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May 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM EDT

Even heroes need a master plan.

When Marvel Studios began producing its own movies in 2008 with the original Iron Man, the film ended with Samuel L. Jackson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. spymaster Nick Fury telling Robert Downey Jr.: “Mr. Stark, you’ve become part of a bigger universe … “

That was the start of Phase One, in which The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America each linked up and laid the groundwork for what would become 2012’s biggest movie – the billion-and-a-half dollar blockbuster The Avengers.

With Iron Man 3 opening Friday, Marvel launches Phase Two – another ambitious expansion of its superheroes’ cinematic universe. Though much of it remains secret, producer and studio president Kevin Feige talked to EW to declassify a few new details.

“There are things in [Iron Man 3], in the next Thor movie, and particularly in the next Cap movie that will drastically change the landscape between Avengers and Avengers 2,” Feige says. “One of the amazing things in our little Marvel Studios sandbox is that filmmakers are inheriting other filmmakers’ solutions, other filmmakers’ expectations.”

Here’s the latest on what’s in the works beyond Iron Man 3:

• Thor: The Dark World

• Captain America: The Winter Soldier

• Guardians of the Galaxy

• Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

• The Avengers 2

• Ant-Man


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