Marvel Studios has made no secret that they have a huge plan for continuing their cinematic and televised universe, stating that their plan reaches as far as 2028. With The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Guardians Of The Galaxy being prepped for box office glory, we know that both of those properties are in play, and have been before they were officially trademarked by Marvel Studios last December. What we didn't know is that those two titles were only the beginning of what Marvel seems to be planning, and roots are being planted with these two titles to that will bloom throughout Phase 3 and beyond.

Movie Pilot broke the news that Marvel Studios had trademarked nine titles for their film production arm. Out of those nine, seven are brand new names that we've either only heard mentioned in passing or not at all. Each of these projects has connections to the existing and upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe entries, some more surprising than others. How the pieces fit together is ultimately something that only those at Marvel Studios would know for sure, but there's no harm in looking for clues in plain sight. Load up your Level 10 issued description software, as it's time to decode the future of Marvel Studios.

Black Panther
Black Panther
One of those names that's been consistently mentioned in passing is Black Panther, aka T'Challa – an influential chief of the Panther tribe in the nation of Wakanda. This African nation has come up more than a couple of times, particularly when the news of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron's production schedule took the film to South Africa for the first bit of filming. Also, Black Panther does take part in the Age Of Ultron story in the comics, so the inclusion of these two titles is quite the palpable link.

My guess is we're going to see or hear an initial reference to Wakanda and/or its national super hero, leaving the door wide open for a Phase 3 feature focusing solely on Black Panther's exploits. Age Of Ultron is suggesting its scope and timing will widen the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond our country and beyond our universe, and the inclusion of the character would only further bolster their diversity when casting heroes.

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