- We are a little over a month away from the epic follow up to the to the best superhero movie of all time, the Avengers. Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is promising to be the biggest hit yet for the famed studio and will most likely set/break at least a dozen records during its tenure at the box office this summer. With that, it is sure to have some lasting effects on the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as serving as a major catalyst for events to come.
Marvel is wrapping up its Phase 2 with [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) and Ant-Man about 2 months later. Avengers 2 will see Tony Stark collaborate with Bruce Banner to create the physical embodiment of Ultron (hopefully/presumably) based off of Hank Pym's dormant peacekeeping program, hence Tony's "it's called the Ultron Program" comment to Banner in the trailer. I think this would serve as a unique tie in to Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man while bolstering excitement for that movie's release a little further down the road. Ant-Man will definitely stand on its own as a solo movie, but tie ins with the larger Marvel Universe will be present. These may come in the form of flashbacks to the early days of SHIELD with cameos by Peggy Carter and John Slattery reprising his role as an older Howard Stark (meaning Tony might technically be alive at this point in the timeline, albeit as a baby or a toddler), or perhaps the more recent events of the havoc wreaked by Ultron in his recent battles with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. In the end, [Ant-Man](movie:9048) will serve to offer a new face to the MCU without introducing wider audiences to an obscure or perhaps little-known (yes, pun intended) character.
As for future Marvel Studios projects, most notably [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409), the final events of Avengers 2 that unfold may offer a very interesting idea of what we may see in Cap's next solo movie in terms of team divisions and alignments. The seeds for this movie can be seen planted as early on as the Avengers with Cap and Stark challenging each other to a brawl and Stark's snarky comments about Rogers 'doing time as a Capsicle'; more recently, the comments Stark made about bankrolling the Avengers while Steve gives orders. These differences will be seen in full bloom when the two heroes go head to head in an all out war that will forever define the future of the MCU.
While I believe that Avengers 2 has a lot to offer in terms of mid/end credits scenes (AHEM...Spidey), I believe that Ant-Man will definitely follow through on the theory that was rather popular a few months ago. It detailed General Thaddeus Ross (last seen in The Incredible Hulk in 2008) approaching Scott Lang on behalf of Tony Stark about a potential alignment in the upcoming Civil War. When Scott asks why, the infamous general asks, "Haven't you seen the news? We're at war." Thus spurring excitement for the famed theatrical adaptation of one of Marvel's most popular events. As for an end credits scene it would be interesting to see something tying into Agents of SHIELD or one of Marvel's other Netflix properties like Daredevil.
So wha do you think? Will Marvel Studios take these properties in these creative directions or will we see something even better that they have in store for us? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Thanks for reading!