During Disney's first quarter earnings webcast earlier today, CEO Robert A. Iger revealed that the Marvel Phase Two sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier will, "set critical events in motion" that directly lead into next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Of course, the executive didn't reveal what this tie-in between both movies is, but Joss Whedon revealed last month that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier affect what happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The studio is releasing Guardians of the Galaxy in August, though it isn't known if that will also have a direct link to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
"I've really been impressed with the early buzz that we're seeing for the Marvel films. Captain America 2 is just huge and it takes the Captain America story to incredible new levels. Now, we're already in the marketplace with some marketing, but it's been relatively limited. We had a pre-game for instance in the Super Bowl. And yet the interest in Captain America films, which comes out April 4 here in the states, seems much louder than it would be for what I would call a non-branded film."
The CEO also confirmed that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier story line will spill over to ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., although no plot specifics were given for the future crossover episode. The ABC series previously expanded the story from last year's Thor: The Dark World in "The Well", which aired just two weeks after the movie debuted in theaters. While we'll have to wait on confirmation of when this Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossover will air, don't be surprised if it happens in mid-April, just after the movie debuts in theaters.