In a special event held at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced nine upcoming films for the next five years. Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will consist of nine films, marking the biggest slate of films in the MCU in one Phase.
Ant-Man, which is set to release on July 17, 2015, was originally going to be the start of the Phase Three films. With the announcement of the new films, Ant-Man will now conclude Phase Two.
Some of these films were reported in a previous post about a fake list of upcoming Marvel Films. While some of the titles were correct, the dates and titles of some were incorrect.
The plots of the majority of these films are unknown at this point in time, but fans of the comics might have an idea based on the titles.
Here is the release order for Phase Three.
1. Captain America: Civil War
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise due to the casting of Robert Downey Jr. in the film formerly known as Captain America 3. With the addition of Tony Stark, it was confirmed that Marvel would be adapting its Civil War comic book storyline to film. The question was, would it start in the new Captain America film and be a main plot point of Avengers 3? Judging by the list, it doesn’t appear to be that way, but Marvel isn’t saying much at this time.
Captain America: Civil War features the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, RDJ as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The film will also introduce Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) as Black Panther. The film will will be written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The film will be released on May 6, 2016.
2. Doctor Strange
This one’s been speculated for a long time and ever since Comic Con, there’s been rumors of castings for the titular role. Joaquin Phoenix was originally attached to the role before negotiations fell through. As of Monday, word is that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to play Doctor Stephen Strange.
In the Comics, Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, who is the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. According to Kevin Feige, “Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands…. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions.”
Written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and directed by Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), Doctor Strange is set to release November 4, 2016.
3.Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The huge success and popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy, and its ever so popular retro soundtrack, left no doubt that there would be a sequel. Originally scheduled to be released in July 2017, Marvel has made it where fans won’t have to wait very long to see the return of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). Marvel isn’t saying anything about the film at this point in time, but we should expect to see a return from Nebula (Karen Gillan).
Writer/Director James Gunn returns to helm the sequel. The film will be released May 5, 2017.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
The title of this film has been speculated since Comic-Con, and now we get the official confirmation that this will be the title of the third movie in the Thor films. Chris Hemsworth will return for the fifth time as Thor, the God of Thunder.
Feige said the following about the new Thor film: “This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”
If you haven’t read the comics and don’t want potential spoilers about what could possibly happen to Thor in Age of Ultron, you can read about what the potential plot of Thor: Ragnarok will be on the Marvel Comics Wikia.
Marvel hasn’t confirmed it, but it seems like a no-brainer that we will see the returns of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The film will be released July 28, 2017.
5. Black Panther
Black Panther will get his own solo film after making his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
Chadwick Boseman, best known for his portrayals of Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, took the stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, saying he was “’blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together.”
You can read about the character of Black Panther here. Meanwhile, Marvel released this concept art of what to expect Black Panther to look like in costume.
When talking about the character, Feige said, “Black Panther and all of Wakanda is one of the most interesting characters in Marvel history… He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t.”
Black Panther releases November 3, 2017.
6. Captain Marvel
Not to be confused with the DC Comics hero of the same name (recently renamed Shazam), Marvel Studios will finally have a solo film focused on a female superhero.
Said Feige, “This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers. This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”
You can read all about Carol Danvers at the Marvel Wikia. The film will release July 6, 2018.
According to Feige, the film will introduce dozens characters into the MCU. “We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchise unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. With our 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about,” says Feige.
All those mentions of the Kree, the blue alien race featured in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Guardians of the Galaxy are likely to have an importance in this film. You can read about the Inhumans here. Get ready for the Inhumans on November 2, 2018.
8 & 9 Avengers: Infinity War Parts I and II
The battle with Thanos has built up to this–and will be two parts! The event is expected to involve all superheroes introduced into the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War Part I will release May 4, 2018 and Part II will drop May 3, 2019.
The films are based off the 1992 six-issue comic series “Infinity War” and will feature an item known as the Infinity Gauntlet. The glove was very briefly seen in Thor (2011) as an item located in Odin’s vault. Paired with the Infinity Stones, six immensely powerful gems, whoever holds all six gems in the Infinity Gauntlet gains omnipotence, omniscience, and God-like power. The stones have been featured throughout the MCU films and were of emphasis in The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
How do you feel about the upcoming slate of Marvel based comic films? Are there things that Feige didn’t mention that you’re disappointed you didn’t hear announced? Feel free to tell us what you think.