In a special event at the end of October last year, Marvel made a big announcement regarding their plans for “Phase 3” of their film franchise (Phase 2 will end this year with Ant-Man). We now know exactly which movies the studio will be releasing through to 2020. Although confirming the titles of their movies this early has killed a bit of the excitement that comes with speculating on a studio’s next moves, Marvel made a shrewd choice in revealing their hand early, as it’s given fans a lot to ponder in the meantime. Five years is a long time in the entertainment world and the Marvel universe of today is going to look a lot different once Phase 3 reaches its endpoint. The titles of the films have been revealed, but just what is going on in the Marvel universe over the next five years?
9. When will Thanos become the central villain?
Ever since he appeared in the post-credits tag of 2012’s The Avengers, comic book fans have been waiting and speculating as to when Thanos, one of the Marvel universe’s most powerful villains, would make his presence known to Earth’s mightiest heroes. Thanos made his second appearance in last summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, now voiced by actor Josh Brolin, but his appearance amounted to little more than a cameo that really just served to remind viewers that he’s still around. Now, with Marvel’s Phase 3 plans revealed, we know Thanos will feature prominently in The Avengers: Infinity War, but will he make another appearance before 2018? It remains to be seen, but the safe bet is that the Mad Titan will play a larger role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which is due for release in 2017.