ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 15: Producer Kevin Feige of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR took part today in the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR will be released in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Marvel Studios just completed their biggest and best year ever in 2017. The studio released three films in a single year for the first time ever and they (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok) were all embraced by critics and audiences on the way to grossing well over $800M each. Marvel Studios could have an even bigger year, though, in 2018.

Marvel Studios will again release three films, including the massive Avengers: Infinity War. This year, however, is about much more than the box office. This is a special, sentimental year as 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It all began with Iron Man and an “Avenger Initiative” on May 2, 2008 and has since grown into the highest grossing movie franchise in history, spanning 17 films to date, increasing to 20 this year with another trio on the way in 2019.

There will be plenty of stories generated by, or about Marvel Studios this year. Undoubtedly there will be stories that we can’t see coming, but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see some of the major Marvel news coming in the near future. Here are 13 Marvel Studios stories we can’t wait to see in 2018 in, as best as I can guess, chronological order.

Marvel Studios: The First 10 Years (all year)

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 15: Producer Kevin Feige of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR took part today in the Walt Disney Studios live action presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR will be released in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

The tenth anniversary of Marvel Studios has begun. We’re in it. The party actually got started a little early with last month’s Vanity Fair cover story. That was just the beginning of the rollout studio president Kevin Feige first announced when he unveiled Marvel Studios’ tenth anniversary logo at D23 Expo last July.

New logos are tailor made for merch, so expect some anniversary apparel and other “First Ten Years” products. There has been mention of Marvel movies being rereleased this year, with many believing we will finally get 4K editions of the first 15 chapters of the MCU, as only Marvel’s 2017 films have been released in that format.

Merchandising opportunities are easy enough to spot. There will be more, perhaps even a big event or two. How about a party with fans? El Capitan Theatre was a perfect venue for the Phase Three announcements in October 2014 and could play host to an anniversary event. Perhaps that’s asking too much, but surely Marvel has a few surprises coming as the year goes on.

 

‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ teaser trailer (January/February)

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Ant-Man and the Wasp has not been forgotten, but it’s not being remembered all that well either. While Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther are Fandango users’ most anticipated movies of 2018, the Ant-Man sequel did not make the top ten. To be fair, that is likely due to the fact that there has been no major marketing for the film while the focus has been on those other two Marvel flicks.

That should change soon, however, as Black Panther hitting theaters next month is a great opportunity to tease what’s ahead and that goes beyond Avengers: Infinity War. Remember that the first Ant-Man was also a July release in 2015 and got its first teaser in January of that year, so we are on a very similar timeline for the sequel’s July 6 release.

A teaser in January or February, followed by a full trailer in April to play with Avengers: Infinity War makes sense. That’s no guarantee, however, as Marvel Studios could hold back if they feel like the current Infinity War trailer is enough to play alongside Black Panther and they’d rather Ant-Man and the Wasp have some other space all to itself for its first teaser.

Still, I’m predicting the teaser dropping in time for Black Panther.

 

Kevin Feige answers questions about the Disney-Fox deal (January/February, April, June)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 10: Producer Kevin Feige at The World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” at the El Capitan Theatre on October 10, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney)

Film journalists are ready and waiting for the Black Panther junket, likely to take place later this month, if not in early February. There will be plenty of questions to ask about Black Panther and upcoming Marvel movies, obviously, but when journalists interview Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, they are going to try their best to get him to talk about the Disney-Fox deal and what it means for the MCU.

Feige has yet to speak publicly about Disney’s purchase of most of Fox last month. Those who speak with him at the Black Panther junket will want to get him on the record about X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool joining the MCU. There will be plenty of articles about Feige’s Disney-Fox comments at the Black Panther junket, with many more springing from the Avengers: Infinity War junket in April and the Ant-Man and the Wasp junket in June. They might even be fun reads, but know that Feige probably isn’t going to say all that much.

No one dodges a question about the future quite like Feige. The man has successfully navigated through any and all Phase Four questions about the MCU since he laid out Phase Three for everyone in October 2014. Expect Feige to say something along the lines of the Disney-Fox deal presenting some interesting or exciting opportunities, but that all of his and Marvel’s focus is on finishing what they’ve started in the first three phases of the MCU with Infinity WarAvengers 4, etc.

But you never know. With a deal this big, maybe this will be the time Feige finally lets something slip. Doubtful, but the questions will be asked so there is a chance.