Marvel Cinematic Universe Roundup: BLACK PANTHER's Deal, New AVENGERS, INFINITY Stones Confirmed

Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet from the AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Announcement Teaser
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Picking up the pieces of the Marvel Studios extravaganza on Tuesday, some other housekeeping notes have come to light.

- Deadline reports that Chadwick Boseman’s movie deal is for 5 films, a marked departure from the 6 or 9 movie deal that Marvel Studios has typically tried to sign actors to. His role as Black Panther already presumably has 4 of those 5 movies on the docket, too: Captain America: Civil War, his own Black Panther solo film, and the pair of Avengers: Infinity War movies. Sounds like Boseman’s next few years are pretty well planned out.

- An oft-quoted but seemingly misunderstood interview with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron (months before the big announcements, of course) ran at Buzzfeed this week. The actual quote is, “It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was. I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the [Avengers] roster is altered by the finale of this film.” What some are taking that to mean is a confirmation of a rumor that a completely new Avengers lineup will be seen at the end of the movie. The only word here, though, is “altered,” which could (and likely does) simply mean “added to.” Now, this could also mean a second, or new lineup, but it’s far from a conclusion to make.

The mystery woman again in Avengers: Age of Ultron scene
The mystery woman again in Avengers: Age of Ultron scene
Credit: Marvel Studios

- Marvel Studios has confirmed to Newsarama that the actress seen in the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and extended Avengers Tower party scene released Tuesday night is in fact Claudia Kim , the U.S. stage name of Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun.

They did not, however, confirm her character's name. Rumor suggests her name is Dr. Cho, a nanobiology specialist.

- Marvel Studios has also confirmed the 2016 schedule they announced Tuesday is their full current 2016 schedule - meaning we can assume they're not currently staking claim to the July 8, 2016 date.

- Finally, the teaser made up of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s greatest hits to announce Avengers: Infinity War also happened to confirm one major theory that’s been floating around: that the power source in Loki’s staff is in fact an Infinity Stone. With background monologue about “powers older than the universe,” footage showed, in rapid succession (and with our best guess as to the link), the Tesseract (space stone - confirmed by Kevin Feige), Aether (reality stone), Loki’s Staff (mind stone), and the Orb (power stone - confirmed by James Gunn). With Loki’s Staff confirmed, that leaves only two more to complete the set, the Soul and Time stones. The soul is often portrayed literally embedded in the forehead of Adam Warlock, a cosmic character that has been teased twice and could very well be a prominent part of Guardians 2. As for the time stone? With his multi-dimensional travel, that seems like an easy way to integrate Dr. Strange into the overarch of the MCU, doesn’t it? Regardless, there are definitely six, as seen in Thanos's Infinity Gauntlet, in the pictures making the rounds (and seen above) from the same teaser.

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