With Ant-Man (2015) hitting theaters in July, we’ve reached the end of Marvel’s Phase 2, a stellar run which included Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Marvel has announced a full slate of films for Phase 3, and with that in mind here are five comic book arcs to keep in mind when considering Marvel’s plans.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol.3)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) was the surprise hit of last year, raking in over $700 million at the worldwide box office and making a legitimate star out of Chris Pratt. The film, which also drew rave reviews, was equal parts comedy and sci-fi action with the titular heroes battling the imposing Roman the Accuser (Lee Pace). While the original film did well to tie up most of its loose ends, it did leave a big question unanswered; who is Peter Quill’s (Star-Lord) father? The answers lie in the comic arc Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 3) (2013), where Quill explores his alien ancestry. While director James Gunn mentioned that what happens in the comics may not necessarily inform the movie directly, the familiar themes of family and parentage should remain consistent through the adaptation.