With all the talk lately about Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's easy to forget that there's a veritable butt-load of awesome Marvel movies coming our way in over the next five years of Phase 3.
Let's just relive this for a sec:
There are, though, a few lingering questions about the whole thing - questions like - for instance - 'how the hell are The Avengers actually going to fight Thanos?'
I mean, seriously, when it comes to fighting Thanos, - even putting aside the fact that the Mad Titan could probably crush the the Avengers' low-powered (sorry Cap, that means you too) members with his little finger - how are Earth's Mightiest Heroes even going to get to him? Is Avengers: Infinity War really just going to be two movies of Thanos coming to Earth for no particular reason and then taking in the sights?
At some point, it seems likely that the heroes are going to have to take on the villain on his home turf - and that turf is basically the whole of outer space.
So how are they going to get there?
Well, that's where another movie in the Phase 3 line-up comes in...
The Inhumans Might Have the Solution to The Avengers' Problem
A giant teleporting space-dog.
Meet Lockjaw...He's Here to Help
Yup, that's right, the Inhumans count among their number a giant teleporting dog named Lockjaw. Who despite being a giant space-dog (or perhaps because of it) has long been a fan favorite.
He first appeared way back in Fantastic Four #45, and has, since then, spent much of his time teleporting superheroes back and forth across the galaxy.
You probably already see where I'm going with this...
Lockjaw Could Be the Key to Marvel's Infinity War
I mean, sure, Marvel could just have Iron Man whip up a convenient teleportation device, or Thor could just use his hammer in previously unexplored ways - but that's not really the way their movies seem to do things.
Instead, it seems entirely possible that Lockjaw - one of the most beloved members of the Inhumans - could prove to be a key part of the Avengers' fight against Thanos, providing our heroes with a means to travel across the galaxy quickly and easily.
Marvel Knows Adorable Space-Animals Sell Tickets
As ably demonstrated by Guardians of the Galaxy's Rocket Raccoon.
And, for a movie like Inhumans - which, seeing as it's expected to star the completely silent hero named Black Bolt, could probably use a little comic relief - Lockjaw could well be that space-animal.
Especially considering the fact that...
Inhumans Will Open in Between the Two Halves of Infinity War
After all, its November 2018 release date (smack in the middle of the May 2018 and 2019 dates for Avengers: Infinity War's two parts) suggests that Inhumans is set to have a whole lot to do with the development of the overall Thanos-themed storyline.
Add in the fact that some of the Inhumans will most likely have been (at the very least teased, and probably) introduced before the film's release, as seems to be Marvel's general plan for Phase 3 characters, and the chances of an extremely plot-helping, marketable and fan-favorite character like Lockjaw appearing seem to go right up.
Especially as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, scheduled for release May 5, 2017, would make for such a natural place to introduce him...
And, if he does appear...
Lockjaw Would Be Integral to Everything That Happens
Partly because he would provide a straightforward means of bringing a galaxy's worth of superheroes together, in a cinematic universe that doesn't seem to have developed any sort of hyperdrive - but also because of his potential to be a consistent and popular source of comic relief in a 'cosmic' side to the Marvel Universe that has - in Guardians of the Galaxy - already strongly defined itself through its ability to make us all laugh.
The main thing, then?