Marvel Is Making A 3rd Movie In 2018

By Sean O'Connell 5 months agodiscussion comments
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And just like that, Marvel Studios owns all of your release dates.

OK, thats a slight exaggeration, though the powerhouse superhero studio did just announce (via Twitter) that it will claim a third weekend in 2018, laying its paws on May 4 its favorite slot at the start of the summer blockbuster season. Add that to the 7 untitled movies Marvel recently mapped out through 2019, and you can tell that the momentum generated by the creative and financial successes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Avengers movies isnt about to slow down any time soon.

So what will fill the slot? No idea. When the initial blast of dates was announced, we speculated on what titles might fill those voids, ranging from sequels that we knew were coming (the Thor 3 and Avengers 3 slots), and then filled in the longshots. This new slot could be going to another longshot, though given its PRIME location in the debut summer slot, Im guessing it wont be a solo, standalone Marvel movie introducing a "new" hero (like Doctor Strange, Black Panther or Ms. Marvel). It could be for The Avengers 3. That also could go to the May 3, 2019 date.

Likely, all will be cleared up on Saturday, when Marvel holds court over Hall H and lays out its Phase 3 plans as assumed.

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What are these release dates? Lets map them out again, as its interesting to see how Marvel has cornered the market on that opening May weekend for years to come (keeping something like Star Wars at bay):

August 1, 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
May 1, 2015 The Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17, 2015 Ant-Man
May 6, 2016 Captain America 3
July 8, 2016 Unconfirmed
May 5, 2017 Unconfirmed
July 27, 2017 Unconfirmed
November 3, 2017 Unconfirmed
May 4, 2018 Unconfirmed
July 6, 2018 Unconfirmed
November 2, 2018 Unconfirmed
May 3, 2019 Unconfirmed

What do you think? Which movie character will Marvel slot into this ideal weekend? And does it matter? Can Marvel drop virtually anything into a slot and dominate? We will see how Guardians of the Galaxy does in a few days. And we will watch Marvel films from now until the end of time.
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