So today has been the best day ever on the best week in October. We had Christmas on Halloween when Marvel Studios invited press and fans to a special event at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, California. When invites went out, they were SUPER vague. “Marvel Event”? Not screening or announcement or ties to any particular property.
The faith fans have in the studio is immense as people went out on a limb to this mystery event. Folks lined up super early in the morning and filled up Hollywood Blvd to see what would end up to be one of the most unprecedented stunts a studio could pull. It wasn’t just a preview of Big Hero 6 or a screening of some more Avengers footage…
No–we were treated to a FULL SLATE announcement and preview of PHASE 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s what we know!
Santa–I mean, Kevin Feige came out and showed us the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron just for kicks because we haven’t seen it on the big screen. It was glorious to share with the Fandom. He then projected a timeline of the slate with all the unnamed movies and filled them ALL in.
So after Ant-Man which is currently in production we’ve got:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
Rumors were confirmed when the subtitle was released and everyone went into a frenzy. Not only is Robert Downey Jr. going to return as Tony Stark but this movie will see the introduction of Chad Boseman as Black Panther!! It’s going to be great to see more diversity in the Marvel films of the near future. The plot may center around Stark’s suggestion that all the supes register their identities which the Cap feels infringes on their civil liberties thus dividing our fave team. Maybe this is due to the fallout from Ultron.
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
No, Benedict Cumberbatch was NOT confirmed today to be filling the shoes of Marvel’s doctor. However we did learn that this movie will be the studio’s first foray into the more supernatural realm combined with ideas of the quantum kind.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
Some A-holes are returning to the screen sooner than expected. Thanks in part to the smash hit its been as this years top grossing movie here in the states, we will now get more sweet, sweet jammed packed action early in 2017.
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
Following GotG 2 will be our favorite Asgardian and he WILL be joined by Loki! Tom Hiddleston was confirmed to return for the next Thor picture and there will surely be more mischief on his end.
Black Panther: November 3, 2017
Chadwick Boseman is confirmed to star in the first Marvel movie fronted by a person of color and will hit screens 2017. This is exciting because it encourages diversity and hopefully soon we’ll have a female person of color fronting a Marvel movie too! Which brings us to…..
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
Four years from now we will have our first female led Marvel movie. They have opted to go with Captain Marvel and the Carol Danvers storyline. Fingers crossed for an identifiable casting choice for the girls growing up in 2018 to have an awesome figure to look up to!!! Maybe Genesis Rodriguez (Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6) can join the Disney multi-character club!!
After seeing a short video tying together all the infinity stones and their roles in the MCU thus far, we got to see Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet in hand with some amazing yet subtle mo-cap work from Josh Brolin’s mug. That evil smile was the last thing we saw when the universe shattering announcement for the next Avengers chapter was made.
Avengers: Infinity War PART ONE – May 2018
Surely, all the movies mentioned before this will lead up to the first installment of the Avengers TWO PARTER! Ahh!! TWO! Infinity gauntlet!!
Inhumans – November 2, 2018
For the 20th release from Marvel we’ll be getting a new team of heroes introduced. Like with Guardians, we’ll get to know another troupe of lesser known supes in this movie.
THEN THE CULMINATION…..
Avengers: Infinity War Part Two – May 2019
At this point what can we even think about this? I’m still processing all the other things and how one thing could lead to another. Other questions too like: Will the line-up be different? Will it be helmed by a woman? Will it be in 4D? Where are our Marvel ride announcements for the theme parks?