Now that "Ant-Man" has hit theaters, Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is complete. While Phase 2 was all about the exploits of Marvel superheroes, Phase 3 is going to be about the aftermath, and that means heavy shiz is going down.
Things get started with a big conflict between Iron Man and Captain America in "Captain America: Civil War," which premieres May 2016; following that, "Thor: Ragnarok" will probably lay waste to Asgard; and that's all before Thanos, the purple dude who has been teased since the first "Avengers," raises hell in the "Avengers: Infinity War" movies. And if these films are anything like their comic counterparts, the MCU is about to get insane.
Marvel does a good job of incorporating storylines from the comics and adapting them to fit the movies. If they stick to this formula, here are 7 shocking twists you may see in the next Marvel movies:
(Note: These are speculated based on what we know from reports, the Marvel comics and the already released movies.)
1. Thor might kill an Avenger.
In Marvel's Civil War comics, Thor appears to kill Bill Foster, a superhero known as Goliath who uses the Ant-Man technology to increase in size. This version of Thor is actually a cyborg clone created by Tony Stark who later takes the name Ragnarok, which means the end of the world in Norse mythology.
We already know that the new "Captain America" movie will at least have clues for "Thor: Ragnarok," and with the importance of the clone in the comics and the significance of a superhero losing his life, it appears we may see an evil version of Chris Hemsworth destroy an Avenger at some point.
2. And that Avenger could be Ant-Man.
Since Goliath, aka Foster, hasn't been introduced to the MCU and his tragic death is pivotal to the Civil War story, there's a strong case that another hero will take his place. And that guy is Ant-Man.
The giant Thomas the Tank Engine from "Ant-Man" and interviews with director Peyton Reed have sparked rumors Ant-Man will have his giant growth abilities in "Civil War." This is the same power used by Foster, so it seems like an easy transition for Ant-Man to fill the fallen hero's shoes.
As shown with (spoiler alert) Quicksilver's death in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Marvel isn't afraid to kill off a character shortly after he's introduced, and it looks like Ant-Man could be next. (Like Baskin Robbins, Marvel don't play.)
3. Or Falcon might die instead.
"Ant-Man" has won the box office its first two weeks after release, Paul Rudd is reportedly still under contract with Marvel for "multiple" movies and director Peyton Reed told The Huffington Post there is still plenty of story to tell, so killing off Ant-Man before a sequel seems like a worse marketing move than if Tony Stark mass-produced a bunch of Ultrons for the public. Because of this, another character may take one for the team.
MoviePilot speculates that Falcon and War Machine are likely candidates for the job. The death of either of these characters could potentially have the biggest impact on their BFFs Iron Man and Captain America, whose conflict is central to "Civil War."
Marvel reportedly doesn't have plans for a standalone Falcon film, and in the comics, Foster, the superhero who dies, is fighting for Captain America's side, so it's possible Falcon is about to enter a no-fly zone, aka he dead.
4. The Vision could turn evil.
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With "Thor: Ragnarok" set to air after "Civil War," it's unknown if the Thor clone will show up at all in the new Cap movie. If that happens, The Vision is a strong candidate to take his place. Like Ragnarok, he's a creation from Tony Stark, Thor also had a hand in bringing him to life, he's an android and, as an added bonus, he can pick up Thor's hammer. In other words, he's worthy. Because of all this, Vision is theorized to become an antagonist.
5. "Dead" villains may return.
Red Skull, the villain from "Captain America: The First Avenger" who'd probably be voted most likely to play Anger in a live version of Pixar's "Inside Out," actually plays a part in the aftermath of the Civil War comics.
The character is presumably dead in the movies, but we've already seen the return of Red Skull's accomplice Dr. Zola in "Captain America: Winter Soldier," and theories suggest that Red Skull might make a comeback in "Civil War." (Or, at the very least, the dude might have some Pixar work ahead.)
Other villains like Ultron and "Guardians of the Galaxy" bad guy Ronan the Accuser are also speculated to make comebacks via the Infinity Stones and Thanos in the upcoming movies.
6. Get ready for crazy superhero cameos.
In the Civil War comics alone, you have the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Punisher and tons of other superheroes that haven't even shown up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet.
We already know there are plenty of heroes on the roster for the "Civil War" movie. These include most of the Avengers, Spider-Man and even Black Panther. There are already hints that a Thor clone might show up, so more cameos are likely.
7. It's probably the end for Captain America.
After Captain America's surrender and arrest at the end of Civil War, Steve Rogers is apparently assassinated by Sharon Carter and Crossbones in Marvel's The Death of Captain America storyline. Both Carter and Crossbones are set to appear in "Civil War."
Adding to speculation, Chris Evans has an uncertain future with Marvel. Evans' contract is reportedly expiring soon, and Marvel could easily off Cap to stick to the storyline. Plus, this would allow Bucky Barnes, aka actor Sebastian Stan (who is reportedly barely into a nine-movie contract) to take his place.
But don't worry, 'Merica. If Marvel does stick to the comics, it probably won't be the last time you see the Cap after all.
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