I’ve been thinking a lot about the Marvel Cinematic Universe lately. There has been nine feature films to date as well as five short films and sixteen episodes (out of twenty-two) of the television series _Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D._. That’s a lot of storytelling right there so as much for my own benefit as for yours I’m going to run down the current state of the universe as it stands right now, immediately post _Captain America: The Winter Soldier_ and after episode 16 of _Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D._, as I see it and offer some speculation as to where things are going.
This is obviously going to contain spoilers for, well, _everything_ in the MCU so far so my recommendation is to get caught up before you read this. Either that or no complaining. I’m also making predictions about what I think is going to happen moving forward so if I’m right, and I all but know that I am about one thing in particular, then consider this your spoiler warning.
Also go get yourself a cup of coffee or something because this is going to take a while.
Ok? Ok. Let’s do this.
So the Marvel Cinematic Universe is basically the US Harry Potter, in which everyone who is an actor will have a part.
This is not a complaint as they’ve just added Michael Douglas to the mix.
This is amazing: Paul Rudd has been cast as Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man, the first film in their third phase of films.
Yesterday [you read that Avengers 2 is officially going to be called “Avengers: Age of Ultron”](https://awesomefriday.ca/2013/07/awesome-avengers-2-is-age-of-ultron/). This raised quite a few questions, especially regarding Hank Pym, aka Ant Man, who in the comics created Ultron.
MovieWeb spoke to Joss Whedon about it and now we have some answers and also a few more questions.
We were all expecting Thanos to be the big bad in Avengers 2 but suddenly that doesn’t seem to be the case. Holy shit.