Social media is blowing up and nerd hearts are rejoicing as Marvel has just wrapped up a major press event laying out the future of its cinematic universe. Marvel Studios set the stage for what they’re now calling Phase 3 of their sprawling family of movie franchises, laying out plans for films all the way through 2019. There’s a lot to get excited about so have a seat, pop a Xanax and let us get you caught up on what your Twitter friends are already freaking out over.
May 1st 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron – The latest installment of Joss Whedon’s Avengers franchise is the biggest thing on everyone’s mind. If you haven’t seen the TRAILER yet then literally what have you been doing with your life? Nothing?!
May 6th, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War – Marvel is promising hero on hero combat as it retells the epic Civil War storyline that set Captain America and Iron Man against one another in a battle to determine the fate of the Marvel Universe heroes. This film will also feature a sneak peek at the new Black Panther.
November 4th 2016 – Dr. Strange – This one already leaked but it’s nice to have confirmation. Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme comes to the screen in 2016 with director Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) at the helm. Dr. Strange is being heralded as the gateway to Phase 3, opening up the as yet unexplored magical side of the Marvel Universe. No word on that controversial casting rumor. We’re not going to say the name but it rhymes with Shcmenedict Schmumbershmatch
May 5th, 2017 – Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 – The sequel to Marvel’s hugely successful space comedy is coming up EARLIER than expected. Marvel has pushed up the date to accomodate other projects! The Guardians are likely to also play a big role in several other upcoming features hailing from Marvel’s cosmic stable of characters. More on that later.
July 28th, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok – The Thor franchise has done surprisingly well for Marvel. No major casting news or director changes but the title suggests some big shifts in Thor’s world. Ragnarok is, after all, the twilight of the gods when legend claims that Thor and all of Asgard will be destroyed.
November 3, 2017 – Black Panther – The first big surprise on Marvel’s upcoming schedule is The Black Panther, hero of the fictional nation of Wakanda. The Panther is sort of Marvel’s answer to Batman but with a unique mythology all his own. He’s also one of the company’s most prominent heroes of color, making his debut even more exciting. Better yet, Marvel has already cast Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up, Draft Day) for the part.
July 6th 2018 – Captain Marvel – Sadly there’s no promotional art for this one but Captain Marvel comes to screens in the summer of 2018. Captain Marvel was a sure thing as soon as Marvel introduced Ronan and the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy; however, there’s heavy fan speculation that this film may feature not the original alien Captain Marvel, but his human successor Carol Danvers, one of Marvel’s most kick-ass female heroines.
November 2nd, 2018 – Inhumans – A surprise entry into Marvel’s movie universe, the Inhumans are basically the X-men on steroids, a society of super humans who have lived in isolation, hidden from humanity, for thousands of years. The Inhumans are some of Marvel’s most awesomely imaginative characters, and the fact that the movie universe now seems big enough to hold them is a major mark of its maturity.
May 2018 & 2019 – Avengers: The Infinity War – The event we’ve been waiting for since Thanos first cracked his stony smile and made a play for an infinity gem, the Infinity War is a two-parter pegged to the Avengers franchise but it’s likely to involve The Guardians of The Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and most of the Marvel Universe heroes as well.
– More news on Spider-Man: rumors have swirled that Marvel plans to replace Andrew Garfield, the current Spidey, after the franchise’s most recent film drew a smaller than expected audience. I wonder if Toby McGuire still has his spider-tights?
– No major announcements from the X-Men camp. The upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse is rumored to be the last offering from the “First Class” portion of the franchise, but Bryan Singer didn’t jump through hoops to reset that X-Men movie universe via extensive time travel just for one more film.