On the off chance you’ve not been following Marvel’s superhero films in recent years, here’s a quick run-down for you: They’ve been amazing. We’ve had five so far in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe: Iron Man in 2008, followed by The Incredible Hulk that year, then Iron Man 2 in 2010, followed by Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger last year.

We’re getting the highly anticipated The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, on 27th April this year, and both Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are set to go into production to be released on 3rd May, 2013 and 15th November, 2013, respectively.

Word now comes via Collider that Marvel’s Untitled 2014 release dates, scheduled for 4th April and 16th May, could be filled by the Captain America sequel and a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, which would just be awesome to get in the space of a month and a half.

Speaking to IMDb Television, Neal McDonough (who played Dum Dum Dugan in the first film) had the following to say of the Captain America sequel:

“They’re planning [to go into production] for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do Thor 2 and as soon as Thor has wrapped, they’ll do Cap 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything.”

That Nick Fury movie is what is expected to be the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie that Marvel have in the works. Of course, it has to be taken with a pinch of salt, both because McDonough might not be privy to all of Marvel’s information, and because he’s only hopeful rather than sure, but it would definitely be interesting to get Iron Man 3, followed by Thor 2 and Captain America 2, and then another round of everyone back together for S.H.I.E.L.D. as they will be in The Avengers.

If Captain America 2 is set to take one of the 2014 releases but the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie isn’t, there are plenty of other possibilities that it could be, with Marvel’s Kevin Feige having already spoken about doing solo films for both Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). And other films like Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and The Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy are also being developed, so there are a number of possibilities.

At the very least, I think the Captain America sequel makes a lot of sense for one of those 2014 dates. We got the first Thor and Captain America films within a few months of each other last year, and the scheduled release dates could well see the same thing happening at the end of next year and the start of the year after. What comes next, we can only hope for. Provided The Avengers does as well as we’re all expecting it to, we’ll no doubt have The Avengers 2 to look forward to somewhere down the line as well. As always, more news as we get it.

For now, you can click on over here to bask in the awesomeness that is the first trailer for The Avengers.