Stan Lee expects 'Thor' and 'Captain America' movies to continue on for years

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"Thor 3" and "Captain America 3" are both a go at Marvel, and so the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its game-changing effect on entertainment as people know it. 

With Robert Downey Jr. out for "Iron Man 4," it seems as though going forward "Thor" and "Captain America" will be Marvel's main standalone superhero franchises. Or, at least, that's what Stan Lee predicts. While promoting his Feb. 4 "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" appearance, Lee tells Zap2it that he expects those individual superhero movie series to continue on for years and years.

"Don't be surprised," he says. "There will be a 'Thor 3' and '4' and '5' and '6' and '10' and '20.' I think these things are going to go on forever. The same with 'Captain America.' As long as they can keep coming up with good villains and interesting plots, there's no reason that they're going to stop because as the years go by there will be new fans coming along who want to see more and more of them."

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Don't think that he has any clue about what the upcoming "Thor" and "Cap" sequels will be about -- "I never have any idea what they'll be about until I hear who the villain will be, and then that gives me some sort of an idea," he admits -- but he does seem to have a general sense of where the MCU is headed. When asked what superheroes he'd like to see come to the forefront in future movies or "Agents of SHIELD" episodes, he brought up some familiar names: Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Inhumans.

While Marvel has yet to confirm that these movies are in the works, Lee has previously stated he hears they're being seriously considered. It would make sense for another new superhero or two to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three. Right now the line-up seems to be "Ant-Man," "Thor 3" and "Captain America 3," which leaves a couple slots open for new Marvel characters to step in.

"Anyone who I want to see come to the forefront will eventually come to the forefront, which has nothing to do with me," Lee says. "These characters seem to be so popular that Marvel is just going through their list of them, and everyone that they come to they say, 'Alright, let's plan a movie or a TV series based on this one.'"

He continues, "I mean, we have the Black Panther, we have Doctor Strange, we have Ant-Man. Guardians of the Galaxy will be opening soon. We have other characters -- some characters that I've forgotten about. We have a group called the Inhumans that have a number of exciting characters that we can use there. It just goes on forever."

And it truly is. In addition to "Agents of SHIELD" adding more Marvel and an "Agent Carter" series maybe being on the way, Marvel also partnered with Netflix for several one-off series' about Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders. Viva la Marvel Universe.

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