Fanboy Theory: What Is The Larger Plot Of the Subsequent Marvel Films?

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The other day I took the kids to see the new Marvel film Ant Man.  I loved the film.  As a long time comic book fan it was great to see one of my heroes realized on screen.

In the car on the way home I remarked to my children that when I was a kid I would have never dreamed I would see such amazing live action films that depicted these comic book heroes of mine.

But that is not what this post is about.

There is a scene after the credits that started me thinking about the possible plot for the remaining films.  I feel that it is pretty plausible.  Grant it, if you are not current with the Marvel Studios films at the reading of this sentence then you had best avert your eyes, true believer.  Excelsior!  All that jazz.

My theory is in 5 parts:

  1. The end credits scene is obviously from the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War because it features Cap and Black Falcon who say that they need help with the Winter Soldier and they “know a guy” which is, of course, Ant Man.  The Civil War story thread (at least in the comic books) is about the U.S. Government’s passing of a law that requires all superheroes to reveal their secret identity.  Captain America, since he’s old school Constitution, becomes the leader of a rebellion of heroes who do not wish to do this because they feel that it is “un-American” while Iron Man leads the side that complies with the new law.  This is also when (I feel) they will bring in Spider-Man because he sides with Iron Man as well (now that Marvel owns him again).
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    Loki is now in control of Asgard, masquerading as Odin, and in Thor: Ragnarok, I predict that he will bring down the world of Asgard as the title implies.  This will probably diminish Thor a bit in some way.  Loki is also working for Thanos, who in subsequent films is in pursuit of the infinity stones.  One of which (the tesseract) powered Loki’s scepter.  Loki will probably give the tesseract over to Thanos for more power.   I believe Loki is also behind the new law that sets the heroes of earth against one another (he can look like anyone, and can control minds).  Loki wants to rule earth, as proven in The Avengers, and this is the bait with which Thanos uses him to get the stones.  This ensuing Civil War would cause the heroes of earth to become distracted enough so that Thanos

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    could pursue the stones unopposed.

  3. In The Guardians of the Galaxy we learn all about these infinity stones and that Thanos is going after them.  The end credits scene in Avengers 2 depicts Thanos taking the infinity gauntlet (sans a few missing stones) and saying “I’ll have to do this myself”.  Basically (for those who don’t read comics) Thanos wants to wipe out all existence in some kind of suicide pact he has with Lady Death.  The gauntlet with all the stones embedded will do this for him.
  4. The Guardians in Guardians 2 will most likely continue the story thread where they try to prevent Thanos from getting more of the stones.  One of these stones is on Earth (embedded in The Vision’s forehead) so reasonably that will lead Thanos there and bring the Guardians as well.  The other stones are in Asgard (the tesseract), which Loki probably gives over, and on Nova Prime which will probably be the subject of Guardians 2.
  5. If points 1-4 are correct, this all points to the final planned Marvel films Avengers: Infinity War 1 & 2.  The Civil War will end if Cap is killed (which happens in the comics) or if the Guardians arrive on earth and try to
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    convince both camps of warring heroes that they are playing into Thanos’s plan and that the real battle must be to stop Thanos from destroying the universe.  Cap may still die (if Whedon has anything to do with it) but the reason I came up with this theory is because I couldn’t work out the reason for a Civil War storyline with a Infinity War storyline.

The fact is that in order for the Civil War storyline to jibe with the Infinity War is if Thanos is using the Civil War to unbalance the heroes of earth because he knows that they are the only ones capable of toppling his plan for annihilation.

That’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it.  If you have any comments about this or would like to add or modify my theory, then by all means comment away!

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

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