Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Lead Directly Into Avengers: Age of Ultron

With less than two months to go before Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has revealed that the Marvel Studios sequel will pave the way for 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and that repercussions of the blockbuster’s storyline will also be felt on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Iger did not reveal any specifics about what overall effect The Winter Soldier will have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he did say that the storyline will “set critical events in motion” that lead to the May 1, 2015 release. In between the two films, Marvel will release James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1. Although it has already been revealed that the space adventure will expand on Thanos’ brief appearance during the post-credits of Marvel’s The Avengers, there’s no word yet on whether or not that particular film will relate directly to Age of Ultron.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders and Frank Grillo and hits theaters in 2D and 3D April 4.