Next year, Marvel's Phase Two will conclude on May 1st with Avengers: Age of Ultron. So far, we know we are getting Ant-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Thor and Avengers films in Phase Three, but we don't know the other four, nor do we know the titles for most of these. We know the release dates, but we do not know the order.
Here, then, are my predictions:
July 17, 2015
An aging scientist (Michael Douglas) helps a thief-with-a-heart-of-gold (Paul Rudd) pull off a heist to stop the bad guys and save the world.
May 6, 2016
Captain America: The Secret Empire
Captain America is back, along with a host of his B-list Avengers friends (Falcon, Hawkeye, etc.) as they unravel a mystery going back to the 1950s. This film introduces us to Black Panther's Wakanda and also gives us more of the Winter Soldier.
July 8, 2016
The origin film for Marvel's master of magic shows us the formerly smug surgeon Stephen Strange finding humility and a new purpose in life through sorcery. But behind the magic there are dark forces at work, and he realizes he must wager his own soul to save our universe. Look for head trips and Lovecraftian horror elements, as well as the typical Marvel humor.
May 5, 2017
The Incredible Hulk: Days of Rage
Bruce banner wrestles with his inner demons, and with threats that neither he nor the Hulk can defeat alone—but maybe they can by working together. I'm thinking that "The Leader" is the big bad in this one, and there will be a ton of other heroes and villains besides just the Hulk. Could we possibly even get a Tony Stark cameo?
July 28, 2017
Mainstream comics' first Black superhero finally gets his own movie as we delve into the fascinating backstory of the tiny, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda and its mysterious king, the "Black Panther," T'Challa. This is seriously one of the most bad-ass superheroes in existence, so I'm really hoping Marvel does this and does it right.
November 3, 2017
The stakes are ratcheted up, as the Jane Foster subplots are dumped and Thor has to deal with the possible end of Asgard itself. He finds himself in conflict with a host of big Asgardian villains like Surtur the fire demon, the Enchantress, and of course his "brother" Loki. Oh, and Thanos makes an appearance as well.
July 6, 2018
Guardians of the Galaxy: Annihilation
Now we really get into Thanos. This sequel loops in some more cosmic characters, including Nova and Adam Warlock. In the end, there is a small victory, but Thanos cannot be stopped and is headed to Earth. All hope is lost. Sorry.
November 2, 2018
The Inhumans are a secret race of augmented humans with special powers, and they tie into a bunch of loose threads already established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the Kree (an alien race seen in the first season of Agents of SHIELD) and most likely the "miracle twins" Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and Pietro (Quicksilver) Maximoff from Avengers: Age of Ultron. They also could have ties to Thanos. Most of all, though, there are some incredibly groovy characters here that I can't wait to see on the screen: most importantly Black Bolt, one of the coolest cats Jack Kirby ever created. And I think this film could also be the perfect vehicle to introduce us to Ms. Marvel / Captain Marvel, if Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't beat it to the punch. Kevin Feige has hinted that an Inhumans movie could eventually come our way, so here's hoping...
May 3, 2019
This is it, the final battle with Thanos. By now, he has all six infinity gems and absolute, unlimited power over everything in the universe, so there's nothing the Avengers can do. Oh well.
July 23, 2014 UPDATE: Marvel Studios just announced a third film for 2018 on May 4 of that year. I'm going to guess that means they've come to some kind of agreement with Robert Downey, Jr. and that Iron Man 4 will factor into their Phase Three plans after all. There are a ton of other possibilities, though: it could be Nova, Namor, Miss Marvel, a Black Widow/Winter Soldier team-up, the long-rumored Runaways, or even the Thunderbolts movie that James Gunn has been wanting to make. Hopefully, they'll make an announcement soon...