Phase 3 – What to Expect

For those unfamiliar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (otherwise known as the Avenger movies), the movies are broken down into “Phases”. Phase 1 was everything before The Avengers, including Iron Man 1 and 2, Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton, not Eric Bana), Thor, and Captain America, concluding with the Avengers. Phase 2 is what we’re in right now, beginning with Iron Man 3 and Thor. Captain America comes out in just a couple weeks, then we’ll see Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But after that, what will we be looking at? What will Marvel have in store for Phase 3? Only one movie is announced, but we can theorize…



Marvel announced that Ant-Man will be taking over his own movie. I’ve written an article about the movie, so I won’t go too far into it here, but I have high hopes for the first installment of Phase 3.

Thor 3


When Marvel first announced that the God of Thunder would be getting a movie, who could have guessed the fans would turn out like they did? Thor 2 was very successful, owing much of its success to the villain, Loki. With somewhat of a cliffhanger ending on Thor 2, it’s certain that a third movie will come. It’s not yet announced, but I would call it a very safe bet.

Captain America 3


The Star-Spangled Man With a Plan is set to have his second movie very soon, but it’s already being proclaimed as the best Marvel movie ever. The fans are very excited and the trailers look awesome. With the sure-fire success of Captain America 2, a third installment is almost certain. The storyline is a complete mystery right now, but I would put my money on it.

Dr. Strange


The Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe will very likely make an appearance soon. It has been rumored that he will appear in Phase 2, but I don’t quite know about that. Kevin Feige, who is in charge of the MCU, has confirmed that a Dr. Strange movie is in development. I would call it another safe bet.

Other Possibilities

These four are pretty certain, in my mind. Phase 1 contained five movies, while Phase 2 is only four. So they very well may only have four movies, but if there is a fifth, it will likely be one the following:

  • Black Panther: With the inclusion of Africa in the Avengers 2, it’s possible the MCU seeks to bring in the African Prince, T’Challa. Nothing confirmed, but I am very hopeful.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Depending on the success of the upcoming galactic movie, Marvel may seek to add a sequel for phase 3. I will also include the possibility of a Nova movie in this.
  • Iron Man 4: Let me be the first to be very very skeptical about this. This is mostly fan desires. I don’t think Robert Downey junior would sign up for it, especially after the contract debacle over the Avengers 2 and 3. I sincerely doubt this will happen……but there is the possibility.

So there we have it. Phase 3 is a long ways away and only time will tell.

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