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The Universe In General
The MCU has a completely different history than our Timeline.The first clue is in the opening of Thor, Odin strongly implies that the Norse myths originated from the war Asgard carried on with Jotunheim, which the film places in 965 A.D. Loki's birth is also placed in or after this year. This simply does not jibe with our timeline, in which not only were Pagan Norse beliefs already well established by 965, they were in fact in decline due to the influence of Christianity. This means Norse beliefs are FAR newer than Christianity in this universe, which in turn means a completely different chain of historical events from that point forward. Belief in the Aesir would have had to persist for a couple of centuries at least, for it to be a well established religion, and for records to be made of it's existence, such as the Eddas. This means Scandinavia was probably Pagan until the 13th century, at least, which is totally different from our history.
There are two Marvel Cinematic UniversesThey were split with the release of The Incredible Hulk, Punisher: War Zone, and The Amazing Spider-Man. The first continuity ran from 1998 to 2007 (although it continues to crop up, as seen below), and begins with Blade, shortly followed by the first XMen movie, and then Blade II. It then starts the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy with Spider-Man. It continues with Daredevil, the second X-Men movie, and the first Hulk. Then The Punisher happens, followed by Spider-Man 2 and the conclusion of the Blade trilogy with Blade: Trinity, a sequel to Daredevil with Elektra, The Fantastic Four, and the third X-Men movie, The Last Stand. It then goes into Ghost Rider, the conclusion of the Spider-Man trilogy with Spider-Man 3, and the Fantastic Four sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer. This concludes the first continuity's initial run. The second continuity is the one Marvel is currently invested in. It begins, at its earliest point, with Captain America: The First Avenger in the '40s, then skipping ahead to Iron Man, which kicks off the modern timeline (as of present day). What sets this continuity apart from the first is The Incredible Hulk, a reboot of the first Hulk film, and Punisher: War Zone, which does the same for the Punisher franchise. Running at the same time as Incredible Hulk is Iron Man 2, and then Thor, which leads into The Avengers. This is all established within the film's continuity. Speculation and hints around the franchises also establish The Amazing Spider-Man as being part of this continuity. An interesting note is that the X-Men films are canonical to both continuitiesnote , because while the other franchises have been rebooted, the X-Men franchisenote has continued to produce movies. There may be a third MCU from before Blade, which includes the early Captain America, Fantastic Four, Punisher, and Spider-Man movies, as well as the Incredible Hulk TV series and Howard the Duck.
Phase 3 will be primarily CosmicWhile it will begin with Ant-Man (which is a heist film and most probably earth-based), it seems phase 3 will be set primarily in the great beyond. First off, Doctor Strange and Inhumans are all but confirmed. Sure, Doctor Strange starts off on eath, but he usually winds up zipping off to other cosmic planes. Also, this film would be the perfect chance to introduce charaters and concepts like Eternity and the Living Tribunal before the Infinity Gauntlet. Inhumans, of course, is mostly set on the moon. A Thor movie seems highly likely, with the cliffhanger from Dark World, and, like Doctor Strange, will probably start on earth but branch off, especially if the Surtur theory is correct. A GOTG sequel seems likely, if for no other reason to familiarize us further with Thanos and his world. The only other film I can see them trying to squeeze in before Avengers 3 would be perhaps another Cap movie, but we'll see. Phase 4 will likely have a heavier focus on terrestrial stories. With Doctor Strange having tested the waters for paranormal stories, Blade or Ghost Rider wouldn't be misplaced. And Black Panther has to happen. And Ant-Man 2, Cap 4, maybe War Machine or Iron Man with a new actor...
White Star will be forged to replace SHIELDAfter something happens that proves that the world needs a SHIELD-like organization, Captain America will be approached to head a new organization under the logic that he's the one man who can be trusted wholly. Cap will take from what he learned with the Avengers and Howling Commandos to heart when building it, forging an organization that uses small squads to respond to situations and overall keeps it a smaller scale rather than going full GDI with heavy Helicarriers that fall out of the sky every other Thursday. Coulson and his team would likely be a good start. While Cap will do what he can to refuse the name, it eventually sticks despite his best efforts, perhaps leaving Cap looking philosophically at the impact a man's legacy can have in ways he never would have wanted.
Every Phase will begin with an Iron Man movie and end with an Avengers movie. Also, all members of the Avengers in the first movie will cameo in every future Avengers movie, even if they are(for some reason) not a part of the ongoing plot.
Just like in the comics, the Defenders will be assembled by Doctor StrangeExcept this time he will be the Mysterious Backer of the team rather than an outright leader. Furthermore, the Netflix series is apparently set to debut in 2015, long before Doctor Strange's movie will, allowing him to make a grand entrance at the end of the season.
Star Wars had no prequels in the Marvel Cinamtic Universe TimelineThink about it. If someone told Steve to watch Star Wars, then the movies with Samuel Jackson cannot exist, otherwise everyone would be freaking out.
There have been active superheroes prior to Iron ManThis one takes a bit of time to explain. Agents Of Shield has shown that SHIELD was monitoring superpower individuals for a long time now, easily before Tony put on the suit. Most of them, as is the case with Chan Ho Yin, were kept a close eye on and warned away from using their abilities in public. But many could easily have slipped through their cracks and started their own hero careers. SHIELD was either unable to apprehend them or unwilling depending on how well they did their jobs. Fury tells Tony that he's not the only superhero - while he could be referring to Steve, it's unlikely because they all assumed he was dead at that point. Thor hadn't shown up yet, and Hulk wouldn't be considered a hero even if he was superpowered. The reason these heroes didn't come out of the woodwork after Tony's statement is because Superman Stays Out of Gotham - they've all got their own villains and neighbourhoods to patrol, so they can't fly around in the world or ride in quintets to get rid of every threat there is. They're street level. They could also not be as strong as the Avengers power-wise. Furthermore, all the Avengers have public identities, and that has caused them quite a bit of grief[[note:*:Tony was publicly targeted by both Vanko and the Mandarin; Steve and Bruce both became fugitives from the government; Natasha and (presumably) Clint had to build their covers back up after all the SHIELD secrets leaked; Thor...is a god and has his own problems on Asgard so he doesn't really count]]. The pre-Iron Man heroes wouldn't want anybody finding out who's behind the mask and coming after them.
Most of the early Marvel teen heroes were active before Iron ManThis is continuing from the above. Let's assume that the first teen heroes of Marvel Comics (The New Warriors, Cloak & Dagger, and Jessica Jones) were all active in the MCU on a street level prior to the events of Iron Man. This means that 6-7 years have passed since and they're likely young adults now - just like they are in the comics, and thus similar ages to the other A-listers. This means that Jessica Jones is at the right age to have already gone through the trauma of Alias and become a PI, and Cloak and Dagger would already have the experiences of teenage runaways to tutor the actual Runaways should they appear.
Future Avengers films
Iron Man, Hawkeye and Drax will all die in The Avengers 2If Robert Downey, Jr. will need a new contract to return and be 50 by the time The Avengers 2 hits theaters, then Tony Stark probably won't survive. Also, Drax does die killing Thanos in the comics so expect a Heroic Sacrifice. Also, Hawkeye can't stand up to an evil alien overlord so he'll just be crushed like a bug, not to mention that he's not popular enough to get his own movie. Joss Whedon promised, "death, death and death" and that's three big deaths that fans will be talking about for a long, long time.
The Big Bad of The Avengers...First theory: Thanos. Based on a few revelations from The Stinger of Thor, and a few Early Bird Cameos in Odin's Vault, The Infinity Gauntlet or something very like it is in the MCU. The Stinger has Nick Fury showing Selvig a Cosmic Cube, which is probably going to show up in Captain America: The First Avenger. Now, if BOTH a Cosmic Cube AND The Infinity Gauntlet are hanging around in this Universe, then dollars to doughnuts is that Thanos is kicking around somewhere. Also, according to this interview, there was something missing from Odin's vault... possible fodder for future movies and Early Bird Cameos?
The Masters of Evil will be the villains in an Avengers sequel.
The Leader will be a villain in an Avengers sequel
Avengers 2 will feature the Masters of Evil
Ultron will be the main villain in an Avengers sequel
Thanos won't be the villain in Avengers 2......he will be the villain in the announced Guardians of the Galaxy film. Drax the Destroyer is going to appear, and he is the only person able to kill Thanos.
The Avengers 2 will be a loose adaptation of the Kree/Skrull War storyline.It's already been established that the general public is becoming wary of superheroes in light of the attack on New York. Thanos and/or his agents will seize on this and use it to their advantage. Thanos will recruit people (either shapeshifting aliens who totally aren't Skrulls due to rights issues or polictically-powerful humans willing to sell out their own race) to turn the public opinion against SHIELD and the Avengers. This will keep Earth distracted from Thanos' plans for a second, better-armed and better-planned invasion and leave them vulnerable when he strikes. At the same time, Thanos and/or his agents will secretly form the Masters of Evil, a group of supervillains deliberately designed to mimic the Avengers and attack its members where it would hurt most, making it easier to manipulate them into doing something stupid. While the Masters believe that they've been hired to take care of some political rivals, their true purpose is commit dangerous criminal acts that will turn public opinion further against superhumans. (The justification for the similarities is that if a bunch of people like the Avengers are seen committing heinous acts, people will more easily accept that the Avengers could do the same. In the end, the Avengers manage to beat the Masters of Evil and learn of Thanos' planned attack. With some help from the Guardians of the Galaxy, they go into space and directly attack Thanos' forces on their own turf. While they're successful, Thanos cuts off their means of escape and they become stranded in space. The film ends on a bittersweet note as Thanos plots anew and the Avengers are cut off from their loved ones. Phase Three will focus on Earth as it reacts to the Avengers absence. Wanting to learn what happened to them and suspecting (rightly) that Thanos isn't done, Nick Fury begins assembling a new team of Avengers to go into space, learn what happened to the original Avengers, and make sure that Thanos is stopped once and for all.
If we ever get a Hawkeye movie...
The real Mandarinwill be the main villain of a future Avengers movie, probably Avengers 4 or 5.
Following the fall of Shield
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was to set up a movie about the origin of SHIELD.Plenty of people have commented on how the MCU seems to be playing around with a lot of different genres. A movie about the rise of SHIELD would be different in that it would be set in the MCU, but would have few, if any, superheroes. Instead it would be almost pure espionage thriller. It would set a new precedent for comic book movies, as well as allowing them to make pretty much any movie they wanted within this shared universe in the future.
If there is a Black Widow movie, Hawkeye/Clint will be her sidekick.Because:
When The Infinity Gauntlet is adapted for film, Mephisto's role will be filled by Loki
Avengers 3 will feature a Kill 'em All ending
In Avengers 3 or Infinity Gauntlet or whatever, the opening narration will be Thanos officially introducing himself.It will be very Leaning on the Fourth Wall, with Thanos noting that many have wondered exactly who he is. And to put the icing on the cake, if Thanos' plan is to become the new God by collecting the Infinity Stones, he will get the chance to address the audience as "my soon-to-be True Believers".
Avengers 3 will be called Avengers: To Infinity and Beyond.Buzz Lightyear will appear in the post-credit scene for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and then they will all team up with the Avengers against Thanos, who will have all Infinity Stones.
 will have a prominent role in the future of the MCU.Howard is the fourth character to be introduced to the MCU through The Stinger. Nick Fury was introduced in Iron Man's stinger, and has been featured in multiple films since then. Thanos was introduced in the Avengers first stinger, and is shaping up to be the Bigger Bad of the entire MCU. The Collector was introduced in Thor: The Dark World's stinger, and played an important role in Guardians of the Galaxy (explaining the role of the Infinity Gems, which are the Mac Guffins of Phase 2. So it stands to reason that Howard, being introduced in the Guardians stinger, would have a bigger role in a future film - probably in second Guardians film.
When and where the other Infinity Stones areAs in, which future films they'll debut in, and in what capacity.
Gamora will be a prominent part of Avengers 3Obviously the Guardians of the Galaxy will show up for A3, since it'll feature Thanos and they're a major part of Marvel cosmic. But it'd be overkill to have 8 Avengers, 5 Guardians, any additional members they pick up along they way, and who knows how many other teams, solo heroes, and SHIELD agents as well. Gamora will be the centrepiece because pf her intimate connection with her father Thanos. She'll somehow be sent ahead of the other Guardians to warn the Avengers of Thanos' threat, with the rest of her team showing up near the end for a Big Damn Heroes moment.
Phase 4 will start with a Captain America film.The fourth film in Phase 1 was Cap, then the third in Phase 2, and now the second in Phase 3. There's a pattern here. Plus, if Marvel boosts the number of films per year from two to three like their release dates imply (starting in 2017), then there could be two Cap films in a phase like Iron Man in Phase 1.
Stan Lee characters
Stan Lee is Uatu the WatcherIt's the only possible explanation for how he's always around when the superheroes are doing something important (even in Thor, which takes place on the other side of the country from the other movies). The fact that he makes appearances in the Daredevil, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man movies (which don't take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) is just proof that he's capable of traveling to alternate worlds in the Multiverse. Also, consider the fact that he makes his cameo in Daredevil when Matt Murdock is still a child, and in X-Men: The Last Stand when Jean Grey is still a child, but appears to be the same age that he is when he's in all of the other movies—it's proof that he's immortal and ageless. Not to mention that he probably either dies or becomes mortally ill in The Incredible Hulk when he drinks a soda laced with gamma radiation, but appears alive and in excellent health in subsequent films.
Stan Lee is a Time LordOr there's that...
Stan Lee is God.In the life of every Marvel hero, he appears (sometimes even twice), he hasn't aged a bit since the 1940s (where he took on the identity of an Army General). After The Incredible Hulk, it's obvious he faked his death (or something) and moved to New Mexico to get away from the business of life in Tony Stark's world. Plus, he's constantly somewhere new all the time. So, he's the MU's avatar of God on Earth, watching silently, living like one of us.
All of the Stan Lee cameos have been SkrullsThey're having some issues with human shapeshifting and Stan's form is the easiest one to take. When the Avengers fight them, they will see an army of Stan Lees that will shout "Excelsior" upon engaging them.
Stan Lee is The Beyonder
Stan Lee is leaping.He got stuck in some bizarre time travel experiment, and now leaps from movie to movie, hoping that the next movie will be the movie home.
Stan Lee is the Impossible Man.Not the Marvel character. This is a reference to the Impossible Girl from Doctor Who. Clara Oswald got into The Doctor's timestream, and copies of her were scattered throughout time and space. Maybe Stan Lee went through something similar, thus explaining why he shows up in every movie.
Non-MCU Marvel Films and Shows
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X-Men: First Class is in continuity with the Cinematic UniverseI don't really have any hard evidence of this, it's just an awesome theory since it's patently obvious that First Class is no longer in continuity with the first three X-Men films.
The new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon takes place in the MCU
The X-Men and Fantastic 4 do exist in the MCU, just not the versions we've seenIncluding a younger version of the X-Men with stronger continuity and a Fantastic 4 that doesn't suck. (Hey, someone had to say it)
The MCU exists in Fox's original Fantastic Four continuityAfter getting burned-out as a hero, the Human Torch gets into acting, and is cast in the Captain America films.
The current X-Men and Spider-Man film continuities will cross over with the MCU through the help of Man-ThingLet's face it, so much has happened in all three universes that it's pretty impossible to just hand wave it and say they always existed in the same continuity. The only way they could interact is through dimension hopping. It was confirmed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Man-Thing exists in the MCU, and it can be assumed that he's still the guardian of the Nexus of All Realities. If something goes out of whack with him or it, characters from any of the universes could find each other in different worlds.
If and when Marvel Studios gains the rights for Spider-Man, they will use Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker.They will want to get Spider-Man into the universe as soon as humanly possible, but they wouldn't want it to be just another rehash of Peter Parker. The Amazing Spider-Man producers have stated that they have no intention to bring Miles into their continuity, which means the MCU will be able to adapt a very different character while still being able to utilize most of the Spider-Man mythos.
If Spider-Man does join the MCU, there will not be an origin movie.They did it with Hulk, who had a movie come out 5 years before from a different company. The intro could even begin with Peter recapping his origin real quick before moving on.
The Amazing Spider-Man is canonical to The AvengersUnfortunately we have to face that the X-Men will not cross over with the Avengers, which has been confirmed by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saying that there is no such thing as mutants or telepaths. However, nothing has ever contradicted that The Amazing Spider-Man could take place in the same universe as The Avengers, but following the very separate storyline of a New York based street-level hero. The fact that they made attempts and plans to sneak Oscorp's skyscraper into The Avengers, despite the fact that they were not successful, should be proof enough, but there's also the scene in Amazing Spider-Man 2 where Harry recounts how weird New York has gotten since he left; he doesn't say an alien invasion almost happened, but a single lizard attack and the existence of Spider-Man doesn't justify this comment. I suppose this might end up being contradicted when the Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones series come out, or when the Sinister Six movies start happening, but as of right now, it seems safe to say that there is a version of Spider-Man in the MCU.
At least one non-MCU character will crossover by Phase 4.Disney/Marvel apparently has MCU movies planned all the way to 2028, meaning we'll likely see more than just 3 Phases. By the fourth Phase however, interest and excitement in the series will likely have peaked and Disney/Marvel will have to come up with a way to keep the hype going. With all the money the films are printing it probably won't be hard in a few years to offer some sort of lucrative deal with either or both Sony and Fox to bring in a few appearances by Spidey or the X-Men.
Depending on how well Disney's Big Hero 6 adaptation does, other Marvel franchises will also get similar adaptations which may be tangentially linked to the main Marvel Cinematic UniverseLet's be honest, this is our best bet of seeing a movie starring the likes of Howard the Duck, Slapstick, Nextwave, or other such series. And depending on how popular they are they might end up linked to the Main movieverse somehow.
Disney will either have complete control over (or will have the ability to cross over with) all Marvel properties by the year 2020Disney is always willing to shell out money as long as they know it will make them more money in the future - it's why they bought Marvel (and now, Lucasfilm) in the first place. The franchises of importance would be Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, while other lesser-known franchises that the company does not have the rights to will likely be bought over time. See the next 3 WMG theories to see why.
Disney will gain the rights to Spider-Man before or shortly after Avengers 3Sony does not have the television rights to the character, the Spider-Man movies aren't bringing in as much money as they used to, and Sony is in serious financial trouble, with the company having a 78% chance of going under in 2016. Sony's film properties are less profitable with many of their movies being relatively small-scale titles that earn modest grosses, with the Smurfs, Amazing Spider-Man, and animated films being more largely successful. However, given that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to meet Sony's financial expectations in spite of doing well (they expected the movie to make over a billion dollars, but it only made a little over seven hundred million dollars, and they weren't able to make any money off of the merchandise due to Disney's legal framework), and Guardians Of The Galaxy was able to top Spider-Man's domestic gross in three weeks. The spin-offs that Sony has planned may also underperform due to featuring unknown characters and decreasing interest from audiences - not to mention that the first of these movies would come out the year that Sony is projected to go bankrupt, unless a financial miracle occurs. To keep the company afloat, Sony will ultimately end up selling their film properties to focus on electronics and video games (their more stable sources of income) and Disney will pay up to get the rights to one of the most popular superheroes that Marvel has to offer. The Amazing Spider-Man Series will be wrapped up, and Spider-Man will undergo another reboot. Given that Sony does not have the rights to television Spider-Man properties, it's entirely possible that Spidey himself could show up in a show and eventually work his way up into a movie.
Disney will gain the rights to Fantastic Four before or shortly after Avengers 3The amount of backlash to Fantastic Four (2015) before footage of the movie has even released is nothing short of astounding, and given that a number of fans (which the movie desperately needs the attention of to succeed) are boycotting the movie for not being a Disney-produced film, and that the film is going to be sandwiched between Jurassic World, Inside Out (which shares a release date with Fantastic Four and will likely garner a larger audience due to being a Pixar film), and Ted 2, it's not likely that the movie is going to do well. Marvel's cancelling of the various Fantastic Four comics (which themselves have not sold nearly as well in recent years) could also cause interest in the team, and thereby the movie, to dwindle. With this in mind, it's possible that the planned sequel to the film could get cancelled if the reboot fails to find an audience. Fox would more likely be willing sell the property to Disney considering that they haven't had much success with it in the past than to make a sequel to a movie that comparatively may not do any better.
Disney and Fox will eventually work out a deal to have Avengers VS X-Men crossoversAs it stands, the X-Men franchise is the only non-Disney Marvel property that has a stable financial future, with X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of Future Past all being profitable and serving as modest successes for Fox. Fox is also able to make money off of merchandise for the films, as opposed to the situation regarding Sony and Spider-Man, and Marvel has expressed no interest in cancelling any major X-Men titles due to how much money they pull in. It seems likely that Fox will make spin-offs featuring the Loads and Loads of Characters that they own given the freedom they have after the Reset Button applied by Days, and that they will be able to have a greater degree of success with creating a shared universe than Sony has had with Spider-Man - not to mention that, this late into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men movie series, integrating the whole mutant ensemble would prove to be more trouble than it is worth for Disney if they simply bought the franchise. As such, Disney will likely reach a compromise with Fox to cross the separate continuities over in some sort of Crisis Crossover while letting Fox retain the rights to the X-Men and the associated characters (indeed, as they have done with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver). Disney will probably buy the properties out eventually, but for now it seems that they are willing to focus on their other characters until then.
Star Wars and Indiana Jones are in the Marvel Cinamatic UniverseCaptain America: The First Avenger has a throw away line about the Führer digging for trinkets in the desert. This is a dirrect reference to Indiana Jones. The aliens and droid runes in Indiana Jones imply it is set in the same universe as Star Wars. Clearly Nick Fury is a descendant of Mace Windu.
The First Avengers Film
SHIELD has access to alien technology.Tony Stark created a new element, based on information from his father, Howard. Howard apparently knew of the existence and nature of the element, but lacked the ability to synthesize it. However, how would he know, for a fact, such an element existed at all? One possible explanation: he had a sample of it. Perhaps a limited sample that were used to create, say, Captain America's shield, which we know he did. So, where would he get a sample of a wonder material? If this element is basically Vibranium or an analog, it could be he got it from a meteor impact, like in the comics but given the general tone of the movies, a crashed space craft would be more credible. Given Howard's known ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. (or proto-SHIELD), and scientific genius, he'd be a logical person to be brought into such an investigation.
Thor will recognize the TesseractAnd then correct everyone, by telling them it's called a Cosmic Cube.
The Cosmic Cube...Will be used as a power source for Tony's strongest armor.
There will be a scene where Cap lifts Mjölnir in The Avengers.He's already been shown worthy of lifting it in the comics. The scene(s) could resemble one or both of the following:
The Avengers will have massive cameos for future Avengers membersThe Pyms, or at least Hank, would be one of the obvious choices. Swordsman could appear, setting him up for a possible Hawkeye film. Doctor Strange could appear if the rumors about a movie for him become true. Other commonly associated members without ties to the continuity already could appear as well, such as Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, and Vision.
The Avengers will fight the Hulk as soon as the team formsAnd then, at the climax of the movie, after a bit of coaxing/apologizing, Hulk will team up with the Avengers to pull a big damn heroes moment.
War Machine was unable to be involved in the final battle of The Avengers due to the World Security Council.Rhodes in his War Machine armor would probably have wanted to help out in the battle in New York, but Rhodes works as a member of the Air Force, which is probably more inclined to listen to the World Security Council, who felt that superhero involvement wouldn't change anything, than SHIELD. Having a second Iron Man around could really have helped the Avengers' efforts against Loki's alien forces, but the World Security Council messed things up once again.
Magic, Science, and Technology
The new element in Iron Man 2Was the same as the Tesseract in Captain America and the casket in Thor
The Satan's Claw will appearAs HYDRA survived into the modern day, it's leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Who was around back in World War II)'s left arm is replaced with a nasty red, demonic-looking thing that can suck the age out of someone and replenish the user's called the Satan's Claw. Seeing how in the trailer, those goons around Loki looked like new-age HYDRA soldiers, either the Red Skull did die and his former Lieutenant took over, and found the Claw somewhere and has kept himself alive with it, or the Red Skull did live, found the Claw somewhere in Asgard, and got back control of HYDRA.
The Arc reactor was an attempt to reproduce the Cosmic Cube's energy-generating capability with Earth technologyTaken more or less straight from Captain America: The First Avenger: the 'Tesseract' could produce a lot of energy, enough to solve a lot of problems but it does have two major drawbacks: there is only one, so whoever controls it would be in a position where they might even fall into authoritarianism inadvertently, to say nothing of deliberately, and the thing is based on unknown principles - what if it just stops working one day? But if some measure of that energy-generation could be reproduced, not only would humanity be a bit closer to understanding the principles behind it, but the monopoly problem would also be averted. Thus, studying the Cube leading to Arc reactors that, while impractical with then-modern technology, could be made a bit closer to the ideal with the technology of the MCU's 21th century...
The Infinity StonesObviously, they're different in this continuation. So...
The real Mandarin has the Mind Gem.The Mind Gem gives the user psionic powers. In the comics, the Mandarin's left ring finger has a ring that allows him to use mind control. The diamond-shaped gem in the ring is blue, just like the Mind Gem in the comics.
Asgard's lack of communications technologyThough Asgardians are Sufficiently Advanced Aliens, they don't seem to have long-distance communications tech similar to Earth (Cell phones, Internet, etc). For example, when Heimdall summons Sif and the Warriors Three in Thor, he sends messengers rather than calling them on a phone-like device. This method of communication is less efficient but also less vulnerable to hackers or wire-tapping. It's possible that Asgard may have invented long-distance communication in the past but Odin or a previous ruler banned it.
The Enchantress is going to be the main villian of Thor 2.An article said that Loki isn't going to be the main villain of the sequel, so the main villain has to be The Enchantress, and maybe she will get in the way of Thor and Jane's relationship.
The other Captains America exists in this continuity, and Steve has met themThe surviving ones, at least. First he encountered Jeffrey Mace and was told of William Nasland. Then Coulson made a first attempt at talking with Cap and mentioned 'the other Steve Rogers' and 'the Black Captain America', and Fury had to tell him about the other experiments with the Super Soldier Serum, show him what had happened to the '50s Steve Rogers (who was in cryogenic sleep) and let him meet Isaiah Bradley. That's why he was pissed when Fury went to enlist him to deal with Loki: he was furious at the fate of the other Rogers and the fact almost nobody knew of Bradley's courage.
The Invaders exists in this continuity but have a different line-upObviously Captain America and Bucky aren't part of the group, as one of the Union Jack. On the other hand they still existed led by Namor, and mainly fought the Master Man (created by the Nazi with another experiment with their Super Serum, and prompting Hitler to exile Schmidt because the Master Man was not deformed). Also, Namor met Cap at least once, and the Invaders and the Howling Commandos teamed up for at least one mission, and raided Auschwitz with a certain Jewish mutant with magnetic powers using the chaos to run away.
The villains of Captain America 2 will be the Grand Director and the Communist Red SkullWe saw in The Incredible Hulk that the US made at least one attempt at recreating the Super Soldier Serum, and Ross almost expected Blonsky to go crazy at a moment's notice: they could have the precedent of the 50s' Captain America, the Rogers' imitator who dosed himself with Super Soldier Serum and went mad, got frozen for it and was brainwashed into becoming the Grand Director after being unfrozen. The Communist Red Skull would be the Grand Director to show that you don't have to be a Nazi to be really evil, have Cap laugh in someone's face (seriously, for someone who fought the original seeing a communist Red Skull imitator would be really hilarious), and give an excuse for the appearance of the Winter Soldier, sent to terminate the crazed spymaster who started dressing up as the Red Skull.
Jane Foster is the daughter of Bill Foster aka Goliath.Because Selvig stated in Thor that he worked with her father, which establishes him as some sort of scientist, and this franchise is notorious for its lack of coincidences.
A future movie subplot will involve an astral projected Doctor Strange giving help through Doctor BannerIn main stream Comic continuity, Hulk can see the Astral form of Doctor Strange. (I don't know if Banner can either, but it would make sense to tweak it for the movie to the Banner side also seeing it.) Doctor Strange gets trapped somehow and he spends the movie giving advice to Banner in order to have Banner reunite Doctor Strange and his body, along with stopping a threat. The twist is, no one else can see Doctor Strange, including the audience. Everyone will wonder if Banner has finally lost it until he does something, it works, and Doctor Strange truly appears.
Thanos won't fight the Avengers in Avengers 2 but the Masters of Evil will
Sigyn will appear at some point.She's become rather popular as of late, and if Marvel does choose to send Loki on a redemption arc, she could play a major part in it. Most likely she'll be adapted to compete with the other female badasses, either remaining as a Goddess, or adapted into a SHIELD agent. Heck, she could even become a Badass Bystander. As for actresses who could play her:
Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.They've been near enough confirmed for the Avengers 2, unless the script changes. So, time for character motivation speculation and casting possibilities.
If they ever get around to introducing The Wasp, she'll be half-AsianLike in Ultimate Marvel. Specifically because of the "lack of diversity" criticisms the MCU has been getting.
Janet Van Dyne will have a daughter who will be the new Wasp to Scott Lang's Ant Man.It's been established that the MCU's Hank Pym will be an older mentor figure to the present-day Ant Man, Scott Lang. Considering the comicbook Ant Man's most infamous moment, it's possible that Janet left Hank and had a daughter with someone else. She then handed down her abilities or equipment (depending on whether Wasp's powers are biological or technological in the MCU) to her daughter.
Marvel will produce a Squadron Supreme movie before Warner Brother can release a Justice League film.
Marvel will produce a secondary, Darker and Edgier Netflix project consisting of Ghost Rider, Blade, The Punisher, and Moon Knight as the Spirits of Vengeance.The former three characters are now owned by Marvel again, and are motivated by the loss of someone in their lives. Johnny Blaze for his father, Blade for his mother, and Punisher for his family. If you want to fit Moon Knight in the mix, part of his motivation could be avenging himself.
Stephen Strange will make an appearance, either in his own movie or as a cameoSince The Winter Soldier made a point of name-dropping him when HYDRA mole Agent Sitwell was rattling off a list of threats to be neutralized under Project Insight.
In Thor 3, Amora the Enchantress will make her appearance.Lorelei, her younger sister, has already made her debut in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The plot could center around the effect Odin's/Loki's misrule is having on the World Tree, and Ragnarok being unleashed earlier than anticipated. Amora can serve as Loki's Dragon, or even a Dragon with an Agenda, since she's canonically obsessed with Thor. There's also the fact that she's one of Thor's most famous adversaries and has already featured in Avengers: EMH. Also, she'll be played by Natalie Dormer, because 1) Natalie Dormer can play scheming women with just enough nuance and humanity to keep them from being one-note (see: Margaery Tyrell and Jamie Moriarty/Irene Adler), and 2) It'll make her brief appearance in the first Captain America movie less of a cheeky wink to the audience and more of a very brilliant piece of foreshadowing.
Marvel will create a movie about the ThunderboltsWith SHIELD presumably dissolved after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and all signs pointing to the Avengers seemingly becoming self-sufficient in Age of Ultron, the government will probably feel like it needs its own group of superhumans to not only protect American interests from superhuman threats, but also deal with shadier missions that traditional heroes wouldn't want to touch. To solve this, the government could put together the Thunderbolts, a team of villains to be used as the government's answer to the Avengers, promising the villains benefits in exchange for their service, and even threatening them into complying. They could recruit previous villains such as Abomination, Crossbones, and Justin Hammer (maybe even with his own suit of armor!), and even some villains we haven't seen, such as Moonstone or the Leader (who was hinted at in The Incredible Hulk but never shown). Songbird could be a superpowered government operative put in charge as their handler, and while she would try her best to control them, things of course would have to go horribly wrong. Bonus points if the villains, in an attempt at an uprising, reference actual super villain teams (Hammer: "They don't trust us. They call us 'evil.' Well let's show them evil! We'll be masters of evil!")
Patrick Wilson will play a younger Hank Pym in the 60's-70's
There will be a Runaways direct-to-Netflx series, coming out after Avengers 2There was talk of a Runaways movie, but it's been in Development Hell for years. A series/miniseries could perhaps be decompressed enough to be a fairly faithful adaption of the original comic miniseries, and/or could help with nabbing the teen demographic. However, first, they would probably need to introduce magic (via Docotr Strange) & whatever they will call mutants (Via Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver), before they incorporate them into Nico & Molly, respectively. Which is why they would have to wait for Avengers 2 and the Doctor Strange movie for them to release it.
The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are Von Strucker's children.Well, he does have a pair of twin mutant kids in the comics...
Adam Warlock will join the Guardians of the Galaxy by it's sequel.His cocoon appears in the Collector's room in Thor 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians' post credits scene shows that it hatched at some point. Adam was a founding member of the Guardians in the comics.
Squirrel Girl will eventually appear (although not as a Mutant).
After Agents of SHIELD comes to a close, there will be a second TV series which will feature either the New Warriors, Nextwave, or Avengers AcademyBasically the next generation of heroes is what I'm getting at. And it will be done like a reality show, with each of the young heroes doing individual confessionals/ keeping logs for SHIELD.
The Xmen will appearIn their own show, because marvel owns the TV rights.
There could be a Marvel vs. Capcom movieThe Cosmic Cube does have the power to reshape reality, so somebody could end up accidentally causing the two worlds to merge…and the Avengers might bump into DANTE!!
Thor will use Mjölnir to help Tony forge something.Odin once remarked that Mjölnir could be used to build as well as destroy. Which Avenger has experience forging and building things? I foresee an epic Forging Scene where Tony and Thor at some critical point need to build something that requires the might of Mjölnir!
Ross, Fury and The Punisher fought in Vietnam together
Jim Rhodes and/or Bruce Banner will be played by a different actor in each film appearance.They'll turn The Other Darrin into a Running Gag for the audience's benefit.
Spider-Man, The X-Men and the Fantastic Four all have a really good reason for not being in The Avengers
Tony was stalling to get his ultimate weapon from L.A.The name of the weapon? Squirrel Girl but they defeated the invasion before she and War Machine could arrive…
Red Skullwas killed by Heimdall Having apparently been Bifrost-teleported, Red Skull may have ended at Asgard. Asgard's end of Bifrost is before Heimdall, who is black. Nothing easier than Red Skull tried to order him around and attacked him after being ignored or told to wait for the authorities, and Heimdall punched his head off.
The Dark World in Thor 2 will be the Dark Dimension.
The Dark World in Thor 2 will be Swartalfheim.
Combining the previous two theories, Dormammu will be Malekith's Thanos.
The Guardians of the Galaxy will die in their solo film.This will establish Thanos as an even more dangerous enemy.
The Red Skull might return in the second Captain America movieIt is implied he ended up in Asgard, assumeing he wasn't killed. There Odin would have met with him and somehow know of the chaos he caused on earth, seeing darkness in his heart, he knew he was to dangerous to send back to Earth, so they imprisoned him in Asgard. Since Thanos is rumored to show up in The Stinger, attempting to steal the infinite gauntlet. The Red Skull would have been driven crazy being imprisoned for so long, crazy enouth to work for Thanos. Thanos would see all the death the Red Skull caused and agrees to set him free on earth.
The Stinger for THOR: The Dark World.So here is what I am hoping happens in the stinger for Thor 2. Loki's latest nefariousness lands him in a small room in Asgard bound by the stocks and the same muzzle he had at the end of The Avengers with two guards looking over him. The camera is facing Loki to the guards backs and all of a sudden a swooshing sound is heard and a green light emanates from just behind the camera. The guards turn around only to get a pair of green energy blasts to the chest sending them flying against the wall on the other side of the cell. A third blast hits the door behind Loki sealing it as banging noises are heard from the other side (presumably more guards). The camera then zooms in on Loki's face and a small green laser begins cutting off the muzzle with great precision as a deep off-screen voice says "Loki my dear Jotun friend it seems your lone attempts at mischief have all failed miserably." The muzzle then falls to the floor and the voice continues "I come to offer you a degree of... camaraderie." Loki then asks in a very suspicious and slightly spiteful tone "And who are you supposed to be exactly?" The camera then pans around to just behind Loki's head and we see a green cape and boots made of cast Iron. The figure then kneels down revealing a green tunic and hood over a full suit of powered armor also seemingly made from cast iron and looks Loki in the eye revealing a very intimidating metal face mask with visible eyes and a Death Glare. The figure then says "I. AM. DOOM." Cut to black.
Captain America will do a Power Walk towards ThanosWhich will mirror their confrontation in the Infinity Gauntlet saga. Calling it now. Because.
The films have been hinting how to create a Bifrost.Whenever the Bifrost in Thor was activated, it was by a weapon being used as the machine's "key". That weapon could be either Heimdall's sword or Odin's Gungnir. Now, in Captain America, Cap and the Red Skull accidentally create a Bifrost effect when Cap's shield strikes the reactor containing the Tesseract. What do we know about Cap's shield? It's made out of Vibranium. Perhaps that is also what Heimdall and Odin's weapons are made out of.If that's the case... then perhaps with a little ingenuity, Tony and Cap might be able to recreate the Bifrost!
In Guardians of the Galaxy the Chitauri will be the villains.
The Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers will eventually team up
Thor 2 will involve a plan to steal the Infinity Gauntlet.
The reason all the Chitauri die when the mothership is destroyed.
Phil Coulson has a identical twin brother.That's who Clark Gregg will portray in any future MCU endeavors.
The Hulk Sequel will be an adaptation of Planet HulkIt will develop Hulk as a character alongside Banner, rather than just the gamma-bullet in Banner's gun. The Avengers 3 will use World War Hulk as it's main inspiration, and it will be revealed that Thanos was behind the whole thing, the final straw in a long series of build ups for him as the main villain of Avengers 4, which will be a crossover with Guardians of the Galaxy.
Stingers of future MCU movies:
Tony Stark will appear in Avengers 2, but not as Iron Man.Instead, we will finally see what his work as 'the consultant' includes.
Loki is running a Xanatos Gambit.Think about it. If he won in Avengers, then he has an entire planet to rule. If he loses (which he did) he gets sent back to Asgard (since it's been already demonstrated that not even a prison cell mean to hold the Hulk can keep him out) where he has a chance to get his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet.
Why Stark's hover car never caught on…It was amazing technology, he invented a flying car in 1942, how could this thing never catch on? Simple, power consumption. The power it takes to lift a several ton car off the ground, let alone go anywhere at decent speeds was out of any monetary reach. Besides, it is only shown to have hovered, it did not fly. It would also need a flat surface to make sure it doesn't flip over, so it would still need roads. Also, if your tires pop, you don't suddenly jolt down a foot or two and do major damage to the car. So, it came with too few advantages for the astronomic cost of the thing over plain old wheels, so was scrapped for a later date. The day when you fit an arch reactor inside a man's chest…
If they do adapt Planet Hulk, Hulk won't be exiled.Because so far the Hulk has been shown to be a force for good even though he's dangerous. They might not want to portray either the Hulk or Avengers in a negative light. Rather the Hulk will perform a heroic sacrifice and jump through a wormhole to shut it down. This will result in hem getting thrown through space and ending up on Saakar.
If Red Hulk appears...Extremis will be involved. It gives those who are injected with it the ability to generate intense heat, one of Red Hulk's signature abilities. So he could be created by combining the Hulk formula with Extremis.
The Hulk reboot was a sequel.The first movie ends with Bruce in a foreign country and the reboot begins in possibly the same country, Banners conflicting origin flashbacks are imperfect memories and the film ends with him beginning to control The Hulk which ties into his willing transformation in Avengers.
If the masters of evil appear their alien contact will be...Fin Fang Foom, who will be The Dragon (get it ?) to Thanos.
The SSR is a precursor to at least one other organization besides SHIELD.From what we've seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, we know the SSR was a classified organization focused on peacekeeping and advancing technology. We also know Tommy Lee Jones was a high-ranking member, they were testing soldiers to find a new recruit, and the winner was the person who completed the tests by thinking outside the box. On a separate note, we also know that aliens exist in this world. Therefore, it stands to reason that in the early 60s, members of the SSR were made aware of said extraterrestrial life and decided to split off and form a new organization to focus more fully on aliens: the Men in Black. Which means K is probably the son of Col. Phillips. Men in Black is a Marvel property, so this totally works.
The Dr Strange film will start In Media Res.Mostly to avoid the risk of rehashing Tony Stark's origin.
The fact that they can't call Pietro and Wanda mutants will be lampshaded."How did they get their powers?" "Sorry, that information is classified."
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe S.H.I.E.L.D. Field Agents like Coulson and Sitwell gave rise to the Men In Black urban legend, and might even be that universe's equivalent.
The villain of the third Thor movie will be Surtur.
Ultimate Marvel will be featured in a crossover.With Brad Pitt as Captain America, Johnny Depp as Iron Man, Lucy Liu as Wasp, Matthew Mcconaughey as Giant-Man, and Steve Buscemi as Bruce Banner. ...Everybody got that Mythology Gag, right?
Third Thor movie will end with Thor's death......and The Stinger will show Mjölnir falling on an alien planet and an orange hand reaching for it.
In Avengers 3, Ultron will be used to fight Thanos.Towards the end of the movie, when it's been made abundantly clear that Thanos is a Walking Powerhouse, he'll push the Godzilla Threshold and force the Avengers to use their second deadliest adversary.
Infinity Gems only work when paired with another cosmic power sourceNick Fury says that Loki's scepter was powered by the Cube. We're all pretty sure that was the Mind Gem in that scepter. Ergo, in the MCU, 5 out of 6 gems cannot function without a power source. Except the Power Gem, which is, itself, a power source. Ergo, when the gems are united into the Infinity Gauntlet, they work just fine.
From Avengers 2 onward, Tony will be using the Modular Armor.The Mark 42 was merely the Flawed Prototype. Not only will the Modular armor not constantly malfunction and fall apart, but it will also have many different interchangeable parts and modules for different purposes, just like in the comics.
Man-Thing will appear in the MCUA character connected to him was one of the Extremis soldiers in Iron Man 3.
The Sentry (and the Void) will show up in the future of the MCU at some point, powered by the Aether.In The Dark World when an Aether-fused Malekith fought Thor he looked much like the Void, complete with the red energy claws. The Collector got the gem at the end, it's not inconceivable that he might lose it (especially given the synopsis for Guardians) and it somehow finds its way to Robert Reynolds, who either fuses with it by accident like Jane or is imbued with it as part of some immoral experiment.
The Netflix series will be set during the 1970's.Just because it fits the characters and it lets us explore a different era of the MCU.
Norman Osborn will eventually appear as a major antagonist for both the MCU and the The Amazing Spider-Man series.There were talks about using the Os Corp tower in The Avengers, which means a crossover is definitely possible if both parties still want it. Iron Man 3 brought us the Iron Patriot armor used by Osborn in the comics, and Agents of SHIELD will introduce Victoria Hand, his assistant at several points. Maybe we are indeed heading towards a Dark Reign storyline some time in the future.
Kid!Loki and Lady!Loki will have brief appearances in Thor 3 as a Mythology Gag
Loki and the Avengers will have a rematchLoki sits on the throne of Asgard now. There's a good chance that gives him the Odinforce. Meaning he'll be ready to give the Avengers quite the thrashing. (Especially getting payback for Hulk's beatdown)
Big Hero 6 will be part of the Marvel Cinematic UniverseDisney will be working with Marvel Studios on it, and apparently it is based on an obscure Marvel series. And don't tell me you don't want it.
One or more of the Avengers will get beaten up by Scarlet Witch and/or Quicksilver.
When Wasp finally shows up, she'll have a different costume in every movieRemember who we're talking about people.
Most people don't know that Black Widow and Hawkeye exist.They're secret agents and SHIELD doesn't want to compromise them. As far as the general public knows, the Avengers are a four-man team.
Planet Hulk will be adapted, but World War Hulk will not.Instead, Planet Hulk movie will lead into Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover where they finally fight Thanos. Due to movie!Stark being friendlier with the Hulk than comic!Stark, I doubt he would exile him to space, so Hulk would probably end up on Sakaar in a different way, which would remove revenge as Hulk's motivation, preventing World War Hulk. The line-up of Hulk's Warbound will probably be changed to include at least one member of the Guardians. Korg will be Adapted Out to avoid people confusing him with the Thing, and one of the Guardians, probably Drax or Groot, will take his place. No-Name the Brood will also be adapted out, due to rights issues. Red King will be working for Thanos, and The Stinger will feature Thanos preparing to bomb Sakaar in order to have revenge on Hulk.
The Other isn't an alien, he is supernatural.In the comics, The Other was an alias used by Chthon the Elder God. While movie!Other doesn't have to be Chthon, he will be some sort of demon, and he will appear in the Doctor Strange movie.
Whomever controls the staff, controls Phil CoulsonThe Cap 2 ending implies that the Scepter had an infinity stone in it, probably Soul or Mind, and Phil Coulson was stabbed with that scepter and he died, which could have forged a link between Phil Coulson and the staff/stone. (If it's not a direct link back to Thanos) While the stone could always control people remotely, because it went straight through Phil's heart (as confirmed in Agents of SHIELD) it could let the owner have unfettered access to Phil Coulson's every thought, idea, information... and maybe even his will.
Natasha and Clint are an item, but in the hyper-pragmatic way spyguys do everything elseMost spies have to hide and lie about what they do to those closest to them. Clint and Natasha may be a couple, but they understand fully that their jobs may necessitate one or both of them pretending to be the lover/spouse of someone else, up to even sleeping with other people, so they enjoy each others' company in their downtime, and don't worry about what happens when they're apart. Basically an open relationship by necessity/pragmatism. Squares nicely with Natasha wearing an arrow necklace in Winter Soldier, and showing closeness with Steve that isn't just for cover while they're being hunted.
Members and Machinations of HYDRAIn Winter Soldier we saw that non-SHIELD members could also be part of HYDRA or at least sympathizers, the example given in the movie is Senator Stern. And we also saw that HYDRA caused several events that led to where the world is currently in. So who else is a non-SHIELD HYDRA-lyte or what events were machinated by them? I'm willing to bet the Ten Rings was a machination and that the REAL Mandarin(see All Hail The King One-Shot) is a HYDRA sympathizer.
Professor Strange will simply be a master of Asgardian and/or alien TechnologyGiven that the Marvel Cinematic Universe runs on Clarke's Third Law, it would make sense that Strange isn't actually magic in MCU, but simply a master of otherworldly technologies that have been found in recent years. He probably is a consultant of SHIELD, but he has strong morals, which is why HYDRA wanted to eliminate him.
ABC's Nashville is set in the MCUPowers Boothe's character in The Avengers was Lamar Wyatt, and Agent May was either undercover as the head of Capitol Nashville or she has a twin sister that hasn't been mentioned yet for some reason. This also means that Juliet Barnes is somehow related to Bucky. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, it's possible that Kyubey is lying by omission (as he does) when he says "teenage girls" are the best source for contracts (notice he doesn't say "only" or "exclusive"), and a specific theory put forth is that boys (or men) may be told they're "superheroes" fighting "monsters." Here are some guesses about specific characters.
There will be something happened to Sam Wilson, which will make him able to understand bird languange.It could be mishappen thing with Stephen Strange or Soul/ Mind Gem.