avengersAvengers: Age of Ultron was everything it promised and more, particularly for fan-boys who had been waiting for so long. Since the first Avengers movie came out in 2012, the world – the real one and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – has changed a lot. We’ve had some amazing movies from Marvel thereon, particularly the spy-espionage film that was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the spaced-out goofiness of Guardians of the Galaxy and the dark, gritty neo-noir New York in Netflix’s Daredevil. But the Avengers was the movie where it all began, and the sequel had a lot of major talking points. Here are the big ones:

(LOTS OF BIG SPOILERS AHEAD, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE)

Black Panther’s coming

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It’s now out in the open that the Black Panther is soon coming to the big screen. Wakanda, the fictional African nation s is the only place that vibranium, the metal used to create Captain America’s shield, comes from (The Hulk was tearing up Johannesburg in South Africa and not Wakanda). Now all comic book lovers know that Wakanda is home to T’Challa or the Black Panther, one of the first mainstream black comic superheroes. T’Challa is a tech genius who is also a supreme athlete and martial artist and it’s known that he will be seen in Captain America: Civil War and will get his standalone movie in 2018. The movie actually featured Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue who gets his hand cut-off, foreshadowing his transformation into the villain Klaw.

Thanos is about to enter the fray

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For a while, various Marvel movies have been teasing Thanos. He was seen in the end-credits scene of the 2012 Avengers movie, was seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and again turns up in mid-credits scene and this time he promises to enter the game himself. Thanos is also shown wielding the Infinity Gauntlet in which if he collects all six Infinity Gems will gain virtual omnipotence and omniscience. It looks like after spending three films sitting and doing virtually nothing, the mad titan is finally going to enter the fray.

Vision is absolutely badass

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Paul Bettany, the man who has been voicing JARVIS, finally got some screen-time as he was ‘created’ by Ultron, Tony Stark and Thor! Taking the name Vision, he’s an android that is worthy enough to pick up Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. In the movie, Vision helps the Avengers destroy Ultron and becomes part of the new Avengers. In fact, in the comic books he actually married Wanda Maximoff! By the way, it was interesting to see Joss Whedon stay away from the incestuous angle between Wanda and Pietro!

The Hulk is gone

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One of the saddest bits about the ending of the movie was Bruce Banner decided to leave, going away when it seemed like he was on the brink of a relationship with Natasha Romanoff. He takes a Quinjet and just disappears, probably shaken after seeing the amount of havoc he wreaked in South Africa but thankfully that gave us an epic showdown between him and the Hulkbuster suit named Veronica.

One of the theories about the Hulk’s departure was that he was going to turn up in space and battle or ally with the Guardians of the Galaxy but the ending makes that unlikely. We are also unlikely to get the popular Planet Hulk storyline which saw the Illuminati (in the Marvel Comics it consist of Black Bolt, Tony Stark, Charles Xavier, Doctor Strange, Namor, and Reed Richards), banish him from earth for being too dangerous. But that also seems unlikely although it will be fun to see Hulk face-off against the likes of Groot and Drax.

Tony Stark retires – again!

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Like Iron Man 3, this movie also showed Tony Stark throw in the towel to enjoy a retired life. Perhaps, he was also disturbed by the fact how Ultron shared many of Tony’s darker aspects, particularly the megalomania. Now does this mean, that we shall no longer see Iron Man? Well, Tony is certainly going to be the antagonist in Captain America: Civil War. The original comic-book storyline saw an act called Superhero Registrations Act which demanded that all superheroes would need to register to the US government and reveal their secret identities. Since, superhero secret identities don’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it’s likely that this version will instead have governments trying to exert control over superheroes.

There are new Avengers in town

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With Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk and Thor leaving, a new set of heroes look likely to replace them. We instead have Falcon (who was seen in Captain America: Winter Soldier), War Machine (seen in Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3), The Scarlet Witch and Vision. We might also see a cameo from Spiderman in the near future although, until the studios figure something out it will be unlikely that the likes of the Fantastic Four or the X-Men will share screen space with the Avengers.