Listen: 27 Months Ago, /Film Tried To Predict The Future Of The Marvel Movie Universe

This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon's The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn't be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos' appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!

The original story from May 17th 2012 follows

After The Avengers hit theaters, I had the idea to record a short discussion about the potential future and possibilites for the Marvel movie universe. I consider myself a comic book reader and have a couple shelves of graphic novels to prove it. But I've found that know very little about the Marvel universe besides the origin stories and the more acclaimed story arcs of many of our heroes.

Infinity Gauntlet? Thanos? Guardians of the Galaxy? I obviously needed someone who had a better background in the mythology of the Marvel comic universe. So I invited Jeff Cannata, best known as a host on the popculture video web series The Totally Rad Show. I also invited /Film's own Germain Lussier to the table as he puts together the daily Superhero Bits feature round-up, and knows a lot about the rumors and what has been said or leaked publicly.

So last Friday afternoon we sat together and had a discussion about Marvel's movie future. Marvel Entertainment head Kevin Feige has said that Marvel has mapped out a plan leading towards their next big event film in 2015, which everyone assumes is The Avengers 2. We talk about the after effects of The Avengers, who was the guy in the end credits, what we can expect from the upcoming sequels: Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2, how this might all lead to a big screen adaptation of the Infinity Gauntlet or Civil War comic storylines, how the Guardians of the Galaxy might come into play, if we'll see another Hulk film or a Bucky solo adaptation The Winter Soldier, when we'll finally get Edgar Wright's Ant-Man or a big screen Doctor Strange, what Disney Animation Studios might be planning to do in the Marvel Universe, the rights issues which prevent the Skrulls from appearing in the Marvel Universe and rides/attractions based on Marvel superheroes in Disney World, The Runaways, Power Pack, and much much more.

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