Last week may as well have been officially AVENGERS-themed for the number of big tidbits that broke following that mega movie trailer's release. Slash Film has collected some keys quotes from Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige regarding the future of this cinematic universe and how AVENGERS will actually only be the conclusion of its “first phase.” The second phase will begin with IRON MAN 3’s release, and the subsequent slate of flicks will introduce new characters who'll eventually fall into a new team line-up for AVENGERS 2.
Seeing as how all the actors slotted throughout CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and IRON MAN have signed multi-picture contracts that cover AVENGERS sequels in addition to the sequels for their own individual series, I expected the line-up would largely have to remain constant. Then again, considering how this team doesn’t have a consistent roster like the Fantastic Four (and how part of its appeal actually lies in the mixing and matching of its 100+ members,) it shouldn't actually be that surprising. There haven’t been any firm announcements yet, but the thinking is that these new members might be coming out of the respective camps of Dr. Strange (which Feige says is coming sooner rather than later,) Ant Man, the Inhumans and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Somehow, the forthcoming HULK TV show about Bruce Banner's early years will be tieing into this, as well.== TEASER ==
If you're head isn't already spinning over the sheer number of titles floating here, the full version of the second Marvel One-Shot starring Agent Phil Coulson has popped up, as well (seemingly to prove that the guy’s got out-of-this-world skills to make up for his decidedly down-to-Earth "costume...")