosurgeon living in NYC. His life changed forever when an accident severely damaged his hands to the point where they would uncontrollably shake, leaving him out of a job as a surgeon. With nowhere else to go, Stephen rushed to find treatment for his hands, his search led him to an ancient monastery where Stephen would become versed in the Mystical Arts, and learn to wield magic to protect our world from the evil forces of the inter-dimensional demon known as Dormammu and Dormammu's student, Baron Mordo, as the World's Sorcerer Supreme! Now as I have stated before, this film has been confirmed and a director has already been signed on, so this being on the photo only boosts the credibility.
Thor 3: Ragnarok
The third installment in a series that managed to make a ton of girls "geeks" overnight. When we last left Thor, our hero decided to leave Asgard to protect Midgard and be with Jane Foster, his one true love. Leaving a very sneaky Loki to take the throne. We still have the events of "Age of Ultron" to see, however, it doesn't seem impossible for Thor to feel the need to return to Asgard after the end of AOU, especially if he were to catch some sort of message from someone in Asgard that Loki has taken the throne. Now, Ragnarok has dual meaning in the Marvel Comics. On one hand, you have the saga, Ragnarok. Which was the Asgardian Apocalypse, the end of their world. If the MCU decided to go this route, Loki would probably have some sort of hand in starting the Asgardian end of days, and Thor would have to not only fight his Brother, but would also have to save his entire world from destruction. A story worthy of a movie in its own right. On the other hand, however, you have Ragnarok. A cyborg clone or Thor himself created by Tony Stark combining his own DNA with Asgardian DNA to replace Thor with the REAL Son of Odin was MIA. Now, this story in itself would be really interesting. Who's to say that before learning his mistake with Ultron, Tony didn't make a clone of Thor? Who's to say Thor doesn't die in AOU and in Thor's absence, Tony deployed the clone? Thor has died and come back again many times in the comics, so to see a movie where Thor must face off against a version of HIMSELF, while also going through the trials that a required for coming back from Asgardian death would be amazing! Unfortunately, we only have the success of Thor: The Dark World and Chris' remaining movie(s) in his Contract to hold as evidence of this movie's legitimacy. But here's to hoping that [Thor 3](movie:956858) is true!
Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings
At San Diego Comic Con 2014, Marvel Studios confirmed a sequel to the then unreleased "Guardians of the Galaxy", they even provided a release date of, wouldn't you know it, July 28th, 2017. Just. Like. In. This. Picture. James Gunn is also set to direct again, meaning that this movie is real, however the Title may not be, just like Captain America. If this is the title of the sequel, we may very well be able to see more of this Galaxy that Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot, and Rocket protect. For those who don't know the comic book characters, a minor spoiler is ahead
In the Marvel Comics, Peter Quill/Star-Lord isn't fully human. He is actually half Spartoi, a race of aliens nearly identical to humans, for the exception that they live to about 300 years old. He received his Element Guns from his father, J'son of Spartax, the Emperor of the planet Spartex (You ever wonder why his middle name is Jason?) who had left them on Earth, while he was repairing his ship and falling in love with Star-Lord's mom.
Given that information, it is VERY likely that Star-Lord's heritage comes in to play, and drags the Guardians into an Intergalactic War. It is also rumored that Nova (whether we will see the Richard Ryder or the Sam Alexander version of the character is yet unknown), and Adam Warlock, a being of nearly infinite power who just so happens to have an Infinity Stone in his head, will also appear in this sequel.
For those of you who had no idea why the camera took so long on this shot at the end of Thor: The Dark World, this is Adam Warlock's cocoon. This pretty much says "Yeah, Adam Warlock exists. He's not showing up yet, but he exists."
In conclusion, a Guardian's sequel is coming, it has a date and a director, so at the very least, a sequel is confirmed. However, take it all with a grain of salt, because at the time of writing this article, GotG has not yet been publicly released.
This is a project that fans have been DYING for ever since the scene in Iron Man 2 where we saw that there were more heroes around the world, and saw a blip on Africa. For those who have never heard of this superhero, Black Panther is basically Batman, except better.
Why is he better? Well, T'Challa, AKA, Black Panther, is the ruler of his own country called Wakanda. Wakanda is, in the Marvel Universe, the leading producer of to Vibranium. His back story is just as dark as Batman's, in the fact that he watched his father be ruthlessly murdered by a Scientist named Claw. After his father's death, T'Challa became the ruler of the country. However, a country was not the only thing T'Challa inherited. T'Challa was also given the Black Panther spirit, granting him fantastical abilities such as Olympic level physical attributes, like Strength, Speed, Stamina and such, as well as heightening all of his other senses as well, scent, sight, and such like. He also has a Ph.D in Physics, and his armor is made entirely out of Vibranium, meaning it is as indestructible as Cap's shield. He also has a connection to one of the gods of his tribe. In addition to all of this, did I mention that he was the world's first Black superhero?
This movie is interesting because the evidence we have for it is actually rather scattered. We have words form Kevin Fiege that he plans and wants to make a Black Panther movie, however we also have another piece of evidence. This piece, however, is a bit more clever and really "blink-and-you-miss-it" as opposed to some other evidence. Now, before you look at this, I urge you to take it with a grain of salt.
"Booking a flight to Wakanda". I shouldn't have to say anymore, but I will. If this guy isn't pulling our legs, then his tweets were a very clever way of telling the world that he, Mr. John Boyega is to be our T'Challa, son of T'Chaka, King of Wakanda.
I personally think he'll be a good fit, but then again, he could be lying to us. We just don't know at this point. Only time can, and will tell.
Avengers: Civil War
Okay, now this title is VERY interesting.
For those of you who don't know. Marvel's Civil War storyline was exactly as it sounded, a war between the Marvel heroes. Basically, what happens is that SHIELD and the US Government begins to push the Superhuman Registration Act, which was a law that required anyone with superhuman abilities to file with the United States and allow themselves be be branded as separate from the rest of the population because of it. Naturally, not everyone was a huge fan. In the end, pretty much every superhero was in a Pro-Registration, or Ant-Registration camp, each of them being led by Tony Stark and Captain America respectively. Seeing a movie where the ENTIRE Marvel Cinematic Universe is against each other would be insane, seeing who sides with who, and the fights that would result because of it... OH! it just gives me the chills.
Unfortunately, there is no evidence other than the fact that Robert Downey Jr. is signed on to do a 3rd Avengers movie, that this would be the plot. The plot of the next movie could very well be the fight between our Beloved Avengers and the Mad Titan Thanos we've been waiting for. At this point, however, all we can do is speculate.
World War Hulk
Rumor upon rumor upon rumor has been spread about this storyline coming into being in the MCU, however, time and time again we have been told "No, it's not happening!" by Marvel big wigs. Could this photo be evidence that Marvel was throwing us off? For those who don't know about the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines, allow me to give you a run-down.
It all started when a group of the most powerful superheros decided that while Bruce Banner was a stand-up guy, the Hulk was far too dangerous to keep on Earth. So they sedated him, and launched him into deep space, to a peaceful and serene planet that was uninhabited by any other life, thus granting Banner's wish of being left alone. However, the ship's course was altered and ended up crashing onto the planet Sakaar. The Hulk was captured and then subjected to fight in Gladiator style games against other creatures that were captured by the forces on Sakaar. Hulk fought many people, including the Silver Surfer, but eventually broke free from his captivity and ended up fulfilling a prophesy about the "Sakaar Son". Hulk. embracing this title, became the ruler of that world.
He went on to have a son named Skaar, and made his way back to Earth, having vowed revenge against the heroes that sent him away. When he got back to Earth, he and a few of his companions from Sakaar, went on a rampage, defeating some of the Earth's greatest heroes, and forcing them to fight in a Gladiator style arena.
Now, in order for this to work, this would have to be a REALLY long movie, covering all of the above, or the movie would be about something totally different, perhaps introducing the Red Hulk or She-Hulk, maybe even Doc Samson? Anyways, Marvel has said in the past that while a solo Hulk film based on the Planet Hulk and World War Hulk storylines was something they weren't opposed to doing. If this does happen, I would be very anxious to see how they played it out. Unfortunately, this is one of the only 3 projects on this list that hasn't got any real evidence towards it's validity... except the following rumor. NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Rumor has it that the 3rd act of Avengers: Age of Ultron, will feature the Hulk trapped on a spaceship that has a course set for deep space. Meaning that he very well could be headed for Sakaar.
Even still, while a movie based on these events would be flippin' sweet, I myself have my doubts about the dates, or even this movie. However, I've been wrong in the past, and in the case of this movie, I wouldn't mind being wrong again!
Out of all the titles on this list, this is the title that comes most out of left field. The Inhumans are not just a comic book series, or a team of superheroes. No, the Inhumans are an entire society of superpowered people. Prehistoric Humans who were exposed to a mysterious substance called the Terrigen Mists
The main cast of the Inhumans consists of the Royal Family of their city. The King, Black Bolt, a hero so powerful that him merely whispering is enough to level entire cities, he gives a new meaning to "Strong but Silent types". Alongside him is Medusa, a woman who's hair can be manipulated to act as whips and such. She and her cousin Black Bolt have an interesting relationship with each other. They basically fall in love and get engaged, but considering the fact that their society is all based on Royal Bloodlines, it doesn't seem weird that the family would... you know what, lets just stop that train of thought there. Less creepy Fun Fact: There was a point in the comics where Venom had succeeded in killing Spiderman, and Medusa, with her strong sense of Justice, doled out the maximum punishment she could, 50 lashings from her superpowered hair. It was strong enough to act like a regular whip, breaking the sound barrier every time, causing Venom even more pain due to the symbiote's vulnerability to sound. However, I digress.
Some of the other members were Karnak, one with the ability to actually sense a weak point in an opponent's weak points, and a martial arts master, Gorgon, one with Super Strength and the ability to create seismic waves, Triton, who could breathe underwater, Crystal, a woman who could manipulate the four elements and the younger sister of Medusa. Fun Fact: Crystal eventually meets Quicksilver, the two fall in love and get married, they even have a child together, and Quicksilver is even accepted into the Inhuman's society as a full member, which was a really big deal. However, what family would be complete without a pet? Most families have a dog... and so does this one. Lockjaw, the family dog, also has powers too, that's right. Their dog, aside from being gigantic, can teleport, and has super strength. Lockjaw also fights alongside the Pet Avengers. How cool is that?
Not much has been said about this movie, or group of heroes before, more than the internet speculation that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch would be members of the Inhuman society. An Inhumans movie would probably be about Black Bolt and the rest of the family fighting Maximus the Mad, Black Bolts brother who wants the family throne and Medusa to himself, maybe featuring a subplot about Quicksilver and Crystal's romance. Who knows. This is really the only movie with absolutely NO preface, not hints, no official dates released by Marvel, no directors no anything. Which makes it hard to believe in it. However, everyone had the same reaction with Guardians of the Galaxy, and now it's one of the most anticipated movies of the year, so in the end, only time can tell if this one is happening.
In conclusion, everything in this article MUST be taken with a grain of salt. However, if this leak is legitimate, and this is the Phase 3 and beyond lineup, we're all in for a real treat!