Marvel has been working on building a unified movie universe w/ several of their franchises such as Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America and now the Avengers. If you stuck around for the scene after the credits rolled in the Avengers then you would have seen a character teasing us all for the next Avengers movie...and this movie slated for release sometime in 2014...
Now at this point it's too early to tell which cast of characters the movie will contain. Will it be the 2008 cast from above or will it have characters from the original comic series? Two characters that are almost guaranteed to be in the movie will be Nova and Thanos. Thanos is obvious and Nova is arguably one of the most well know Marvel cosmic characters. I just hope it's the Richard Rider Nova and not the guy that just showed up in the Avengers vs. X-Men comic.
With Thanos in the movie the comic geek in me says it's a safe bet that Drax the Destroyer will also be in the movie. If they can make him look anything like Hasbro did w/ his Marvel Legends figure then I'll be a happy camper.
Wow. I'm still beside myself. I really didn't expect this. I was hoping for cosmic characters to get the movie treatment after seeing Thanos in that short scene in the Avengers, but I didn't expect it.
My brother pointed me to HERE about the announcement. While it's not officially official yet I'm sure the big news will come at the just around the corner San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).
These next few years will be full of great Marvel movies. It's going to be a fun ride to 2014!