This morning at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA Marvel held a special event that has comic book fans everywhere rejoicing. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed who will be heading to the big screen in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring some big-screen debuts and the return of some fan-favorites, and all of it is incredible.
The next two Marvel films making their way to the big screen are the highly anticipated AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Now superhero fans everywhere have nine new Marvel films to look forward to spanning from 2015 all the way to 2019. This is what Marvel’s Phase 3 looks like:
- 5/1/15 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
- 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
- 5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
- 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
- 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
- 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
- 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
- 5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
- 7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
- 11/2/18 – INHUMANS
- 5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
As if this news wasn’t big enough Feige gave us even more, leaving us all mind-blown. Ever since the first announcement of the third installment in the CAPTAIN AMERICA franchise that is set to hit theatres in 2016 Marvel fanatics and critics have debated over the title. Feige put all those rumors to rest by announcing the films official title, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and yes, Chris Evans will once again reprise his role. Want even more exciting news, it seems the film may be taking a hero vs. hero story line as the film will also include Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man and will mark the big screen debut of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Feige brought all three actors out on stage for the official announcement.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has already released 10 blockbuster films starting in 2008 with IRON MAN and all ten films have opened at #1 domestically at the box office. These Marvel films have not only broke records, but have set records as well. While I think it is extremely dangerous to release a five-year line up, my confidence in Marvel has me excited where as when WB released their line up the nerves overpowered the excitement.
If Marvel has proved anything to comic book fans and the movie industry itself, it is that they are not only confident in their projects but they are also putting out one epic adventure after another. With so much fantastic news hitting at once, it is a lot to consume, so stay tuned as we break down each title over the next few days and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comment section below.