Marvel's Big Announcement, What We Learned, The Questions We Still Have
Update- Someone has posted the teaser trailer Marvel showed today for Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2
Update 2- There was also this...Maybe a little peek at what brings Iron Man and Cap to blows in Civil War
So that was quite the announcement made by Marvel today huh? If maybe you didn’t notice the internet explode with comic book fans talking about Marvel’s Phase 3 then lets break it down for you Marvel has been particularly mum since before San Diego Comic Con in July about what their lineup is past Ant-Man in July of 2015. The questions we had coming in were many and some of those were answered, for example The Civil War story line is absolutely happening, in fact in 2016 the first film of Phase 3 will be Captain America: Civil War which will follow up the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will feature Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), and the newest member of the Avengers cast Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who was introduced to the crowd during the event this afternoon but we will get to that in a moment. After Captain America we get Doctor Strange in November of 2016, the most recent and reliable rumor is that Doctor Strange will be led by Benedict Cumberbatch. Yet that was left unannounced which makes you think the British thespian has yet to sign on the dotted line, so it remains nothing more than rumor until an official announcement is made. After Doctor Strange we get Guardians of The Galaxy 2 which was bumped from July 28, 2017 to May 5, 2017, and moving into that July spot will be Thor: Ragnarok. This is where we finally got the first real surprise announcement, the Black Panther will hit theaters November 3, 2017 and the star of that film will be Chadwick Boseman who is most known for his biopic roles in 42 as Jackie Robinson and Get on Up as James Brown. Both of those performances were well reviewed, Boseman will appear in Civil War as well as his own film and is expected to at some point be introduced in a post credits sequence (probably after Age of Ultron). Boseman signed on for 5 films which I suspect 4 of which have already been announced. After Black Panther we are back for more avengers in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 which will hit theaters May 4, 2018 and will finally pit The Avengers against the ultimate villain Thanos, and yes Part 1 means a year later we will get Part 2 of Infinity War which will come practically a year to the day on May 3, 2019. I am getting a little ahead of myself because 2018 will have 2 more movies, including Marvels first major female hero with Captain Marvel which will hit theaters July 6, 2018 and The Inhumans will hit theaters November 2, 2018. If you want the full updated schedule you can find it below.
So while we still don’t know a lot about most of these films, especially because we know from what Marvel head Kevin Feige has said these past few days that someone big dies, and any fan of the comic books knows that the civil war between Iron Man and Captain America has to also end with a loser. We still don’t know who will play Doctor Strange even if good money is on Benedict Cumberbatch, and we still don’t know who will lead Captain Marvel and The Inhumans. What Marvel gave today was exactly what is normally reserved for San Diego Comic Con, release dates, titles and casting moves within the hour long announcement this afternoon in California. We are also missing release dates for other planned movies like the stand alone Black Widow movie which Feige revealed would be a prequel that will predate the first appearance of Black Widow in Iron-Man 2. To be honest I could do without a prequel, I’d rather see Scarlett Johansson continue to play one of the better Marvel heroes even if she has to do it as a co-star. Black Widow in Captain America: Winter Soldier was excellent and I think most people could agree that we want more of that. I am not against a standalone Black Widow film but they have come too far to hit the reset button and give us an Origin story. I kind of like that we don’t know much about her, and would rather that mystery continue. I think we can expect more announcements in time, but for most marvel fans this may have been overwhelming and it definitely is exciting.
May 5, 2015: Avengers: Age Of Ultron
July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017: Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 (previously July 28, 2017)
July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
November 3, 2017: Black Panther
May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel
November 2, 2018: The Inhumans
May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War – Part II