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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.

Paul Rudd Is Ant-Man -- But Which One?

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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