Infinity Stones, Magic and New Heroes: What to Expect from Marvel Phase 3

Written by: Game_Brains

Three weeks after release, Guardians of the Galaxy is back to the number 1 spot on the domestic box office and is now officially the highest grossing movie of the summer. Now, everybody is asking: what the hell is in store for us after falling in love with a giant tree and a talking raccoon?

With the Defenders Netflix project starting on 2015, a second season of Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter’s first season and ten movie release dates from here to 2019, the MCU is still going strong, and keeping busy.

So please, strap on to your gorilla suit and get ready to ride the train of speculation with us as we try to figure what Marvel might have in store for us.

There will be some spoilers for the comic versions of upcoming storylines, but as far as movies go, this is all just conjecture.

May 1, 2015: The Avengers Age of Ultron

We won’t talk about the basics here (heck the official synopsis for that). We are here to talk about the interesting bits that might shake up the MCU for years to come.

For starters we have the inclusion of what Baron Von Strucker called “Miracles”. Have you forgotten already? “The Age of Miracles is upon us,” he says as he gives us our first look at Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, better known as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

Why is this interesting? Marvel is including mutants in the MCU, and is not just using the word. We know that the Maximoff siblings start off as foes for the Avengers, but then come to terms and help them fight Ultron.

Cute little miracles.
My Theory is that HYDRA uses the Mind Stone on Loki’’s Staff (you remember it from the first Avengers movie) to control the Maximoff twins, joining forces after the Avengers free them from Von Strucker’s influence.

Introducing “Miracles” into the MCU on Avengers: Age of Ultron might be Marvel’s way of easing up audiences for an Inhumans movie (basically space mutants). But then, the big question to ask is this: where will the Mind Stone end up when the credits roll?

July 17, 2015: Ant Man

Kicking off Phase 3 of the MCU we have a brand new superhero joining the ranks: Ant ManBasically a Heist Movie, the film is rumored to be running on two timelines, Hayley Atwell and John Slattery will both reply their roles as Agent Carter and Howard Stark respectively, I´m assuming they will probably try to recruit a young Hank Pym and his super powered suit to an early version of SHIELD in the past timeline of the movie.

In the comics, Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) steals the Ant Man technology to rob a bank and save his daughter from a fatal disease. In the film we are assuming that the one who steals the technology is Darren Cross A.K.A. Yellowjacket, and that being old and shit, Pym is forced to recruit Lang to steal the technology back for him.

I really don’t think that we’ll see a major game changer on this movie for the MCU other than probably Dr. Pym not taking Scott Lang out of the Ant Man suit anytime soon (Pym might even be dead by the time the credits roll).

Also, have you seen Evangeline Lily’s haircut? I’ll be damned if doesn’t look like the Wasp.

May 6, 2016: Capitan America 3

We are still to get a subtitle for this one, but we know that this is the last contractually obligated Capitan America film for Chris Evans, and with Sebastian Stan signed for a nine picture deal I’m pretty sure this might set up the passing of The Shield from Rogers to “Bucky” Barnes.

With SHIELD out of the picture, I only see two ways this could play out: either Nick Fury assigns a special mission to Cap that takes him to The Winter Soldier, or Cap is in a personal mission to find Bucky.
Either way, the Russo brothers have confirmed that the movie will have two basic elements: Cap is trying to find Bucky and the movie will have a political tone.

Whatever happens, the movie will probably end with Rogers M.I.A. or K.I.A. and Bucky picking up the Shield. If they get Evans to sign a contract for Avengers 3 before this movie starts production, they might wait for this to happen after the end of Avengers 3.

Remember: just because it happens in the comics
doesn't mean it'll happen in the movies.
Let’s not forget that the After Credits Scene of Winter Soldier ended with The Winter Soldier reclaiming his identity as Bucky on the Cap Museum; we’ll see how this plays out in the sequel.

July 8, 2016: Doctor Strange

With Scott Derrickson, a proven horror movie director attached to helm the film, Marvel will surely take us into a journey to the supernatural corner of their Universe.

Kevin Feige recently announced that the Marvel Movies wouldn’t be having any more origin stories so this movie will probably start with the Sorcerer Supreme already donning that mantle, with maybe some flashbacks to his days as a neuro surgeon.

Basically, Stephen Strange is to magic what Tony Stark is to technology, so we’re talking about a likeable, selfish man that finds redemption as a superhero. With Robert Downey Jr. soon to be out of the MCU, I’m assuming Marvel is looking to make Dr. Strange their new tent pole character.

This might be the perfect movie to introduce the Soul Stone, probably as the Eye of Agamoto. Either they introduce it here or with Adam Warlock on Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

The Eye, as seen in Odin's Vault in "Thor".
Whatever happens to the Sorcer Supreme on his solo debut, I´m preety sure we´ll be seeing him as part of the Avengers 3 hero Roster.

May 5, 2017: Unannounced

We are finally getting to the territory of the unconfirmed, and this particular date is kind of a wild card since it sits right after a new marvel IP and before Guardians of the Galaxy 2. With the recent announcement stating that Marvel would follow every new IP with a sequel and every sequel with a new IP, this date confuses me a lot, but I’m willing to bet that this is when we are getting Thor 3.

This is my Theory: While Thor is out saving the world from Ultron in Avengers 2, Loki loses the disguise and reveals to the people of Asgard that he has been on the Throne for the past years. The Warriors Three and all of Thor’s allies are either executed or thrown to jail.

So, what about Thor himself? Let’s remember that right now that Thor is living happily ever after with Jane Foster in London, so either after the events of Avengers 2 Thor returns to Asgard only to be incarcerated immediately by Loki until Thor 3 (when he promptly kicks Loki out of the Throne), or Thor never actually returns to Asgard until Thor 3, maybe after finding out what Loki has done to his father, he sets out to take him out of the Throne.

This story will probably draw heavily from the Blood Brothers storyline from the comics.

July 27, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The biggest plot point for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be “Who is Star Lord’s father?” While we all hope that it might be Howard the Duck, that might not be the case.

This is another great opportunity for Marvel to introduce the Soul Gem to the MCU via Adam Warlock (might he be Star Lords father?) We have seen Warlock’s cocoon on The Collectors’ collection both at the end of Thor: The Dark World and on the first Guardians of the Galaxy. A great question to ask is: “What happened to the cocoon after the explosion in the Collectors’ office?”

Adam Warlock's cocoon, as confirmed by James Gunn.
This is 100% speculation, but if the Soul Gem is introduced to the MCU on Dr. Strange, then Guardians of the Galaxy 2 might be another great opportunity to introduce the Time Gem, maybe as the movie McGuffin that will allow Star Lord to figure out who his father is.

This being the Cosmic Corner of the MCU, Thanos will be heavily featured and we will probably get some new team members on the Guardians roster, hopefully Nova will make his debut. I’m sure we’ll be seeing both the Guardians and Avengers fighting Thanos on Avengers 3, so this movie might end with either Thanos or the Guardians heading back to Earth.

November 3, 2017: Unannounced

According to Marvel rules this movie will definitely be a new IP, after three movies involving supernatural or cosmic elements, this is the perfect movie to bring back the MCU to its more grounded roots and with no summer blockbusters competing for the box office dollars, Marvel might be willing to take a risk.
With that in mind, November 2017 is the perfect date to introduce Black Panther and the great nation of Wakanda into the MCU. Much like Ant Man, this movie probably won’t have a big impact on the overarching story of the MCU, and will be a self-contained story, and considering Marvel is scraping origin stories I’m thinking we’ll probably see T’challa fighting some entity that is trying to steal Wakanda’s precious Vibranium.

Wakanda, highlighted as a key location on Tony's map (Iron Man 2)
Kevin Feige recently said in an interview that the most requested new IP´s from the fans are Black Panther and Capitan Marvel, but I´m leaning more towards Black Panther due to its more grounded nature. Another route Marvel could go for this date is giving us a Black Widow/Hawkeye solo film, so we might finally get to find out what the hell happened in Budapest.

July 6, 2017: Unannounced

The last obligation Robert Downey Jr. has with Marvel is Avengers 3, but if Marvel and RDJ could reach an agreement this might be the perfect date for Iron Man 4.

On the All Hail the King one-shot we found that the real Mandarin is an actual presence within the MCU, so Iron Man 4 would show Tony facing up against him.

Since Marvel would have already introduced us to the Supernatural Corner of their Universe via Dr. Strange, the audiences might be ready for a more traditional take of the Mandarin Character. While this might be wishful thinking, I would love to see an Iron Man/Hulk team up movie, everybody loved the chemistry between RDJ and Mark Ruffalo in Avengers, and the after credits scene of Iron Man 3 shows us that they are still good friends. While we still have to wait and see how Age of Ultron will affect their relationship I don´t think they will part ways as anything else than friends, even after they fight each other on Age of Ultron.

Hulk might be the perfect ally to defeat the Mandarin. Also, this movie would explore how Tony is dealing with the consequences of crating Ultron, knowing him he will be probably blaming himself for whatever happens in Avengers 2.

November 2, 2019: Unannounced

Everything on the MCU has been building up to the Infinity Gauntlet/Stones storyline and this is the last movie before what I think will be Avengers 3, Marvel will want us as hyped as we can be for that movie so I’m thinking that we have two options for this date.

Option 1: We get the Inhumans movie. The Inhumans are no strangers to facing Thanos and they are part of the MCU Cosmic Corner, they might also be the answer to Marvel issue with Mutant Superheroes since they are basically mutants.

The Inhumans might be the first team to face Thanos after he has gained control of the six infinity stones. The movie could even about the Inhumans trying to stop Thanos from getting the six stones after he finds out where they all are. Of course, they fail and set up the threat for Avengers 3Also, some people have speculated that Skye’s father might be an Inhuman. For those of you who don’t follow, Skye is part of Coulson team on Agents of SHIELD.

Option 2: We get no Inhumans movie until Phase 4 and November 2 is basically Avengers 3: Part One.
Since splitting up movies is a strategy to get more money and the Marvel films are basically a license to print money, I don’t think they are going this route. 
Whatever happens, the November 2019 movie will be a massive setup for Avengers 3.

May 3, 2019: Unannounced

Definitely Avengers 3. This is when Thanos finally decides to court Death and fight the Avengers. Almost everything that has happened on the MCU has been building for this, Avengers 3 is the MCU´s main event.

Brolin, ready to kick some ass with his Infinity Gauntlet
Also, if Director Coulson ever succeeds in building SHIELD back up, this is where we’ll get the payoff. If we are ever going to see Clark Gregg back on the big screen as Agent (Now Director) Coulson, it’s going to be here.

The Cosmic, the Supernatural and the Grounded corners of the MCU will all clash on this film, I don’t know if we’ll have every single hero introduced on the MCU for the final battle, but at least part of the roster of The Avengers and the Guardians will be for the battle.

Other things to remember:

·         Agents of SHIELD will have been running for five seasons when Avengers 3 hits theaters. Netflix will have introduced Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage to the MCU. With SHIELD out of the picture, the MCU needs another organization to act as the glue for the project. I'm thinking this role will be filled by Stark Industries with Maria Hill (As of Winter Soldier, Maria Hill is now a Stark Industries employee) as head of the “Avengers Initiative”

The Infinity Stones: where are they as of summer 2014?

  • Space Stone: A.K.A. “The Tesseract” this stone currently recides on Odin’s Throne Room on Asgard.
  • Reality Stone: A.K.A. “The Aether” was last seen as part of The Collector’s collection, whatever happened to the stone after it exploded is unkown.
  • Power Stone: A.K.A. “The Orb” heavily guarded in Xandar, the stone is currently under the protection of the Nova Corps.
  • Mind Stone: A.K.A. “Loki’s Scepter” is right now owned by Baron Von Strucker of HYDRA. We’ll find out where this stone ends up after Age of Ultron.
  • Soul Stone: Has not been introduced. I believe we’ll see it in Dr. Strange as “The Eye of Agamoto”
  • Time Stone: Has not been introduced. I believe we’ll see it on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as the movie McGuffin.
These are the Stones revealed up to this point.
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