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Fans are only two movies deep into Marvel Studios' Phase Two, a cycle of films that will culminate in 2015 with the release of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," but eager Marvelites have been looking forward to Marvel Phase Three for months, even before the announcement of Paul Rudd's casting as Ant-Man.

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It's a good bet that the third installments of "Avengers," "Thor" and "Captain America" will be part of phase three, and perhaps, if all goes well, a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy." Beyond those staples, the House of Ideas will be looking to new characters and properties to expand their cinematic universe, ideas that will add to the world that began with Robert Downey Jr. first donned the "Iron Man armor in 2008. Some have been rumored for months, others have seen rumors about their movie possibilites dismissed outright, but the following seven characters and storylines are the ones we'd love to see introduced or make their return to the big screen in 2016 and beyond!

The Winter Soldier

In the wake of Bucky Barnes confronting Steve Rogers for the first time as the Winter Soldier, a major character arc for Cap's former partner kicked off, one which stretched out for several years. Under the guiding hand of writer Ed Brubaker, the Winter Soldier became a major player in the Marvel comic universe, even becoming Captain America for a lengthy period of time. There is an amazing amount of gripping material to be explored with the Winter Soldier, including his past as a Soviet Agent that can easily tie into the back story of Natasha Romanov. Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada teased huge things coming for the Black Widow post "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and while a solo turn would be great, her story could also easily continue in a Bucky Barnes-headlining film. Quite simply, for a character who's been a modern comics staple for less than a decade, there is so much choice Winter Soldier material to explore that a movie spinning out of the events of the new "Captain America" film would be a natural narrative progression.

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What Is Fox's 2018 Mystery Marvel Project?

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Fox has made their move in the great superhero movie arms race: last week they announced 2017 release dates not only for a third Wolverine and a second (also fourth!) Fantastic Four, but a 2018 berth for a "mystery" Marvel movie. Unlike Marvel Studios, who own a plethora of original characters and thus a bevy of potential franchises, Fox only owns X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. 

Of course, within those properties are dozens of potential spinoffs. Sony is really pushing it by turning the Spider-Man villains into potential tentpole stars. But the X-Mens eries holds infinite mutant possibilities for a number of strong characters. And whileThe Fantastic Four are just re-starting their mythos, the core group have several satellite affiliations that could make the transition from the page to the silver screen. The question remains: who will we see in 2018? Here are six strong possibilities

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Avengers 2 Possible Villains


Just last week it was unofficially confirmed that Don Cheadle (House of Lies) may get his wish of joining his armored partner Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) onscreen again in The Avengers: Age of Ultron after their box office smash buddy cop adventure in Iron Man 3. For a roster of heroes that’s seemingly growing, the villainous Ultron (James Spader) may need some backup in his vendetta against Earth’s Mightiest, and backup he shall get.

It’s not just the dangerous AI – that may or not be created in part by Tony Stark – that The Avengers need to re-assemble to defeat. With next spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier serving as a bridge of sorts between The Avengers 1 and 2, there’s a lot more at play. We know the secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. organization is on shaky ground, and part of that we can expect has to do with the return of familiar enemy faction – a faction that may show up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.

Latino-Review has the scoop on another villain that Marvel Studios is looking to cast for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and if true, we can expect the evil organization known as H.Y.D.R.A. to re-surface after their first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. The insider info reveals that Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, another Hydra villain from Captain America’s WWII days will pop up in The Avengers sequel.

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Need A Solo Black Widow Movie

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When previously asked about the lack of female superhero movies, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has remained diplomatic, yet non-committal. During the press tour for ‘Thor 2,’ Feige’s comments were “I’m not sure when that will be” and “we’ll see what happens.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a female-led Marvel movie. Apparently, things have changed over the past few months and now Feige, when asked specifically about Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow, said that they are actively developing her own solo movie.

Feige was speaking to Total Film about ‘Captain America 2‘ and how that film gives us Black Widow’s biggest role yet and how the upcoming ‘Avengers 2‘ will give us details about her past. He then added:

We learn more about her past and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that even further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that.


Feige didn’t exactly make a big splashy announcement about a future film, but it’s good to hear that it’s something they want to do. The Black Widow character is almost perfect for a ‘Bourne Identity’ style spinoff and an easy transition to the first female-driven Marvel movie. Hopefully the success of that movie would open up even more doors for characters like Ms. Marvel and, even in the DC universe, Wonder Woman herself.

Considering the Phase 3 movies are all but set, we don’t see a Black Widow movie happening in the immediate future, but if Marvel really is looking at releasing four movies a year (one per quarter), they’re going to need to start thinking outside of the “Phase 3″ box and scheduling some spinoffs.

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Top Ten Marvel Superheroes

Marvel heroes at their best have feet of clay, human vulnerabilities, but also great power and you know what that comes with though the new Amazing Spider-Man movie seems to have forgotten it. The problem today is that the comic book heroes have diverged so greatly from their movie counterparts that it would confuse any fan who just knows the characters from the films. Hopefully, the comic books will return to the heart of the characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many other great talents.


captain america2 Captain America – one of the earliest and most popular Marvel heroes was not created by Stan Lee rather it was the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby that produced Captain America Comics #1 (1941.) Steve Rogers fought throughout World War II and afterwards led the All-Winners Squad. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby crafted the return of Captain America in Avengers #4 (March 1964.) Cap was first onscreen in the serial Captain America (1944) played by Dick Purcell. Arthur Pierce voiced Steve Rogers in the animated Captain America (1966) along with the theme song, “When Captain America throws his mighty shield…” Two television films starred Reb Brown, Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979.) George DiCenzo played Cap in two 1981 episodes of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and in episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon in 1982. Unfortunately, there was a Captain America (1990) movie, which starred Matt Salinger as the first avenger. This was during Marvel’s desperate period of movie making and can be validated when the Red Skull turned out to be an Italian dictator.

Cap made some appearances in the “Old Soldiers” (1997) episode of the X-Men cartoon and several episodes of the Spider-Man and X-Men: Evolution cartoon played by David Hayter. John Ney Rieber and John Cassaday brought relevance to the character making him resolute after the tragedy of 9/11. It was in 2005 that Ed Brubaker made a mark with his Out of Time storyline in Captain America #1 (2005.) He also re-introduced former partner Bucky as the deadly assassin Winter Soldier. Brubaker’s most shocking story was the death of Captain America in Captain America #24 (2007) and if you believed he really died then I have a rainbow bridge to sell you. He was actually transported through time, hmm, reminds me of another presumed dead superhero, and was back slinging the shield after Bucky temporarily replaced him. Chris Evans properly filled Captain America’s boots in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011.) His portrayal of the skinny Steve Rogers was so brilliant that his heroic physique was a letdown. Evans also shined when he returned to the time lost Cap in The Avengers. Here’s hoping the sequel, Captain America: Winter Soldier lives up to the Brubaker comic books. Finally, Brian Bloom played Cap in the animated The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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