Marvel Announces Their Phase 3 Line-Up – Black Panther, Captain Marvel and MORE
A few days ago, in the wake of the leak of the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘ trailer, Marvel Studios announced to the press that they’d be holding a special reveal event in Los Angeles today.
Here’s what they revealed.
After initially suggesting that the next Captain America movie would be entitled ‘Captain America: Serpent Society‘ (the Serpent Society are a supervillain group comprised of criminals with serpent-themed powers), they later backtracked and went on to confirm what many of us already assumed; that the movie would be called ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ and it will be released on May 6th 2016.
The Marvel Civil War was a comic book event back in 2006 where Captain America and Iron Man found themselves on opposing political sides which brought the entire Marvel Universe into conflict. The instigator was the “Superhero Registration Act” which made it compulsory for all superpowered people to reveal their secret identities to the world and work for the government in an official capacity. Because there are no secret identities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios announced today that particular plot-point won’t factor into the movie and that it’ll be about who the heroes answer and report to. ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ will include Iron Man and heavily feature Black Panther. But more on him later. The movie will be set up by the events of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘.
Next up, Marvel officially announced ‘Doctor Strange‘ for a November 4th 2016 release date. While it’s been reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme, no casting was announced at the event.
Surprisingly absolutely nobody after its spectacular critical and box office success, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2‘ was announced with a May 5th 2017 release date with James Gunn returning to direct and write.
On July 28th 2017 the God of Thunder returns in ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘. Marvel confirmed that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki will be returning to the franchise. Those of you who know your Norse Mythology will know that the word “Ragnarok” is a BIG DEAL, as it was a massive, apocalyptic event that saw the deaths of Odin, Thor, Loki, Heimdall and more (in ACTUAL fictional Norse Mythology, not the fictional Marvel Norse Mythology). The world is submerged in water and rises up again to start anew. Whether or not this will happen in the movie remains to be seen, but we can all agree that the word “Ragnarok” is a satisfying word to say. Ragnarok. Ragnarok. Insider sources are saying that Thor won’t be in future Avengers movies, so if ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ lives up to its title, things are looking pretty bleak for Odinson.
On November 3rd 2017, Marvel Studios will release ‘Black Panther‘, who will be making his debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War‘. Not only that, but they’ve cast the Wakandan Prince. Chadwick Boseman (‘42 & ‘Get On Up‘) will play T’Challa. Chadwick was incredible in ‘42‘ and has been my choice for the role since the casting rumours started. I have no doubt he’ll knock it out of the park. Great casting decision on Marvel’s part.
Now things start to get even more interesting. On May 4th 2018 we will see ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘…Part 1. A story so big that it can’t be contained in one movie. Not much is known about the film, but with a title like “Infinity War” we can assume that this is where Thanos comes in wielding his Infinity Gauntlet. But, of course, nothing has been confirmed yet.
But what’s fascinating here (at least, to me it’s fascinating) is that we’re not getting Part 2 immediately afterwards. Between Part 1 and Part 2 are two more Marvel movies.
‘Captain Marvel‘ on July 6th 2018 and ‘The Inhumans‘ on November 2nd 2018. THEN we have ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 2‘ on May 3rd 2019. No casting decisions on the part of Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, or what role The Inhumans will play in the MCU, but in the comic books both of those franchises have extraterrestial origins. Captain Marvel gets her powers from a super-powered alien and the Inhumans have ties with the Kree and Skrulls which are antagonistic alien species in the Marvel Comics. It can’t be a coincidence that these two movies are being released during the middle of the titular Infinity War. Feige has confirmed that the two-parter will be space based, so it’ll be interesting to see how these all tie together.
Concerning ‘Captain Marvel‘, Kevin Feige said; “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.”. Marvel have also stated that Captain Marvel will be the most powerful hero in the Marvel Universe…except of course, for the Hulk. Hulk strongest there is.
AOB: Kevin Fiege said that while Black Widow and the Hulk will play important roles in future Marvel movies, particularly Avengers movies, they won’t be getting solo films anytime soon, though Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo are still on board. No word on whether or not the Russo Brothers will be directing ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ Parts 1 or 2. There’s also no news regarding whether or not the Netflix ‘Defenders‘ series (comprised of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones) will be involved in any of the upcoming movies or events.
So, the TL;DR version; Captain America and Iron Man are gonna butt heads with Black Panther on the sidelines played by Chadwick Boseman, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are coming, the world is coming to an end for Thor, the Black Panther returns, the Avengers start the “Infinity War” and Captain Marvel and the Inhumans get involved before it draws to a close.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next 5 years. Although sometimes I feel like we’re being a bit spoilt in terms of news coverage. Don’t get me wrong, it gives me a lot to talk about but knowing SO MUCH ahead of time could potentially damper the experience of actually watching the movies. I wasn’t sure if Tony Stark would make it out of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ but now I know he’s gonna fight the Captain in Phase 3. I feel like I know how Phase 3 ends before Phase 2 has even finished. Hopefully Marvel can still surprise us, but it does feel like some of the mystique of going to the movies with them is starting to fade, though the quality of their output is as high as ever.
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Posted: 29th Oct 14