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by Ryan Rigley

Huge news for Marvel fans this week as the studio has announced three new mystery films slated to be released in 2016 and 2017, most likely forming Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So far, all we know for sure is that Joss Whedon's "Avengers 2" and Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" will be hitting theaters in May and November of 2015 respectively. But after that, it's anyone's guess!

Sure, we previously tackled the topic earlier this year, but there's always room for more speculation. And now we have actual release dates! There have already been a huge number of rumors concerning what these mystery Marvel films will be, some of which even originate from Marvel's own President of Production, Kevin Feige. Ranging everywhere from the Sorcerer Supreme to an onscreen adaptation of the "Planet Hulk" storyline, you can checkout all of the frontrunners for these rumored Marvel movies after the jump!


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So, "Ant-Man" is leading the charge for Marvel's Phase Three. Beyond that, we know from Kevin Feige that Marvel is developing "Doctor Strange," and a new rumor this week suggests "Planet Hulk" and a "World War Hulk"-inspired "Avengers 3" as the other current Phase Three contenders.

Let's assume for the moment that all four of those films are indeed part of Phase Three. Even then, that's just four titles — a bit thin for an entire phase of Marvel films, no?

With that in mind, here are our suggestions for other Phase Three movies that would pair brilliantly with what's already planned and rumored.


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Joss Whedon

Not only is Joss Whedon directing Marvel's "Avengers" sequel, he's also helping to develop a live-action Marvel TV series for ABC. Beyond that bit of information, everything is speculative — from whether or not this is the rumored show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to the exact characters Whedon and Marvel plan to focus their program on.

So, while we're in the rumor stage, how about we join in on the fun and pick a few shows we think are right up Whedon's alley? Given his proven track record with ensemble series and the way he handled a certain angry scientist in "Avengers," here are five Marvel properties we think Whedon could bring to the small screen.


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HulkThe Hulk is headed back to the big screen courtesy of Mark Ruffalo in "The Avengers," but the big green meanie is planning a return to the small screen as well.

According to Heat Vision, Marvel and ABC are developing a live-action television revival of "The Incredible Hulk," a property that's considered a top priority at Marvel Television. The division is headed up by comic book scribe and former "Heroes" writer Jeph Loeb, who just recently concluded a lengthy "Hulk" arc for Marvel Comics.

Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno famously starred in the previous "Hulk" adaptation that aired on CBS from 1978 through 1982. Indeed, this version was so popular that Ruffalo himself recently said that he's channeling Bixby's performance for his own upcoming portrayal of tragic scientist Bruce Banner. Read More...

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Ray ParkIn last week's rundown of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" actors' connections to comic books, I reminded you that Ray Park once courted the coveted role of Danny Rand in an "Iron Fist" adaptation. Apparently, those days aren't over.

At last weekend's Wizard World Chicago, an audience member asked the erstwhile Darth Maul what his dream role is. According to Comics Alliance, the actor didn't hesitate in calling out the martial arts-savvy superhero Iron Fist as his first choice of characters to play.

"I actually want to be Danny Rand -- I want to be Iron Fist, I want to do it," Park said. "I've been blond before. I'll work on the American accent as well." Read More...

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