Marvel's Phase Two: 'Thor: The Dark World,' 'Cap 2: Winter Soldier,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Avengers 2' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Avengers 2

(due May 1, 2015)

The crown jewel of Phase Two, this team-up sequel will see the gang of heroes growing even larger – though Feige acknowledges sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

One thing he said they need to be careful to avoid is hero overload. “When it becomes a cameo or Easter egg, [audiences] become less interested in it,” he said. “If we’re going to add new characters, there’s going to be a reason and they’re going to be a major part of the movie.”

All of the Avengers from the first movie will be back. At least, that’s the plan. Robert Downey Jr. has currently fulfilled his contract obligations as Iron Man, but nobody – including the actor himself – expects that he’ll skip this one.

Just like in the comics, new characters will also join the ranks. “What’s fun is that the roster shifts,” Feige says. “It was always the intention to have a storyline that brought in, obviously, new bad guys and potentially new heroes.”

So who will that be? The answer is in the comic book images above.

Joss Whedon has finished a first-draft and told reporters at the Iron Man 3 premiere there will be a brother-sister team in it. Fans began speculating online that Quicksilver, who can move with incredible speed, and his sorceress sister Scarlet Witch were the only possible contenders.

A source close to the movie confirms to EW that, yes, they are the ones in the script.

Feige kept his poker face when asked about it. I’m not confirming or denying,” the producer said. “The draft could change six months from now.” He notes that the Mandarin was the main villain in the first Iron Man movie until shortly before filming began.

And speaking of the Mandarin … Marvel has shown a willingness to tweak the backstories of some characters, which would seem to be a necessity on Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Even though the Marvel source confirms that the studio does have the right to use them in the movie, the siblings in the comic books are supposed to be the children of Magneto – a character licensed to Fox for the X-Men movies, which are made independently of Marvel Studios.

In other words, don’t expect a cameo from Ian McKellen – and it’s also not very likely that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will reference their metal-bending villain father. They also probably will not be referred to as “mutants,” a term that is off-limits as part of the X-Men license.

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