Lately, I’ve been rewatching Marvel’s Phase One in hopes that it will cull my desperate fanboy anticipation for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Long story short, it does. But what comes after Age of Ultron? Well, the world seemed a little iffy about Guardians of the Galaxy because Marvel was taking a chance at a little-known publication in the vast sea of the well-known. While some people may not have liked it, they’d seem to be in the minority with the box office reaching nearly $772 million. One thing that may lead to is Marvel getting a bit more freedom with their future entries into their cinematic universe of characters.
Marvel’s future Netflix releases aside (I may or may not work them into a future article similar to this), I’ve decided to compile a wishlist of the already announced films that are slated to be released from Marvel and what I hope to see involved in them. Like the name of this article infers, I will stop at Avengers: Infinity War part one, which is set to hit theaters in May of 2018 and will book-end both a Captain Marvel film (July 6, 2018) and an Inhumans film (November 2, 2018) before finishing the Inifinity War with a part two in May of 2019.
Before I start the list, I’d like to point out a pattern I’ve noticed that I’m unaware of being public. I’d like to call it the Mayday Theory. While doing minimal research for this article (minimal, because I don’t make money [Not complaining, Bub]), I noticed a pattern that the month of May may hold for Marvel. Starting with Iron Man (May, 2008), and including Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), and most recently, Iron Man 3 (2013). If you notice, all those movies have a tie-in with the larger plot that envelops most of the cinematic universe. The first Iron Man film really started on the whole Avengers plot line. Iron Man 2 showed Tony Stark working hand-in-hand with SHIELD and gave us our first look at Thor’s hammer, which was served to us in the end credits scene. Thor, of course, brought in Loki who eventually lead an army of Chitauri against The Avengers and New York City in The Avengers. Iron Man 3 showed Tony Stark’s mental breakdown after the events that occurred in The Avengers and showed us the extent of Stark’s paranoia. What does the Mayday Theory hold next?
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
May 1, 2015
Coming in May of 2015 is the next installment of The Avengers franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron. A few trailers have been released for this film, and the hype lives on. The plot has also been released, so I won’t really go into what I think will happen in this movie. While the Mayday Theory suggests that the after credits scene will deal with Captain America: Civil War, I have something different in mind. My idea is that after Ultron has been shut down and dealt with, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are shown walking in the shambles of the battleground and meet a man who says he can help them. That man? Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange are seen a lot together because of their magic capabilities. It would also be a good way to incorporate Strange into the Avengers fold.
July 17, 2015
When Edgar Wright left the production, my anticipation level began to drop for this film. However, the hope that remains has already been spinning intricate webs of what I would want from this movie. It’s no secret that this movie will utilize flashbacks to the creation of the Ant-Man technology in 1963, and will feature the return of Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter and John Slattery as Howard Stark. With that being said, what I’d like to see is the repercussions of Pym’s technology throughout the decades. I’d also like to see the fallout from the Avengers films through the eyes of Pym and Lang.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
May 6, 2016
My brain hurts just thinking about the possibilities this movie could hold. One thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that we’ll be seeing Chadwick Boseman suit up as T’Challa, The Black Panther for the first time before his own film. But I’ll hold off on that for a moment. What I hope to see in this movie is more characters incorporated. Marvel’s Civil War comic book contained an impressive roster, and I hope that they can show that on the big screen. From Agents of SHIELD (Mockingbird, Victoria Hand, Deathlok) to the upcoming Netflix series (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, possibly Iron Fist) and the soon-to-be newly introduced characters like Ant-Man, Wasp (probably), Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver.
November 4, 2016
Now that it’s clear that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Stephen Strange, my anticipation level for this is through the roof. Not only is Cumberbatch a brilliant actor in Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Imitation Game, but his voice work as Smaug in the Hobbit makes me think he’s just the right person to throw into a room with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, and not get lost in the mix. One thing I would definitely love to see in this movie is the Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto, which enable him to fly and negate evil magic. I also just want to see the trademark magical hang-ten hand gesture, and the Ditko-esque aura around his hands and body when he’s using magic. If the Infinity Gems have shown us anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s that magic and science are definitely beautiful things on-screen.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2
May 5, 2017
One of the biggest mysteries in Guardians of the Galaxy is “Who is Star-Lord’s father?” Well, I hope to see the answer in the sequel to this year’s blockbuster. I’ve heard people make arguments for characters like The Collector, Adam Warlock, and even J’son of Spartax (Quill’s father in the comics). While I’m sure it’s one of those, least sure on The Collector, I’d like for Gunn to think out of the box on the sequel. Bare with me on this one. I hope it’s Howard Stark. The recent Iron Man comic series has shown that Howard Stark had some extraterrestrial dealings before Tony’s birth because of troubled pregnancies in the past which could explain why the Nova Corps believe Quill to be of ancient ancestry. Not only that, but in the comics Tony now has a secret brother (not Quill) and was even a Guardian at one point in time. What better way to work Iron Man into the Guardians than making him Star-Lord’s half-brother. Also, they both have a thing for 12%. (cut to 2:00 in the video)
July 28, 2017
One thing I love about Thor is that he gets more and more badass every time he’s on the screen. While I was a fan of the first film, it was too much of a love story for my liking. The second film was a bit darker, and more action packed, and I loved it. Titling the third installment “Ragnarok” can mean one of two things. The first, is the Norse meaning in which Ragnarok refers to an epic battle in which Thor, Odin, Loki, and a number of Norse gods die. The second is Thor’s clone, which appears once Thor is presumed dead (possibly during the final battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron) and the world’s smartest minds come together to clone him into a robotic, Stark-infused metal body. The results of either don’t bode well for The Avengers and I wouldn’t mind seeing either story pan out.
November 3, 2017
If the rumors of Andy Serkis playing Ulysses Klaw in Avengers: Age of Ultron, that will undoubtedly be a perfect introduction to T’Challa and Wakanda. While we will get our first look at Chadwick Boseman playing T’Challa (aka Black Panther) in Captain America: Civil War, it’s still a few years until we will get to see him headline his own movie. So, what can we expect from this film? It’ll most likely be an origin story if it’s not briefly implied in Captain America: Civil War. Either way, Serkis or whoever plays Ulysses Klaw will be in the film, and we’ll see the history of Wakanda and the Black Panther mantel, which is handed down to T’Challa after his father, T’Chaka, is killed by Klaw. Wakanda is the high-tech home of the Black Panther and the world’s largest collection of Vibranium, the element that makes Captain America’s shield. I hope we see technology in this movie that would baffle even Tony Stark, considering T’Challa is often seen as an equal to Tony Stark, both technologically and intellectually speaking.
Well, that’s all folks. After Black Panther, we’ll be staring Infinity War, Part One right in the eyes. I realize I have some crazy theories thrown into the mix, but that’s why I wanted to write this article. To mix it up a bit, and hopefully get everyone thinking. If you want to shoot holes in my theories, go right ahead. That is, after all, why there’s a comments section.