Marvel unleashes Phase 3 film schedule
At a very public event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel entertainment boss Kevin Feige announced all of Marvel’s Phase 3 films up until 2020.
After weeks of speculation and DC/Warner Brothers detailing their upcoming film slate, Marvel struck back with some big names and titles of their own. the upcoming films are as follows:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6th 2016
Doctor Strange – November 4th 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5th 2017
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28th 2017
Black Panther – November 2017
Avengers: Infinity War Part one – May 4th 2018
Captain Marvel – July 6th 2018
The Inhumans – November 2nd 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part Two – May 3rd 2019
*Possible film spoilers follow*
Captain America: Civil war
In the first post-Age Of Ultron film, Marvel is bring one of it’s most important storylines to date to the big screen. Facing the Superhero registration act, the Avengers are split, with Iron Man fronting the pro-registration side, and Cap leading the resistance. What would be interesting is who they are going to pull of the epic story in only one film. The civil war is such a monumental moment in Marvel history that its repercussions are still being felt today.
After being heavily rumoured the last year, and after a name drop in the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel finally announced a movie based on Doctor Stephen Strange, The Sorcerer Supreme, with Benedict Cumberbatch in talks for the main role of the former neurosurgeon, who becomes the protector of earth against magical threats.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
The sequel to the surprise hit of this year, Star-lord and his band of misfits return to our screen in 2017. Possibly building on the revelations at the end of the first film, and building more of Thano’s backstory in preparation for the upcoming Infinity War. Having previously been dated for July 28th, it has now been moved up to May 5th, with James Gunn back to both write and direct.
Chris Hemsworth dons the cloak and hammer, in the third outing in the Thor franchise. With the subtitle of Ragnarok, the end may be nigh, though in the comics Ragnarok was the name given to the cyborg Thor built by Hank Pym. Given the ending of Thor: The Dark World, the stakes will be high, and Kevin Feige has said this is one of the core films of Phase 3.
Another of the films rumored over the last few years, Black Panther is the tale of T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, called on to protect his country, becoming the Black Panther. Played by relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman, he will make his first appearance in Civil War, and has signed on to star in 5 films. We were also given some early concept art of the costume to be used in the film:
Avengers Infinity War Part One
Kicking off the two part epic of Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. Following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, by splitting one film into two, the film puts together all the seeds from the previous films, and starring James Brolin as the almighty Thanos.
Marvel Film’s first female lead film will surface in 2018 with Captain Marvel. Based of the 2012 Carol Danvers version of the character, Kevin Feige has said that at time of release, this film will have been one of the the longest in production of any Marvel film. The half-human, half-Kree Danvers was caught in an explosion that granted her superhuman strength and the power of flight.
The 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the Inhumans. Based on the comics of the same name, The Inhumans are a 7,000 year old sub-sect of humanity that were given superpowers by the Kree, and alien race of shapeshifters, that proceeded to experiment on them. In recent years Marvel has been pushing The Inhumans into the limelight, involving them in many of the recent event story-lines.
Avengers Infinity War Part Two
Capping off phase 3 is the ultimate showdown between the Avengers and the villainous Thanos. Utilising the aforementioned Infinity Gauntlet, made by forming the 6 infinity stones, of which we have seen 3 in the forms of Lokis staff in the Avengers, the Ether in Thor: the Dark World and the orb in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Gauntlet enables the user full control over all aspects of the galaxy, and near omnipotence.
That concludes all the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films up until 2020. Which films are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments below…