Now unless you have been hiding under a rock the last month it is hard not to have heard Marvel Studios announcing the titles of their entire movie slate for Phase 3 of their Cinematic Universe. With so many titles and so many new characters there are endless possibilities for how it will work, but here are my ideas.
Captain America: Civil War will be starting off Phase 3, and given the title fans are expecting to see some major events in this movie. However I feel they are set for disappointment. I think this film is actually our first glimpse into phase 4. Civil War was a mega title in the comics back in 2006 which literally effected everyone in the Marvel Universe. It saw friends and family split with a super human registration with people having to choose to sign up and play nice with the government or go against them and fight for what they believed in.
Now there is no lie, the majority of the comic book fans loved the story and the effects of it can still be seen in Marvel comics to this date. The major problem is...the Cinematic Universe does not have the pool of characters required to pull it off. In the comics we saw teams literally pulled apart and heroes who had hidden their identity for decades reveal their identities to the world. So with that being said here are the changes I foresee.
As we all know S.H.I.E.L.D is shut down and no more. So with Fury now out of the hot seat and hundreds of agents now out of a job, where does this leave us? It leaves us with Tony Stark. I speculate the the President will want Tony to become the Director of a new S.H.I.E.L.D organisation and to initiate Superhuman Registration so the superheroes would be part of the new S.H.I.E.L.D organisation. Now this is sounding more like an Iron Man movie, but here is where Captain America will come in. Steve Rogers is not just a soldier grunt, he has a brain also. So queue the Iron Man vs Captain America fight!
Like in the comics he will see this new "law" as a violation of the rights he has fought to protect all his life. So the pair will fight and Captain America will be left with now choice but to look to an old friend for help, [Black Panther](movie:9047). I also expect us to meet two Black Panthers in the movie. Marvel have already said Black Panther will be a part of the movie, but why have just one Black Panther when you can have two. Steve Rogers is trusted by T'Chala the current King of Wakanda, a country that values its privacy and hates outsiders. But Steve has always been welcomed by T'Chala. Why? Simple really, during World War II Steve helped T'Chaka the King of Wakanda at the time earning his trust. So when Steve and Tony finally come to blows at the end of the film T'Chala could offer Steve sanctuary in Wakanda safe from the U.S Government who have now branded Steve a traitor. This would then prompt Steve to take the identity of simple "The Captain" and loose the American part for now.
So where would this leave us? Well it would leave Iron Man as now Director of S.H.I.E.L.D and Captain America as a Fugitive. Even though it isn't the massive Super Hero war we saw in the comics it would set up a clear divide in the Avengers camp and could see both side constructing their own teams of Avengers. Iron Man will lead The Avengers while Captain America has his own New Avengers and given all the new characters arriving the pair have plenty to try and recruit.
With the steps toward Civil War in place [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) enters into his own movie which personally I am really excited for as we will see Marvel magic and it not being just Marvel's magic of breaking box office records. Stephen Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme and with that opens up endless possibilities. I would not be surprised if he is already the Sorcerer Supreme and they skip the how, when and where part of that story. He has probably missed Phase 1 & 2 because he was doing some ritual in the Sanctum Sanctorum.
It is also safe to assume along with Strange we will also most likely meet Wong his trusted aid and possibly Clea who is part of the Dark Dimensions that Strange fights against. Both would obviously not been the focus of the movie and Clea may simply be referenced, but Wong has to appear as he is Strange's version of Jarvis! Only he is a "Jarvis" that kicks butt!
As for who he will face off against, again there are endless options as the Magic side of Marvel has only ever been shown (very badly) in the Ghost Rider movies which were not even made by Marvel. The most likely candidates are Nightmare, Mindless Ones, Baron Mordo and the most likely Dormammu. If Dormammu is chosen it increases the chances of Clea appearing as she is his niece, but we will have to wait and see which they opt for.
The biggest question is how he will fit into the Cinematic Universe? Well my bet is either the Eye or the Orb of Agamotto turning out to be an Infinity Gem. With Thanos using the Infinity Gem as his version of Pokemon (gotta catch em all) he would be after the one in Strange's possession. With three already accounted for, there are still 3 remaining to be found and I suspect Strange possesses the yellow Infinity Gem of Reality.
I also would not be shocked if Adam Warlock awakens from his cocoon (as many will know his cocoon has already been seen in two movies) in a post credit scene as he has sensed a great magical force in the universe setting him up ready for [Guardians of the Galaxy 2](movie:1081113).
With Adam now out of his cocoon and ready to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in their second adventure. The guardians have lots of choices on which route to take with their second movie and I suspect Starlord will find out some clues to his father's identity but I doubt he will be revealed in this movie (that will be Guardians of the Galaxy 3 during Phase 4). With the Kree also being the main antagonist behind the first movie, Marvel may choose to introduce a new alien race as the antagonists to the second. One option would be the Phalanx.
If you are a fan of Star Trek or Doctor Who these guys will remind you of the Borg and the Cybermen. In a nutshell they turn you into one of them through technology. This does not make them evil as they technology is simply following its programming, but with that being said you are not likely to volunteer for the process. They could be a new threat on the verge of infecting the entire galaxy and the Nova Corps have decided they need the Guardians help with this crisis. Also if Ultron survives The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron they could be what he is looking for to enact his revenge in a later film. Another potential character we could see outside of Adam joining the team and a new alien race to haunt our nightmares is a new character for the next instalment of the Cinematic Universe.
Beta Ray Bill could quite simply be a poor victim in the film that we all think has died. But in a post credit scene they could reveal he is alive and in Asgard. It could lead to Bill saving them all in [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858). Anyone who knows Norse Mythology and anyone who knows Marvel Comics knows Ragnarok is the fall of Asgard. In Marvel version Loki is said to lead the enemies of Asgard into the final conflict, which in the comics he succeeds and Asgard falls. We will also most likely see Odin die in battle, forcing Thor to become the new king of his people trying to lead them to a victory that is no longer possible.
But here is where it could get exciting. Asgard has fallen, Loki claims victory standing over the lifeless body of Thor. Beta Ray Bill then shocks everyone by being able to lift Mjolnir and swings into action. Yes Asgard has fallen but Bill saves the Asgardians from death, including Thor. It would also show the non-comic fans that the Hammer chooses Thor and how one day we could meet the new female Thor that is now in the comics on the big screen. The post credit scene for this film could just simply be the Asgardians getting a new home on Earth with Thor vowing to rebuild the great Asgard.
Another option for a post credit scene is Loki receiving a visitor. Thanos. Some have speculated Loki may actually be in possession of an Infinity Gem. His staff keeps getting obvious references in recent footage making some believe it is one of the six gems Thanos is after. With Loki on a high from winning the war against Asgard, he may think he is now able to take on the space titan on his own. Now it could go one of two way. One Thanos kills Loki and takes the Gem, or Thanos beats Loki so quickly Loki begs to join his new "master" and gives him the stone. Either way it would be an amazing scene and give Thanos five out of the six gems.
Next is Black Panther's movie. Now if Black Panther does give sanctuary to Steve Rogers, we may seen him acting in a support role in the movie much like Black Widow did in Captain America 2. I strongly suspect we will see Vibranium play a major role in the movie as it is what allows Wakanda to be so powerful and never have been invaded before. It will also most like show Steve Rogers trying to convince T'Chala that Wakanda can not stand alone against what is coming, just so fans can see just how strongly opposed the Wakandans are to outsiders. If the Ebony Blade is used by the Black Panther I also suspect it will turn out to be an Infinity Gem.
In the Marvel comics, the ebony blade was created by Merlyn who discovered a strange black stone called the Starstone forging it into a mystical blade. The sword has been in the possession of many characters in Marvel, but Black Panther is perhaps the most famous wielder of the sword. Even if there is no black Inifinity Gem it could turn out to be the blue gem of space given the name of the stone it was forged from. If this is correct we will then have all six gems in the Cinematic Universe ready for Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 just instantly makes you wonder where this movie is going to go. We know there are two other movies before Part 2 arrives. But it could be the beginning of pulling all the pieces together. In Infinity War in the comics many were replaced by doppelgänger. I highly suspect if they use this in the movies they will change who has been replaced so even comic book fans are clueless, but maybe no one has been replaced. Thanos may simply imply it making Tony and Steve instantly suspect the other and force the heroes to choose their sides. But I think it is more likely the first part will have Thanos seeking the final piece of his plan. The Infinity Gauntlet to equip and use the Gems.
The Avengers will fight with everything they have, but it will not be enough and they will fail in stopping Thanos from combining the six gems with the gauntlet and completing his mission. Thanos will then state Earth is not his target and leave. The Avengers will taste for the first time defeat. With them all completely demoralised they will disband and all go their separate ways leaving fans with more questions than answers. I also suspect they will introduce a new character in the movie. Carol Danvers.
They may simply choose to have her already in her superhero persona of Captain Marvel, or they could make her origins out of this movie. Given that Thanos has already had the Kree working with him, they could return in this movie as his henchmen. In the comics Carol receives her powers through an explosion of Kree technology. The same could happen in Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1. Carol could simply be Major Danvers serving in the U.S Air Force who are trying to assist the Avengers in their battle against Thanos and she is caught in a Kree explosion. Then during a post credit scene we see her become Captain Marvel.
Now given the fact she is in the Air Force and if the Avengers all do quit after Infinity War, Carol could be the one that is going to show the world they have not been abandoned. Her adversary for the movie could be one of many, but I personally hope she either faces off against either Moonstone or the Brood. Given the sheer power and strength she has I am hoping more on the latter.
The Brood are Marvel's answer to Xnomorphs. They are a hive with a queen who lays her spores into hosts for them to grow and hatch a new brood from the host. This could work extremely well if Marvel plan to introduce S.W.O.R.D who are effectively the space version of S.H.I.E.L.D. If they do they have to include Abigail Brand, who is the Nick Fury of S.W.O.R.D. The Brood queen could plan on using the Peak (S.W.O.R.D's orbital base) as the launching ground for her to infect Earth with her spores and creating a new Brood world. This would also be a brilliant set up to show a female character in a solo movie with nothing but action and suspense allowing them to break that glass ceiling. The post credit scene can also set up for the next movie if the Brood are chosen.
I could easily imagine the Inhumans watching Captain Marvel save the day while they reside on the blue side of the moon with Medusa saying to her husband "We can not stay hidden much longer." Now their movie I feel is going to be very different to the other Marvel movies we have seen to date. To them having powers is as normal as it is to breath. So I could imagine them looking at man kind in an inferior way and not worthy of their greatness. It will be members like Crystal that will see it all differently.
Now for me personally Crystal has always been the voice of reason to speak on the others side when it comes to the inhumans. So who better than to take a major role in the movie to try and prove to her people that the humans are not what they perceive them to be. I also would not be surprised if their arrival causes Tony and Steve to surface from hiding to be ready to protect the Earth once again ready for Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2. I would not be shocked if the film ended with the Inhumans deciding Earth is not ready for them and they simply retreat to the blue area of the moon and stay out of Infinity War - Part 2. The post credit scene will most like see Thanos returning to Earth ready to destroy the planet that nearly cost him what he was after. Cue the movie mash up!
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 is where we will see the Avengers, the Guardians, Strange, Panther, Marvel, Antman, basically everyone! It will be a superhero smack down like we have never seen before! It will be what brings the entire cinematic universe together for a final battle to the end. Obviously Thanos will loose to the combined forces of all the heroes, but peace and unity when fighting a common foe does not always mean ever lasting peace. This is where the start of Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War sets up for Marvel Phase 4 - Civil War.
They will by this time have plenty of characters and have been able to show the cracks forming in teams and alliances throughout all of Phase 3. If they also bring in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Defenders from the TV part of the franchise they will have dozens of characters to make Civil War work on the big screen. The trick they will have to consider carefully is how individual movies play into the franchise from this point. Iron Man could be seen trying to get Captain Marvel on his side in a movie for example while Captain America and Black Panther work on getting Doctor Strange on their side. It could see us fans even choosing out side of the battle as some will agree with Captain America who will lead the Anti-Registration faction, while other agree with Iron Man the leader of the Pro-Registration faction.
Well those are my thought and how I could see the next few years of Marvel Movies play out for us. What do you think? Do you think any of this could be what we will see? Or do you have your own ideas?