Marvel Movies Stage One Ends With Avengers In 2012, Stage Two Builds To…?

What do Marvel Studios have planned for after The Avengers? Assuming Whedon’s uber-crossover is a success, I can’t imagine they’ll turn back towards individual, disconnected franchises. So what will the next big junction point be? And when can we expect it?

Marvel’s President of Consumer Products,┬áPaul Gitter, has been speaking to Advertising Age and Rich has already discussing his attitudes towards branding, but I feel there’s a key point worth clearly highlighting by itself. A key date, really.

There’s no direct quote in the piece, but Ad Age say that Gitter alluded to another big Marvel plan, this one to come to a head in 2017. Pressed for details, her refused to yield, but the date’s the thing.

So, what will 2017 bring? The next team up of the same Avengers line-up? It’s possible that it could take that long to align schedules again. Or Marvel might already be resigned to how tricky a feat that could be and might instead see the need for a new five year plan, new threads to be pulled together for a new big finish. Whatever it is, I’d bet Ant Man is involved.

They’re taking their cues from the comics, so how about a Civil War picture? It would need a lot of fiddling to sit comfortably with a wide audience/step around the characters who currently reside at other movie studios, but that was already true with The Avengers.

Any other ideas?