Marvel has been reaping the benefits of their movies, TV shows, and recent popularity for quite awhile now. Back in the early 2000s, nobody knew who Iron Man and Captain America were. As a matter of fact, anybody who knew about those characters would have only known that through the comic books. And it's no secret that not everyone likes to pick up a good comic book.
When they released the first Iron Man film all the way back in 2008, they'd always had plans to expand their films into something greater, which can be seen at the end credits scene where Nick Fury shows up. It was one of the biggest risks they took, and luckily for them, it more than paid off. Now they're set to release up to three films per year based on their characters, with Phase 3 in the works and Phase 4 set to follow. They've got a rotating cast of Avengers, a smorgasbord of villains, and the inclusion of their prodigal son, Spider-Man.
Because of their immense plans in the coming years, everybody is trying to know what is coming, faithfully picking apart every trailer, press release, and film that comes out. Naturally, many people have come up with some interesting ideas for Marvel's upcoming movies, and some are so out there that you'd have to see it before you'd believe it.
Be prepared to hear some tales to astonish, because these are 15 rumors about Marvel's movie plans that you need to hear.
15 Black Widow Movie
Since her first appearance in Iron Man 2, fans have been excited to see Black Widow take center stage and give young girls in the audience someone to look up to. Unfortunately, she hasn't taken center stage, and she's been severely underused in the MCU, as have many female characters in that universe. Recognizing this problem, the Russo Brothers (directors of Civil War and Infinity War) have expressed open interest in producing a Black Widow stand alone film, having great love for the character as well as Scarlett Johansson. If this doesn't come through, we'll just have to wait for Wonder Woman to hit theaters next year. Or that Captain Marvel movie.
14 Spider-Man: Homecoming
A lot of people have been chomping at the bit to hear anything about the new MCU Spider-Man film that is set to come out next year. Many titles have been thrown at the wall, the most accepted one being the "Spectacular Spider-Man." According to a recent report, however, it seems as if fans might finally have their answer. The movie may be titled "Spider-Man Homecoming," which takes inspiration from a comic of the same name. In it, both Cap and Iron Man show up to help Peter Parker, so perhaps this is where Sony is leaning for the movie.
13 Blade Reboot
Remember those old mildly received Blade movies all those years ago? He did R-rated before Deadpool made it look good. According to multiple reports, Marvel is interested in bringing back their famous "Daywalker," whether it be in a new movie or a show he can call his own. Similar reports also suggest that they're looking at Michael B. Jordan to play the role: the guy who was the Human Torch in last year's Fantastic Four movie. Oh, you say you didn't see that one? Well, you're not missing out, so keep up the good work.
12 Angelina Jolie Directing Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel will hopefully be the superhero film that women deserve, and it looks as if Marvel is really hoping to hit the nail on the head if some leaked info is anything to go by. Reportedly, they are trying to get Angelina Jolie to direct the film and have offered her no small amount of money. While her work isn't bad, I'm not too sure how she would do with a superhero movie. Then again, we all said the same thing about Jon Favreau, the man who directed Elf. I guess we'll see as the date gets closer.
11 Planet Hulk
Audiences were happy to see that Marvel finally set their sights on a Hulk they could get behind for a long time in Mark Ruffalo. There has been a lot of wondering as to when we would get to see a solo film starring the green giant. Unfortunately, there aren't any plans so far, but he will apparently have his own arc in Thor: Ragnarok. Other reports suggest that this could be an adaptation of the famous Planet Hulk story line where Hulk gets exiled from earth and is turned into a gladiator on a different planet.
10 Kraven the Hunter for Spider-Man
As iconic as villains like Green Goblin, Venom, and Doc Ock are, we've already seen them on the big screen. Sony and Marvel, aware of this, are supposedly setting their sights on an entirely different villain to pit against Tom Holland next year. This villain is Kraven the Hunter, a master tracker and hunter as his name suggests. He would be an interesting adversary for the new Spider-Man as he would have to come up with different strategies to take this man down, because he has hunted animals before, and Spider-Man is just another hunt to him.
9 X-Men Joining MCU
This one sounds more like a dream too good to be true than anything else. Ever since Spider-Man was able to go back to Marvel, audiences were wondering if they could strike a similar deal with FOX. Nothing has been announced, but sources report that since the success of Days of Future Past and Deadpool, the two film companies are talking and the X-Men could make an appearance when Infinity War finally comes around. However, I'm not sold on this at all- I don't think the X-Men will ever get back to Marvel unless they have any more terrible movies.
8 Ego for Guardians 2
The Guardians of the Galaxy have some pretty wacky adventures throughout their comics, and it seems as if Marvel is looking to recreate that in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The antagonist could possibly be the villainous Ego. Who is Ego, you ask? Why, a giant living planet of death of course! I could just imagine the Guardians flying up in the Milano trying to take him out while Star Lord plays his 70s hits in the background. Unfortunately, Ego is as close as Marvel as going to get to using Galactus.
7 Punisher Netflix Series
Daredevil season 2 was a huge success for many reasons, one of them being the inclusion of Frank Castle, AKA the Punisher. Not only was the character done well, Jon Bernthal's performance was top notch, reviving the character after two crappy movies released years ago. Because audiences responded to positively to the character, Marvel apparently is working on a Netflix series for him, but that report was quickly denied. However, many petitions are out there to get him in his own spotlight, so it's definitely on Marvel's mind at this point.
6 Shocking Death in Civil War
Captain America: Civil War is going to be raising the stakes for the entire MCU and set the stage for Phase 3. Some sources claim that the movie will feature a shocking death that will really tear audiences apart. While the trailers make you think that this could be War Machine, there a couple of other theories going around- the biggest one being that Captain America himself will die. If the Civil War comic is anything to go by, this is actually quite plausible. Now don't get too worried, he'd easily come back in time for Infinity War to take on the Mad Titan, Thanos.
5 Magus Takes Over for Thanos
The MCU has been slowly building to the final confrontation with Thanos for nearly a decade now, and the hype is rising as the date gets closer. It's very obvious though that the massive cast of Avengers (more on that later) will take him down eventually, with some casualties, mind you. So, who then will be the primary villain for Phase 4? Some reports suggest that it could be Magus, a dark form of Adam Warlock, who is central to the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. If this is the case, Adam Warlock will probably appear in Infinity War only to slowly be corrupted by the power he tried to suppress.
4 No More Cap, Iron Man, or Thor
Actors can't play a single role forever, and all good things must eventually come to an end. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. all have contracts to continue to do films for Marvel; however those contracts are set to end after Infinity War. Phase 4 will apparently focus on a newer cast of Avengers like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange. As for what will happen to our heroes, they'll either be killed in battle or leave to never make an appearance again.
3 Iron Spider (and other suits)
Spider-Man's inclusion in the MCU has been met with more speculation than anything else. He will have two different suits in Captain America: Civil War, and being on Tony Stark's side, it's no doubt the philanthropist will likely hook him up. We've seen one of the suits in action, which is most likely the one that Tony designed, but there has been some debate as to what else we could see. Many fans speculate the Iron Spider suit could show up, but even if we don't get a new suit in Civil War, we could potentially see some interesting designs in the Spider-Man solo film.
2 67 Characters in Infinity War
While this number isn't an exact number, the Russo Brothers had a way of stirring up audiences when they made this joke for their production on Infinity War. And even if it's just a joke, it says a lot about the scope of the film and the many Avengers they plan on including. They may even bring back some old villains to join the fray. Despite what it could all mean, Infinity War is going to be the biggest MCU film ever.
1 Secret Wars
This would be one of the smartest things Marvel could do if they wanted to keep their continuity while being able to bring some fresh faces to the mix. In the comics, Secret Wars was how Marvel rebooted all of their comics into one universe called All-New All-Different Marvel. The films could essentially do the same thing as contracts with Cap, Iron Man, Thor, and God knows who else are ending. After all, the only movie we know about for sure in Phase 4 is the Inhumans movie. It could very well be in a new revival of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.