Marvel finished their Phase Two slate of films earlier this year with May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and July’s Ant-Man. We reunited with a lot of familiar faces (mostly in the Avengers’ second big team-up), but quite a few were new to this superhero world. Unfortunately not all of them made it out alive, but those who did may have a bigger role to play in the MCU’s future beyond just this year’s movies, especially when you take their comic book history into account.

Marvel has already announced what films are coming out between now and 2019, and each week we get new information that paints a clearer picture of what to expect. It’s clear that the House of Ideas has something special planned for the following five individuals in big ways for Phase Three and maybe even beyond. Take a look at the heroes and villains we met this year that you should keep a watchful eye on in the coming years.

Ulysses Klaue
Ulysses Klaue
Andy Serkis’ character wasn’t in Avengers: Age of Ultron for long, but his few minutes of screen time were certainly eventful. Established as an arms dealer that Tony Stark used to do business with, Ulysses Klaue was visited by Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver aboard his ship, and sold the group his supply of Vibranium. Unfortunately, when he wondered if Ultron was related to Tony, the megalomaniacal robot freaked out and sliced Klaue’s arm off, leaving the eccentric gangster to crawl away when the Avengers arrived. To the casual moviegoer, Klaue may seen like a minor character, but comic book fans know better. In the comics, Klaw is one of Black Panther’s greatest enemies, and while nothing has been confirmed yet, it’s a good bet that Klaue will return for the superhero’s 2018 movie as an antagonist. Maybe by then he’ll be outfitted with a replacement arm that shoots sound waves, just like his comic book counterpart.

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