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First, we have Marvel's Age of Ultron. The long-awaited second Avengers movie coming out in April this year.

I don't think I need to tell you all that this film is going to be HUGE. We see a full introduction for Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, (previously only seen in Cap 2's after-credits scene), as well as Ultron himself, the Vision, the Hulkbuster suit, and a rumoured appearance from the Grey Hulk. This is going to change a lot of what we know about the MCU, and no doubt set the wheels in motion for Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as possibly introducing us to Wakanda and Black Panther's story, through the inclusion of Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw.

Second, coming in July this year we have Ant-Man, which Joss Whedon has called 'the real end of Phase 2'.

With Paul Rudd as the lead role, we can expect this film to be a bit more comedic than we have so far seen so far in the MCU, but no doubt Ant-Man will be shown to be the badass that he truely is on top of that. The thing about this film that I find interesting is it's timing. Coming out so soon after Age of Ultron, this film must surely at least reference the destructive aftermath left behind by Ultron and the Avengers, thus giving me the idea that this film might be a bit more than just the "Do it for your daughter" concept that we saw in the trailer.

After these 2 we move on to the really interesting bit, the announced movies for 2016-2019, starting with..

Third, Captain America: Civil War. Oh my sweet Jesus I cannot wait for this film. Being a huge Cap fan myself I have a strong feeling that this is going to be one of the best Superhero movies any of us have ever seen. We know that RDJ will be reprising Iron Man to act as this film's antagonist, and we also know that this is where we'll finally see our Black Panther. (Holy shit.) I'm gonna talk a little more about this in terms of the comics, so if you guys don't want any spoilers, skip this bit.

For those of us that have read the Civil War comic series, we'll know that this film is likely to bring about the death of Captain America. This, more than any of the events of the MCU up to this time, is going to be a HUGE turning point for Marvel's movies.

In Cap 2 we saw the introduction of Crossbones and Sharon Carter (both quite big players in the event of Cap's demise), as well as Bucky Barnes. As us comic-readers know, Bucky will be taking up the shield after Rogers dies, which personally I am incredibly excited to see on the big screen.

I'm also interested to see what happens to Tony Stark after this film, as in the comics he goes on to become the head of SHIELD, (which in the MCU no longer exists.) Plus, we know that with no Iron Man 4, this is going to be the last we see of Tony until the Avengers 3: Infinity War, could this suggest that after his conflict with Cap he withdraws from public life for a time? Could this be referenced at all in some other Marvel movies such as Doctor Strange? I can't wait to find out.

Fourth, we have Doctor Strange. Again, I am so excited for this. All we really know for sure about this is that the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch will be bringing Steven Strange to the big screen. Enough said.

We have seen a couple of circulating rumours about this one though, for example the idea that Doctor Strange may (at some point at least) have a run-in with Asgard in some way, after some eagle-eyed viewers picked up on what looks like the Eye of Agamotto in Odin's vault.

On top of this, my personal view (and many others'), is that Doctor Strange will lead us on to one of the remaining Infinity Gems. We still have 2-3 left to pick up on (depending on whether or not Loki's Sceptre does indeed contain one), and Doctor Strange could may well bring that number down.

(I love this bit of concept art, don't you?)
(I love this bit of concept art, don't you?)

After Doctor Strange, our knowledge becomes a bit brief. Not much has been revealed about films after this point, but we know we have :

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (5/5/2017) : I'm pretty confident that this is the film that will lead right into the Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy is linked much closer to Thanos so far, and it may well be that they come across yet another Infinity Gem is their second movie. (The Collector is one of the few characters that we've seen so far that seemed to know about there being more than 1 in the set.) Also, personally, I'm hoping that this might in some way reference or feature Nova. A long shot I know, but the Nova Corps must have been introduced for a reason, and I would LOVE to see this character introduced into the MCU, even if this is further down the line (Guardians 3 maybe? Please?)

Thor: Ragnarok (28/7/2017) : I think this is going to follow on pretty well from Age of Ultron. From what we've seen so far, there are a few references to Thor 'searching for answers' in the second Avengers film, as well as plenty of scenes of him looking pretty damn angry. I have seen a few people speculating that Thor will be shown the future, seeing the events of Thor: Ragnarok, or at least something similarly devastating. I love this idea.

Black Panther (3/11/2017) : This is the last film before Avengers: Infinite War that I really have anything to say about given what we know so far. The thing about this film that I'm interested in is the extent to which it references the Civil War, which we know the Black Panther will be a part of.

Captain Marvel (6/7/2018)

Inhumans (2/11/2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1= May 2018, Part 2 = May 2019)

What I find interesting about this is the gap between the 2 Avengers: Infinity War movies that went unfilled in the announcement. Marvel have got a pretty strong thing going right now of releasing at least 2 films a year, which leads me to believe that we should expect some more announcements later down the line. (Could Marvel maybe be hoping to reclaim the rights to Spider-Man, as found in the Sony hack, and are hoping to announce their own take on the character in this gap? It would at least explain why this went un-mentioned in the announcement.)

Let me know if this was at all helpful to those who started to lose track of what the hell is going on in the MCU!


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