With Avengers: Endgame less than a month away, and time travel most likely playing a key role in its story, here’s a quick recap of each phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe–now called ‘Infinity Saga’.
In this mini-series, we will list the moments that could become key plot points to beating Thanos once and for all.
“Phase 2” takes the characters and plot points set up in Phase 1 and runs. The characters evolve into more interesting versions of themselves, while infinity stones are being introduced, nicely laying the ground work for Thanos’ pursuit in Infinity War.
Iron Man 3
One of the MCU’s longest dangling plot lines is the Mandarin. Iron Man 3’s big, controversial twist revealed the Mandarin was not real. In fact, his persona was created to take the blame for terrorism around the world. Marvel went back on that twist in a one-shot, “All Hail the King” revealed the infamous Iron Man villain was in fact, real and still out there. It’s hard to determine how he could impact the plot, but considering that they found a way to use Red Skull in the last movie, we can’t rule it out. Perhaps his ten rings could serve as a powerful tool against Thanos?
Thor: The Dark World
The aether was… interesting, to say the least. This crazy, red pile of goo, that somehow held an infinity stone, was extremely powerful in Thor: The Dark World as it merged with Jane Foster and opened portals to each of the nine realms. Bringing the reality stone back to this chaotic state could be a handy tool for the Avengers, but it could backfire. Either way, it would be interesting to explore the beginning of the Reality Stone, as it spent the majority of Dark World in Jane (and so well portrayed in Infinity War)!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ever since it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. was secretly being run by the evil Hydra organization, they’ve hardly had any presence in the MCU at all. The further exploration of secret Hydra files, experiments, and artifacts could bring new details about their research on the Infinity stones into the limelight. That focal point on film could potentially aid the Avengers in their fight against Thanos and introduce new characters and plot points for future installments.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1
The Collector’s collection is one of the most Easter-egg filled sets in the entire MCU. From Howard the Duck, Dark Elves, and even Cosmo the Spacedog, the possibility of things the Avengers could use is practically endless. A character who’s lived as long as the Collector is sure to have plenty of wisdom and knowledge that could be useful for finding Thanos’ weakness. He know tons of information about the Infinity stones, and has actually possessed two of them (in the short time we’ve seen this character). He could become a surprisingly helpful tool in the future.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
This scene is inevitably going to show up in Endgame in some form or another. How could it not? While I know it doesn’t have too much to do with the defeat of Thanos, how can it be left out? It seems stupid to include this scene of Tony’s fears coming to fruition and then never go back to that idea again. It would be such a powerful moment to not only see the Avengers fail, but to fail in the same way Tony saw previously, before they ultimately find a way to come back and win in the end. People have been talking about this vision ever since the movie came out. It would be nice to have some finality to it.
Ultron was designed by Tony to protect Earth from threats exactly like Thanos before going rogue and trying to wipe out the entirety of the human race. Maybe, just maybe, if Tony and Banner could find a way to work out the few (extremely homicidal) kinks in Ultron, even temporarily, they can use him as their own Thanos killing weapon. (Of course, before he possibly goes back to being evil to create havoc in the future.) Either way, I just want an excuse to hear James Spader’s silky smooth voice as a revamped version of this character. Ultron deserves more!
As we learn more and more about Endgame, the more likely it seems the Quantum Realm will play a major role in the movie. While Ant-Man and the Wasp goes more in-depth, it was first explored briefly in this movie and the seeds of the multiverse were planted. This was the first time we’ve seen a regular human go into another realm and come back, which seems to be extremely important for the future of the MCU. More on that in Ant-Man and the Wasp
Check back next week for a similar breakdown of ‘Phase 3!‘