Re: Iron Man 3 - What does it tell us about Phase 2? (Major spoiler warning)
IM3 took risks and became the third-most successful superhero movie of all time, behind Avengers and TDK. That's *got* to encourage the studio and its filmmakers to not "play it safe." I think it's becoming quite clear that Alan Taylor, The Brothers Russo, and James Gunn are definitely gambling on their respective movies, too. And certainly Joss isn't going to be content to sit back on his heels and deliver just a rehash of Avengers 1.
Phase II is Marvel's big gamble. So far, it's hit the jackpot. Hopefully, the winning streak continues.
THE COTTON AVENGERS
...They move like slick cotton on oil.