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Trevor Slattery was the real Mandarin all along.
Notice how in All Hail The King Trevor was the only one who wasn't attacked or hurt. During the final scene, the hidden gun misses the target, the assassin fights off the bodyguard, there's an explosion in the background, and Trevor ducks under a table to avoid being hit by anything before he finds a gun and points it at the Assassin but he never tries to kill him.

Remember that since this takes place in a prison there are cameras everywhere and Trevor would have to be an amazing actor in order to fool all the guards who are watching him. Well guess what? He is. He's so good at what he does he managed to fool not only America and Tony Stark, but also Killian. Trevor may have gotten himself hired in order to get rid of Killian before he became a threat to the real Ten Rings.

  • Fully jossed by the announcement of Shang-Chi, which not only announced the Mandarin in the film, but has the subtitle of "The Legend of the Ten Rings".

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's nothing in the movie that suggests the war was the origin of the myths. All Odin says is that the inhabitants of Earth knew they were not alone, which easily leaves open the idea that the battle depicted in the intro was one of the last visits of the Asgardians to Earth, not the first. The part of the timeline that clearly doesn't fit our reality is the fact that said war is long in the past when we are first shown Thor and Loki as children, thus it being impossible for them to have been the inspiration for their own mythological counterparts. There are two simple ways to reconcile this without MCU history being radically different from our own:
    • The first simply requires you to move the line in Norse mythology that delineates which stories happen in the past, and which happen in the future. Since quite a few of the myths already take place in the future (most notably Ragnarok), making even more of the existing mythology prophetical doesn't change a whole lot.
    • The other way is to handle it the way they did in the comics and have Ragnarok be a "Groundhog Day" Loop that repeats over and over again, and that Norse mythology is actually based on the previous Asgard, not the current one. The latter method also lets you smooth over the wild discrepancies between the myth and the movies, such as Loki being Thor's brother rather than his uncle, or Thor being blond rather than red-headed.

Then we have Captain America: The First Avenger. In this film, the characters exhibit very little prejudice for the time period. Everyone is totally cool with Cap's interracial team of commandos, which seems unlikely for the time period.

  • It's implied that his interracial unit was allowed less because everyone was fine with it and more because he's Captain America and used his considerable authority to let him organize his own unit.

This suggests a different history than the one we know.

  • There were many minorities that served in WWII. The only thing remotely unusual would be all of them in one team, but that's easily explained: They were personally selected by Steve Rogers. Rogers was selected for the Super Soldier program specifically because of his moral fiber. Considering he was selected by Dr. Erskine, "moral fiber" would almost certainly have included "non-prejudiced". He would therefore have selected his team using the same criteria. So Steve Rogers chose his team because specifically because they were less inclined to such things. As for the brass, they probably were willing to give him a lot of leeway in how he put together his people.
  • The present, at the very least, is confirmed to be different than ours, since while it is confirmed than Obama did serve 1 term, by the time Iron Man 3 rolled around, he's been replaced by Matthew Ellis - looks like in the MCU, The Battle of New York was the Nail that resulted in Obama getting voted out.
  • Black Panther also pretty much confirms that at least in terms of broad strokes, African American and larger world history hasn't been all that different from real-world history.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a prequel to Firefly
Now, the obvious logic is "Joss Whedon", but there's been other nods to the future, starting with The Bus over on Agents Of Shield. The engines are smaller, but the same general design, as a Firefly class ship, and in fact, it in general is designed like a precursor to Firefly class ships like Serenity. However, we also see another technological nod forward in The Winter Soldier, where Bucky and Cap have their last battle. The design of the room is almost identical to that of the room Mal and The Operative have in their own final battle. Furthermore, it's been established that Shield has ever found a psychic, ever. Psychics are a myth. In a future 500 years ahead of us, with space crime and space zombies, psychics are still considered a myth. River is a rarity, and something astounding. Also, cryonics in real life is a really pathetic science. We have no plan for unfreezing the frozen. However, in the MCU, we know that they have a perfect example of how to pull it off now, since Cap managed to accidentally be cryogenically frozen, and they could wake him up successfully. By the time of Firefly, transporting subjects like River Tam in cryogenic suspension is quite simple, and they wake up in no time whatsoever. Although the MCU didn't begin as a Firefly prequel, the moment they handed control over to Joss Whedon, it's likely he decided to make it one, because he can, and because the sheer mindfuck it might cause audiences if it becomes more obvious in the future. That's why, despite Nathan wanting to, Nathan is not Ant-Man.

There are two Marvel Cinematic Universes
They 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 X-Men movie, and then Blade II. It then starts the Sam Raimi's 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.

  • Until the modern MCU, there was NO Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies were isolated and unconnected. They aren't connected through time, but shared events (and, more accurately, production companies). The reboots of Hulk and Punisher were not connected to the previous franchises, the X-Men franchise is unconnected to the current MCU (although rumors imply that Quicksilver will be appearing in both Days of Future Past and Age of Ultron, linking the two universes), nor is Ghost Rider.
    • ...Jossed?

Phase 3 will be primarily Cosmic
While 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. With the introduction of Phase 3, the MCU film lineup will double in size.

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...

  • Confirmed projects for Phase 3 are:
    • Captain America 3' - given the character and the previous films, this is probably Earth-only as well.
    • Spider-man - Will skip the origin story.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - obviously this will be a cosmic film, and will likely involve Quill searching the universe for his father.
    • Doctor Strange - by default, this will at least begin Earth-based, but the good Doctor could easily start dimension-hopping.
    • Thor: Ragnarok - Thor is back on Earth for Age of Ultron, but he will likely be branching out into more of the Nine Realms for his next film.
    • The Avengers 3 - this has long been rumored as Avengers vs. Thanos, with a heavy possibility of the Guardians of the Galaxy being involved as well, so it will probably spend a significant chunk of the film off-Earth.
    • Ant-man and the Wasp
    • The Black Panther
    • Captain Marvel
    • Avengers 4
    • Inhumans
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will almost certainly stay Earth-bound in its second season.
    • Agent Carter, which is a series following Peggy Carter after WWII, will likewise be entirely Earth-bound.
    • The Defenders series, which encompasses Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, is a team of street-level heroes, so probably won't stray far from New York, let alone Earth.
  • Overall, it looks like Phase 3, much like Phase 2, will be pushing out into the universe, but still maintain a firm grounding on Earth. After that... who knows?

White Star will be forged to replace SHIELD
After 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.
  • As of the end of the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury has given the task of rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D. to Coulson, so most likely jossed.

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.
  • Phase Three is set to begin with the Ant-Man movie, so jossed.
  • No, Ant-Man is the final film of phase 2, and the first film in phase 3 is Captain America: Civil War with Iron Man in it, technically making the first part accurate.
    • Fully jossed by Phase 4, which is starting with Black Widow's solo movie, and (assuming nothing else is announced) will end with a Thor film.

Just like in the comics, the Defenders will be assembled by Doctor Strange
Except 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.
  • Jossed.

Star Wars had no prequels in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline
Think about it. If someone told Steve to watch Star Wars, then the movies with Samuel Jackson cannot exist, otherwise everyone would be freaking out.
  • Or, more likely, they can be Mutually Fictional.
  • Ditto for the Star Trek-reboot, since Chris Hemsworth was in the first one.
  • Or they just had alternate actors in this universe. The part of Mace Windu was played by Morgan Freeman instead, who would've been better suited anyway.
  • Or they're just those two guys who look alike.
  • If the Star Wars prequels never existed in the MCU, then there would be no Celebrity Paradox. And it would also explain Parker's comment in Civil War about Empire being "that really old movie." In the MCU, the only Star Wars that ever happened were Hope, Empire, and Jedi. There would probably still be fans of Star Wars around (explaining the note in Steve's notebook), and anyone who grew up in the late 70's/early 80's would remember it (like Rhodes), but any younger generations (ie. Parker) would've never received such thorough pop-cultural osmosis as everyone in the real world.

There have been active superheroes prior to Iron Man
This one takes a bit of time to explain. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 quinjets 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 griefnote . The pre-Iron Man heroes wouldn't want anybody finding out who's behind the mask and coming after them.
  • Confirmed by Ant-Man. Hank Pym first operated way back in the seventies.
  • Also confirmed by Black Panther as that monarchical title goes back millennia and both the film and prequel comic show that they've been covertly operating outside of Wakanda since at least the 20th century.
  • Also confirmed by Captain Marvel as her origin movie takes place in the nineties.

Most of the early Marvel teen heroes were active before Iron Man
This 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.
  • Jossed. Jessica Jones is a Pragmatic Adaptation that doesn't follow the comics exactly, so changes were made. In the MCU, her career as a hero was extremely brief, and happened after the Avengers were already formed.

Rocket's real name will be revealed in either Avengers 4 or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3...
It's Bert.
  • Jossed for Avengers 4.

All the Marvel Netflix characters have died during Thanos' fingersnap in Infinity War
.It is pure coincidence that all the Marvel Netflix shows are cancelled after the release of Avengers: Infinity War. We might not see them again since the Disney's upcoming streaming service would not include them because they're too mature. Given that we see in the Super Bowl trailer of Avengers: Endgame where cities are empty, this means that the Marvel Netflix characters are also victims of Thanos' Badass Fingersnap. And with the rumors of the Avengers using time-travel to stop Thanos from using the Gauntlet, the Marvel Netflix shows that would ever get picked by other networks or sites would take place after Endgame.

There will be more characters from alternate universes
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio is confirmed to be from an alternate universe, coming through a wormhole as a side effect to Thanos's snap. Who's to say there aren't more wormholes opening up elsewhere?
  • New characters:
    • Taskmaster
    • Kang
    • Mephisto
    • Juggernaut
    • The Lizard
    • Venom/Carnage
    • Enchantress
    • Gambit
    • Moon Knight
    • Hercules
    • Psylocke
    • Sinister Six
    • Doc Ock
    • Beta Ray Bill
    • Squirrel Girl
    • Ben Reilly
    • Spider-Gwen
    • Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
  • Returning characters:
  • Jossed. Mysterio made the whole thing up.
The Nick Fury and Maria Hill we've been following all this time have been Talos and Soren this whole time.
In the after credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home it's revealed that Talos and his wife have been impersonating Nick Fury and Maria Hill the whole movie. How do we know they haven't been doing it for longer than that? As far back as Iron Man, Fury probably told them about people he's been keeping an eye on and told them when to approach them. Admittedly this would mean they're impersonating them for an entirely different reason than the comics. But this is Nick Fury we're talking about, his Crazy Preparedness is rivaled only by Batman would you REALLY put it past him?

    Future Avengers films 

Iron Man, Hawkeye and Drax will all die in The Avengers 2
If 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.
  • Probably not Downey, as he's been confirmed for Avengers 3.
  • Probably not Drax, either, as Ultron will be the villain of Avengers 2 and the Guardians of the Galaxy aren't set to be appearing.
  • All Jossed.

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?
  • Unlikely, both based on rumors, and on the simple fact that Loki is the villain who now knows where the Cosmic Cube/Tesseract is. It would be quite a bizarre turn of events for Loki to discover a powerful MacGuffin, and then have it get grabbed by another, completely unrelated villain.
    • While it's a stretch, there very well could be a point at which we're introduced to Thanos, after the team has dealt with Loki. It could easily lead to either a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere or a Man Behind the Man situation if it goes that route, though. Hopefully the writers (and Joss Whedon!) will make it good.
    • There are rumors surfacing which say that instead of the Skrulls, Thanos will be the second villain in the Avengers movie, alongside Loki.
    • Jossed. Loki is the main villain of Avengers 1 and Ultron is the main villain of the sequel. Thanos works in the background as a Greater-Scope Villain, but does not encounter the Avengers until Avengers: Infinity War.

The Masters of Evil will be the villains in an Avengers sequel.
  • And it will consist of Baron Helmut Zemo (from Captain America 2), Enchantress and Executioner (from Thor 2), Klaw (from Ant-Man), and Abomination (who they break out). There might be a few other supervillains like Whirlwind or Grey Gargoyle, depending on how they can transcript them into a movie.
    • Probably not, since Thanos is set up to be the villain for Avengers 2.
    • Jossed for Avengers 2, though so is Thanos.
    • Executioner and Klaw both got offed in Thor Ragnarok and Black Panther, so those 2 are jossed; Helmut's still a possibility, albeit he appeared in Civil War.

The Leader will be a villain in an Avengers sequel
  • It doesn't look like we'll get a Hulk sequel. So might as well use Sterns for an Avengers movie. He can be creating an army of Gamma Mutates, requiring the Avengers to stop him.
    • It doesn't look like we'll get a Hulk sequel until after Avengers 2. Though this still holds some weight; they're looking at Planet Hulk as a possible plotline for it, which would be awesome. If they don't go with Planet Hulk, I'd expect them to go with Future Imperfect, as it's one of the better known and well liked Hulk storylines.
  • Seems possible, considering that as of "Nick Fury's Big Week", he's stuck in SHIELD custody as "Project Mr. Blue".
  • Jossed.

Avengers 2 will feature the Masters of Evil
  • It will consist of a cyborg-ized Zola, Abomination, Crimson Dynamo(May or may not be Vanko), a new Whiplash, A new villain from a movie released between the two, and lead by Red Skull. The Avengers will drop Widow and Fury, adding on a hero who got his movie in the interim and War Machine.
    • Or the Masters of Evil could be organized by the Leader (since there most likely won't be an Incredible Hulk sequel for him to be the Big Bad of), and it could include Abomination (who they free), Justin Hammer who funds the creation of the Crimson Dynamo, some surviving villains from sequels of the individual heroes' movies, and maybe some more new faces. Then, they find the Red Skull, who takes over their group and makes them a bigger threat due to his experiences after what the Tesseract did to him after Captain America: The First Avenger.
    • Jossed.

Ultron will be the main villain in an Avengers sequel
  • Because being the Avengers Arch-Enemy in the comics, he has to show up sometime. He will first appear in the Ant-Man movie as a pet project of Ant-Man, and later SHIELD will approach Ant-Man with orders from the the Council to create an army of robots under the government's control as a fail-safe in case the Avengers turn against them or break apart from them. Of course, Ultron will be outfitted with tech and weapons probably taken from Stark and maybe the Destroyer armor and used by the government to control the superheroes. Being Ultron, we know what will happen next...
    • Confirmed!

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.
  • Jossed. While Thanos was not the villain of Avengers 2, he wasn't the villain of GOTG either. His role in the latter movie was basically a cameo, while Ronan the Accuser acted as the real Big Bad.

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.

  • It could be a perfect set up for a Planet Hulk inspired storyline, (likely in the form of a tie-in graphic novel due to there being no plans for one), although you'd think a Kree vs Skrull storyline would fit more in the Fantastic Four reboot.

    • As it is now, a proper Kree/Skrull War story can't happen on film. Marvel Studios has the rights to the Kree, but Fox has the rights to the Skrulls. What the film would use is the most basic structure of the classic Avengers story arc: aliens infiltrate Earth, aliens turn public against Avengers, Avengers go into space to fight aliens directly.
  • Jossed anyway.

Black Panther will appear in the Captain America Sequel, and Doctor Strange will appear in the Thor sequel to set up appearances in Avengers 2
Stan ' the man' Lee would love those 2 in the sequel. And we know how good Marvel films are in seamlessly introducing characters even in cameos. Of course Black Panther would have a Ultimate like version with claws and Doctor Strange would have to be played by Johnny Depp.
  • No. Please no. Get someone else. Depp is permanently stuck in the role of Jack Sparrow.
    • Oded Fehr as Dr Strange. Isaiah Mustafa as Black Panther. Deal sealed.
    • Oded Fehr makes much more sense, however I would gladly swap Isaiah for someone established like Idris Elba or Chiwetel Ejiofor..
    • Idris Elba is already Heimdall.
    • Ejiofor did appear in the MCU in Doctor Strange (2016) as Mordo.
  • Black Panther did appear in Captain America: Civil War before getting his own movie, Doctor Strange got his own movie in 2016 and both of them are going to appear in Avengers 3 (aka Infinity War).

If we ever get a Hawkeye movie...
The first line will be "Okay... This looks bad."
  • There will be a Disney+ series. Whether the quote will exist is yet to be seen.

The real Mandarin
will be the main villain of a future Avengers movie, probably Avengers 4 or 5.
  • The story will be based on the first Avengers King-Sized Special. It will feature the Mandarin assembling the surviving villains from the characters' individual movies, and possibly some new ones, and all surviving Avengers teaming up against them.
  • Seems he's being used for Shang-Chi's solo movie, although that alone doesn't joss this WMG; it could be that he survives the movie, coming back with some other form of power that requires Shang-Chi to get the Avengers back together.

  • Villains that were kept in SHIELD custody (including Abomination, Leader, Graviton and Blizzard) will escape and form the Masters of Evil.
  • Many escaped and some joined HYDRA, but no Masters of Evil so far.

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.
  • Potential plotlines/stories/characters:
    • More Peggy Carter. Possibly showing how she met her husband?
    • Howard and Maria Stark getting together, and Howard with little!Tony.
    • How/when Fury got involved.
    • How Coulson/Maria Hill/Sharon Carter got hired.
    • Hawkeye and Black Widow's backstories and meeting, although they might want to save that for it's own movie.
    • Zola and Hydra
    • The Howling Commandos' post-war life (not a big jump to think some of them might have been recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D.).
    • Close. TV Show.

If there is a Black Widow movie, Hawkeye/Clint will be her sidekick.
  • It'd be funny.
  • Clint would have a bigger part and more character development.
  • We would still have a female superhero headlining her own movie.
  • We would have a female superhero with a male sidekick.
  • (Crack reason) They could possibly slip in a Hawkeye Inititiative reference. Maybe Clint would have to disguise himself as a girl and complain about looking ridiculous?
  • Budapest.
    • Jossed. Jeremy Renner isn't slated to appear in Film/Black Widow, and judging by current promo materials if he does show up it'll most likely be little more than a cameo.

When The Infinity Gauntlet is adapted for film, Mephisto's role will be filled by Loki
In the comics, Mephisto joined Thanos to kiss his ass and try to manipulate him with the ultimate goal of stealing the Infinity Gauntlet. He was ultimately unsuccessful. As the MCU is clearly building towards some kind of adaptation of that story, Loki will be the proverbial devil on Thanos' shoulder in a film version.
  • Jossed. Thanos kills Loki in the opening few minutes of Infinity War, and there's no one really playing Mephisto's role.

Avengers 3 will feature a Kill 'Em All ending
  • Many of the main Avengers' actors' contracts run out after this movie (notably Downey, Evans, possibly Jackson, and probably a few more). Plus, Avengers 3 seems to be shaping up to be the Infinity Gauntlet story, featuring Thanos, Hero Killer extraordinaire. I foresee some serious Heroic Sacrifices upcoming.
    • Well...yup, it ends with half of the universe wiped out, including about half of the Avengers and all but one of the Guardians. However, most of the people left alive are actually those with contracts set to expire, and there is Avengers 4 to come, so who knows what the final end will be.

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".
  • Jossed.
    • Not quite, while there IS a distress signal played over the opening title, the film DOES open with a monologue from Thanos. While he doesn't say anything like what OP suggested and doesn't address the audience (at least not directly). It's pretty close to what OP was thinking. With the whole "Dread it, run from it, destiny arrives all the same, and now it's here. Or should I say... I am" being seen by this troper as Thanos saying to the audience "For those of you who don't know who I am you will. For those of you who DO, well, let's just say, I hope you brought some tissues."

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.
  • Jossed.

Howard the Duck 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 Big 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.
  • Nope...another cameo in Guardians 2, that's it, as of yet. * Well he WAS in the final battle of Endgame so...

When and where the other Infinity Stones are
As in, which future films they'll debut in, and in what capacity.
  • The Mind Stone is under the control of Dormammu and Doctor Strange will take it from him to defeat him once his movie comes 'round. (though there seems to be a theory going around that Loki's scepter has the Mind Stone embedded in the head).
    • Jossed. Loki's Scepter it is.
    • Although it's the TIME Stone that features in Doctor Strange's movie and is instrumental in Dormammu's defeat. Though Dormammu didn't have it.
  • Not sure where the Soul or Time Stones are, but we will first find them in the possession of Adam Warlock's future self, the Magus, in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Someone will use the Time Gem to try and Set Right What Once Went Wrong and kill Adam Warlock.
    • The Time Stone is placed at the center of Captain America's shield by Major Victory.
      • Jossed. The Time Stone is with Doctor Strange.
  • On that note...

Thanos has the last two Infinity Stones already
Think about it: he gives one Stone to Loki, and charges him with retrieving another. Does anybody really think he'd let someone so proven to be untrustworthy as Loki to have access to that much power if he didn't have an ace—or two, for balance—up his sleeve (or glove, as it may be)? The comics have occasionally shown that possessing one gem gives resistance to the use of another against oneself, so Thanos made sure he has two in order to protect Loki from double-teaming the Tesseract and the Scepter against him.
  • Jossed.

The Darkhold is an Infinity Stone
Marvel combined the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube and the Space Stone, so it's not far fetched that they'd combine another Stone with an artifact of the Darkhold's power level. Also, scientists are using its information in an attempt to effectively become gods (even moreso than what the Red Skull did with the Tesseract). In all likelihood it's the Soul Stone in a different form.
  • Jossed.

Gamora will be a prominent part of Avengers 3
Obviously 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 the way, and who knows how many other teams, solo heroes, and SHIELD agents as well. Gamora will be the centrepiece because of 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.
  • Confirmed, insofar as she has a big role. She doesn't show up on Earth at all, but she interacts with Thanos more than any other character.

Phase 4 will start with a Captain America film.
The fifth film in Phase 1 was Cap, then the third in Phase 2, and now the first 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.
  • Marvel might not be sticking with "Phases" from this point forward, but either way, the first Post-Phase 3 film is set to be a sequel to Spiderman: Homecoming.
    • This line of reasoning is jossed; Marvel will be continuing the "Phase" idea, and Spider-Man: Far From Home was actually the last Phase 3 movie, acting as an epilogue to the overall Infinity Saga.
  • At the very least, if it does have a Captain America film, it won't be Steve Rodgers as Cap, since Chris Evans has confirmed that Avengers 4 will be the last time he plays the role.
    • Jossed, unless Sam takes up the mantle in a future film, it looks like we won't be getting another Cap film anytime soon. Plus as pointed out with the corrections, a Cap film already started Phase 3, and Spider-Man: Far From Home ended Phase 3.
    • Phase 4 officially starts with Black Widow, though the next MCU project (and the first Disney+ outing) will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will in broad strokes cover Sam taking up the mantle.

Black Widow and Gamora will briefly fight in the third Avengers film.
Because how can Marvel not resist the awesomeness of this?
  • Jossed, they don't meet. The heroic female characters who do all meet in the film - Black Widow along with Okoye and Scarlet Witch - are unambiguously allies here. There is a Guardians vs Avengers fight, but it's Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis against Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Doctor Strange.

Iron Man 4 won't happen.
  • RDJ's Tony Stark will be in GOTG 3.
  • Possibly because he was stuck in far space after the Infinity War films.
  • Stark has been on the team in the past.
  • Seemingly jossed. Tony Stark is dead as of Avengers: Endgame.

Avengers: Infinity War will be a loose adaptation of New Avengers.
With the news that Sony and Marvel signed a deal to allow Spider-Man into the MCU, not to mention several characters being confirmed to debut in Phase 3, a New Avengers lineup in the MCU could look like this:

At least one movie in Phase 3 will heavily feature time-travel
Because they need to set up the Time Gem for the Infinity War.
  • It will likely be Doctor Strange, since he's the only one who deals with things like this.
    • Jossed. Time is an important theme in Doctor Strange, but no actual time travel happens, only time loops.

The final movie of the MCU will be an adaptation of AvX
  • What better way to signify the end of the X-Men embargo than the already-made basis for the crossover?

Alternatively to the above for the final MCU movies, an adaptation of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games, with elements from both 2015!Secret Wars and the Galactus Trilogy
After all, who couldn't resist to see the MCU Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and having some of the Live-Action Spider-Men unite together to defeat a stronger eviler version of Galactus in a 2 parter like Infinity War and Endgame did.
  • And maybe, as a real Grand Finale and an Earn Your Happy Ending story for the MCU's Avengers, there will be a massive Dance Party Ending where a lot of Marvel Comics fans of all ages became Promoted Fan(s) with all of the Heroes do a cover of Heal the World from the late Michael Jackson altogether too as well? It would end up being one of the happiest, yet the greatest endings in cinemaric history.
Agent Coulson, possibly along with his new S.H.I.E.L.D. team, will appear for a Big Damn Heroes moment in either Civil War or ''Infinity War.
This will be the first time any of the Avengers have had any sign that Coulson is alive. If it happens in "Civil War," it may lead to additional disorder in the ranks due to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s habit of keeping secrets.
  • Jossed.

Avengers: Infinity War will end with Cap and Iron Man trapped on another planet, so far away that not even the Guardians of the Galaxy can retrieve them.
This could just apply to Tony, but I think it'll happen to both of them. It's no secret that Marvel's been kicking themselves for years for not locking Downey Jr. in at a cheaper price, but they were willing to foot the bill when the whole MCU had Iron Man as it's staple, but they've now built up the popularity of other heroes to the point where RDJ is just an unnecessary drag on their budget. Evans, on the other hand, has finished 3 Cap movies, and his contract will expire after Infinity Wars, so he's in a position to negotiate for something closer to Robert's deal. Jettisoning both characters and bringing them back in Phase 5, either negotiating their salaries down or outright replacing the actors, seems like a sensible move.
  • Confirmed for Iron Man, but jossed for Cap - Iron Man is on Titan with Nebula (and possibly someone else, assuming Strange cast a spell to make it seem like Stark and Nebula were the only survivors of Thanos's snap, while Cap is on Earth).

Thanos will not be the main villain of both Avengers: Infinity War and the fourth Avengers film - someone else will take him out of the picture and take his place as the central villain by the fourth movie.
For those unfamiliar with the original The Infinity Gauntlet story Nebula steals the Gauntlet from Thanos and serves as the Final Boss of the comic. And since the MCU has hyped up seemingly major antagonists only to kill or otherwise remove them from play several times before such as Trevor Slattery's "Mandarin", Wolfgang von Strucker, Ulysses Klaue, Cottonmouth, or Alexandra, it wouldn't be surprising if Thanos is usurped of the Gauntlet and he either dies or is forced to join forces with the heroes to reclaim it. The villain takes the Infinity Gauntlet in either Infinity War's cliffhanger ending or sometime early on in the fourth movie.
  • Jossed.
    • Semi-confirmed, the Thanos we know DOES get usurped. BY HIMSELF, or rather, a younger version of him from 2014. The main timeline version dies in the opening minutes of Endgame.

Young Avengers is being set up by Avengers 4.
One of Marvel's most famous young superhero teams may be headed for the big screen. Avengers 4 features a Time Skip of roughly seven years, aging Cassie Lang to the same age as when her comics counterpart started fighting crime under the name Stature. Furthermore, Clint returns in this movie, but not was Hawkeye. Rather, he dons a new identity as Ronin. That was the same identity he had in the comics for a time after Kate Bishop took on the mantle. Patriot was also intended to appear in Black Panther but was cut because of the Loads and Loads of Characters. All of this adds together to the idea that Marvel is planning to utilize the Young Avengers, especially if there are even more deaths and mantles to take on.

    Stan Lee characters 

Stan Lee is Uatu the Watcher
It'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 Trilogy 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.
  • He has also been spotted during World War II, and in the present time without having aged a day.
  • And of course, he can influence others to see him as different people. Tony alternately sees him as Hugh Hefner and Larry King.
  • Semi-Confirmed as of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. he is a watcher informant according to the credits

Stan Lee is a Time Lord
Or 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.
  • The Marvel Universe does have "The-One-Above-All," who is basically THE God to all the other gods and cosmic beings and so on. Stan Lee being the MCU's version of The-One-Above-All totally makes sense, as he is the creator of the Marvel Universe, and all its variant alternate universes.

All of the Stan Lee cameos have been Skrulls
They'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.

Stan Lee has the Time Gem.
At some point he found it, and decided to screw around with the Gem for lulz. As a result, he still ages but gets to be in every movie. Presumably he can hold onto it because he's that awesome.
  • Jossed. It was in the Eye of Agamotto.

Stan Lee is ...Stan Lee
Stan Lee, at least in the cameos set in the present day, is, in fact, Stan Lee, the Stan Lee of a universe that never had a Marvel Comics. Without having a career in comic books and being the face of worldwide nerdity, this Stan Lee spends his time bumming around America in his pick-up truck and doing odd jobs like museum security guard or Larry King impersonator.

Stan Lee in modern times is descendant of Stan Lee from The First Avenger and Agent Carter
So, they are not same person. It's a case of Identical Grandson. I have no idea about Xandarian Stan Lee, though.
  • The modern Stan Lee is the grandson of that Stan Lee. Modern Lee was already in the same boot camp as Steve Rogers. It explains why he's having drinks with Rogers in Age of Ultron, since they already knew each other.
  • The Xandarian Stan Lee is actually modern Stan Lee's identical relative who's abducted by aliens, and is happy living on Xandar. The one that was poisoned in The Incredible Hulk is another relative. The guard that got killed in Hulk is also a relative. And so is the mental patient in Thor: The Dark World.
  • The neighbor of the Greys in X-Men: The Last Stand is also related.
  • Willie Lumpkin is a distant relative. The old man young blind Matt Murdock saved is also a relative.

Stan Lee is Batman
  • Because I'm BATMAN!

The Stan Lee cameos tell the story of a not-so-gifted con-artist.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Briefly lived with relatives in Wisconsin on his way out west. Got a sizable settlement from a Brazilian soda company after getting radiation poisoning.
  • Iron Man 1 & 2: Will occasionally pose as elderly celebrities to gain access to parties.
  • Thor: Briefly hid in the desert to avoid heat after getting caught posing as Larry King.
  • Avengers: Decided to head to New York to seek more con jobs there. Wound up on the news.
  • Daredevil/Jessica Jones: Briefly posed to be a cop while in New York and was caught but fled before he could be arrested. They keep his picture in his former precinct's office as a warning not to trust him if he ever comes back.
  • Iron Man 3: Gained good rapport in a small town and became a judge at a beauty pageant. Was driven out of town for unknown reasons.
  • The Dark World: Caught for unknown crimes in London but feigned confusion in order to avoid conviction. Was instead briefly institutionalized.
  • Winter Soldier: Worked as a night guard at a museum in D.C. Fled after the museum was robbed, fearing he would be investigated and his criminal record discovered.
  • Age of Ultron: Posed as a war vet.
    • Captain America: Was discovered when he tried to use a photograph of this character as proof that he fought in World War II due to his resemblence, even though he would have been considerably younger in the 1940's.
  • Ant-Man: Hid out in California again, working as a bartender as he waits for another opportunity.

In a work set before Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Stan Lee will be a Federal Express guy.
Possibly in a work set in 1971 or slightly after the founding of FedEx, Stan Lee will deliver a package to one of that era's people of interest (Hank Pym for example), and note "That was easy. I should use this disguise more often."

Stan Lee is able to travel between different realities
Ok this is obviously wishful thinking on my part, but just imagine how cool it would be if the MCU Stan is the same guy who also cameo'd in the non-MCU Marvel movies, like in the Spider-Man Trilogy, the X-Men Film Series etc

Stan Lee is old Steve Rogers after Avengers: Endgame.
After having lived a full life with Peggy and passing the shield into Sam, Steve decides to have some fun with the spacetime GPS. Attending his own Medal of Honor ceremony, trying to move Mjolnir with a truck, pranking Tony, and so on. This would also explain why he would be telling the Watchers about the time he was an FedEx guy despite Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 taking place before Captain America: Civil War.

Stan Lee can travel to different universe.
This is where he got his inspiration from. All these Cameos in the MCU were him just using his ability to help created the MCU or to having fun. This also explain his Cameos in other Marvel movies.

    Non-MCU Marvel Films and Shows 

At some point, either Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, or the X-Men will be brought in to the MCU.
It will take long, painful negotiation between studios but it will happen. Because it's too awesome not to happen.
  • If it does happen, bet on the Fantastic Four. The planned reboot by Fox has completely dropped from sight for almost a year.
    • If it is Fantastic Four, either they'll have to recast Johnny Storm or there's going to be some major confusion going on. Of course, they could just reboot that franchise entirely - probably for the best, among other things, why in hell did they think Jessica Alba and Chris Evans would make convincing siblings?
    • We can say that the new Amazing Spider-Man movie could possibly be in continuity. There were plans to incorporate that film's version of the Oscorp tower into the New York skyline in The Avengers, and the only thing that got in the way of that happening was time constraints.
  • None of that is happening as of this moment, but something similar is: Fantastic Four reboot will take place in the same universe as the X-Men movies.
    • Nope, Fox decided against that, and the Fantastic Four are now in their own separate universe. It seems that a crossover between the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will be unlikely.
  • Confirmed. Spider-Man is in!
  • Confirmed, Disney bought 20th Century Fox!

X-Men: First Class is in continuity with the Cinematic Universe
I 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.
  • An interesting idea, but sadly unlikely: SHIELD would have been involved ( its not guaranteed canon that the organization existed in the early 60s, but its pretty heavily implied ).
    • In the sixties though SHIELD probably isn't the super-powerful organization it would become in the other films. The government office that first houses the team may be a prototype version of SHIELD before it got it's cool name and competent agents.
  • All the mutants are the result of Johann Schmidt's research on enhancing the (incomplete) Super Soldier Serum he got from Erskine. That would tie it closer to the Ultimate Marvel universe, and explain why A) mutants are so rare in "First Class" B) why the American government is so scared of mutants in "First Class" they'd Macross Missile Massacre a group that just saved their civilization on a whim. Cap is pretty much a human WMD, and would have been capable of all but winning the war on his own had he not been lost with Skull's flying wing. Mutants? Final Solution would be impolite, but Jack Bauer would probably execute the lot of them if they had that potential and wouldn't wear American uniforms.
    • Which goes against every thematic establishment in the combined setting. Still. Try again.
    • Fits nicely with General Ross' faction of the U.S. government. They deliberately antagonize human nitroglycerin bottles like Banner and give Personality Powers to Sociopathic Soldiers like Blonsky.
    • The MCU and the Ultimate Universe are not one in the same. The MCU is a blend of 616 and Ultimates, but the character origins are closer to 616 than to Ultimates. Never mind the impossibility of the timing with respect to some of the mutants in XM:FC being born before the Super Soldier Serum was created. Note that in the deleted scenes, Ross' own superior thought he was obsessed. Again, distinction between "unethical experiment that balloons" versus "attempted or successful genocide." Broad Strokes comes into play (sometimes often), but all of the current X-Men films are intended to inhabit more-or-less the same universe and continuity.
  • At the moment, the only thing contradicting this would be the presense of Quicksilver in the X-Men films, since a), it's different from the one that was introduced in Age of Ultron, and b), while that one does have a sister, nothing indicates if said sister is the Scarlet Witch or Polaris (or someone else entierly).

The new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon takes place in the MCU
  • Since the rights to a Spider-Man movie belong to Sony at the moment, the new show is a way for Marvel to introduce Spider-Man into this continuity without making a movie. It fits considering that when Nick Fury was telling Peter that even Iron Man was a rookie at one point, the scene that shows next is of Iron Man is flying around his garage and smashes into one of his cars, similar to the first Iron Man movie.
  • Jossed. Spider-Man now has his own movie in the MCU.

The X-Men and Fantastic 4 do exist in the MCU, just not the versions we've seen
Including a younger version of the X-Men with stronger continuity and a Fantastic 4 that doesn't suck. (Hey, someone had to say it)
  • Well, you do have Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch showing up in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron...

The MCU exists in Fox's original Fantastic Four continuity
After 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-Thing
Let'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.
  • Spider-Man is a Continuity Reboot in the MCU. What happens to X-Men remains to be seen.

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.
  • Jossed. It's still Peter Parker.

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.
  • Confirmed. They wanted to opt out on an origin story and instead relegate it to a short scene.

Spider-Man's origin could be tied to the Hulk
Bruce Banner was experimenting with Gamma Radiation's effect on biological life forms, right? Maybe one of his early test subjects was a spider that escaped and bit a young high school student...

The MCU is what happens to the X-Men universe after Scarlet Witch says "No more mutants."
Explaining why the MCU has no mutants.
  • And the Inhumans taking their place.

The Amazing Spider-Man is canonical to The Avengers
Unfortunately 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.
  • Jossed. The Amazing Spider-Man is an Alternate Continuity; Spider-Man will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War and his own standalone movie.

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.
  • Confirmed for Phase 3. Spider-Man's film rights are now shared between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. While it's not the Andrew Garfield version of the character that's appearing, it is a franchise that Marvel Studios does not completely own.

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 Universe
Let'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 2020
Disney 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.
  • So far, the X-Men and the Fantastic 4 have been returned to Marvel via Disney buying Fox, but the Hulk's rights still remains with Universal at this time (Marvel can still use the characters if they aren't the title characters - hence why Thor Ragnarok was able to adapt Planet Hulk - but a Hulk 2 or a She-Hulk solo movie isn't happening for a while), and while Sony did let Marvel use Spidey himself, some of the other Spiderman characters (Venom, Black Cat, Silver Sable) seem to be off limits for Marvel (since Sony is yet again trying to use the license).

Disney will gain the rights to Spider-Man before or shortly after Avengers: Infinity War
Sony 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.
  • Might not even require Sony to give it up. Sony and Marvel get along better than Marvel and Fox, and there are a lot of rumors the two might come to an agreement to do crossovers. It's the most likely of the three to go back, even in part, in the near future.
  • Support for this can be found in the form of a rumor from HitFix. It's not clear if the Spider-Man that would hypothetically show up in an MCU movie would be the same one as the Spider-Man from the TASM universe, however.
  • Confirmed.

Disney will gain the rights to Fantastic Four before or shortly after Avengers: Infinity War
The amount of backlash to Fantastic Four (2015) before footage of the movie has even been 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 canceling 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.
  • Fox also has issues with Marvel that might just cause them to hold out on returning it. But it's more likely to be let go than any mutants.
  • Update: The movie's been released, and the backlash has been spectacular. So unless Fox want to make themselves look like idiots, the rights will probably find themselves heading back to Marvel soon enough.
    • Disney bought Fox. So confirmed.

Disney and Fox will eventually work out a deal to have Avengers VS X-Men crossovers
As 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.

If the Fantastic Four rights return to Marvel...
The Four will be re-imagined as Inhumans in order to fit better into the world. It won't be an origin story, with the team having already formed (perhaps somewhere between Avengers: Infinity War and Inhumans). And to avoid repetition, Namor will be the first villain (or anti-villain with another villain in the background) they face with Doctor Doom not showing up until a potential sequel.
  • Doubtful they'll be reimagined as Inhumans (though they'll probably have encounters with them, like in the comics). Like with Spider-Man, their origin will be relegated into a short scene. But whether it'll involve cosmic rays (like the comics and the 2005 movie) or the Negative Zone (like Ultimate Marvel and the 2015 movie) remains to be seen; the former might involve the Silver Surfer and Galactus, like in Heroes Reborn.

Star Wars and Indiana Jones are in the Marvel Cinamatic Universe
Captain 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.
  • Perhaps, but don't expect crossovers. The MCU is set in the present. Star Wars took place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

The original Spider-Man Trilogy takes place in the same universe as the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point before The Avengers.
It kind of makes sense. The Human-Enhancer Formula that Oscorp was developing in the first film was yet another attempt to recreate the super soldier formula. And just like with the Hulk, it didn't work out exactly right. The powered armor that the military almost invested in instead of Oscorp's stuff? Someone else trying to cash in on Stark's inventions. Oscorp investing in Dr. Octavius's fusion-based energy reactor? They are trying to match the arc reactors with their own power generating solution. As for why Spider-Man doesn't run into any of these other heroes? They aren't in New York at the moment. Tony Stark lives on the west coast, Steve Rogers is frozen, Bruce Banner is on the run in South America and/or Asia, Thor was in Asgard or hanging out in the desert with his new friends, and Natasha and Clint were doing whatever awesome spies and assassins do when working for S.H.I.E.L.D. As for why no one in S.H.I.E.L.D. ever considered Spider-Man as part of the Avengers Initiative, they probably did briefly and dismissed him as a possibility for being 1) too young, 2) more territorially-based than the others, or 3) someone didn't think he'd fit into the group dynamic for some reason.
  • Jossed. The new Spider-Man movie will have nothing to do with Sony's previous films.
  • 4) they couldn't get him to stop crying long enough to ask him.
  • Although, Kevin Feige may have intended to add the Sam Raimi series into the MCU. Because 1) Iron Man came out only a year after Spider-Man 3, so the series wasn't cancelled yet, 2) in the alternate take on the post-credit scene of Iron Man, Nick Fury mentioned "radioactive bug bites" (as well as "assorted mutants"), and 3) an early script of Iron Man revealed that Tony created Dr. Octopus' tentacles from Spider-Man 2.

The MCU will never have mutants
Someone has to bring the voice of reason here. Even if the rights to the X-Men eventually return to Marvel, they will likely keep them as independent franchises. Because:

1) The MCU is already convoluted enough as it is, with its Loads and Loads of Characters. Adding new individual characters is one thing, adding a whole new race of characters into the mix is simply overkill.

2) The universes themselves (timeline of events, organizations, materials, technologies, etc.) are in most cases contradictory between themselves, and can not be mixed. In the MCU Iron Man was the first prominent "super hero" of modern times, and The Unmasqued World was caused by the battle of New York (an alien invasion, two mythological gods, Captain America is back to life, Hulk smashs, etc.) How can that be reconcile that with films where The Unmasqued World took place back in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and by the 80s the weird looking mutants were allowed to come and go as they pleased?

3) Yes, the inconsistencies can be fixed by rebooting the X-Men franchise, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, or both. Yes, sure. Kill the goose that laid the golden eggs.

4) If the films themselves are not enough, the animated series proved that the X-Men is a well populated franchise of its own, and does not really need to be integrated into a bigger one.

5) The Franchise Original Sin of the X-Men is that the Fantastic Racism against mutants does not make sense in a universe where other super heroes are treated like celebrities (like the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, in-universe). Most adaptations skip this problem by simply having the mutations as the sole origin of superpowers, and thus having all super-powered people (heroes and villains alike) equally hated and/or feared by society. They may make an exception here and there for aliens or Juggernaut, but as long as they avoid a group of non-mutants super heroes being the "Big Good" around, the problem is solved. If mutants are incorporated into the MCU, that problem will take place.

  • The points you raised are valid, but I think it'd be a lot easier to resolve than you make it. The X-Men films barely follow their own timeline and already retconned itself once, so something like a 'House of M'-style retcon by Wanda is all that's really needed to bring mutants into the fold. The Fantastic Racism can still be factor since Civil War was just all about the public distrusting superhumans. Really the only point that concerns me is rapidly expanding the cast that much more, but Marvel have done a solid enough job with handling a large line-up.
    • And yet, they will be joined.

Fox is considering a deal with Marvel to to share the rights of the Fantastic Four and associated characters...
  • But are holding out until Spider-Man: Homecoming is released to approach the deal; any sort of move with the Fantastic Four franchise will be a prospect met with reluctance after Fant4stic, and so Fox will not want to pursue such a deal with Marvel unless they have concrete evidence that such a co-studio production can be successful. If Homecoming is a critical and financial success, expect the announcement of Marvel/Fox deal within the year afterwards.
    • Moot point. Disney bought Fox.

The Ghost Rider movies take place in the MCU.
The MCU version of Johnny Blaze appeared in the flashback in "The Good Samaritan". His blazing skull is similar to to how it looked in the first movie. Though he still sports red flames, which could mean only the first movie is canon.

The old X-Men will be canon as an alternate universe
The old X-Men are pretty popular, so the MCU might want to keep them. Additionally, Spider-Man: Far From Home introduced alternate dimensions. Finally, this would also prevent the troubles from having the Avengers be celebrities while the mutants are persecuted; the different universes treat superhumans differently. Maybe one of the Avengers shows up in the X-Men universe and ends up persecuted, and one of the X-Men ends up in the main universe and is overjoyed to be treated well for once.

    Magic, Science, and Technology 
The new element in Iron Man 2
Was the same as the Tesseract in Captain America and the casket in Thor
  • Much more likely, it's vibranium, the same element used to make Cap's shield. It doesn't need to be a power source. It just needs to be a better and more durable catalyst than palladium. Which seeing as it absorbs energy. . .
  • According to the prequel comics at least, Tony wants to name the new element Badassium.
  • The novelization states that the element is in fact Vibranium. Also, the Tesseract has no implications made that it has the same capabilities as the Casket of Ancient Winters. The Tesseract is a power source of likely unlimited potential, yes, but the Casket's freezing potential is completely different.
  • More WMG: Vibranium also acts as low-level Reality Warper; means, they do everything what people wield them wants to do. That will explain everything from Cap's shield Nigh-Invulnerability to why Stark's Arc Reactor is jumpstarted again when Hulk is shouting. This also means that when you believed hard enough, you can do anything. Including, if somehow Hulk brings his forces to fight Thanos at Avengers 3, Captain can assert his authorities by having them punching his shield and making all of them writhing in pain over broken knuckle while Cap only got dislocated shoulder... after having 5 of them hitting him in succession. Which he sets by himself.

The Satan's Claw will appear
As 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.
  • Jossed. Strucker is not supernaturally long-lived in the MCU, nor does he have a prosthetic hand.

The Arc reactor was an attempt to reproduce the Cosmic Cube's energy-generating capability with Earth technology
Taken 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 Stones
Obviously, they're different in this continuation. So...
  • The Tesseract is either the Mind stone or the Space Stone, since it can do both (bets on the Mind stone, since that was blue as well).
    • No, it just opened portals. Loki's spear controlled minds. My guess, Fury only thought the spear was powered by the cube because they both give off the same cosmic energy.
  • Confirmed. It's the Space Stone.
  • The Aether is the Reality stone, as Malekith tried to use it to change reality.
    • It could also be the Power stone, since it gave him far greater power and glowed red.
      • Well, Kevin has confirmed that the Tesseract is the Space Stone according to Crave Online (though personally, I expected it to be the Power Stone, with how people keep using it as a battery. Oh well.) and the Aether is the Reality Stone. That leaves four. One will factor into GotG as a McGuffin. Normally, I'd call Space, but since that is taken it's probably Mind, Power, or (less likely, though potentially interesting) Time. (I read somewhere that, whatever it is, it'll factor into AoU too.) The Eye of Agmotto seems like a likely candidate, almost certainly Soul. Then, if GotG doesn't use it, I guess the Mists in Inhumans will be the Power Stone. (Although, didn't Odin say the other "stones" were solid? Maybe the Mists work like a sauna, the coals are the Stone? Y'know, like that episode of Smallville where a coach gains pyrokinesis from a kryptonite sauna.) That leaves Time, assuming it isn't used in GotG. The simplest way to introduce it would be through Kang, but I don't see him turning up before Avengers 3. Maybe it would be the subject being heisted in Any-Man. Probabely not, I suppose it could be one which Thanos gains at the beginning of Avengers 3 or whatever the Infinity Gauntlet movie is. Hoo, well that's my theory!
      • My guesses on what the Infinity Stones are: 1. Tesseract is the Space Gem. Initially I thought it was the Power Gem until you realize that it's really an inefficient, roundabout source of power. It was also used to bridge space in the Avengers movie. Hawkeye's comment about the Tesseract pulling energy from deep space also lends itself to that fact. When the Red Skull picked it up, it seemed to just transport him rather than empower him in any way. The Bifrost might have been based on study of the Tesseract, and it also bends space. 2. The Aether is the Power Gem simply based on Thor's taunt about "For all that power, I expected you to hit harder." If it was the reality gem, I would be expecting more chaotic changes to reality when it was used. It seemed to express itself simply as waves of force instead. That, and it's red. 3. The Mind Gem was already seem as the gem on Loki's staff. It took control of people's minds, and could shoot telekinetic beams. 4. The Time Gem will be featured in Age of Ultron and will be used to transport the Avengers to the Dark Future. The rest may already be on the Infinity Gauntlet in the Asguard.
      • The Soul gem could be one of Dr. Strange's artifacts.
      • And maybe it's the Eye of Agamotto. The MCU has already merged the Space Stone with the Cosmic Cube and Vision's Sun Stone with the Mind Stone, why not combine another well known Marvel relic with an Infinity Stone? The nature of the Soul Stone makes it a perfect fit for being introduced in Doctor Strange and it would also mean Thanos would have to go through Strange to get the fifth stone which is a confrontation I want to see just as much as Thanos vs the Vision.
      • Let's not let the color of the artifacts be too big of a deciding factor here, since this picture of the Gauntlet shows 2 blue gems and a white gem, so it looks like they won't all be the same color as the comics.
    • If they ever get around to making that Runaways film they've been talking about, the Pride could have control of the Soul Gem or the Power Gem. Their evil scheme involves stealing souls, and their backstory involves receiving a massive power boost from an outside source. I'm not sure there's a corresponding artifact that could fit, but they could just make one up like the Aether.
    • More like Wishful Thinking than Wild Mass Guessing, but... the Days of Future Past movie shares a character with the Age of Ultron movie (yeah yeah, I know, a different actor, just hear me out). Days of Future Past obviously involves time travel. The previous X-Men movies were pretty solidly NOT in the current MCU, so if, theoretically, they wanted to insert it into the current MCU, they would have to retroactively change the X-Men continuity. So, in the events of Days of Future Past, the effects of the time travel change the X-Men movie history in such a way that it places it in the new MCU. And how do they achieve the time travel in the first place? With the help of a mysterious cosmic object that allows them to control time, ie, the Time Gem. Scarlet Witch is in Age of Ultron, but not Days of Future Past, so maybe she doesn't exist in the current X-Men continuity, because in the current X-Men continuity, Magneto begets Quicksilver with a different mother. The time travel means that for whatever reason, he doesn't meet that woman, but another one, who ends up giving birth to twins instead of a single baby boy, hence the change in actor. Quicksilver looks different between the two movies because, technically, due to time travel, he is a different person.
      • If this happened my life would be made. Yep.
    • Ant-Man is supposed to be a heist film, so the thing they're stealing could be one of the gems.
      • Seems a bit unlikely, since that would put two Gems on Earth and Ant-Man seems to be pretty Earth-centric.
      • Jossed.
    • In the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Lord looks to be stealing something pretty important...
    • Now that the Mandarin is confirmed to exist in the MCU, what are the possibilities that his rings are one of the stones? We've already established that the stones aren't strictly solid/whole, or they could be forged from one of the stones.
  • As of Doctor Strange, the Infinity Gems so far:
    • The Space Gem: The Tesseract — can open portals and teleport beings to other realms.
    • The Reality Gem: The Aether — under the right circumstances can unravel all of reality.
    • The Power Gem: The Orb — vastly enhances the strength and powers of beings that aren't destroyed by it possessing them.
    • The Mind Gem: The Scepter — can exert mental control over others and grant sentience to artificial beings.
    • The Time Gem: The Eye of Agamotto — can reverse time and create closed loops of time.
    • The Soul Gem: Unrevealed.
      • Something to note thus far is that all of the infinity gems seem to be capable of generating large amounts of energy and granting power to their wielders, thus "enhancing strength" is something not unique to the Power Gem (though it probably does it better and/or grants more power than the others).
      • Well, there's probably a good explanation. Where the Tesseract is concerned, someone (can't remember who) explicitly mentions "energy from space" (quantum physics — how do they work?), which needed to be mechanically harnessed for any practical purpose, so that's keeping with a theme. Meanwhile the Aether seems to just rewrite the rules of what matter is, while the Orb just gives off a whole bunch of destructive energy. (Or the writers didn't expect a big epic with all the Gems, so didn't consider giving each unique characteristics. Nah, definitely the other thing).
  • As this video points out: The Space Stone is the Tessaract, the Reality Stone is the Aether, the Time Stone is the Eye of Agamatto which Strange wore as a Necklace, the Power Stone was in the Orb, and the Mind Stone was in Loki's Scepter. This suggests that the Soul Stone's heretofore unseen container would be in something with an "H"note . Funny, Heimdall can see souls across the Nine Worlds, and his eyes are the same color as the Soul Stone.
    • Avengers: Infinity War shows that the Soul Stone did not have a container, essentially jossing the T.H.A.N.O.S. theory at first. It did have a guardian, however, who turns out to be Red Skull in the present, who was the leader of HYDRA; thus ultimately confirming this theory to an extent.

The Time Stone was/will be used to create the Inhumans.
Just as the Space Gem and Cosmic Cube were merged into the Tesseract, the Time Gem will be merged with an artifact used by the Kree known as the Forever Crystal. This artifact was used by the Supreme Intelligence to help "evolve" the genetically stagnated Kree race. I don't think it's a coincidence that the two films coming out between the two Infinity War films are Captain Marvel and the Inhumans: both stories require the Kree to be major players. I fully expect the Kree to be important in Infinity War as well. What if the Time Stone was an artifact used by the Celestials to tamper with the natural selection of various races by speeding up, slowing down, or even reversing and restarting their evolution? What if they'd used it on many planets, deliberately guiding various lifeforms to become the humanoids we see on so many worlds? And what if The Time Stone (or Forever Crystal, or whatever they end up calling it) ended up with the Kree, who figured out how it works (mostly) and experimented with it, leading to the creation of the Terrigen Mists and, ultimately, the Inhumans? I'm toying with the idea that it's actually the Time Stone that led to the creation of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, too... Their powers even seem kind of time-based to me, if SW can see the future and maybe QS moves quickly by speeding up time around himself.

A prediction, then: The Time Stone is currently on Attilan, the Inhuman headquarters on the Moon. During Infinity War: Part One, Thanos joins forces with (or just conquers) the Kree Empire and leads a huge army of Chitauri, Kree, and others across the galaxy, seizing the stones from Asgard, Xandar, and elsewhere even as the Guardians and Avengers try to stop him. Ultimately, this culminates in Thanos and his army's arrival in Earth's orbit, either at the end of that film or in Captain Marvel or Inhumans. He's already the most powerful being in the universe, and now he's going to get the last stone, destroying Attilan in the process and leading to a final showdown, on and around Earth, with a fully Gauntleted Thanos in Infinity War: Part Two.

  • Jossed. Inhumans got changed to a TV series (since Feige only had the movie on the line-up to get Perlmutter to agree to Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies; after the Marvel Creative Committee was jettisoned, Feige dropped the idea, and Perlmutter rushed it out the door), and no Infinity Stone showed up.

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.
  • Jossed, possibly. Loki's staff may contain the Mind Gem, but that doesn't mean the Mandarin can't get his hands on it at some point.
    • Jossed. Loki's scepter had the Mind Gem inside it, and at the end of the movie, it was bonded to the Vision.

Asgard's lack of communications technology
Though 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.

After the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury will start using LMD's for both him and some of his highest operatives.
LMD's are 'Life Model Decoy's, essentially robotic Avatars.
  • Would anybody really want to be associated with LMD's after how horribly they were abused in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
  • Jossed.

Should Disney manage to finalize acquisition of FOX's Marvel film rights, Captain America's shield will be discovered afterwards to not be pure Vibranium as everyone thought.
Someone—likely Wakandan—will examine the shield and realize it's actually an alloy of Vibranium and another metal. One that Marvel Studios had just gained the film rights to.

    Future Characters 

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.
  • Jossed. It's going to be Malekeith and Loki will appear (apparently skirting the edge of the Moral Event Horizon) but no Enchantress.

The other Captains America exists in this continuity, and Steve has met them
The 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 Falcon and the Winter Soldier will delve into at least aspects of this concept, with the U.S. government commissioning a new Captain America in John Walker, and Isaiah Bradley is rumored to make an appearance. Steve Rogers himself isn't confirmed to be in the show, and whether he knows about any of this - especially Bradley - is unclear.

The Invaders exists in this continuity but have a different line-up
Obviously 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.
  • Or, seeing how Jim Hammond appeared in The First Avenger and Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne fought the Russians from the 50s to the 80s, The Invaders were formed and lead by Peggy, with Falsworth becoming Union Jack in honor of Cap. The rest of the team consisted of Namor, Jim, Toro, Spitfire, The Mighty Destroyer, Golden Girl, Human Top and eventually, Pym and Janet. The Invaders were also the prototype for the Avengers.

The villains of Captain America 2 will be the Grand Director and the Communist Red Skull
We 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.
  • Jossed. The villains were The Winter Soldier, Batroc the Leaper, Crossbones and HYDRA.

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.
  • This seems unlikely. Jane Foster doesn't look even the slightest bit mixed race, and I am really doubtful they would white wash Bill Foster.
    • She could be a beloved stepdaughter who took his name or adopted.
  • No mention of any children for Bill Foster in Ant Man and the Wasp, where he finally makes his appearance.

A future movie subplot will involve an astral projected Doctor Strange giving help through Doctor Banner
In 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
  • Thanos will gather the Masters of Evil to test the Avengers. After they are beaten he will decide to personally go to Earth.
  • Jossed.

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:
  • Emilie de Ravin. She's already playing a strong female character trying to redeem the man she loves. The role would fit.
  • Jessy Schram. She has an innocent face which would fit the role, and looks a little bit like Sigyn from Norse Mythology.
  • Mia Wasikowska. If Marvel decide to go for a younger Sigyn.
  • Jennifer Morrison. If they want a Sigyn with a silver tongue of her own, and can slam-dunk Loki's into led.

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.
  • The siblings, like in the comic, could start out as villains working for Thanos, or part of the Masters of Evil. They then, for some reason or another, pull a Heel–Face Turn in time for the final battle. Redemption Equals Death could come into play, and one of them or both of them could die.
  • Casting choices:
    • Quicksilver: Jeremy Sumpter, Max Greenfield, Tom Felton.
    • Scarlet Witch: Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alexandra Daddario, Rachel Mc Adams.
    • This article says that Marvel is looking for actors in their 20s, preferably of British descent; someone edgy for Quicksilver and someone spell-check defying for Scarlet Witch. Saoirse Ronan was mentioned as a choice for the latter. (And out of the choices mentioned already, we have left Tom Felton and Rachel Hurd-Wood fitting the "20's" and "British" descriptions)
  • Rights issues with the X-Men films mean that while they can be used in the MCU, they can't be identified as mutants. Instead, they'll be re-imagined as magic-users. Wanda already is one, and it can help tie-in to the planned Doctor Strange movie. You'd be amazed how complicated some of the rights issues over certain characters have gotten. 20th Century Fox still owns he film rights to X-Men which means they automatically own the film rights to any mutant character from the Marvel Comics, even those that are more widely associated with other series. Versions of the characters are going to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by different actors and totally thematically unrelated to the ones that are going to appear in the MCU; casual viewers might not even recognize them as based on the same characters. In fact there's legal back and forth over which side could use their code names and which ones could use their real names. It's possible they will show up in one of the franchises not as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch but only identified as Wanda and Pietro Maximoff. Namor was in the middle of the same sort of legal battle because he started in his ownstand alone comic series way back before the X-Men were thought of but it was retconned into being a mutant. In short, lawyers have to argue comic book canon complete with retcons in courts of law.
  • Both characters have officially confirmed for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch will be played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Quicksilver will be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

If they ever get around to introducing The Wasp, she'll be half-Asian
Like in Ultimate Marvel. Specifically because of the "lack of diversity" criticisms the MCU has been getting.
  • Jossed. Both Jan and Hope Van Dyne are white in this continuity.

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.
  • Janet's daughter might be Petra Laskov a.k.a. Red Wasp.
  • Or the new Wasp could be a half-Asian woman like the Ultimate version of Janet.
    • Janet having a daughter is confirmed; Evangeline Lilly will be playing Hope Pym.

Carol Danvers will appear as a Space Fighter pilot working for SWORD.
SWORD will be formed in response to the Chitauri invasion and will build up Earth's defenses against alien threats. One of these defenses will be a fleet of starfighters flown by the world's best Air Force pilots.
  • SWORD is apparently tied up in the rights for X-Men, so it's prboably unusable. The resto fthe guess can still work, though.
    • Jossed. Her movie took place before The Battle of New York, and had no appearance of SWORD.

Marvel will produce a Squadron Supreme movie before Warner Brothers can release a Justice League film.
  • It'd be a dick move, but you have to admit it'd be funny.
    • It'd also probably be a better Justice League film than whatever Zack Snyder comes up with.
  • Jossed. No Squadron Supreme film is currently in the works.

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.
  • Mostly confirmed, but given how dark Daredevil and Jessica Jones got, "darker" probably isn't the right word.
  • Ghost Rider appeared in Agents of Shield. Punisher DID get a Netflix series, but Blade and Moon Knight haven't appeared yet.
    • Blade's getting a solo movie.
  • Jossed considering the ending of the Marvel-Netflix partnership and the reorganizing of Marvel Television that seemingly rendered virtually all Infinity Saga-era non-film projects non-canon.

Stephen Strange will make an appearance, either in his own movie or as a cameo
Since 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.
  • Confirmed, he got his own movie in 2016.

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.

  • Jossed.

Marvel will create a movie about the Thunderbolts
With 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!")
  • The idea could be introduced in The Stinger of a future movie. We would see some government people discussing whether the Avengers could be trusted, since they were assembled by SHIELD, and SHIELD was being controlled by HYDRA. Then a man proposes Thunderbolts as a replacement for the Avengers. Someone turns to the man: "And who would you be?" "Oh, sorry. My name is Zemo."
    • To avoid (or at least downplay) Suicide Squad (2016) comparisons, they'll give a reason other than simply wanting the Avengers to be stopped - "We need a team who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty, and isn't held back by public image".
  • Semi-confirmed. All indications suggest the while there may not necessarily be a proper movie or even TV series, the Thunderbolts will be a prominent group (at least narratively) in the MCU at least in Phase 4 and beyond, with elements scattered throughout the various Earth-based projects:
    • Black Widow features General Thunderbolt Ross, who according to a claimed leaked description of the mid-credits scene, recruits both Yelena Belova and Taskmaster to a new team he's putting together.
    • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have Zemo as a main antagonist, and Ross is rumored to be appearing in this series as well. Leaked set photos have also revealed that Songbird will feature. Additionally, multiple recent purported footage descriptions of the series indicate that the U.S. government (likely through Ross as the overseeing agent) covertly wants Winter Soldier-levels of mind control over their Captain America replacement, and Bucky's arc will see him attempting to settle down and avoid getting caught up in the fray as Zemo (this time armed with a failsafe codeword that wasn't wiped from Bucky's mind since it had never been used before) once again tracks him down for potential recruitment, possibly on the behalf of Ross himself.
    • She-Hulk is rumored to have Ross once again appear, this time including a change to his Thunderbolts alter-ego, Red Hulk.

Patrick Wilson will play a younger Hank Pym in the 60's-70's
  • Jossed. While a younger Pym does appear in flashbacks, he's still played by Michael Douglas with the aid of CGI effects.

There will be a Runaways direct-to-Netflx series, coming out after Avengers 2
There 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 Doctor 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.
  • Semi-confirmed. A Runaways series has been announced, but it's Hulu instead of Netflix.

The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are Von Strucker's children.
Well, he does have a pair of twin mutant kids in the comics...
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Perhaps Magus will be the villain of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. This could introduce both the Time Gem (because the plot would involve travelers from the future) and the Soul Gem (Kind of Warlock's signature) at the same time.
  • Jossed, he is not a member of the Guardians in the sequel. He does, however, show up in The Stinger.

Squirrel Girl will eventually appear (although not as a Mutant).
  • She's been confirmed for that New Warriors series that's supposedly in Development Hell, although at this point, it would make no sense to for them to have her status as a mutant be Adapted Out, given that Disney can now use mutants.

After Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to a close, there will be a second TV series which will feature either the New Warriors, Nextwave, or Avengers Academy
Basically 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 X-Men will appear
In their own show, because Marvel owns the TV rights.

Ego the Living Planet will appear.
As an expy to Galactus, who Marvel doesn't have the film rights to.
  • Since the 2015 Fantastic Four movie bombed, it's likely Marvel will get the movie rights. So we might see Galactus (and Silver Surfer) at some point.

Black Panther's story arc.
When they announced their Phase Three lineup, Marvel all but confirmed that Andy Serkis's character in Avengers: Age of Ultron will be Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw, and we've known before that part of the movie will take place in Wakanda and that Ultron's final body will be made of vibranium, the metal Klaw specializes in. I believe his role in the movie will be that to create his vibranium body, Ultron finds Klaw and enlists his help. The two then go to Wakanda to seize the vibranium, but King T'Chaka tries to stop them, but is killed by them, with T'Challa watching. After Ultron's new body is completed, Klaw takes the leftover vibranium and leaves, with Ultron leaving him to his own devices. The Stinger of the movie will be T'Challa donning the Black Panther suit and swearing to take revenge on Klaw now that Ultron is (presumably) out of the picture.

In Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark finds Klaw and recruits him under the Superhuman Registration Act to make vibranium weapons for use against the anti-Registration heroes, which will result in T'Challa joining Cap's side in the conflict, but Klaw escapes in the fallout of the film's final battle, leading into the Black Panther movie, where he'll be The Dragon to another Black Panther villain like Man-Ape or Killraven.

  • Jossed. Though he is alluded to, T'Challa never appears in Age of Ultron, nor does his father. While he does have a major role in Civil War, it's as an independent combatant who clashes with Cap's team (and thus has motives that align with Stark's to a degree).
    • Additionally, while correct that Klaue sells Ultron vibranium, the sale is made in the former's Johannesburg hideout with no trip to Wakanda made. Black Panther reveals that Klaue's vibranium was acquired in the early 1990s and he had no role in T'Chaka's death.note 

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's father in this continuity is Maximus the Mad.
There were rumors of them being potrayed as Inhumans rather than Mutants, and having Maximus as their father would allow them to still be depicted as the children of a supervillain.
  • Jossed. Their parents were human as were they originally. Also they are not Inhumans but still are called gifted.

The Mandarin will appear in future films.
And not Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3. Fans were outraged over the Mandarin's role in that film, there was no actual usage of the ten rings; which were set up in Iron Man. As of the Marvel short 'All Hail the King' which shows Slattery being abducted from prison by a (Real) Mandarin's Agent, we know that the real Mandarin exists in Earth-199,999 (The MCU universe).
  • Iron Man 4 is the main place he could be used.
  • Possibly, and bear with me for this, GOTG 2 or 3. To tie in with the Cosmic origins of the Makluan Rings.
    • Alternatively, he'll be used in the Shang-Chi movie that Marvel supposedly has in the works. Chi could easily be a special operations agent, and the Mandarin could be a target that Chi has to take out.
    • Alternatively alternatively, he could be Shang-Chi's father, replacing Fu Manchu from the source material.
    • CONFIRMED. He's slated to appear in Shang-Chi.

Angela will come from the Once Upon a Time multiverse
She gets ripped out of their story-book version of Heaven rather than the tenth realm, or possibly both realms are the same and the only connection between the MCU and OUAT worlds.

The Time Stone will be used by Kang the Conqueror.
He's an Avengers villain as well as a Fantastic Four villain, so they could introduce him. He'll be Iron Man's descendant here.
  • Jossed. James Gunn says that Marvel cannot use Kang, since his rights belong at Fox.
    • Disney now owns Fox, so it's now unjossed - assuming the Infinity Stones survive Endgame.
      • Jossed, since they didn't survive the events of Endgame. Unless Kang comes from another dimension with their own set of Infinity Stones.

A new version of Midnight Oil will be use during the Vietnam War
being use on some US soldiers including Frank Simpson (Nuke) and Frank Castle
  • Jossed. Nuke appears in Jessica Jones, but as a veteran of The War on Terror rather than Vietnam. Similar, Punisher appears in Season 2 of Daredevil, but is far too young to have fought in Vietnam in this continuity.

Wanda's kids will be flung through time
In addition to all the other bizarre reality-warping that they had to go through in order to be born, Billy and Tommy will be sent back in time as infants so that they can grow up to be teenagers by the time a Young Avengers movie is made.

The Soul Gem will be a character instead of an object
The Gems have been different this time around compared to how they're shown in the comics (the Reality Gem is fluid, the Space Gem is also the Cosmic Cube, etc.) so what a twist it would be to reveal that the Soul Gem isn't an ordinary relic like the others, but actually a person with the relic somehow inside them serving as their consciousness. As in, the Soul Gem is actually their soul. If the person is good then it would raise moral questions, i.e. would it be right to kill this person in order to stop Thanos from completing the Gauntlet. The person could also have the Gem's powers, like reading other people's souls and/or copying their abilities (like Peter Petrelli from Heroes). This person could either be a brand new character who has never existed in the comics (like Coulson) or a character from the comics but re-imagined.
  • Assuming the rumors that the green Eye of Agamotto is the Time Stone then that leaves orange as the Soul Stone. Adam Warlock would fit here perfectly since he is both closely associated with the Soul Gem and has orange skin.
  • Jossed in Avengers: Infinity War. Though the Soul Stone is tied to a certain character in that they knew where it was all this time, and they needed to be sacrificed for Thanos to gain it.

Kid Loki, if he does appear in this universe, will be a "meme loving fuck".
This is a direct quote from his 616 counterpart's article on the Marvel wiki.
He also shows a lot of interest in Midgard and wishes to learn more about it as possible. He became interested in cell phones (he bought a Stark Phone, which he often uses to take pictures) and the Internet, learning about memes and downloading movies.

Marvel will pull Loophole Abuse in regards to Kang The Conqueror's film rights.
James Gunn recently revealed the film rights to Kang are owned by Fox, seemingly ruling the character out of the MCU for the time being. To compensate for this, Marvel will use Immortus in his place as a future antagonist Immortus first appeared in The Avengers, after all.
  • Moot point now. Disney owns Fox, and Kang will appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

A Young Avengers movie will combine elements of both volumes as well as Loki: Agent of Asgard
This assumes that Loki will be killed and reincarnated as young!Loki after Infinity War. Instead of being brought together by Iron Lad to fight Kang, the Young Avengers be brought together by Loki to fight Old!Loki, and his attempts at leading the team will be equivalent to his redemption arc in his solo series. Instead of a program designed to search them out, it'll be a spell Loki casts. And during the movie he'll make an attempt to usurp Billy's power, but decide to be a better person instead.

We won't be seeing any film or TV adaptation of Young Avengers until 2025 at the very earliest.
Judging by Cassie Lang's age in Ant-Man, any adaptation of Young Avengers is going to have to wait about a decade afterwards if she's going to appear in it as a teenager. In any case, that long a wait is probably necessary for Wiccan and Speed's backstory, to properly develop Scarlet Witch and her relationship with the Vision.
  • Cassie's age is somewhat of a moot point, since it's confirmed that there's going to be a Time Skip in Avengers 4 and she'll be older after said skip.

Way down the line, Miles Morales will be introduced as the new Spider-Man if they ever decide to kill Peter Parker off.
Despite the complaining when it was revealed that the MCU Spider-Man would be a third version of Peter Parker, the decision makes sense. Tom Holland can't be expected to stick around playing Peter forever, and Marvel Studios would want the MCU to keep on making movies featuring Spider-Man for much longer than Holland (or any actor) could be expected to stay. So, when the time comes, they still have the option of killing off Peter and introducing Miles as his replacement.
  • A Deleted Scene in Homecoming confirms Miles exists in the MCU, but whether he has any powers is yet to be seen.

White Tiger and Nova will make an appearance in the MCU, with or without their own series.
  • Because with Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist joining the MCU, those two are all that are needed to create an MCU version of the Ultimate Spider-Man team.
    • Nova Corps have already been established, so it's only a matter of time.

Kamala Khan will appear in The Stinger of the Captain Marvel film
Probably not with her face shown, but it could be similar to her first appearance in the Captain Marvel comics, where she made an unnamed cameo as a young girl putting a Captain Marvel poster on her wall.
  • Jossed. She is getting a Disney+ show however.

Monica Rambeau will appear in the Captain Marvel movie
She will appear as Carol's Token Black Friend and play a role similar to Falcon and Rhodey in the Captain America and Iron Man films. Since she was a member of the Harbor Patrol in the comics, that concept could be recycled by having her be a Naval or Air Force officer that serves alongside Carol.
  • Then much like War Machine, Marvel could set it up so that she becomes a hero in her own right (Spectrum) in the sequel.
  • Semi-Confirmed Monica Rambeau appears in Captain Marvel, albeit as a young child
  • Technically confirmed: Monica will appear in the Captain Marvel sequel, with the newfound powers she acquired in WandaVision.

The Runaways will appear in one of the mystery Marvel films
Marvel staked out several release dates for new movies. Runaways could be one of the new franchises since by then, all the necessary pieces will have been introduced.
  • Jossed. Runaways has been confirmed as a Hulu series.

If the Runaways do appear, some origins will be altered
Since Marvel cannot use mutants or possibly Skrulls, Molly Hayes and Xavin will need to have their origins reworked.
  • Molly and her parents could easily end up being Inhumans, with her parents being banished from Afterlife in the backstory. This fits with their title of "The Outcasts" when the Gibborim created the Pride..
  • Since Molly's strength is more important to the plot than her parents powers at all, they could easily be changed to a family of Asgardians that were exiled to Earth. Again, this fits with "The Outcasts".
  • For what it's worth, Marvel Studios can use the Skrulls: the rights are shared with Fox, like with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Only the Super-Skrull is Fox-only because he specifically has the combined powers of the Fantastic Four. So Xavin could appear with no issue.
    • The problem is that Xavin also has the FF powers, so he/she is probably off-limits too. In any case, Xavin is not in the announced cast for the TV series.

Namor will be played by...
  • Daniel Dae Kim
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Akshay Kumar
  • Richard Armitage
  • Brian Tee (who has expressed interest in the potential part)
  • Going by the pattern of Illuminati members being played by actors who've portrayed Sherlock Holmesnote , Jonny Lee Miller is the most likely candidate.

GwenPool will appear
  • Because c'mon! C'MON!
    • Unlikely, the rights are tied up between Marvel, Sony, and FOX. A three-fer, that's rare.
    • Well, not anymore...

Reptil will be introduced by either the end of Phase 3 or the beginnings of Phase 4
He will appear as Humberto Lopez, a teenage prisoner who is arrested due to the Sokovia Accords and placed in the Raft. He will angrily chew out Thunderbolt Ross to his face for infringing on his rights before escaping, foreshadowing the introduction of some of the younger heroes. I'm not sure what movie would suit this scene best though.

Anthem from the Order will appear helping Tony get through his personal problems post-Civil War
In a supremely meta gag, it will be implied that the MCU version of Anthem is actually Robert Downey Jr. Just don't ask how casting will pull it off.
  • Jossed.

Following Avengers: Infinity War, more teams will be introduced, even if the Avengers films continue into Phase Four
This is a way Marvel can both profit from the MCU's established heroes introduce new ones, all in new films that could bring publicity to their comic book counterparts. These teams/films could be the following:
  • The Liberators: an adaptation of the Lady Liberators team. This is the one I think would be the most natural, since Black Widow and Scarlet Witch have both been introduced in the Avengers films and Valkyrie and the Hope van Dyne Wasp will both be established before Phase Four begins. To round out the team to an odd number, the hypothetical Liberators film will introduce She-Hulk, Thundra, or Tigra, and have them be united by Valkyrie to fight Amora (who will not be called the Enchantress, but simply an enchantress in order to avoid comparisons to DC's Enchantress) and quite literally liberate a magical realm that she has conquered by brainwashing all the men there. This will essentially turn the original concept, a pretty dated joke meant to poke fun at the rising feminism of the 70s, into a legitimate attempt at a "Girl Power" superhero movie that can still succeed with general audiences (since most of the characters would already have casual fans), using Enchantress as a representative of negative stereotypes about powerful, men disliking women that the heroines will stand in contrast of, rather than having a Straw Misogynist serve as the villain and be seen as preachy.
  • Power Pack: It's recently been rumoured that the concept of a Power Pack adaptation are in the and a superhero movie following children could be an interesting new direction. Plus, this would give Marvel Studios four new superheroes that they can use in films for longer than usual, if they do the right paperwork and sign child actors multi-picture deals.
  • The Invaders: This will be kind of different in the MCU, since it's pretty clear that the original Invaders team wasn't form in this continuity...but there have been further incarnations of the team in the comics, including a contemporary Invaders team who appeared in 2014, which included Bucky Barnes and the Sam Wilson Captain America alongside Namor, the original Human Torch, and a younger Japanese heroine called Radiance. This could serve as a basis for a modern MCU Invaders, who in this setting are the only Invaders. There would absolutely have to be some changes, most notably in removing the Human Torch, though when it comes to Namor, Marvel Studios could work out a deal with the film rights to him. Either way, this hypothetical Invaders film could feature Sam and Bucky forming a new team with Radiance, and a few others. If they can use Namor, he will join the team alongside one more member. If they can't use Namor, it'll two different members. To take the place of Jim Hammond, I would recommend Bonita Juarez, who has similar fire powers and would win points on the diversity scale since she's a Latina superhero. The character who could possibly take the place of Namor could be Wonder Man (thus possibly giving Nathan Fillion some love)...or possibly Vision, since he's an android like Jim Hammond.
    • Alternately, the film could be a 50s Period Piece, with the team going after Russia, being led by Namor (as Marvel apparently has the rights back), and including other Invaders members such as Spitfire to fill out the team.
  • The Howling Commandos: A new Period Piece film starring an incarnation of the team fighting the good fight in a historic war and participating in espionage. If they bring back James Falsworth, it could show him become the first Union Jack, which can set up his successors for future appearances.
  • The Sensational Seven: One of the few genres that Marvel has yet to venture into: a western. It would also give them another shot at the criminally underused Red Wolf and unfortunate attempt at making the Rawhide Kid gay (they could play it seriously rather than as a joke the whole time).
  • Thunderbolts: A combination of several incarnations, with the core of it being the "attempt to reform past villains" concept. It will be headed by Winter Soldier (who we know wants to redeem himself) and Zemo (who is much more sympathetic than in the comics, and would likely jump at the chance to prove himself superior to the Avengers once again).
    • Production leaks from multiple films and TV series strongly suggest that this will be confirmed, though not necessarily as its own solo franchise.
  • Black Widows: A solo adventure for Natasha where she has to face off against Yelena Belova, a fellow trainee/result of the Black Widow Ops Program, while trying to search for a missing girl abducted by the Russian mafia, who she had failed to rescue years ago. The girl is Ava Orlova, a Ukrainian girl who was abducted by the Russian mafia after she went on the run from the Black Widow Ops Program when they tried to "recruit" her. Along the way, Natasha is assisted by Nick Fury's ex-wife and retired spy Monica Chang in fighting Belova and the Russian mafia. Ava goes on to appear more later as Red Widow after discovering she's Natasha's biological younger sister, fathered by the same man.
    • Black Widow seems primed to introduce this concept, however, the premise of the movie is that Natasha ultimately goes after the entire existing Black Widow program to end it once and for all, so the longevity of the program for future appearances is in question.
  • Captain Britain: A standard superhero origin movie where Brian Braddock becomes Captain Britain. It could also involve other British heroes such as Black Knight, Union Jack, Faiza Hussain, and Elsa Bloodstone.
  • 2099: A dystopian cyberpunk story taking place years from now and focusing on only a few heroes from that era such as Spider-man, Punisher, and Ghost Rider. Could potentially also involve a time-displaced hero that audiences are more familiar with.

The MCU version of Deadpool will be a deceased S.H.I.E.L.D. agent brought back by Project T.A.H.I.T.I..
For whatever reason, GH.325 had an even _stranger_ effect on Agent Wilson's mind than it did on the other agents. Fortunately, the maddening effets his particular case overrode the usual subconscious obsession with the alien city, so he gained Medium Awareness instead.
  • Problem is that Marvel has so far expressed approval of the Deadpool movies, meaning that if anything, they'd be more likely to incorporate Deadpool in canon (especially since Disney now owns Fox).

Ghost Rider will make an appearence
They're in the same universe! And this troper can dream that Robert Downey Jr. and Nicolas Cage will be in the same movie.
  • Ghost Rider does appear in Agents of SHIELD.

Ms. Marvel will appear, but she'll be a mutant, not an Inhuman.
With Marvel not having the film rights to the mutant characters, they've been using the comics to push the Inhumans as an alternative to the X-Men, but they'll have the film rights to the characters. However, most of the Inhumans haven't had as much success as the mutants, and with the Inhumans TV series bombing, the MCU may be reluctant to bring the Inhumans into the films. Feige has expressed interest in bringing in Kamala Khan, so if she shows up, she'll have a different reason for her powers. Now that MCU is getting the rights to the X-Men, they could make her a mutant, which would be the easiest way of giving her powers.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans may feel snubbed if the likes of fan favorites like Quake and Yo-Yo are ostracized in the films for the sins of their Attilanian cousins.

All-purpose theories for characters
No theory is too outlandish, nothing is out of bounds.
  • The Silver Surfer, as mentioned below, will show up as The Cavalry when the team goes up against Thanos. They'd have to buy the rights to him from 20th Century Fox, but it wouldn't feel like a Thanos movie without the Surfer.
    • He didn't show up in either Infinity War or Endgame, but now that Disney bought Fox, it's surely a matter of when, not if.
  • The Vision will appear, either as an original character or as a resurrected Phil Coulson, possibly as his LMD.
  • Hank Pym and The Wasp, if only to quiet the fans who weren't happy about them not appearing in this movie.
    • Ironically among the fans upset about that was Joss Whedon himself, so they'll no doubt be in the sequel, or at least the third film.
    • Ant-Man has his own film.
    • And the Wasp will show up in the sequel!
  • Captain Mar-Vell or Ms. Marvel. Since the sequel is definitely going interplanetary, it would make sense to include the Kree as alien allies of Earth. At the very least, Carol Danvers will likely be introduced as one of the team's higher-ups at S.H.I.E.L.D..
    • Confirmed, as Marvel has announced a Captain Marvel film to be released in 2019.
  • She-Hulk, if only to pad out the team's female characters, or to act as an upbeat foil for Bruce Banner. This could also help them get around the issue with Universal still having the rights to a solo Hulk movie.
    • She's getting a TV series on Disney Plus, suggesting that they've at least started to work out the rights issues.
  • Doctor Strange will introduce elements of magic into the mostly sci-fi themed Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will ultimately use a spell to help turn the tide against Thanos.
  • Black Panther will be introduced as a powerful African monarch who will become the team's ally when they (inevitably) get involved in some kind of international intrigue. Midway through, they'll discover that he's a powerful warrior in his own right.
  • Spider-Man, if The Amazing Spider-Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the real reason the franchise was rebooted.
  • Ultron will be one of the new villains if the above Hank Pym theory becomes reality.
    • Confirmed, albeit not related to Pym.
  • Howard the Duck will be redeemed from his last cinematic adventure.
    • Hey, he and The Avengers are owned by the same company now. You never know...
  • Deadpool. Thanos seemed pretty happy at the idea of "courting death" and he, Deadpool and Death did have a love triangle once. Deadpool's gonna show up and fight for his anthropomorphic personification girl!
    • Most likely jossed for now, thanks to FOX
      • And now unjossed. Disney now owns Fox
  • Squirrel Girl, because Thanos, Galactus or any other Avengers-size threat will think twice if faced with endless squirrels.
  • Mockingbird, as she's both A) Massively underused and unappreciated, and B) is a relatively petite, snarky badass fighter who fits Joss Whedon's usual character mold perfectly.
  • Taskmaster, same reason as Bobbi: Needs More Love. Also because he would be AWESOME to see in Live Action. Maybe he'll be The Dragon to the Big Bad, whoever the Big Bad is.
    • Confirmed. Taskmaster will appear somehow in Black Widow.
  • Tigra, she needs more love too.
  • The Sentry will be the Big Bad of Avengers III, created as a military attempt at a superhero who can stand up to Thor and the Hulk.
    • Jossed as for the given WMG, since Thanos is the big bad of Infinity War.
  • Ares: The casting sheet for The Eternals movie is calling for a male lead that is only identified as a Greek God. While the obvious conclusion for this would be it's for The Incredible Herculesnote , it would be a lot funnier if it was Ares, since all signs point towards the Eternals movie being released in 2020, which would make it a Dueling Works with Wonder Woman 1984 (who fought DC's character of the same name in her debut movie).

Pet Avengers
Since not that many animal characters have actually been introduced, a lot of these will end up being the various sentient inanimate objects of the MCU. Why? Because it's funny:

Potential actors who could play the MCU's Fantastic Four (and associated characters)
Unless Disney's attempt to purchase 20th Century Fox's film and television divisions gets vetoed or falls through, we'll likely see the Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity, albeit quite some time later. But when it does eventually happen, who will play the roles?

  • Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic:
    • Justin Kirk
    • Esai Morales
    • Jon Krasinski
    • Ian Anthony Dale
  • Johnny Storm/Human Torch:
    • Gabriel Basso
    • Shannon Kook
    • Joe Alwyn
  • Susan Storm/Invisible Woman:
    • Ana Ortiz
    • Kate Bosworth
    • Emily Blunt
    • Hayden Panatierre
  • Ben Grimm/The Thing:
    • Tyler Labine
    • Terry Crews
    • Bruno Starosta Jr.

Who will be the first explicit LGBTQ character in the MCU?
In June of 2018, Kevin Feige announced that the MCU has at least one LGBTQ character in the works. Who do you think it will be?
  • Reportedly, The Eternals movie is going to have an openly gay male lead, on top of the bi Starfox also appearing. It could be either Makkari or The Forgotten Onenote , who don't have a stated sexuality in the comics as far as I knownote .
  • It's possible it was also referring to Valkyrie, who is confirmed to be looking for her Queen in Thor: Love and Thunder. Though Eternals comes out first and it's still very possible the lead (looking to be Ikaris) will be queer there too.

When the X-Men eventually get introduced, the main team members and their prominence will be much different
Possible leads/main team members:
  • Storm: She could get to actually lead the field team this time and avert Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping. To contrast her previous portrayals they could also avert But Not Too Black with the casting, have her wear something resembling one of her white costumes from the comics, and will put focus on her character relationships by having her be torn between her feelings for T'Challa and Forge.
  • Jubilee: Namely, they could actually let her be part of the actual team and not just the student body, let her actually be part of the action, and call her by name on screen for once.
  • Forge: He's never appeared in Fox's movies, so he'd bring something new to the table. He could be the team's main tech guy and engineer, being the one who creates the Blackbird and the Danger Room. He could also be Storm's Love Interest, as mentioned above.
  • Sunfire: He's also never appeared in the Fox films, not unlike Forge. He could be reimagined as the new token "bad boy" for the team, softening him up to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. His fire powers would make for a neat visual element and his being Japanese could be used help emphasize that mutants are a world-wide development.
    • Only problem I could see with him is that Disney might consider him more closely associated with Big Hero 6, and the animated film for that team has no ties to the MCU, so it could be that he's being saved for a sequel.
      • No sequel has been confirmed for that movie, and the TV show sequel seems content to not include any comic book characters at all; if anything, Disney seems to be pulling the team away further from greater Marvel lore.
  • Gambit: His film has been in Development Hell for so long it isn't even funny anymore, so why not throw the character a bone and let him play with the big kids instead of just being a brief appearance in a now non-canon movie.
  • Emma Frost: We can see her somewhat more heroic side by having her be aligned with the X-Men. It could make for good drama; an "evil" mutant trying to do the right thing and help younger mutants not have to become as cynical as her.
  • Dazzler: Heroes in the MCU tend to be fairly publicly known, so why not a literal celebrity who becomes a member of the X-Men or vice versa? It could also lead to jokes about the music industry and cameos from famous musicians who meet and collaborate with Dazzler in-universe.
    • Could be a full Musical Episode for the MCU. Bet that would get critics to shut up about Marvel movies being generic.
  • Armor: She could be the team's latest recruit like in XMen and be a viewpoint character, since the X-Men were introduced as teenage students. Her powers would also only really work with the budget for a superhero blockbuster.
  • Pixie: A lot of the same appeal as Armor, though she could also bring her father being the villain Mastermind to the table.
  • Xorn: He could be given a new, not convoluted story that could be integrated into the comics. It'd also be an organic way to include a popular young Chinese actor, what with how much China's affecting the box office these days.
  • Polaris: She was teased in X2 in a Freeze-Frame Bonus, but never showed up; assuming that they keep Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch unrelated to Magneto, they could use Polaris in place of Magneto during stories where the latter is good or Joseph (Magneto's clone).
  • Nightcrawler: They could showcase the fun, friendly part of his character. He can function as comic relief while also having serious moments and good character development.
  • Vulcannote : He didn't appear in Dark Phoenixnote , so assuming we get MCU versions of Cyclops and Havok, perhaps he'll show up as a villain of an MCU X-Men movie. Alternatively, he'll get a case of Adaptational Heroism and stay a good guy (akin to his current role in Hickman's run on the X-Men).
  • Gateway: an obscure choice, but I think he could be an interesting addition for two reasons. First is that his teleportation powers could allow for an interesting approach to the team's globe trotting. Second is that with his Aboriginal Australian heritage, he could provide representation for a people who are extremely underrepresented in popular media. He would be wearing clothes for this though.
  • Marrow: She could be a great, sympathetic viewpoint character if handled well. Her powers could also make her a neat kinda-but-not-really replacement for Wolverine on the main team.

Beta Ray Bill will show up wielding Jarnbjorn, and he and Thor will switch weapons at some point
He was supposed to appear in Ragnarok, but got pushed back to another film, and since Thor appears to be part of the Guardians now, it would be a perfect chance to introduce him. Since they can't have Bill pick up Mjolnir, why not have what Thor replaced Mjolnir with in the comics start in Bill's hands?

Orlando Bloom will play a villain at some point
Just so all of the elves will have played Marvel villains.

A future villain will be a Yandere for the hero
This is a motivation they haven't used yet, and it might be compelling.

Doctor Doom will appear as a satire of Victor Orban
Trump is a bit too obvious, and Orban is also from the same geographic region

Galactus will appear
But he will be an incomprehensible Eldritch Abomination whose true form we never see. Most of his work will be done by creepy Heralds.

The Mandarin will be Shang-Chi's father
Making him a composite character with the characters original father Fu Manchu/Zheng Zhu.
  • Confirmed.

Jimmy Woo will appear in the stinger for Shang-Chi
He'll recruit him into the Agents of Atlas, specifically one inspired by the iteration spinning out of War of the Realms.

Enchantress will be the villain of Thor: Love and Thunder
She can kick off the plot in one of three ways.
  • She puts a love spell on Thor, forcing Valkyrie and Jane!Thor to chase after her.
  • She puts a love spell on Valkyrie, forcing Thor and Jane!Thor to chase after her.
  • She puts a love spell on Thor and Valkyrie, forcing Jane!Thor to save them both.
    • Alternatively, she'll be part of the Big Bad Ensemble with another Thor villain - since Love and Thunder is likely his final solo movie, they might as well use Mangog.

The Blade reboot will be the 1st MCU movie to have an R-rating

Ragnarok from the comics will appear in the What If? episode of Thor: Ragnarok
"What if Ragnarok caused Ragnarok?"

If Iron Fist appears in the movies someday, they won't be Danny Rand
Nor would it be Colleen Wing. Instead, the identity will belong to Pei, the young girl from K'un-Lun who also bore the Iron Fist power for a time. This will allow for creative freedom from the Netflix series without necessarily having to "reboot" it. Pei could be introduced in a Shang-Chi sequel.

How Gorr the God Butcher will be introduced into Thor: Love and Thunder
Given that Knull is most-likely off the table due to primarily being a Venom character and that Hela's weapon in Thor: Ragnarok has been stated to be the MCU version of the Necrosword, it seems likely that she will fill the role of the "dark god who crash-lands on Gorr's homeworld" — having been launched through space by the destruction of Asgard — and that Gorr will take the Necrosword from her.

    How X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other Marvel characters will be integrated into the MCU 
FF and X-Men characters will be mentioned in Avengers 4
Now that 20th Century Fox will be bought by Disney, the movie rights to both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men (as well as all of the charters most commonly accosted with them like Doctor Doom and Deadpool) will return to Marvel Studios. As such it'll only be a matter of time until the legal rights allow those characters to appear in the MCU. Before then, it'll make sense for certain characters, like say Black Widow, to mention places like Latveria.
  • Jossed.

Certain characters who appeared in previous movies and TV series will be revealed as Mutants
The most obvious character-revealed-Mutant will be Chan Ho Yin, AKA Scorch, from Season One of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is because one of the comic characters who used the Scorch codename was a Mutant.

The Mutants will be depicted as being the result of the Eternals actions on Earth
Maybe some Eternals "canoodling" with humans is what created the X-gene.

The Mutants will be depicted as having been living and interacting in secret
Think of this à la the Wizards in Harry Potter, or even just something similar to how Wakanda kept its true nature secret, but more unorthodox (i.e. Xavier's school being in a very secluded location in the mountains or woods, the Morlocks living even further down than the sewers, Genosha being a cloaked island untouched by non-Mutants, small villages or towns that exist just to be secret havens for Mutants...) All of their conflicts, prior to being exposed or revealing themselves, would of been conducted beneath the confines of the masquerade, if only for fears of what would happen if humans discovered them via a huge fight with lots of collateral damage. Xavier would be training the X-Men teams to be the ultimate ambassadors to the rest of the world, while the villains were preparing to conquer it when the time was right.

The Eternals movie will set up the F4
Reed Richards appears in the Gaiman series the movie is based on, but wasn't too drastic to the story; perhaps the movie will have him be friends with one of the Eternals, and we see that he's started preparing for the mission (which could easily be a privately-funded mission to space, in the same vein as Space-Xnote ), with the post-credits scene showing the mission launching, and mission control being told "Houston, We Have a Problem".

Storm will be prominently featured in the MCU when the X-Men get introduced.
She's one of the Marvel's most popular and recognizable characters, and since the FOX films didn't utilize her much, the MCU doesn't have anything to compete with. Plus with the success of Black Panther and the likely success of Captain Marvel, MCU recognizes the profit potential of diverse heroes.

The plot of the first MCU X-Men film.
The MCU will establish that mutants have existed all along, but in secret. The first X-Men MCU film will take place as the mutants are in hiding, with characters questioning how long they can hide, and whether it's even worth it. The main villain will be an organization that takes advantage of the mutant secrecy, it allows them to kidnap mutants for research and experiments. In the end, Professor X and the X-Men will decide that mutants should be known to the world now, and that they should announce it themselves in the hopes that it will give them some control over the narrative. (spoiler alert: they'll be feared and hated anyway)

The various X-Men characters will get limited series on Disney+
Like the others, it only makes sense to flesh out the X-Men side of the MCU with limited series on the X-Men characters. What candidates do you think there are, and what would they be about?
  • Kitty Pryde — Focuses on Kitty Pryde's adventures in various parts of the world, helping out others and stopping bad guys while setting a good example for other mutants.
  • Beast — We see Hank going about his career as a scientist, advocate, and crimefighter, hopefully with the charisma to back it up.
  • X-23 — Gives us light on Laura Kinney's youth as a birth-raised assassin, as runaway, and now a hero.
  • Longshot — Tells both Longshot's present as a ladykiller X-Man and his history as an entertainer/slave in the media-obsessed Mojoworld.
  • Storm — Sheds light on her history where she was thought as an African goddess, now a major force for the X-Men and mutant equality.
  • Gambit — The anti-heroic Cajun is better suited for a series than a solo movie, and this could show him going about his ways as a thief before becoming a better hero.
    • Considering his movie wound up getting shelved, this is more likely to happen now.
  • Academy X — This focuses on the students of the Academy training to be the next X-Men. These people may appear in supporting roles in the movies, to be better fleshed-out here. Members include Elixir, Hellion, Dust, Gentle, Rockslide, Prodigy, Anole, Surge, Pixie, Mercury, and (possibly) X-23.
  • Psylocke — Shows her as an anti-heroic assassin and British ninja, as well as her history from her old days.
  • X-Factor — Based on the '90s run with X-Factor as government agents, it stars Multiple Man, Havok, Polaris, Strong Guy and Wolfsbane as they take on various missions with Valerie Cooper acting as liaison.

Doctor Doom will get his own limited series on Disney+
Another character who could use one is Doctor Doom himself. A series that tells his origins from peasant to ruler of Latveria, brilliant scientist and powerful sorcerer, and one of the most dangerous beings on Earth, would be a big hit. Naturally, it'd be Truer to the Text than anything Fox ever did.

The integration will happen in a Secret Wars movie adaptation
Instead of grabbing parts of planets, the Beyonder will grab entire Earths from different dimensions — the MCU, X-Men, and Fantastic Four — in order to put its superhumans to fight. So it won't be goodies vs. baddies, it will be Earth A vs. Earth B vs. Earth C. As a side effect of Doctor Doom stealing the Beyonder's powers, the three Universes will merge, Crisis on Infinite Earths style. The resulting Universe will contain the union set of all three Earths' features. For some characters, this will be rather traumatic.

Gambit will be repurposed into an MCU movie
If they don't want to go the show route, it's possible that Marvel Studios will make a movie starring Gambit, like what Fox tried and failed to do. Marvel Studios is known to draw upon lesser-knowns and have proven they can make it work, and Gambit is very popular with fans already. As the drafts for the movie are already there, they have an easy source to draw from for a potential movie, while making changes to fit the universe as needed.
  • Alternatively, Gambit will be a prominent member of the cast in the first full-on MCU X-Men movie, with Marvel Studios and Disney throwing a bone to Channing Tatum and letting/having him play Gambit. If he's well received, Gambit will stay prominent and if not, he'll be written out of the plot.
    • Jossed - movie got shelved.

If Wolverine shows up, he'll be an Avenger instead of an X-Man
We already have 5 movies with Wolverine as a member of the X-Men (6 if you count his cameo in Apocalypse - not counting his solo films), so we don't need to see another one; however, he was a member of the Avengers (he even sided with them in Avengers vs X-Men), so if they didn't want to give him more solo movies, the Avengers would be the best fit for him in the MCU.

The Fantastic Four already have their powers, but aren't yet superheroes
Instead, they use their powers in secret to investigate potential paranormal threats to the world before they happen. Their introduction will show them coming into prominence in the public eye after something they were looking into turns out to be a very big deal. Said big deal? Not Doctor Doom, but the Mole Man, who attacks several cities with the enormous creatures of Monster Isle, just like in the team's very first Silver Age appearance. Their origin would be told in flashbacks and the "beat the commies to space" motivation could be replaced by the four being hired to study the "Cosmic Rays" by a company.

The Human Torch will be powered by EXTREMIS.
It's kind of an incredibly obvious connection.

Mutants will be introduced through a live-action Spiritual Successor to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
This is something I suggested in the comments section of a WhatCulture video about little-known X-Men characters that the MCU would make popular and among those was Firestar. According to a reply, she and Iceman could appear in a future Spider-Man film where they'll lead us to Professor X and thus into the first Marvel Studios X-Men film.

Just like how they gave the Hulk his adjective & added a subtitle to Captain America & Spider-Man, Because there already is a film called Film/X-Men & a film called Fantastic Four (2005) (two to be precise, the inaugural films will have titles expanded beyond just Character Title.

Suggestions For X-Men Film

  • The Uncanny X-Men
  • Astonishing X-Men
  • Mutants
  • The X-Men
  • Individual mutant solo films rather than starting with a team.
  • Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters
  • X-Men: Evolution
  • Generation X

Suggestions For Fantastic Four Film

  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest
  • 4antastic
  • Four
  • The Fantastic Four
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Future Foundation, or even just FF.

Upcoming Phase 4 shows and films will introduce mutants one by one

Which mutants do you guys think will appear in each step of Phase 4?
  • Films
    • Black Widow:
      • Omega Red (Arkady Rossovich)
      • Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
      • Colossus (Peter Rasputin), Magik (Ilyana Rasputin), or Mikhail Rasputin.
    • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings:
      • Rumors have suggested that Wiz Kid (Takeshi "Taki" Matsuya) may appear in the film, possibly as a civilian ally of Shang-Chi. Even if this is just a minor role, a post credits scene could show Taki being approached by an X-Men member (it really doesn't matter who) and given an offer to attend Xavier's school, thus properly teasing the X-Men.
      • Rumors also suggest that the Mandarin will be organizing a fighting tournament of some kind. Perhaps a mutant character could be among the fighters.
    • Eternals:
      • Since we know that at least a small part of the film will be set in England, Mister Sinister could appear as Nathaniel Essex. It could even be before he even becomes Sinister by having it be a cameo of a young Essex in the 1850s, before he becomes Sinister. Also, yes, I know he's technically not a born mutant in the comics, but why split hairs? They could make him a born mutant in the films anyway.
    • Spider-Man: No Way Home:
      • Marrow (Sarah Rushman) actually had a very, very brief role as a potential supporting character or love interest to Spider-Man. Perhaps while he's hiding away from the public or fleeing the villains, Peter could hide out in the sewers and encounter Marrow and then leave to face the dangers outside anyway shortly afterward, not wanting to pull her into his conflict. This could end up inspiring Marrow to try leaving the Morlocks' hiding places, which could lead to her joining the X-Men.
      • Iceman could make a cameo as just Bobby Drake near the end, as a reference to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
    • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
      • Trance (Hope Abbott) is a mutant at the school who can astral project. Her astral form is able to travel into other dimensions. This means she could potentially appear somewhere Doctor Strange ventures to during the movie. It'd be a neat cameo if nothing else.
    • Thor: Love and Thunder:
      • Maybe the Mutant Force, or even just a couple of their members like Slither and Peeper, could appear early on as villains easily beaten by Thor before the main plot begins.
    • Black Panther II:
      • Storm. Yes, it's unfortunate that she and T'Challa won't be able to meet each other, but that doesn't mean she couldn't appear at all. She could be explained as coming to Wakanda to recruit the other mutant mentioned just below.
      • Nezhno Abidemi/Gentle. Storm recruiting him to the school provides a great way to tease the MCU X-Men and how they operate. His being a Wakandan mutant would explicitly connect these two corners of the universe as well.
    • Captain Marvel 2
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3:
      • Kitty Pryde, referencing her relationship with Star-Lord.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania:
      • Whirlwind (David Cannon), an old foe of Janet van Dyne and Hank Pym from before Janet. Kang the Conqueror will pluck a young David out of the past (hence why nobody knows about mutants via his existence; he faded into obscurity after disappearing), give him a comics' inspired costume that enhances his abilities, and have him serve as his enforcer in the present.
    • Blade:
      • Jubilee. Whether she's going to be a vampire or not, it'd a fun Mythology Gag to feature Jubilee regardless. Her appearance being a tease of what's to come could also mean she actually gets to be relevant, unlike the original film series.
    • Fantastic Four:
  • Disney+ series
    • WandaVision:
      • Magneto or Polaris. If operating under the fact that Magneto, as a Holocaust victim, would have been too old to be MCU Wanda's father, he could possibly be retconned in as Wanda's grandfather who's been searching for his children and grandchildren. This could even keep in the connection to Natalya Maximoff (Wanda and Pietro's current biological mother) by making her and Django Maximoff (usually interpreted as their adoptive father) as Magneto's children (twins?) with Magda.
      • Jossed. The series ends with nothing hinting at neither Magneto or Wanda being a mutant. Note 
    • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:
      • Banshee (Sean Cassidy) or his daughter Siryn (Theresa Cassidy), seeing as he's an Interpol agent. Maybe even Black Tom Cassidy...
      • Psylocke, possibly as a daughter or granddaughter to the Braddock mentioned in Endgame, either as a mutant, or leaning more into in her new role as Captain Britain as this series seems to explore the legacy of being a CaptainPatriotic.
      • Daken, since even though Madripoor is shown, it seems unlikely they'd bring back Logan so soon after his sendoff film in the Fox Franchise.
    • Loki:
    • What If...?:
    • Ms. Marvel:
      • If this ends up being one of the series that gets a second season, I could see them having Wolverine appear for a single episode, similar to his early guest appearance in the comics.
    • Hawkeye:
    • Moon Knight:
      • Bora (Anzhela Federova) is a lesser known mutant villainess with ice powers who debuted in the first volume of Moon Knight, so she could appear as a secondary villain.
    • She-Hulk:
      • She-Hulk's enemy Man-Elephant (Manfred Haller), who's already a mutated human, could be could be made into a genuine mutant in the MCU. This would both streamline his origin and also allow for the series to feature a mutant character.
    • Secret Invasion:
      • Emma Frost could prove an interesting character to throw into a Skull infiltration plot, especially since her powers and questionable morals could prove a parallel to the varying Skrull characters.
    • Ironheart:
    • Armor Wars:
  • Other content
    • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special:
    • I Am Groot:

There could be a Marvel vs. Capcom movie
The 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!
  • Something like this?
  • Not quite but in Age of Ultron, Mjolnir was used to generate the power to finish creating The Vision.
  • Jossed, since Mjolnir got destroyed in Thor: Ragnarok.

Ross, Fury and The Punisher fought in Vietnam together
  • They got caught in the mother of all cluster-fucks. The Curbstomp Battle they and only they managed to survive changed their lives.
    • Ross decides that it can never happen again, and that the US gaining super-soldiers would help prevent such a pasting from happening again.
    • Fury looses his eye, decides it can never happen again, and joins SHIELD to stop wars from ever happening.
    • Castle realizes that no matter how ugly it gets, he'll always love war. He realized that he loves war, and decides to go home and be with his family before he jumps off the slippery slope.
      • Jossed, Castle is a veteran of Afghanistan in the MCU.

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.
  • Jossed with Bruce Banner, as Mark Ruffalo recently signing a six-picture deal as Bruce Banner/The Hulk.
  • And Cheadle will be returning as War Machine for Iron Man 3

Spider-Man, The X-Men and the Fantastic Four all have a really good reason for not being in The Avengers
  • Spider-Man was in another state photographing for JJ.
    • Never mind the fact that it was another 2 months before he got his powers.
      • According to Civil War, about 3 years.
  • The X-Men were too far away to get to Manhattan in time.
  • The Fantastic Four were having a field trip to the Earth's core that day.

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…
  • She did first appear trying to be his sidekick...

Red Skull
was 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.
  • Alternatively Loki and Thor were there due to chance or having nothing better to do, and tried to explain him that Heimdall was not a servant. Then Red Skull, knowing the Viking legends, accused Loki of lying and called him a frost giant, and Thor hammered him for the insult to his brother.
    • Unless he didn't end up in Asgard at all...
      • Jossed by Avengers: Infinity War, since unless the Tessaract sent him to multiple places, he went straight to Vormir, guarding the location of the Soul Stone.

The Dark World in Thor 2 will be the Dark Dimension.
And if that's the case, we might see Dormammu.
  • Jossed; see below.

The Dark World in Thor 2 will be Swartalfheim.
And the main villain? Makekith.

Combining the previous two theories, Dormammu will be Malekith's Thanos.
  • Jossed.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will die in their solo film.
This will establish Thanos as an even more dangerous enemy.
  • Probably not, since it's kind of a comedy film. Plus if they kill them, they can't have the Avengers team up with them later.
  • Jossed. Groot "dies", but he regenerates in time to be a baby in the sequel

The Red Skull might return in the second Captain America movie
It is implied he ended up in Asgard, assuming 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.
  • Red Skull does not show up, but HYDRA does.
  • Red Skull does make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War as the keeper of the Soul Stone, though.

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.
  • Sadly, jossed.

Captain America will do a Power Walk towards Thanos
Which will mirror their confrontation in the Infinity Gauntlet saga. Calling it now. Because.
  • Additionally, we'll get a callback to Cap's first movie as he endures Thanos's beatdown and tells his foe, "I can do this all day", then getting his second wind.
  • Jossed.

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!
  • A SHIELD attempt to recreate the Bifrost effect in the Florida everglades leads to a disruption of the nexus of all realities... thus prompting Man-Thing and Howard the Duck movies.
  • Jossed, though Thor can summon the Bifrost with Stormbreaker.

In Guardians of the Galaxy the Chitauri will be the villains.
  • The Chitauri will still be working with Thanos and the Guardians may be formed to deal with this threat.
  • Jossed. Ronan The Accuser is the main villian of the film.
    • They do, however, act as his forces.

The Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers will eventually team up

Thor 2 will involve a plan to steal the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • The Gauntlet is in Odin's Vault, Thanos or Malekith may make an attempt to steal it. Probably not Malekith but Loki may be involved. Or the attempt may happen in the Stinger. It would look good if it ends with Thanos gaining the Gauntlet.
    • Perhaps when Loki is released he does this secretly, acting on orders from Thanos.
  • Sort of confirmed. The Stinger to Thor 2 shows the Aether being taken to The Collector for safekeeping, and both it and the Tesseract are confirmed to be Infinity Gems. At the very end after the Asgardians have left, The Collector says to himself, "One down, five to go."
  • Surprisingly, as revealed in Ragnarok, the Gauntlet we see in Odin's Vault is a fake (according to Hela, anyways).

The reason all the Chitauri die when the mothership is destroyed.
  • They were dead and being artificially animtated and controlled by cybernetic implants powered by something on the ship. This would also explain the lack of shape-shifting, as it would be too difficult to manipulate remotely.

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 Hulk
It 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:
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier - If Alexander Lukin appears, he will unmask to reveal himself as Red Skull. Otherwise, Crossbones will reveal he is working for Red Skull.
    • Alternatively, a stinger where we learn that the Red Skull is posing as a high-ranking member of the World Security Council and was also behind Bucky's brainwashing into Winter Soldier.
      • Nothing involving the Red Skull, although HYDRA was the main villain and they did infiltrate SHIELD but they're in the process of being taken down at the end. The actual stingers are one revealing Baron von Strucker is still out there, and he has Loki's staff and Pietro and Wanda, and one showing the former Winter Soldier in civilian disguise visiting the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian and looking at the exhibit about Bucky Barnes, showing that he may be starting to regain his memories or at least accepting that he is Bucky.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Thanos finally heading to Earth to begin his planned conquest, directly leading into the Avengers sequel.
    • Jossed. The stinger features Howard the Duck instead of Thanos.
  • Iron Man 3 - Zeke Stane visiting his father's grave and swearing to avenge him. Or something featuring Ghost.
    • Jossed. The stinger for the film features Tony Stark discussing his traumas and emotional issues with Bruce Banner, as if the good doctor was a psychiatrist.
  • Thor: The Dark World - something featuring Surtur. Or, if Loki dies in the movie, something featuring Kid Loki.
    • Or, considering they seem to be going down a humorous route with the Phase 2 stingers, Thor could introduce Loki to shawarma, since he missed out in The Avengers. As to how they're on Earth, they could be taking Jane back after their little adventure. The scene will consist of Thor stuffing his face and Loki face-palming throughout, both still dressed in their Asgardian armor while everyone around them stares. Of course, this won't happen if Loki ends up betraying Thor...
    • Jossed. Like Avengers, there are a serious and a lighthearted stinger, the first one leading into Guardians of the Galaxy by having the Collector receive the inert Aether (as it's revealed that it and the Tesseract are Infinity Gems and the second one having Thor return to visit Jane, then showing the Jotunheim beast chasing birds in London.
  • Ant-Man - The movie will start with Henry Pym working on something that would acronym to 'ULTRON', before being forced to leave the lab because of something. In The Stinger, he will return to his lab and discover that everything connected to the project is missing. Then it would flash back to the scene of him leaving, showing Ultron awakening moments after he left.
    • Probably not going to happen unless it's a prequel to the MCU, given that we now know Avengers 2 is going to have Ultron as its Big Bad.
      • Also I think Tony is the one who's going to build Ultron in this verse. I suppose Hank could be trying to rebuild it or something.
      • Jossed - not only did Ant-Man take place after Age of Ultron, but the Stinger instead set up Civil War.
  • Kamala Khan will cameo in the Stinger for Captain Marvel or The Inhumans.
    • Jossed for both - Inhumans had no movie, and it seems that if Kamala does appear (which Kevin Feige's comments indicate will happen), it'll be after Monica Rambeau gets her powers.
  • Spider-Man: Peter walks into his room late at night, only to turn the lights on and discover an unexpected figure there..
    Deadpool: So how come they let you in?
    • Jossed.
  • Movie TBD: The first film following Stan Lee's death without an available cameo will go the entire length of the movie without it. After all the stingers and credits roll, the scene will open up on a headstone as a figure walks up. The figure is shot from the back initially but anyone who has watched enough Marvel movies will recognize the speaker as Movie's hero, who offers a Eulogy of sorts, about how all the great stories Stan told and all the lives he touched and will continue to touch. As the speech goes on, the camera pans around as Tony finishes his speech. Finally, he ends on a note to some affect that says he's not alone in his feelings and as he concludes, the camera pans wider to reveal that the greater MCU cast (and possibly cast from non-MCU marvel films) are assembled, all holding their heads bowed in respect for his passing. The scene finishes with dedication of the film to Stan and his work.
    • Jossed. The first film with no Stan Lee cameo is Far From Home.

Tony Stark will appear in Avengers 2, but not as Iron Man.
Instead, we will finally see what his work as "the consultant" includes.
  • Jossed.

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.
  • It's already shown that Thor will has for his help in Thor: The Dark World, which is most likely part of his plan. He most likely knows that a war with Svartalfheim is coming.
    • His goal doesn't seem to have been the Infinity Gauntlet...

Loki Descending Into Madness...
Someone has already WMGed about the possibility that Loki falling off of Bifrost during Thor may have driven him insane. In Iron Man 3, one huge plot element is Tony having severe anxiety attacks and PTSD from being in that wormhole for a few seconds. I'd say the theory about Loki is now confirmed.
  • We're still missing some information here. We don't know what Loki was exposed to between the end of Thor and the start of The Avengers. We do know that Tony Stark flew through the portal carrying a nuclear missile that was going to go off at any second, and that he came very close to dying. The parallel still does lend some credence to the theory, but it's possible that their respective conditions were caused by things besides just being in the wormhole.
    • In another theory...

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.
  • Alternatively, it's not the Avengers that send him away. Instead it's one of the villains like General Ross or Loki who can get an army together to capture him.
  • Confirmed. Hulk flies away on his own into space in a Quinjet and accidentially flies into a portal that sends him to Sakaar.

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 South America and the reboot begins with him still hiding there, Banner's conflicting origin flashbacks are inaccurate memories and the film ends with him beginning to control The Hulk which ties into his willing transformation in Avengers.
  • Jossed. Talbot appears in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
    • He could be retconned as Talbot's brother.

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 Doctor Strange film will start In Medias Res.
Mostly to avoid the risk of rehashing Tony Stark's origin.
  • If this humble one might: The viewpoint character will be someone experiencing a supernatural crisis who has to employ the Doctor. At first Strange will simply be introduced as a surgeon obsessed with the occult; the backstory will be explained in full by Strange after the viewpoint character comments on scars/how shaky his hands are.
  • Jossed: it told his origin story.

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."
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Jossed. Surtur appears and has a fairly important role, but he isn't the main villain.

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.
  • I don't know if it makes sense for Thor to die before/during Bill's appearance. That whole part where they realize Bill can use the hammer has more impact if Thor is there.
  • Jossed.

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.
  • Jossed - Ultron wasn't anywhere to be found in Infinity War.

Infinity Stones only work when paired with another cosmic power source
Nick Fury says that Loki's scepter was powered by the Cube. We're all pretty sure that was the Mind Stone in that scepter. Ergo, in the MCU, 5 out of 6 gems cannot function without a power source. Except the power stone, which is, itself, a power source. Ergo, when the stones are united into the Infinity Gauntlet, they work just fine.
  • The Dark World throws a twist into this theory. The Cosmic Cube IS an Infinity Stone, probably the Mind Stone.
    • More likely the Space Stone, since it was a portal-opener. In fact, it actually leads to some Fridge Brilliance: Fury only thought the spear (Mind Stone) was powered by the cube (Space Stone) because they gave off the same cosmic energy signature.
    • The Tesseract is indeed the Space Stone.

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.
  • Seems confirmed.

This WMG is based on a screen splice showing K and Coulson talking on the phone;

K: I heard about New Mexico. Want me to send the boys down?
Coulson: I think we can handle this one, Dad.

The WMG is thus:
The Colonel from Captain America: The First Avenger is K's grandfather. K himself is born later and was raised join S.H.I.E.L.D. but refuses and goes to propose to his girlfriend. Then he mets the aliens and forms the M.I.B. It is implied in the second M.I.B movie that K is the father of the Light of Zartha so he could have had another child while working with the M.I.B. Thus Coulson is born far enough in the past to be full grown while K is still middle aged. Coulson decides to work for SHIELD instead of the M.I.B because he's a Captain America fanboy wanted to work with him if he was ever found and unfrozen. If, like the Light of Zathra, Coulson is an alien halfbreed this could also explain why he survived Loki stabbing him in Avengers.

  • Jossed; according to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson's dad died when he was young; his file calls it a defining moment in his past.

Man-Thing will appear in the MCU
A character connected to him was one of the Extremis soldiers in Iron Man 3.
  • Coulson did say that a lot of people were trying to replicate the super-soldier serum. Explicitly part of Man-Thing's backstory (though you'd think the nexus of all realities would have been signifiant at that Convergence thingy in The Dark World).
  • He's confirmed to exist in the MCU by a throwaway line from Hill in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so an appearance could be not that for off...

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.
  • Considering that the Aether is the Reality Stone, that would essentially make The Sentry a copy of The Vision...
  • Jossed given the Reality Stone's fate.

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.
  • But then they wouldn't be able to have crossovers with all the modern-day stuff.
  • Jossed. Set in modern day, but with flashbacks to previous decades.

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 Oscorp 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. will introduce Victoria Hand, his assistant at several points. Maybe we are indeed heading towards a Dark Reign storyline some time in the future.
  • MCU is still out, but jossed for The Amazing Spiderman, since Marvel ended up rebooting Spiderman a third time.

Extremis and the Aether are somehow connected
Both have suspiciously similar effects under the skin.

Kid Loki and Lady Loki will have brief appearances in Thor 3 as a Mythology Gag
  • Kid Loki: Thor will miss Loki and will start looking for ways to bring him back. He will run into a kid that will remind him of Loki, but it will turn out to be just a regular kid.
    • Or Loki disguises himself as a child to trick people.
  • Lady Loki: Loki will taunt Thor by taking Sif's shape, but will decide to keep his own clothes for the illusion.
  • Jossed.

Loki and the Avengers will have a rematch
Loki 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)
  • Loki is, at worst, a Token Evil Teammate of Thor's now. Besides, he's probably not going to be too eager to pay the Hulk back, seeing as how he not only got to witness Thor experience a similar beatdown to the one Loki received, but he had no problems using Hulk on Thanos.
  • Jossed. Loki dies before he can meet any of the Avengers again.

Big Hero 6 will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Disney 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.
  • Jossed.

One or more of the Avengers will get beaten up by Scarlet Witch and/or Quicksilver.
  • In keeping with the theme of the team fighting amongst themselves in the first movie, the Avengers will demonstrate the badassitude of Wanda and Pietro via The Worf Effect. Most likely this will be at the expense of Thor, though Iron Man and the Hulk are also contenders.
  • Confirmed. All of them.

When Wasp finally shows up, she'll have a different costume in every movie
Remember who we're talking about people.
  • She'll change her costumes as often as Tony Stark changes his suits.
    • Forget that, she'll have different costumes in the same film she shows up in. Of course, opening up the floor for action figure variants of her many costumes.
      • So far jossed for MCU films (she had the same costume in Endgame that she had in Ant Man and the Wasp), but still possible for her home series, given that there's still the possibility of a third Ant Man movie, and a new costume for her.

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.
  • Neither confirmed nor jossed, but it's a moot point now. In the wake of The Winter Solider. all SHIELD secrets have become public knowledge. If they didn't know then, they definitely know now.
    • Definitely Jossed. In the first scene of Agents of Shield, the Avengers toy display has a Black Widow and a Hawkeye figure in the lineup with the main 4.

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.
  • Confirmed, albeit not as described - Hulk voluntarily left Earth after Age of Ultron and got sent to Sakaar, which is finally shown in Thor: Ragnarok (which adapts Planet 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.
  • Jossed. He is killed by Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Whomever controls the staff, controls Phil Coulson
The 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.
  • As of Age of Ultron seems Jossed.

Natasha and Clint are an item, but in the hyper-pragmatic way spyguys do everything else
Most 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.
  • Jossed.

Members and Machinations of HYDRA
In 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.

Doctor Strange will simply be a master of Asgardian and/or alien Technology
Given 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.
  • Jossed.

ABC's Nashville is set in the MCU
Powers 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.

Various characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are actually "Magical Boys".
As pointed out on the "Fridge" page of 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.
  • Phillip Coulson. As noted on the WMG for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson appears to have low-level psychic powers that could be explained by being a magical boy. He was able to come back from Loki's attack because his Soul Gem was unharmed, and even though he "died" his body just had to be repaired. The thing that Hill says he can never know as of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is the mechanism for his survival - Fury (who is also of Kyubey's race - who said the cat-bunny thing is the only form they can take?) knows he will have a freakout if he realizes his soul is outside his body (like Sayaka did). His wish was probably that they could find out what happened to his childhood hero ...
  • Howard Stark (original idea from Iron Man WMG Page): While Steve's plane was going down, Howard desperately wished to save his life. The Incubators being what they are, this led to Steve surviving ... but frozen under the ocean and lost to his friends forever. It was a downward spiral from there and that's why Tony always knew him as a cold man.
  • Tony Stark: He wished for supernatural intelligence in the hopes he could impress his dad instead of just wishing for a better relationship with him (similar to the mistakes the girls make throughout PMMM).
    • Or maybe he contracted with Kyubey so that he can escape from his terrorist captors. His arc reactor is actually his soul gem.
  • Loki may not have contracted, but he has seen the Incubator homeworld. He tells Thor he saw many worlds — which implies he didn't end up with the Chiaturi right away. A big part of why he went completely nuts between Thor and Avengers was seeing the Incubator homeworld where anyone with emotions is imprisoned as a lunatic and they sacrifice other races willy-nilly for a threat billions of years away.

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 Stone.
  • Jossed for the Stones.

Phase Four
Now that Phase Three has been announced, a lot of people are wondering where it'll go from there. I've even seen people suggest that it *can't* go anywhere else, because everything has been leading up to Thanos so far. That's silly, of course. Here's one possibility of what their next step will be that doesn't even need seeds in Phase Three, and also (for good measure) features a number of female and non-white leads, includes the presence of most of the franchises, and expands on the timeline of the Marvel Universe.

Elsa Bloodstone is one of a family of immortal monster hunters, who has tracked the wizard Modred to a small seaside mining town and, with the help of Sheriff Carter Slade and Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Druid, has to stop him from finding a book called the Darkhold and using it to summon the elder god Chthon.
Elsa visits Carson's Carnival of Travelling Wonders, which holds such oddities as N'Kantu the Mummy, the Ebony Blade, and the skull of Goom. But Elsa was brought there to examine Carson's newest acquisition: the "Grottu Crown", which looks suspiciously like Ant-Man's helmet.

  • Interesting choice to continue the growth of the magic end, especially since what you describe seems lower budget than normal for them. Also interesting? If you're going with Nextwave personality, I'd think the short list is super short: Katie Jarvis, Kaya Scodelario or a strapping unknown.

Black Panther 2-
A gang of grave robbers awaken N'Kantu the Living Mummy, the illegitimate son of Black Panther's ancestor, T'Chombi. As Black Panther tries to protect Wakanda from his wrath, we learn about N'Kantu's history of being sold into the slavery of pharaoh Rama-Tut.
We see that Rama-Tut has technology far beyond what he should.

  • Okay.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3000-
The Guardians complete a heist, but the item they steal, the Forever Crystal, sends them to the year 3000 where they meet the future Guardians: Vance Astro (wielding Cap's shield), Charlie-27, Martinex, Nikki, and Yellowjacket. Together they try to prevent Kang the Conquerer from taking over the Alpha Centauri system.
Kang retrieves the Forever Crystal and uses it to power his time ship, and he ends up in Ancient Egypt.

  • Yeah, this is basically where I expect them to go.

Black Widow and Hawkeye-
Black Widow, Hawkeye, and other SHIELD agents investigate a dangerous cult called the Church of Immortus, who will do anything to stop the progress of technology and space travel.
Something the Church of Immortus does makes an armored figure called the Scarlet Centurion aware of Earth, and he decides to take it over.

  • Phase 4 Spy Movie. Cool.
    • This general concept is confirmed given Black Widow is the start of Phase 4.

Captain America: Red, White, and Black -
In the 1940s, the government performs tests a prototype recreation of the super soldier serum on black soldiers. Only one survives: Isaiah Bradley, who then finds himself fighting the Serpent Society and their leader, Viper, aka Madame Hydra.
We find out this is a story being told by present-day Isaiah Bradley to Bucky, who's still trying to learn about himself. We also learn that he's an underground hero to the black community and see pictures of him with people like Black Panther, Nick Fury, and Falcon.

  • Hmm. This is getting into "dark for them" territory.
    • It seems that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be incorporating the events of Captain America: Red, White and Black into its overall narrative as some sort of flashback, with present-day Isaiah Bradley himself potentially making an appearance and speaking to Sam Wilson rather than Bucky (who could still be present for the conversation).

Captain Marvel 2 -
When the Scarlet Centurion tries to invade earth, it's up to the Air Force (Captain Marvel, Falcon, and War Machine) to stop him.
The Nova Corps comes to collect Scarlet Centurion, and we learn his real name is Marcus Kang.

Agents of ATLAS-
In the 1950s, A SHIELD agent, a gorilla, a robot, an alien, a god, and a jungle girl go undercover in the ATLAS Foundation to fight the evil Yellow Claw and prevent his sabotage of the space program.
We learn that the ATLAS Foundation is an arm of the Church of Immortus.

  • A film version of the MCU 50s? That could be INTERESTING.

Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect - Bruce banner winds up in a future where a version of him called the Maestro rules, so he teams up with Elsa Bloodstone, Stature (Ant-Man's daughter) and She-Hulk to take him down.
She-Hulk is abducted by a mysterious stranger and meets her fellow abductees: Isaiah Bradley, Black Panther, Elsa Bloodstone, Captain Marvel, Yellowjacket, and The Uranian.

  • Interesting idea, but for that last one to be around, you kind of have to have Jen around in a prior movie or earlier in the same movie to get hurt.
    • Problem is that the rights to Hulk appeared to be tied up with Universal - while them adapting Hulk storylines is still possible (as evident by Thor Ragnarok using elements of Planet Hulk), it has to have Hulk as a supporting cast member.
    • There is a She-Hulk Disney+ series coming.

Avengers Forever-
Kang, Scarlet Centurion, and Rama-Tut team-up to break the time stream and rebuild it with them in charge. The mysterious stranger, who's revealed to be Immortus, tasks his makeshift Avengers with saving reality from his younger selves. This movie will feature action in a lot of different time periods, and Yellowjacket will lose her helmet in the old west, bringing everything full circle.

...the only hitch in this plan I can see is if Rama-Tut, and the rest by extension, are wrapped up in the Fantastic Four rights. I assume he'd be shared, though, or Rama-Tut belongs to FF but the rest belong to the Avengers.

  • Decent conclusion. Overall thoughts: I mostly like it, but I'm not sure I buy that neither Doctor Strange OR Ant-Man will be getting a sequel.
    • Rights to Rama-Tut are now a non-issue, as Fox is now owned by Disney.
  • Jossed. The films are Black Widow and The Eternals in 2020, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a third MCU Spider-Man film, and Thor: Love and Thunder all in 2021.

Thanos is losing the Infinity Stones on purpose.

If we assume that Thanos is attempting to court Death in these movies as in the comics, perhaps he's letting the heroes gather the stones in the hopes that they will all be placed in highly guarded, highly populated locations. We already know this to be the case with the Tesseract and the Orb, being on Asgard and Xandar. Once all of them are secure, Thanos will launch a war on each of these places, singlehandedly storming in and killing as many people as he can to get the stones. Maybe to prove his worthiness to Death, demonstrating how many people he can kill even without the Infinity Stones?

  • Jossed. His motive is about overpopulation.

One of the future stingers will be Peter Quill and Tony Stark having a dance-off.
Because it needs to happen.
  • Considering Tony's annoyance with Spiderman's constant pop-culture references, the odds are...unlikely to say the least. Peter Parker dancing off with Quill is more likely.
  • Jossed.

Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will appear in the Inhumans film.
Assuming the rumors of them being Inhumans descendants are true.

  • It would likely mean that they aren't with the Avengers fighting Thanos at the time.
  • Crystal of the Inhumans will probably appear in the movie. She and Quicksilver were married for a time in the comics, and even had a daughter together. Even if he and Wanda aren't Inhumans here, they'll likely end up meeting at some point.
  • Jossed - Inhumans got removed from the lineup and turned into a TV series.

Thanos is playing a Batman Gambit on the universe
He didn't actually look worried when Ronan takes an Infinity Gem and says he'd use it against Thanos, also I always wondered why would he want to conquer Earth (giving Loki one, or possibly two, Gems to do it), or if he expected no one would find out the Orb was a Gem. The answer, to both of them, is that he didn't: he knows the Gems are powerful and dangerous, and that the galaxy is full of people who'd want them for themselves, so instead of keeping them for himself he's leaving them to others to keep until he's ready, then he will come and take all of them at once. Also, by doing that, he gets to have others experiment with their powers, acquiring all the information we can without taking any actual risk, and he also has all his opponent fight on them and all the traitors in his ranks coming out now instead of doing it when it's not as convenient for him, getting to both wear his opponents out and clean his own ranks. If you think about it, he's lost virtually nothing yet (the Chitauri were machines and not an actual army, and Ronan, Gamora and Nebula all wanted to betray him, the exception was the Great Other, and even him wasn't killed in a fight for the Orb, but just because he provoked Ronan a bit too much, but Ronan's dead, both the Collector and the Nova Corps, owners of a Gem each, suffered great losses, the Earth isn't at his best and the Loki's mind-controlling scepter, whether it holds a Gem or not, is still wreaking havock, and speaking about Loki he owes quite a lot to Thanos, and he's the one who owns the Aether. When the time will come, getting all the six of them will hardly be a fight at all if the teaser can be trusted, he'll actually get the Infinity Gauntlet.

Films in future phases?
  • Phase 4
    • Captain America 4 (With Bucky as Captain America)
      • Fair, but I think Sam as Cap is more likely.
    • Thor/Guardians of the Galaxy Crossover (With Beta Ray Bill)
      • Seemingly confirmed, since Thor joins the Guardians at the end of Endgame.
    • Iron Man 4 (With Pepper as Rescue)
      • Pepper has pretty much been confirmed to become Rescue in Avengers 4, so it's not out of the question.
    • Punisher
    • Thunderbolts
    • She-Hulk
      • There's nothing against her appearing, but Universal appears to have all the rights related to the Hulk at the moment (Marvel can still use the Hulk, but the profits to any Hulk solo movies go to Universal), so at best, she'll appear as a supporting character in another movie.
    • Doctor Strange 2
      • Confirmed
    • Inhumans 2
      • Inhumans was turned into a TV series which bombed, so preemptively jossed.
    • Avengers: Secret Invasion (with the Chitauri taking the place of the Skrulls)
      • Marvel can use the Skrulls (but not Super Skrull), and even if that was the case, them not using the Chitauri for Guardians of the Galaxy suggests that they're done with that group of aliens for now (never mind the fact that the Chitauri can't shape-shift, which was the entire purpose of Secret Invasion).
  • Phase 5
    • Nick Fury Solo Film (Based on his backstory from Original Sin)
      • Ugh. I mostly liked the first guess at phase four, but this? Bucky Cap as Main character: No. He's a generic angsty side-guy and not much else. I'd expect Sam getting that promotion in the movies and Bucky present in the franchise but not really the main. Thor and Guardians crossover with Beta Ray Bill: Um...okay? Iron Man 4 with Pepper as Rescue: Um...I do guess they need to close off the Mandarin plot left hanging by All Hail the King and this is a slightly smarter way to do it than a Rhodey movie. Punisher: Ha! Like they'd ever agree to the pretty much necessary R-rating for a film version. Thunderbolts: Wasting a slot on what amounts to a supervillain movie? Why exactly? She-Hulk: They haven't even gotten original flavour Hulk to make a successful solo movie yet. Try again. Doctor Strange 2: This IS one of the first list's blind spots that I identified, but that also kind of relies on the movie succeeding. Inhumans 2: Mmm, not sure they'll get another one scheduled quite that fast. Avengers: Secret Invasion: We haven't really seen the Chitauri shapeshift, though, and that's the entire idea of Secret Invasion. Nick Fury solo film based on Original Sin: The entire reason the comics did that was to write out "White Nick Fury", but I guess the movies kind of have to write out Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury because he'd be getting UP THERE at that point, especially for an action franchise.

Possible Spin-off TV Shows
  • Young Avengers, Sometime after Phase Three, most likely including Wiccan/Asgardian and Speed (because of their relation to Scarlett Witch), Kid Loki, if Loki dies and is resurrected in either Infinity Wars or a later Thor movie, Hulking (due to his Skrull and Kree Heritage) and Stature (if Ant-Man has a daughter).
  • Thor: Tales of Asgard, a TV series that takes place before Thor 1, showing the world of Yggdrasil, giving references to old Thor comics and expanding on the history of Asgard.
  • Avengers Academy: After seeing new heroes come about, the Avengers agree to make a school for them founded by the new SHIELD.
  • New Warriors: Similar to Avengers Academy, except the heroes don't have a school or mentors to teach them how to be good heroes and have to figure it out on their own.
  • Cloak and Dagger, Blade, The Punisher: All possible shows for Netflix due to their street-level protagonists and tendency towards more mature subjects.
    • Cloak and Dagger is confirmed for Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family.
  • Tomb of Dracula, Legion of Monsters, Man-Thing, and Ghost Rider will be used to build up to a Midnight Sons crossover featuring Blade, Morbius, Jennifer Kale and Robbie.
  • The Angel: A Period Piece set sometime after Agent Carter, which shows Thomas Halloway's efforts to be a vigilante superhero in Los Angeles. The dangling plot threads from Agent Carter will be resolved through having Halloway become involved in the cases himself.

Possible One-Shots
  • Hawkeye's Story: They have a short on how Hawkeye grew up in a circus and eventually becoming part of SHIELD.
  • An Absent Hulk: As a joke, they show what Bruce was up to during all the Movies in Phase 2.
  • Loki's Off Day: They stated they would do a Loki One-Shot, but the budget would be too little if they shot it in Asgard. Most likely a short story featuring Loki alongside other Asgardian characters, such as Amora, Skurge, Lorelei or Sigyn, going on a quest or messing around in another world. Though they could go for a darker version, showing how he started becoming evil or some of the things he experienced in the Void.
  • A Beautiful Parasite: From the villain's perspective on how HYDRA operated within SHIELD. Perhaps ending with Howard and Maria's "accidental" deaths and showing that they were killed by the Winter Soldier.
  • A Normal Day: Just a short view into the Avenger's lives together without any action, just featuring a lot of humor and interaction between the Avengers, possibly some insight into their respective love-interests lives as well.
  • Budapest: Hawkeye and Black Widow finally tell the Avengers what happened in Budapest... Only to be interrupted by a mission.
  • Jennifer Walters: Bruce's cousin decides to assist the Avengers in a Court Case.
  • Bob, Agent of HYDRA: A Perspective Flip starring everyone's favorite Mook during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Thanos Quest: An adaptation of the mini-series of the same name, this one-shot will show Thanos collecting the Infinity Gems and serve as a prequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

Phase 4 will adapt The Dark Reign
Now that Marvel has access to Spider-Man and his characters, this is certainly a possibility.

The Mandarin is hiding because he's bidding his time until S.H.I.E.L.D. and/or the heroes defeat HYDRA.
Giving him the opportunity to strike. Plus, he's a potential target of HYDRA. He might be part of Phase 3.

The Phase 3 Spider-Man film will adapt Kraven's Last Hunt.
  • Jossed. Kraven is nowhere to be seen in Homecoming.

Annihilation will be adapted pragmatically into the major crossover of either Phase 4 or Phase 5
Since Marvel now owns the rights to Annihilus, it's now within their legal rights to adapt the series, and as Civil War didn't feature the Guardians of the Galaxy, they could easily use some of the Earth based characters to fill the roles in the comics (which they'll need to do, seeing as how Ronan died in the first Guardians movie). Seeing as how Thanos is probably going to be dealt with for good in Avengers 4, they'll need a new Big Bad of the MCU, and quite frankly, seeing as how Phase 4 will almost certainly feature the Fantastic Four, I see no reason not to at least build towards it.

Mephisto was behind the events of the MCU.
Where do we begin? Oh, I don't know, how about when Howard Stark got the idea to create a gas that would keep soldiers on the battlefield more alert? After Mephisto convinced Howard to create the midnight oil, he then went to General John McGinnis to convince him to perform an unauthorized test of the midnight oil on Soviet soldiers in Finow, and it all went downhill from there. He's also been in touch with Dottie Underwood, Dr. Armin Zola, Christian Ward, Alexander Pierce, John Garrett, and God knows who else in his quest to cause chaos and trouble for the SSR and, later, SHIELD.

Since it's unlikely Hugo Weaving would want to return for MCU and we still don't know if Marvel would re-cast different actor for Red Skull, since Hugo Weaving's performance in The First Avenger is already so good and in fact one of the best things in that film.

If Dell Rusk would appear in MCU, he may still have some similar traits with Red Skull, but will not be explicitly stated as Red Skull's disguised persona.

  • Plus, we don't even know if the Red Skull survived.
    • Red Skull did survive, but he was sent to Vormir by the Tessaract.

Spider-Man's origin will be connected to Hank Pym in the MCU
Specifically, the famous spider-bite will be depicted in the Stinger to Ant-Man (so as to not waste audiences' time with retelling the origin in Civil War or the next Spider-Man film, as both Sony and Marvel have indicated), where it will occur on Midtown High's field trip to Pym Technologies.
  • Jossed. Pym Technologies is in San Francisco, Spider-Man makes no appearance in Ant-Man (with the exception of a brief, offhand mention of "a guy who can can jump, a guy who can swing, a guy who can crawl up walls" toward the end of the film), and at the end of the film, Pym Technologies was destroyed.

The Red Skull is still alive
Specifically, he was the one telling Thanos about humans. The Other admits that they misunderstood humans by believing them coward ready to kneel before brute force, and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Zola described the flaw in Schmidt philosophy to be exactly that.
  • Confirmed in Infinity War.

Thanos IS the Red Skull
Red Skull spent years talking about "harnessing the power of gods". We know he got teleported out into deep space via the Tesseract. We also know that the experiments on Steve and Bucky allowed them to survive cryogenics for nearly a century without dying, and that Steve has a powerful enough healing factor to prevent from getting drunk. It's entirely possible that the Red Skull is still alive - kept young by his augmentations - and still questing for the same power he found from the Tesseract, now became mutated after wielding the Infinity Stone on the Gauntlet. From a writer's standpoint, why else teleport him into deep space nearly a century prior to current events, rather than just kill him?
  • Jossed. Thanos meets the Red Skull in Infinity War.

Tony will use a remote-controlled armor again
To take Thor's hammer by zig-zagging the whole worthiness issue.
  • Jossed.

Otto Octavius works for Stark Industries
It just fits.

HYDRA will never be destroyed
Because just like they say: "Cut off one head, two more shall take its place."
  • Or in a Fridge Brilliance way it means cut off HYDRA and two more organizations takes its place as top villian
  • SHIELD and the ATCU seem to have destroyed most of HYDRA's bases in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "Singularity".

The Inhumans movie will contain, at the very least, references to the characters, settings, and/or events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
After all, the series is responsible for bringing the race into the MCU as well as introducing a fair number of original Inhumans and an Inhuman location. Not to mention the fact that Season 2 ended with Jiaying's Terrigen Crystals dissolving in the sea and tainting the fish, which will likely have far-reaching consequences.
  • Related guess: If Jiaying's actions are referenced, it'll contain a Mythology Gag reference to the Terrigen Bomb from the War of Kings series. Most likely some Attilanian speaking of the "explosion" of Earth's Inhuman population like "some sort of Terrigen Bomb."
  • The series also mentions the "elders", which refers to the Genetics Council from the comics who are also known as the Council of Elders. They may have regular contact with the Inhuman royal family.

Squirrel Girl's MCU origin.
Before completing the finished product for his ant-transmitter, Hank Pym created a prototype, that, unbeknownst to him, somehow got out. The thing floated around for forty-odd years, until ending up on a table at a swap meet, where it was found by a young tech geek named Doreen Green, who, after some research, figured out what it was, and managed to get it working. However, not liking bugs, Doreen altered the transmitter to summon something a little more cuddly.
  • The prototype could also be another product of SHIELD trying to reverse-engineer Hank's tech.
    • That would only explain controlling squirrels, though. It certainly doesn't explain the tail. They're probably going to identify her as either a Miracle or an Inhuman.

Talbot will be in the Hulk sequel.
It'll be revealed that he used to serve under General Ross. And before he got married, Talbot was going out with Betty who had a crush on Bruce.

In the MCU, the Kree are in a Forever War with the Chitauri.

Howard the Duck will get his own movie in Phase 4.
It'll begin with him escaping Knowhere in a spaceship, and by a wormhole finds himself on Earth. He'll crash-landed in Cleveland where he meets fashion model Beverly Switzler who'll be his Secret Keeper. Thog the Overmaster will be the Big Bad. Thus, adapting from Howard's early comic appearances.
Duckworld will actually be a planet that exist in the MCU, instead of an alternate Earth inhabited by ducks.
There'll be a scene where a kid spot Howard and say "Mommy, look! It's Donald Duck!"
Beverly will wear this costume at some point, minus the mask, when she wants to help Howard.
In a Take That! to the cheesy 80s movie, the Dark Overlords will appear as Thog's minions whom Howard easily defeats and lampshades it.
  • Otherwise excellent, but keep the mask.
  • Alternatively, Howard will continue to make appearances throughout the franchise; first, when someone locates all the Infinity Gems, they will see him through an orangey Aethery haze ("Can I help you?"). If it continues to get laughs, he may even accompany one hero or other as a kind of Deuteragonist or comic relief during Infinity War. And the last Stinger will be him becoming stranded on planet Earth, to his chagrin.
    • He almost appeared in Infinity War in a small scene, and has been confirmed as a survivor of Thanos's fingersnap.

The TV shows will be released in packaged box sets named after Marvel's old anthology series
  • The spy-based ones (Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter) will be "Strange Tales" (where Nick Fury got his fame)
  • The Defenders series will be "Amazing Fantasy" (a stretch, but they're closest to Spider-Man)
  • And presumably similar trends on any other lines that spin off from the main series (cosmic and horror are most talked about)

Venom's MCU Origin
Eddie Brock was a resident of Hell's Kitchen, whose wife was brutally murdered by serial killer Cletus Kasady, right before the police caught up with him. Years later, the events of Daredevil season 2 take place, and, whatever ends up happening to the Punisher, there will be some people in Hell's Kitchen who agree with Frank Castle, particularly Eddie, who buys a gun and becomes a copycat, calling himself "The Lethal Protector". One night, he's about to kill a mugger, when Spiderman intervenes, leaving both of them for the police. Then, while in prison, a secret government organization contacts him, offering to get his sentence commuted, if he submits to some experiments, which turn out to be an attempt to create a super-agent, using a genetically engineered symbiote. Eddie accepts, but little does he know they've also made the same offer to Kasady...
  • Venom is off the table - Feige has said they aren't adapting villains who were used in the previous Spiderman movies, and he's got his own movie over at Sony; so jossed.

Each MCU film that doesn't get a sequel will get a spin-off series
Ant-Man hasn't got a sequel in planning (though he's going to be involved in later ones) but it did indicate a much longer history of superheroes just in time for Agent Carter. I've also heard of Sean Gunn mentioning that GotG was meant to open up the MC Cosmic U. Keeping this pattern up, every new "standalone" film will introduce another corner of the universe, with its own spin-off shows. To wit:
  • Ant-Man introduces historical MCU: Maybe more "past" shows after Agent Carter.
    • Jossed. It got a sequel.
  • Doctor Strange introduces horror/supernatural MCU
    • Jossed. It will get a sequel.
  • Inhumans introduces the younger generation of heroes.
    • Inhumans ended up as a series itself, which bombed.

If and when Wolverine is brought into the MCU, it'll be hinted, then revealed, that he is Wanda and Pietro's father.
Perhaps, if they do a Wolverine Netflix series, they can have a scene in one episode where, at some point in the mid-90s, James Howlett happened to be passing through Sokovia, when he met a woman named Magda, which, Logan being Logan, ends up with them sleeping together. Later on, Wanda becomes like Wolverine's sidekick, and then he discovers her and Pietro were born to Magda nine months after their little tryst.

Wanda Maximoff is Force sensitive.
Her powers that we've seen so far seem very consistent with someone with Force powers cranked Up to Eleven. Perhaps the experiments done on her amplified her sensitivity to The Force?

The Maggia will appear in the MCU.
They may get some mentions in one movie to later appear as a villainous faction in another movie. Either in the new Spider-man movie with Hammerhead or Silver Mane as the leader, or they will be lead by Count Nefaria and clash against the Avengers in the beginning of Infinite War Part 1 before the real villains appears.But I'm not sure if Marvel has the rights for Count Nefaria or if Fox has it since he first appeared as an X-Men villain.

The Time and Soul Stones

So far, all four of the infinity stones have been revealed in separate franchises (Revealed meaning physical appearance, not revelation that they are infinity stones) The Tesseract in Captain America, The Scepter in The Avengers, The Aether in Thor, and The Orb in Guardians Of The Galaxy. If this WMG holds up, the final two infinty stones will be found in two of the following movies:

  • Doctor Strange- Given the soul stone's connection to magic, this is the likely place it will be revealed. However, considering this troper's lack of knowledge on Doctor Strange, I have no clue in what form it could appear.
    • OK, it seems like the time stone will be the one appearing in Dr. Strange, if this interview with Kevin Feige is anything to go by.
    • Confirmed. The Time Stone appears in Doctor Strange.
  • Spider Man- Possible. If the T.H.A.N.O.S theory holds up (The theory being that the first letter of each stone's name is spelling THANOS, Tesseract, ?, Aether, ?, Orb, Scepter), possible locations for one of the stones is:
    • Harry or Norman Osborn
    • If the T.H.A.N.O.S theory is proven wrong, it could very well be a symbiote
  • Black Panther- Again, this troper knows little about T'Challa, so I have no clue what it could appear as.
    • If the film has the Soul Stone, some sort of Necropolis artifact.
  • Captain Marvel- Again, troper who knows little about the titular hero.
    • Captain Marvel is being released after Infinity War (meaning that the Soul Stone has already been claimed), but since CM takes place before Infinity War, it's possible we might see someone else use the Soul Stone.
      • CM had the Space Stone.
  • I doubt a stone will make it's first Inhumans as it will be released AFTER Infinity War, but screw it.
    • Terrigen, possibly.
As a footnote, anyone wanting to add to this, don't feel limited by the T.H.A.N.O.S theory.
  • Soul Stone ended up appearing in Infinity War, jossing the T.H.A.N.O.S theory.
    • ...Unless you count it as being "H", for "Hydra" (as it's guarded by the Red Skull).

A former Superman actor will make a cameo in a movie.
See here:

Phase 4 will have Zemo summoning the Avengers' biggest enemies.
In the comics, Zemo created a team of the Avengers' worst villains, called the Masters of Evil. As he wants vengeance now, he could use his information to gather a team of villains from previous Avengers movies (Batroc, Abomination, Klaw, and whatever villains are present throughout the phase) to kill them. The stinger for each movie could feature him recruiting another villain until the fifth Avengers movie. It will be similar to how Nick Fury was gathering the Avengers in Phase One. It could even adapt the Acts of Vengeance storyarc.

Kilgrave is the reincarnation of Malekith.
Because Actor Allusion.

HYDRA is responsible for the First World War and its ramifications.
Since Agents of SHIELD showed that HYDRA has been around for millennium, and are European nobleman, they would have had influence to set up all the nations in alliances and put them into a powder keg. They then orchestrate the assignation of Arch Duke Ferdinand, and throw the world into war.

After the war, they help pin the blame on Germany, knowing someone would rise from the ashes. When Hitler does, they add people to his inner circle, and guide him to help form HYDRA, a legitimate branch of the Nazi Government, that they can use to fund Research and Development.

Now, what I don't know is how the Red Skull fits in. Was he their leader? I doubt he believed in the Inhuman. Or if he did, he saw himself as equal, if not greater.

At least one actor from the first X-Men will play a character in the MCU.
Such as...
  • Famke Jensen
  • James Marsden
  • Ana Paquin
  • Bruce Davison
  • Rebecca Romijn

Other actors who could appear in the MCU
Because at the rate they're going, let's face it, they'll eventually hit all of them.
  • Bruce Campbell, preferably in some form of Spider-Man related media, though given James Gunn's apparent love for the 80s, maybe in Guardians instead
  • Robert Englund, possibly as Daredevil villain Mr. Fear
  • David Duchovny, because he was already an early pick for Hulk; seems more likely he'll become a SHIELD agent or something.

When HYDRA resurface, they will appear as innocent-looking group or organization with five-or-more-worded name that form an acronym.
We all know that as of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they are pretty much gone. But just like they said, "cut off one head two more shall take its place". So, who knows when or how they resurface? Somebody else may be able to take its place from power vacuum as seemingly-different organization:

For example (feel free to add your own pet theory):

  • Hardware Yacht Development and Reconstruction Association
  • Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association
  • Hinkley & Yates Dentistry Regulations Analyzers
  • Harlem Yeasts, Dill, Radishes and Apples

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will end with an adaptation of Marvels
After years and many movies filled with powers, super-powered brawls, and city-wide destruction, we end everything with a look at how the everyman saw these events.

Soul Stone Ideas
  • It's with Adam Warlock- He's heavily implied to be already active in-universe and if the Collector found the Stone than Adam could have taken it from him.
  • It's with Hela- Depending on how faithful her appearance is to the comics than she may have become a death goddess because of it's influence.
  • It's with the Collector- He definitely wants to find all of the Stones and could have found between his two appearances.
  • It's with the Grandmaster- It's power is how he can force others to play his games.
  • Loki will find it- He's searching for it at the behest of Thanos and will find it because he's disguised as Odin but will hide that he has it from Thanos for unknown reasons.
  • Odin is searching for it- Odin disappeared because he went to find the Soul Stone and left Loki to disguise himself as him.
  • It's with Heimdall- It could be what gives Heimdall his powers, which are passed off as inherent abilities to keep others from discovering the Stone.
  • It's in Wakanda- The Stone is what created vibranium and it's presence could have granted Wakandans knowledge of science and mysticism, which shaped its culture.
  • It's at Oscorp- Norman Osborn found it and started using it for experiments, with the power of the Stone being mistaken for unique radiation that made the experiments possible. One result was transcribing different animal traits into non-native species, which resulted in the spider that gave Peter Parker it's powers. The Stone could have even prompted the spider to bite Peter because it sensed his inherent nobility. Oscorp may even use to accidentally create the Venom symbiote.
  • It's at Attilan- The presence of the Stone is what allowed the Kree experiments to work and the Inhumans realized this after driving off the Kree. They keep it safe as matter of cultural importance without realizing it's true power.
  • It's at Atlantis- Atlanteans do have ties to the Eternals, if roundabout ones, and magic is known to them. Namor could appear as a stalwart guardian of the Stone in the ruins of Atlantis.
  • The Agents of Shield will find it- They will stumble across while trying to find a way to destroy the Darkhold and keep it under lock and key, which could bring them into Avengers: Infinity War.
  • The Hand have it- They learned how to resurrect the dead by studying it and a key plot point of The Defenders will be the team taking it so the ninja clan is less of a threat.
  • The Chaste have it- They stole it from the Hand and are soundly of the mind that No Man Should Have This Power but have it stolen by a third party in the series.
  • The Kree have it- They tried using it in their early Terrigenesis experiments but failed and used what they learned to refine the process.
  • Mar-Vell has it- The Kree had the Stone but Mar-Vell grew tired of their evil actions and decided to send the Stone to Earth because of their success against the Chitauri and because of how often they've dealt with the Stones. Carol Danvers will gain her powers because it being in Mar-Vell's possession.
  • The Nova Corps have it- They know Thanos is searching for the stone and tracked it down to keep it out of his hands. They may be studying it to figure out how to channel the Nova Force through individuals instead of through ships.
  • Mordo has it- He discovered where it was and took for his own plans, which is what allows him pull off his Mana Drain trick.
  • It's in the Quantum Realm- Janet Van Dyne found it and it showed her how important it was.
  • Scarlet Witch will find it- Her powers will allow her to track it down and she will use it resurrect her brother.
  • Iron Man will find it- Tony will find out about it and track it down in order to heal Rhodey. The Stone will de-age Tony, allowing Marvel Studios to recast with a different actor.
  • Captain America will find it- Steve will get his hands on it and be tempted by it's power but ultimately overcomes it, becoming worthy of lifting Mjolnir.
  • Thor will find it- Having found the Stone he will return to Earth to warn his friends of Thanos' arrival.
  • Banner will find it- If he and Thor are searching for it and actually do find it then Banner will try to use the Stone to free himself of the Hulk.
  • Widow will find it- She's called on to make use of her espionage skills to retrieve the Stone and getting her hands on it will show her how much good she has done and allow her to come to terms with her past.
  • Hawkeye will find it- Clint will be called on to use his skills to find the Stone and getting will have no effect on him because he is completely content in his life, solidifying himself as The Heart of the team.
  • Bucky will find it- Similar to Natasha, Bucky's skills will be called on to find the Stone and getting it will completely free his mind of the HYDRA conditioning he was subjected to.
  • Falcon will find it- He will have to pull off a mid-air grab to keep the Stone out of enemy hands and will gain his avian empathy as a result.
  • Ant-Man will find it- He will be tasked with traversing an unknown realm in order to find the Stone.
  • Doctor Strange will find it- As part of his role as a sorcerer he is actively searching for the Stone and upon finding it will gain the knowledge to create a more traditional Eye of Agamotto.
  • Man-Thing is guarding it- The Stone fell into the Nexus of All Realities and influenced the swamp where Man-Thing was created. Due to it's powers Man-Thing was able to comprehend the true nature of the Stone and took up protecting it.
  • Ghost Rider is searching for it- The Stone is the only thing that can end Mephisto.

Inhumans that could appear
This includes characters that weren't Inhuman in the comics but were made so here.
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Inferno
  • Flint
    • Confirmed. He's introduced in the fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Naja
  • Iso
  • Grid
  • Haechi
  • Swain
  • Iron Cross
  • Synapse
  • Mosaic
  • Auran
  • Hazmat
  • Reptil
  • Toro
  • Moon Girl
  • Kid Kaiju
  • Bombshell

How Namor could appear
  • Through Captain America- Cap saved him from HYDRA back in World War 2, which formed a friendship between the two. Cap will find out that he's still alive and get his help for the fugitive Avengers.
    • Jossed.
  • Through Iron Man- Tony will be investigating that signal in the ocean from way back in Iron Man 2 and find Namor. Things will turn bad when Namor finds out about Tony's actions towards Steve.
  • Jossed with Tony's death in Endgame.
  • Through Doctor Strange- Strange will be looking into mystic forces and encounter Namor.
  • Through the Hulk- During Thor: Ragnarok Hulk gets thrown into a portal and is absent for the rest of the film. The post-credit scene will be Namor finding Hulk.
    • Jossed as no such thing happened in Ragnarok.
  • Through Black Panther- T'Challa will be investigating about mysterious sightings and discover Namor.
    • Jossed for his first movie. Still possible for his second one.
  • Through Thor- Thor will remember the ancient Atlanteans and be shocked to find Namor.
  • Through Nick Fury- Nick will be actively searching for Namor to recruit him against Thanos.
  • Through the Inhumans- Namor will be an Inhuman that ruled an advanced Inhuman city that was Atlantis before sunk into the ocean.
    • Likely jossed, since the TV series bombed.
  • Through Oscorp- Namor will be a prisoner of Oscorp, which is holding him hostage for experiments.
  • Through the Soul Stone- Namor will be a guardian of the stone.
    • That one's jossed.

The monster based Howling Commandos will appear
And consist of Blade, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Warwolf, N'Kantu, Frankenstein's Monster, Elsa Bloodstone, Daimon Hellstrom, Stawn Man, Namor, and Glyph.

The Illuminati will appear
The members could consist of:
  • Iron Man
    • Jossed with his death in Endgame.
  • Captain America
  • Bruce Banner
  • Thor
  • Doctor Strange
  • Black Panther
  • Black Bolt
  • Namor
  • Coulson
  • Star-Lord

It hasn't come up much, but it seems a safe bet that the MCU doesn't have quite the same pop culture as our own world. So what films, programs, or other media would exist in the MCU?
  • Michael Caine starred in Swarili, a 1964 film about British-Wakandan war. Later in life he played Frenchie in Chris Nolan's Moon Knight Trilogy.
    • Jossed. Moon Knight is confirmed to be an actual character within the franchise.
  • Joss Whedon's most memorable work was Bloodstone, a film about a young girl who fights the forces of evil. The character later appeared in a TV series in the 90s.
  • Professor Gamble is a long-running British sci-fi series about an eccentric time traveling alien.
  • The Stoker estate has complained of an unauthorized sequel to Dracula written by someone under the name of Harold H. Harold.
  • Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey is best remembered for its character Aaron, a surly, misanthropic, and alcoholic android who shoots the crew of a starship into space.
  • Devil Dinosaur is an incredibly cheesy B-movie from the drive-in era.
  • George Lucas is known for a trilogy of films about "Dominic Fortune", a WWII-era pulp hero archaeology.

The Netflix shows take place after Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It's been noted that Avengers Tower is absent from the New York timeline in the Netflix MCU shows. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we learn that Tony Stark sold the tower. Whoever bought it redesigned it so it's no longer as prominent. The Netflix shows all take place shortly after this happened.

If Marvel Studios does make a MCU X-Men film with the newly purchased rights, it will contain a small, playful jab at the Inhumans.
Possibly mentioned in passing in a conversation between a few X-Men and/or other Xavier's School students. Some "weird alien kinda mutants called Inhumans" that recently started to surface.
  • Highly unlikely. Marvel had several TV series, many with great receptions and ratings, but the film still have to make a single reference to any of them. Not even Civil War, which talked about super humans in general, mentioned the inhuman population boom that took place after the second season of "Agents", even when it would have been very relevant to the plot at hand. So it's unlikely that the first TV series to break that veto would be the one that was a big flop.

Sometime in the future of the MCU, humans will be pulled through a White Monolith and end up on distant planet a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
They will eventually settle down on the planet when they realize they're stuck there, name it Coruscant, and begin developing the technology for interplanetary travel and exploring the galaxy around them.

Agents of The Hand will abduct President Ellis as a means to some end.
Just so someone can have the excuse to say, "The president has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?"

At some point in the films, it will reveal Fury is actually Nick Fury Jr
Based on how they brought in a Samuel L. Jackson-looking Fury for the main comics, Nick Fury will at some point need help from a one eyed, cigar smoking old crank-his dad, Nick Fury Sr, who stays alive via the Infinity Formula, was formerly in charge of SHIELD before his son, and is played by Liam Neeson (even though Neeson is 4 years younger than Jackson, but we can ignore that using the Infinity Formula explanation). This should please fans of the comic who had a mixed reaction to Fury being replaced by his son: In doing so, it will mean Marvel will try to tie i with this by still featuring the original Fury, pleasing the fans who proffered him to his son.

Black Widow and Hawkeye are actually Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable
S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited them but because they were so famous they had to take on new identities so as not to draw attention to themselves. Ron took up archery and the whole ‘red in my ledger’ was just a way to get ‘Natasha’ some infamy since she didn’t really exist. They explain their connection to each other by saying he brought her in to the organization. Oh, and Mr. Barkin’s name wasn’t actually Mr. Barkin, it was Phil Coulson. He was planted in their high school to keep an eye on them and introduce them to S.H.I.E.L.D. when he thought they were ready. That’s why he’s their handler, he’s had the most experience with them.

The main character of the film is Black Widow.
No, seriously. It all adds up.
  • Explain how.

Avengers 2 will be all about our heroes' trip to Shawarma's.
  • It'll be a three and a half hour long film of the most awkward dinnertime small talk you've ever seen.
    • Unsurprisingly jossed. It's dealing with Ultron.

Harry Dean Stanton's character isn't a random security guard
  • His one scene just seemed vaguely weird, probably due to being the only one he appears in. He might be some kind of supernatural something or other trying to guide Banner back onto the hero's path so he could help save the day.

The police chief who asks why he should take orders from Captain America is Gilmore Hodge's son.
  • There's a fair chance that Hodge is actually from the New York area, if not the city itself. He and the police chief bear a passing resemblance, and the idea of Cap ordering around the descendant of someone who bullied him is too beautifully ironic to pass up. If Hodge fathered a child maybe twenty years after Cap went under, that'd work just fine.

Nick Fury will use a Laser Blade at one point
And it will be purple, mainly as a reference to Samuel L. Jackson's role as Mace Windu.
  • Confirmed in Winter Soldier.

In a future MCU film, Thor and some companions will be attacked by a furious Triceratops.
And after he knocks it out with one well-practiced hammer blow, he'll look puzzled and remark that Coulson told him they didn't have bilgesnipes on Earth.

Wanda's telepathy was temporary weakened.
She doesn't use her telepathy at all in "Civil War," which could've gone worlds to showing Tony and the others what Cap knew about Bucky's innocence and the other Winter Soldiers. Wanda's telepathy returns in "Infinity War" however. In "Civil War," she was emotionally at the lowest point in her life. Like Nymphadora Tonks, her powers were weakened by her depression, and returned when she was finally allowed to hook up with the man she loved.

Steve Rogers is so far in the closet he's having tea with Mr. Tumnus
He just hasn't been able to come to terms with his sexuality, and the fact that he's in love with Bucky, because the time period he grew up in forced him to deny those feelings, and all the trauma afterwards hasn't allowed him to properly address them. The fact that he is now a legend with the whole world watching him doesn't help.
  • Jossed. He ends up with Peggy.

Wanda Maximoff and Ava Starr will become friends
Their backgrounds and situations are insanely similar and they're close in age. Both even have monikers based on dark fantasy creatures (witch, ghost). Wanda will help Ava deal with her guilt and trauma and the two will kick ass together.

Wolverine is Wanda and Pietro's father.
If and when he's introduced, it will be hinted, then revealed that Logan met Magda while traveling through Sokovia, and, being Wolverine, he left her a little something to remember him by.
  • Wait, is this in reference to the most infamous Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of the critically despised Ultimatum? A moment which was completely ignored in future installments and didn't actually say he impregnated Magda? From a flashback that also included Wolverine watching from the bushes as they had sex? In the continuity that made Wanda and Pietro have an incestuous relationship that was also widely met with disdain? And putting all that aside, fans have been clamoring for their father to be revealed as Magneto since it would be a great way to introduce the character. Making such a drastic change would elicit a very justified They Changed It, Now It Sucks! reaction from audience, and to do it just to reference a panned comic book event's random, irrelevant flashback would be...well, Marvel Studios has changed a lot, but it's unlikely. I mean, Wolverine has canonical kids anyway...
  • Well, in any case, they have already adapted the death of Hawkeye's family turning him into a violent murderer hero, another twist of The Ultimates 3.
    • Except "Wolverine...You are the father!" wasn't a twist in that comic; He watched the children of the woman he once. banged have incestuous sex. It was creepy and no one liked it. Also, Hawkeye becoming Ronin is only vaguely similar to what happened in the Ultimates.

Nick Fury ordered Captain America and Black Widow to keep Tony's parents' murders from him, for the sake of planetary security

Black Widow was with Cap when when Howard Stark's murder by Hydra was revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She obviously would've reported this to Nick Fury. Why not tell Tony? Well, this being so soon after Iron Man 3, Tony's mental state would easily be a reason for all three to be hesitant to tell Tony the truth, not helped by his reckless behavior in Avengers: Age of Ultron.... but that's still a flimsy reason not to tell the man who carried a nuke through that wormhole such a crucial and intimate piece of information about his own goddamn parents for two years. There was a bigger reason.

In Avengers: Infinity War, Cap calls Tony "Earth's best defender" and Dr. Strange saw that Tony was crucial to defeating Thanos, in the only one of four billion possibilities where they win. Nick Fury probably didn't know everything Strange saw, but he was sure aware of the alien threat (remember the nukes he was prepping in the first "Avengers" film?). Nick deduced that if Earth was to have any chance in Hell, they needed Tony Stark. And he also knew Tony wasn't very stable, and—at the time—wasn't appearing to be taking the proper steps to get himself help for his host of mental health problems. Fury felt Earth needed Tony Stark focused on protecting Earth, and didn't want Tony having a complete breakdown or getting himself killed on a quest for revenge against Hydra. And he's also an old man who cares about Tony, but has a bad habit of lying about major things.

  • It's possible that Fury confessed this to Tony before Spiderman Homecoming, and they reconciled, hence why Tony suddenly seems so much more stable from that movie on, but still obsessively focused on the alien threat and protecting people (like Peter Parker). If this is the case, Tony would still have plenty of reason not to be on speaking terms with the Cap, given his apparent (but not necessarily real) lack of remorse and empathy when Tony saw that video play.
  • Alternatively, Tony still doesn't know the whole truth, but Siberia inspired him to seek help on his own.

Stan Lee will return
  • We still have a couple of unreleased cameos for the upcoming films, but what about afterwards? Afterwards, they will make digital "cameos" of Stan Lee, to keep up the tradition. Rogue One managed to bring Moff Tarkin back to life, despite the actor being dead some decades ago, so who says that a similar trick can't be done for Stan? His cameos only take a couple of seconds, anyway.

Doctor Strange was put on the potential threats list for his Alliterative Name
  • Seriously, Stephen Strange? Someone just looked at it and thought "Shucks, that guy's just one Freak Lab Accident away from a superhero."

The Black Widow movie will be a prequel with a Framing Device
After Black Widow died in Avengers: Endgame, it seems that her solo film might be a prequel. However, they still might want to set up new films in the modern MCU. To do this, the film will have the Framing Device of a story Clint tells to his kids.
  • Confirmed that it will be a prequel. Surprisingly, it turns out that it will be between Civil War amd Infinity War, which makes a bedtime story framing device less likely, but not impossible.

Sofia Carson will be cast as Kate Bishop in the upcoming Hawkeye series.
Besides looking the part, she already has a close relationship with Disney like Olivia Holt did prior to Cloak & Dagger.
  • Jossed, Hailee Steinfeld plays Kate Bishop.

Iron Man will return
Widow and Quicksilver, too. Thanks to the Fox deal, Disney now has access to mainstay Avengers villains Kang and Immortus (previously unavailable due to ties to Doom or the Richards family). One of Immortus' favorite tricks is his Legion of the Living, copies of an assortment of characters believed to be dead at that time. Just pay RDJ an unholy amount of money for a day's worth of voiceover work, and have Tony keep his suit for the entire appearance.

Thor: Love and Thunder will feature a Mythology Gag for What If? Vol. 1 #10.
For example, when Jane introduces herself as Thor to someone, after a moment of confusion, that person suggests she change her name to something like Thordis.

The next phase won't be Phase Five.
Given the conspicuous absence of films like Black Panther 2 and Guardians Vol. 3 from Phase Four's lineup, I think that they won't make a definite Phase Five until those films are released. They'll be grouped in a potential Phase 4.5.

Phase 5 Lineup
This will be an "all-star" arrangement of movies where the studio will finally be able to bring in some of the biggest characters that haven't appeared yet because it will be the earliest they can make use of those characters.
  • Guardians Vol. 3
    • Heroes- Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Drax, Gamora, Mantis, Phyla-Vell, Moondragon
    • Villains- High Evolutionary, Adam Warlock, Wraith
  • Black Panther 2
    • Heroes- T'Challa, Okoye, Nakia, M'baku
    • Villains- Namor
  • Captain Marvel 2
    • Heroes- Carol Danvers, Monica Rambeau, Kamala Khan
    • Villains- Moonstone, Yon-Rogg
  • Ant-Man 3
    • Heroes- Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, Ghost
    • Villains- Crossfire, Whirlwind
  • Fantastic Four
    • Heroes- Mister Fantastic, The Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman
    • Villains- Mole Man
  • X-Men
    • Heroes- Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, Angel
    • Villains- Magneto
  • Daredevil
    • Heroes- Matt Murdock
    • Villains- Bullseye, Kingpin
      • Not out of the question to re-introduce him into the films (assuming the "Blade is the first R-Rated MCU movie" guess turns out to be correct), but unlikely, given that it would be such a huge tone shift.
  • Heroes for Hire or Power Man and Iron Fist
    • Heroes- Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Claire Temple
    • Villains- The Maggia
      • See what was written for Daredevil
  • Blade
    • Heroes- Blade
    • Villains- Dracula
  • Ghost Rider
    • Heroes- Johnny Blaze
    • Villains- Mephisto, Blackout
  • Nova
    • Heroes- Richard Rider
    • Villains- Titus
  • Inhumans
    • Heroes- Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Triton, Lockjaw
    • Villains- Maximus
      • Jossed - TV show that bombed horribly, plus Kevin Feige has no interest in the Inhumans.
  • Captain Britain
    • Heroes- Brian Braddock, Meggan, Psylocke, Dane Whitman
    • Villains- Mad Jim Jaspers
  • Deadpool 3
    • Heroes- Wade Wilson, Cable, Domino, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead
    • Villains- Dr. Killebrew, Black Swan

What will replace the Stan Lee cameo...
Now that he's no longer with us, let's think of what else we'll see in the MCU once per movie:

The Beatles song "Come Together" is Nick Fury, singing about the original four Avengers
Shoot me refers to Nick Fury
  • Nick Fury got shot by the Winter Soldier

Verse 1 is about Thor:

  • Here come old flat top Thor wears a helmet; as God of Thunder he sometimes works up in the air; he's heir to his throne, and thus would wear a crown, etc.
  • He come groovin' up slowly - Thor, originally, was the most slow and dramatic of the Avengers
  • He got joo-joo eyeball Thor's eyes sometimes glow when he uses his lightning powers
  • He one holy roller God of Thunder
  • He got hair down to his knees Thor had long hair for most of the series
  • Got to be a joker he just do what he please Thor was the most eccentric of the main four, due to being from another planet. Could also be a jab at Thor not having a great grasp on humor in his early Avenger days.

Verse 2 is the Hulk/Bruce Banner

  • He wear no shoe-shine Hulk is barefoot
  • He got toe-jam football Hulk is a renowned athlete on the Grand Master's world, and plays dirty
  • He got monkey finger Bruce Banner is great with technology
  • He shoot Coca Cola That fateful injection Bruce gave himself, which lead to the Hulk.
  • He say I know you, you know me, one thing I can tell you is you got to be free Referring to his duo personalities

Verse 3 is Tony Stark

  • He bad production Tony is the most troubled of the main four, and in the early days, caused the most trouble
  • He got walrus gumboot Tony often does his own investigating when something doesn't smell right
  • He got oh-no sideboard Tony's personal issues that he deals with on the side
  • He one spinal cracker As Iron Man (and even as Tony Stark) he's a badass
  • He got feet down below his knee He doesn't "kneel" to anyone else, he stands his ground and does what he wants
  • Hold you in his arms yeah you can feel his disease Referring to his mental "diseases"

Verse 4 is Steve Rogers

  • He roller coaster refers to his inconsistent, and increasingly erratic, moral compass and priorities
  • He got early warning Of the main four, Steve was the first to work as a superhero on Earth, and saw how dangerous supervillains could be before the other four did
  • He got muddy water As time went by, Steve gradually became less and less "pure" than he thought he was
  • He one mojo filter In the early days of the Avengers, Steve was known for his humility
  • ''He say 1 and 1 and 1 is 3" Steve was the first to leave the Avengers, causing the domino effect of their breakup
  • Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see Referring to the image of Captain America that the public puts on a pedestal, while the real Steve Rogers struggles with his identity and purpose, and compared to the otehr three, arguably has little to offer without his superhero persona.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will feature or at least cameo a number of both pre-established and new MCU-diverged timelines.
For record, known MCU-diverged timelines are:
  • Earth-16828 / "Team Thor"
  • Earth-TRN808 / "Zombie Assemble"
  • Earth-TRN732 / "2012 New York Time Heist" (this one's confirmed, as the Loki series, which apparently takes place in this timeline, is stated to tie into this movie)
  • Earth-TRN733 / "2013 Asgard Time Heist"
  • Earth-TRN734 / "2014 Cosmic Time Heist"
  • Earth-TRN735 / "1970 Camp Lehigh Time Heist"
  • Earth-TRN736 / "Captain America Retires"
  • Earth-TRN676 / "MCU Earth Destoryed"
  • Earth-TRN810 / "Alternate Past Created By Chronicoms"
  • Earth-TRN769 / "Runaways: 3 Years Later"
  • Earth-TRN770 / "Runaways: Year 2028"
  • Earth-TRN771 / "Nathan Bowan and William Johnson Survived"
  • Earth-TRN772 / "Nathan and Melissa Bowen Divorced"
  • Earth-TRN773 / "Tandy Bowen: Drug Addict"
  • Earth-TRN774 / "Duel to D'Spayre"

The main villains of Thor: Love and Thunder will be The Remnant of Thanos' forces.

Nick Fury is Jules Winnfield.
His real name is Jules Winnfield he was originally a hitman until a "Moment of Clarity" led to him quitting to walk the earth until he found a calling, this led to him becoming a government agent for many years bouncing around agencies and using multiple codenames such as Sergeant West, Agent Neville Flynn, Danny Roman, Augustus Gibbons, Henry Herald 'H' Humphries, Sgt. Luger before rising through the ranks too become Director of S.H.E.I.L.D using the codename Nick Fury which was previously used by another agent who may or may not be Micheal Knight but that's a WMG for another day. after faking his death he retired to become a piano player named Rufus (with a glass eye).

All of the pre-Disney TV shows take place in the 1970s Endgame timeline.

There's been a lot of talk about continuity breaks between the old raft of TV content and whether it's even still "canon" to the MCU now that Disney has created a line of movie-adjacent in-house shows. Well, there's no real reason to reduce it all to a legacy canon when we're talking about a multiverse and alternate timelines.

A proposal: the pre-Disney shows all happen in the 1970s Endgame timeline, where Cap and Stark meet Stark's dad. This event barely changes the timeline initially, but the ripple effect of Howard becoming a slightly more confident father leads to the status quo of the pre-Disney shows. It's almost but not quite the MCU movie timeline. Notably, SHIELD becomes more prominent, leading to the revival of Coulson, SHIELD's continued existence in the shadows, and even, via the butterfly effect, an aversion of the Snap. We might be able to assume that some or even most of these events are shared with the main timeline (the perfect space for headcanon), but the crux of it all is that nothing can be taken for granted and the Snap definitely didn't happen.

    Disney+ and Hulu Series 

Potential future shows
  • Starhawk and the Ravagers: A spin-off of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 following Stakar and his reunited team going on a wild adventure/heist. The natural villains would be the Badoon, recalling the original comics.
    • Alternatively, a prequel focusing on Yondu and how he met Starhawk and became a part of the Ravagers.
  • Jimmy Woo: A spin-off of Ant-Man and the Wasp that shows us what Jimmy Woo is normally doing as an FBI agent, with an equal blend of action and comedy. Expect allusions to his comics' organization ATLAS if such a series is made. It could also spin out of Shang-Chi, or lead in to a potential sequel.
    • It could be a spin-off of WandaVision and have Darcy return as a main character.
  • Midtown: A spin-off of the Spider-Man films. It'll follow students at the Midtown School of Science & Technology and help introduce new elements that'll impact the third MCU Spider-Man film.
  • The Two-Gun Kid: A Period Piece that follows the eponymous hero, real name Matt Hawk, as he encounters supernatural and extraterrestrial forces in the farthest reaches of the American west in the 19th century. Other western characters such as the Rawhide Kid, the Masked Raider, and Kid Colt can make a guest appearance or two.
  • Union Jack: The story of Joseph Chapman, who becomes a masked vigilante who operates around England, while fighting off a criminal organization. May or may not include allusions to the Falsworth family.
    • It would take inspiration from the 2007 miniseries and feature Chapman teaming up with Arabian Knight and Sabra (possibly with Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine recruiting them for their shared mission).
  • I Am Groot: A Prequel focusing on the original Groot, showing his origin before he met Rocket and then showing how he became Rocket's "muscle". It'll introduce elements present in future "cosmic" films.
  • The Crew: A loose tie-in to the Black Panther characters, which follows "Kasper" Cole, Josiah Bradley, and others being recruited by T'Challa to act as a covert group to uncover a plot to turn Americans against Wakanda.
    • Finding Wakanda: An alternate idea for a Black Panther spin-off centering on the making of the in-universe documentary by the same title that was shown in Spider-Man: Far From Home. A Travelogue Show that explores the lives and sociopolitical opinions of everyday Wakandans, historians (including one Changamire), and low-level government officials, particularly their views on the current monarchy and how it's handled recent events. We could also see through the show’s diagetic framing how the documentary is used to sway outside (read: "Western") opinion on Wakanda and cast it in an unfavorable light, especially if The Daily Bugle or related organizations are involved in its production.
      • It has been established that the MCU Daily Bugle is basically a "news" website (or at least as much as you can consider an InfoWars stand-in "news"); at best, Jameson would show up in a clip saying vibranium turns frogs gay. Which would be hilarious, I admit.
      • We'll have to wait (probably until the next Spider-Man film) and see how seriously the public treats the Daily Bugle, but it's not as though in our current sociopolitical climate those sorts of media outlets aren't taken seriously by a surprisingly high percentage of the American public up to and including the President...
      • Okay, I have to to raise a few questions; Why would Marvel want there to be multiple episodes of a show that boils down to "Here's some white guys saying mean things about Wakanda"? What do they have to gain from such a series? How would they market a Fake Documentary that's intentionally xenophobic as entertainment on Disney+? And if it isn't really about American guys who hate Wakanda saying it over "stock footage" of the country, what purpose would such a series serve? Couldn't they accomplish the World Building aspect in a show that actually about Wakandans doing things, told from their perspective?
    • A drama series focused around Wakanda is confirmed to be in development. While not much is known, the wording suggests it will be set in Wakanda proper, making both The Crew and Finding Wakanda unlikely to be the focus.
  • The Warriors Three: A prequel starring younger versions of Hogun, Fandral, and Volstagg before they really became companions of Thor. Young Thor, Loki, and Sif will all appear in minor roles, and it will detail how the Warriors Three became who they were. It'll provide a more expansive look at Asgard and the unexplored realms.
  • Tales of the Quantum Realm: A series starring Bruce/Hulk. It'll be about him and various researchers helping Hank Pym to study the Quantum Realm. There, they stumble into the city of K'ai, where Princess Jarella guides them through the mysterious hidden world of creatures that live there while she and Bruce fall in love. The series will tie up the loose thread of Ava/Ghost by saying that the research helped find a way to cure her condition.
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Now that Marvel TV's New Warriors pilot for Freeform has failed, she's up for Marvel Studios to utilize if they're interested. Would explore the quirkier side of the Marvel Universe in ways appropriate of her.
    • Milana Vayntrub will, for lack of a better word, reprise her role from the failed pilot.
    • They would use Adaptation Distillation to fuse her solo series with her earlier appearances. It'd start with showing Doreen as a high school graduate who becomes a superhero who gets into shenanigans with the goofs calling themselves the Great Lakes Avengers trying to make a name for themselves in Wisconsin, before she moves to New York City to attend college there. MODOK would be the villain of the show, with Patton Oswalt reprising his role from the upcoming Hulu cartoon, but a version exclusive to the MCU. Due to the comedic tone taken, it'd mostly consist of Squirrel Girl effortlessly defeating MODOK over and over while struggling with her school life.
  • Wonder Man: A series showing actor Simon Williams become the superhero Wonder Man, encounter an Avenger or two, and try and navigate Los Angeles in a post-Blip entertainment industry. All while his actions are manipulated by a mysterious villain.
    • And just like the deleted scene from Guardians Vol. 2, Nathan Fillion will play Simon.
  • Ka-Zar and Shanna: A series introducing the Savage Land into the MCU through the eyes of both Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil. Events will include some time committed to showing their respective origins, Zabu having to fight off dinosaurs, Ka-Zar's and Shanna's first meeting and courtship, and an antagonistic outsider coming to the Savage Land to try and exploit it.
  • The Baxter Building: A Work Com set in the titular building, serving as a prequel to a potential Fantastic Four film.
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Cold War: A prequel to Ant-Man focusing on Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne operating as superheroes for SHIELD during the Cold War.
  • Marvel Team-Up: Another anthology series, but set in the proper continuity. It would used to show additional stories for various established heroes, but with an added bonus; each episode would feature one of said previously introduced heroes teaming up with another making their MCU debut. This provides an outlet to introduce whole new heroes into the MCU without having to insert them into the movies. It would also be less risky to use obscure characters in this format, allowing for oddball choices for what heroes they choose to introduce and use later in the films (all of which could apply to the villains they fight as well).
  • Slapstick: A Looney Tunes-esque comedy series, will be full of refrences to numerous 1920s-50s cartoons.
  • 1602: A series that takes loose inspiration from Neil Gaiman's Marvel 1602, that shows the distant past of. the MCU. It'll be an elaborate historical fiction, showing Historical Domain Characters interacting with characters who are the distant predecessors or ancestors of Marvel heroes and villains, with plots taking place primarily in England during the transition of Queen Elizabeth I to James I and North America. The main characters in the England based parts will be Mutants hiding their powers while being hunted by a previous Black Knight, while the ones in the North America ones will be an ancestor to the Cheyenne hero Red Wolf and the allies he makes.
    • Alternativly, Marvel 1693, as we know that Agitha Harkness was a Salem Witch, and we may have Two with Dottie aka Sarah Proctor. [[note]]] Sarah Proctor is the name of one of the title characters accused of Witchcraft in The Crucible
  • Tigra: A series that shows Greer Grant encountering the hidden Cat People, becoming Tigra, and going on an adventure that ends her being recruited into the Avengers. Her story would be understandably simplified, with her pre-Tigra identity as the Cat being Adapted Out, the Cat People's history being streamlined, and some of the main Avengers being the heroes she first teams up with instead of Spider-Man. If Werewolf By Night gets introduced in Moon Knight, he'll reappear in Tigra.
  • Alpha Flight: A series detailing the formation of the titular group, who are Canada's state-sanctioned Super Team. Each episode would shine a spotlight on a member, with the members plucked from various incarnations of the team (i.e. Talisman being used in the place of Shaman, Zuzha Yu serving on the team along with her father Puck). It would also feature an appearance from Wolverine, who could appear as a member who leaves the team during the series or a former member who has since joined the X-Men, possibly helping integrate the Merry Mutants into the MCU if they haven't gotten their own movie yet. The final episode would feature the team, now more united thanks to the events of the previous episodes, making a big splash and becoming well known to the other heroes of the MCU, with an appearance by Captain Marvel to boot.
  • Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD: A prequel series that follows a young Nick Fury when he was just a rookie in SHIELD, and showing his rise to prominence within the organization. The villain would be a Nazi war criminal, a reference to how the original Nick Fury was a sergeant in WWII. Samuel L. Jackson will provide a framing device as a modern day Fury telling a friendly Skrull about the events of the series, making up for the Time-Shifted Actor needed to show Fury at such a younger age.
  • Sleepwalker: The story of Rick Sheridan and the titular Sleepwalker, a member of a race of being who travel through dreams in a realm called the Mindscape and capture evil entities that try to possess human bodies, who ended up trapped inside Rick while battling a powerful creature known as Cobweb who was trying to take over Rick to invade the physical world. On Earth, Sleepwalker emerges in a physical form when Sheridan sleeps and the otherworldly hero will do battle with the eccentric gang leader Jeff "8-Ball" Hagees and the mind-enslaving songstress Lullaby. This will alert Cobweb to the situation, and it will try to manipulate the situation to invade Earth. For the sake of getting a change of scenery, Rick will live in another heavily populated American city instead of New York City, like Philadelphia or Houston. Despite the change in location, the series will also feature a guest appearance by Doctor Strange and/or Moon Knight.
  • Justices: Time Variance Authority: a spin-off of Loki focusing on the Time Variance Authority. It'll be a parody of police procedurals both new and old such as Kojak and NCIS, but with time travelers and alternate timelines. It'll focus on various Justices, including Peace of course, pursuing time traveling beings who have broken their laws, with tongue-in-cheek jokes similar to previous parody series such as Angie Tribeca and Police Squad!.
  • Kitty Pryde and Wolverine: a series focused on the adventures of the two titular X-Men heroes, taking inspiration from the 80s miniseries of the same name. Like it, it would feature Kitty and Logan traveling to Japan and battling Ogun, who would serve as the main antagonist of the series. Divergences from the comics would include the presence of Lockheed, the absence of some characters such as Yukio, an appearance by Daken, and, in general, just how the two main characters are actually like due to how they get introduced. This will also serve as a way to give Wolverine a prominent role without having him at the very forefront of the MCU's X-Men films, since that might be seen as too similar to how things were done in the X-Men Film Series.
  • Killraven: a series set in an alternate universe where an alien force has enslaved humanity, opposed only by rebels called the Freemen and a man named Jonathan Raven, who'll become known to the aliens as the titular Killraven, make allies in this world, join the Freemen, and ultimately save his Earth.
  • Force Works: a series that'll follow Pepper and Rhodey assembling a new hero team to hunt down villains who have complicated revenge schemes against Tony and his legacy, which they'll admit there are an annoyingly large amount. The members of Force Works would be Joseph Green, a US military sergeant who became bonded to a destructive alien gauntlet salvaged from Thanos' invasion fleet, Century, an alien warrior suffering from memory loss who came to Earth after hearing of its superheroes, and last, but most importantly, either Daisy Johnson/Quake or Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Avengers A.I.: a series partly based on the short lived comic book of the same name. In this series, Dimitrios (or rather DIMITRIOS) will be an A.I. assistant similar to JARVIS or FRIDAY who will decide Ultron was right and go rogue, take over an android body, and try to continue Ultron's efforts to destroy humanity. Another A.I. assistant, called Alexis/ALEXIS, will take over an android body as well and oppose him alongside Vision (if he really comes back in WandaVision that is), a "runaway" android teenager named Victor Mancha, a robotic duplicate of Victor Von Doom of Latveria, and Agent Monica Chang of SWORD, who has come to make sure things go smoothly. Luis will also appear as a reference to Hank Pym being the team's leader in the comic, to provide comedic relief and give us all more Michael Peña.
  • X-Men: Baptism of Fire: a series that acts as a prequel to the first MCU X-Men film, based on the very earliest X-Men comics. This means that it'll feature Scott Summers/Cyclops, Bobby Drake/Iceman, Hank McCoy/Beast, Jean Grey/Marvel Girl, and Warren Worthington/Angel going on their very first missions under the direction of Charles Xavier/Professor X. Their first true battle would be against Magneto and be called the team's "baptism of fire" by Xavier, just like in the first issue of X-Men. With that story being told in a series instead of in the movies, the films can be a bit more creative about who gets the spotlight.
  • Paladin: A series focused on the exploits and cases of an elite mercenary/private investigator, the titular Paladin. He would firmly be an anti-hero and explore what life is like for an extraordinary person who purposefully keeps himself in a moral gray area. If the rumors about Charlie Cox returning as Daredevil are true, it'd also be awesome to see Daredevil act as a sort of Hero Antagonist to Paladin who eventually teams up with him.
  • Strange Tales: A second animated anthology series based on the multiple Marvel series of the same name. The series would be very varied; some episodes will be Horror focused, others will be about giant aliens, others will focus on Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, others will feature the respective introductions of the Bloodstone family and Brother Voodoo. Cloak and Dagger could return as well, and Nick Fury could appear in an episode too. Introducing each story will be none other than Doctor Strange himself, acting as a host and ending each episode with hinting at how the events of each will impact the MCU.
  • Destroyer: A show following Keen Marlow, an investigative journalist who was given Captain America-esque enhancements by one Dr. Eric Schmitt. After Schmitt was killed by Neo-Nazis, Keen became the Destroyer, a grimly garbed vigilante, to avenge his death. That would all be done in flashbacks, while the series proper will follow an aged Keen coming out of retirement to stop a new Neo-Nazi cell.
  • Mark Hazzard: Merc: Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a totally human soldier of fortune in the Marvel universe? Well, if you did, meet Marcus "Mark" Hazzard. In a world with crazy advanced sci-fi tech, superhuman powers, alien monsters and more, Mark is just a man with a few guns and knives just hoping he can make it back in time for dinner with his wife and son. As you may imagine, that's easier said than done.
  • The Thing: a spin-off of the Fantastic Four film, starring its iteration of Ben Grimm. It'll be either a solo adventure starring the hero in a thrilling adventure or the MCU's first straight up Romantic Comedy, focusing on Ben's budding romance with sculptor Alicia Masters. Or perhaps it'll be both, appealing to a wider audience.
  • Secret Warriors: A series the brings back Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson from the universe he is currently in. Him alongside his "secret warriors" he alludes to in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will have to fight a multiversal threat from the shadows, maybe Molecule Man.
  • Captain Universe: The story of the Captain Universe mantle being passed down to a new handle. It would be a great way to introduce the character to the MCU and is one of the few major characters that has not been touched so far.
  • Shadowland: A loose adaptation of the empyous comic. With Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Winter Soldier and Moon Knight out on the streets forced to fend for themselves, a limited team up mini-series. Would be a great way to bring Punisher and Jessica Jones back into the MCU.
  • Damage Control: Somewhat like the short lived DC Universe TV show Powerless. The backstory behind this series is that Tony Stark established the eponymous organization in the fallout of the Chitauri invasion. Like in the original comic series, the story would follow John Porter, a former freelance contractor who joins Damage Control and uses his talents in aid of the various rebuilding efforts.


  • Death's Head: A series following a version of the powerful "freelance peace-keeping" robot who winds up stranded in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and having to face numerous questionable forces that discover him and want to reverse engineer his body for their own wicked machinations.
  • Night Raven: The story of the eponymous Night Raven, a near immortal, gun toting vigilante. It follows how he became locked in an endless rivalry with the sinister, sadistic Yi Yang, the very woman who made him more than a mere human for her own entertainment and pleasure.
  • The Living Mummy!: A series following the reemergence of N'Kantu, who menaces the modern world before becoming a bit more of an Anti-Hero who will encounter Ghost Rider and the Helstroms. His past life as an African prince enslaved by the ancient Egyptians will be told in flashbacks, with viewpoint characters investigating the cursed walking corpse's origins after witnessing his aforementioned rise.
  • The Blip: A show chronicling the life of several people during the five years in which the population of the world had been halved by Thanos.
  • Man-Thing: A series following the mysterious creature as it protects the Nexus of All Realties, while largely ignoring the previous allusions from Agents of SHIELD, but acknowledging that he is a former champion of Sakaar.
  • Brother Voodoo: A series following young occultist Jericho Drumm as he gains powers to destroy demonic villains.

The Disney+ side of things is setting up Young Avengers
Let's look at the lineup so far:
  • Hawkeye: Already confirmed to have Kate Bishop starring.
  • Loki: Could easily lead to young Loki manifesting somewhere in time and space thanks to Loki's shenanigans.
  • WandaVision: It's been said that things are going to get weird in this show. It could potentially introduce Billy and Tommy, and justify them being teens by now with magical shenanigans.
    • Alternately, the show might incorporate elements from Vision's 2015 maxi-series and introduce Viv Vision.
    • A shot from the Super Bowl TV spot shows Vision and Wanda standing in front of two cribs, lending further credence to the theory that it's setting up Billy and Tommy.
    • Confirmed: Billy and Tommy appear in WandaVision. They cease to exist at the end of the series, but The Stinger suggests that they might be reincarnated down the line like their comic book counterparts.
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The villain looks to be Zemo, and we all know how much he loves drudging up secrets from the past for his owns means. His plans could lead to the discovery of Isiah Bradley and the darker side of Project: Rebirth, which in turn could lead to Eli Bradley coming out of the woodwork.
    • Confirmed, both Isaiah and Eli Bradley appear in the series.
Furthermore, Cassie has already been established in the Ant-Man films. The only major characters left to introduce are Nate and Teddy. Teddy could show up in a Captain Marvel film or perhaps a Disney+ series about the Skrulls (possibly Secret Invasion?). Nate doesn't necessarily need his own spinoff, as his arrival is what starts the original comic anyways.
  • Not just in the Disney+ series: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to introduce America Chavez, while Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will feature Kang the Conqueror, who's the future version of Iron Lad. So a Young Avengers film or series somewhen in Phase 4 or 5 is definitely not to be excluded.

A reformed HYDRA will be the villain of Falcon and Winter Soldier
Red Skull is free from his obligations on Vormir, and Jack Rollins and Mitchell Carson are still at large. Additionally, Bucky would have a personal grudge with Red Skull, and Falcon a personal grudge with Jack Rollins.
  • They've already teased Baron Zemo as the villain.

The Hulu shows will have a crossover miniseries, a loose adaptation of Midnight Sons
Nico Minoru would take the magic user spot from Doctor Strange, Robbie Reyes will take the place of the other Ghost Riders, and Daimon would take his canon role (possibly alongside his sister) and fully become Hellstorm. A villain from each series will have been recruited by Lilith, Mother of All Demons, to help her commit a great atrocity. This will somehow result in the other "Runaways" being captured or incapacitated, so Nico will use magic to draw Robbie and Daimon to the threat of Lilith.

The Leader will officially debut in She-Hulk.
Hey, it's the best way to follow up on that plot thread.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will introduce Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

The experiment that leads to the Fantastic Four's creation will be an attempt by Reed Richards to reverse Thanos' snap.

There'll be a line of X-Men adjacent miniseries
There were a lot of groups and characters who were never used in the original film series. While the MCU will definitely be have its attention on the X-Men first and foremost when it comes to the mutants, a cosmic group like the Starjammers, other mutant hero teams like Excalibur and Generation X and even an antagonist organization like the Hellfire Club have a lot of potential for interesting stories that would expand the universe. There could also be series that place the focus on a single X-Men member.

Since Armor Wars will most likely introduce new characters, let's guess. who they'll be
  • Villains
    • Kondrati Topolov/Titanium Man: In the MCU, Topolov will be a regular looking man who has never gone by Gremlin.
    • David Roberts/Firepower: Roberts will be the MCU's Firepower since Iron Man 3 already used the original as an unarmored villain.
    • Wilbur Day/Stilt-Man: He could be the first of those with Tony's stolen tech that Rhodey tangles with. Daredevil could even make a cameo.
    • Galina Nemirovskaya/Crimson Dynamo: Using her could allow us to have a female villain, which they may want to do if they still include Titanium Man.
    • Guardsman: Really, it could be any guy in there. Heck, it could be multiple guys in identical suits who just acts as cannon fodder.
    • Desmond and/or Phoebe Marrs, who appeared in the comics' Armor Wars II, could take Justin Hammer's place if he doesn't return.
    • Arthur Parks/Living Laser
    • Zeke Stane: He could possibly be the Big Bad who uses Tony's old armors to avenge his father Obadiah, and Rhodey has to stop Zeke while preserving his old friend's legacy.
    • Gregor Shapanka/Blizzard/Jack Frost
  • Heroes
    • Walter Newell/Stingray: It'd be nifty if they still included him and I don't see why they wouldn't. Stingray could be an ally to Rhodey after the latter realizes he wasn't really using stolen Stark tech and become a new supporting character in the movies.
    • Riri Williams/Ironheart: Depending on the release dates of Ironheart and Armor Wars, Riri could make an Early-Bird Cameo somehow.
    • Jocasta: Feeling he needs his own J.A.R.V.I.S. or F.R.I.D.A.Y., Rhodey will dig up the J.O.C.A.S.T.A. program and put it in his armor. Later, she could take over a spare, all silver-y Rescue armor to, well, rescue Rhodey while he's in peril. This armor will then get upgraded later, perhaps outside of Armor Wars into a full body for Jocasta to inhabit.
  • Others
    • Su Yin: an obscure Iron Man supporting character. Perhaps she could be reimagined as a love interest for Rhodey.
    • Bambina Arbogast: an employee at Stark Industries.

The Big Bad of Ironheart will be Tomoe, the Techno Golem
Differences for the character in the MCU would include Tomoe having a proper family name, her ninja minions being replaced by mercenaries in Mandroid armor, and her having a personal vendetta and history of some kind with Riri.

In either Armour Wars or Ironheart Tony Stark will return as an AI.
  • Before even creating Iron Man in the MCU Tony was already an AI expert, having already created J.A.R.V.I.S., furthermore the fact is that the only possible way the suits work is some kind of BCI, it is possible that at some point Tony used that technology to make a copy of his neural network, to work into a form of rebirth as AI, not to mention that Tony being reborn as AI has precident in the comics, according to the Marvel Wiki there have been no less than 4 Tony A.I.s in earth 616, not to mention Mainframe from MC 2. Of particular note is the third AI, which served as a mentor to Riri while the real Tony was comatose.


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