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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has big plans for the future. To keep it all straight, we've laid out the next few years' worth of Marvel Studios films, which will take you through all of the official titles announced for Phase 3.
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Doctor Strange finally has reached theaters, with Benedict Cumberbatch bringing to life the titular brilliant, arrogant surgeon whose life takes a turn when he gets in a terrible car accident and permanently damages his hands. Searching the world over for some kind of cure, he's eventually taken in by a sorcerer who trains him in the art of magic.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been mostly science-fiction-based to this point, Doctor Strange introduces audiences to a whole different and magical side of the Marvel world in the comics, and it delivers a trippy adventure unlike anything Marvel fans have seen before. Scott Derrickson directs this new chapter in the MCU, bringing Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mads Mikkelson along in supporting roles. Get the latest news and information, including our review and our opinion of the movie's 3D presentation, HERE.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5, 2017
Queue up the Awesome Mix Volume 2! The Guardians of the Galaxy will return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017, bringing Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) back together for their next big adventure. James Gunn returns to write and direct this hotly anticipated sequel, bringing his particular style back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We know dribs and drabs about the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Some key characters will be coming back -- including Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) -- while other new characters will be introduced on the big screen for the first time. Brilliant and exciting new additions include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's father, Ego The Living Planet. Also, based on the initial trailer, Baby Groot will steal the show. Get more information about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 HERE.
Spider-Man: Homecoming - July 7, 2017
It took years of negotiating, but Marvel and Sony finally reached a deal to bring Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, back home. The character made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, but will strike out on his own MCU-sanctioned solo adventure in 2017 - titled Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The film will offer the first opportunity for Tom Holland to star in his own solo web-slinger film, though not much is known about the plot. Director Jon Watts and screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have promised a coming-of-age tale a la John Hughes, and most of the supporting cast is made up of classmates of Peter Parker's, including actors Zendaya and Tony Revolori (who is playing bully Flash Thompson). Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Michael Keaton signed on to play an on-screen version of The Vulture. Also, Robert Downey Jr. is bringing Tony Stark to Homecoming, so that's exciting. Get more information about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming HERE.
Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017
The only main characters from The Avengers: Age of Ultron who weren't in Captain America: Civil War are Thor and The Hulk - but fortunately we'll get to see both of those characters again in Phase 3. The God of Thunder and the green monster will be teaming up on an adventure in Thor: Ragnarok, and judging from the title, things are going to get damn-near apocalyptic.
Not much is really known about the development or plot of Thor: Ragnarok, but What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi is at the helm, suggesting that we should expect some levity to go along with all the large-scale action. Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are obviously on board, but the film also features a ridiculous ensemble including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins, and Tessa Thompson. Get more info on _Thor: Ragnarok_HERE.
Black Panther - February 16, 2018
Kicking off 2018 and set to be the first Marvel Studios film released in the month of February is Black Panther, which will star Chadwick Boseman as the titular African hero - fresh off his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War. It will bring us deep into the secretive world of Wakanda, the isolated African nation far more advanced than any society on Earth thanks to their Vibranium mines (the material of which Captain America's shield is made).
Because the movie is still in early development, not many details are available about its progress. Director Ryan Coogler, who made an impressive debut with Fruitvale Station and crossed into the franchise world with the critical-hit Creed, is going to be the man in charge of making the first ever movie about the King and protector of Wakanda, and he will be working with an amazing cast. Joining Chadwick Boseman in the movie will be Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, and Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira as members of the Dora Milaje. Get the latest on Black Panther HERE.
The Avengers: Infinity War - May 4, 2018
The third Avengers story will apparently be so huge that Marvel has to split it in two movies - the first of which hits theaters in summer 2018 (though they won't exactly be "Part 1" and "Part 2" according to our most up-to-date intel). Are the Avengers ready to face off against Thanos? Well, they better be, because the Mad Titan (Josh Brolin) is coming, and he is just aching to get his hands on all of the mystical Infinity Stones - a collection of ingots that give tremendous power to those who can properly possess and contain them. This includes The Space Stone, The Power Stone, The Reality Stone, The Mind Stone, The Time Stone and The Soul Stone.
Written and directed by the team from Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers: Infinity War will feature basically every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which should provide quite the narrative challenge. It's all been building to this! Check out the latest news on The Avengers: Infinity War HERE.
Ant-Man And The Wasp - July 6, 2018
For a long time, it looked like Marvel Studios didn't have a ton of confidence in a sequel to Ant-Man, but things have changed in a significant way. The company once again altered their lineup of films in Phase 3 in order to fit Ant-Man And The Wasp - a direct sequel to Peyton Reed's Ant-Man that will retain its director.
Nothing has been officially confirmed about the plot or direction of Ant-Man And The Wasp, though we do know that Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena will return as Scott Lang (a.k.a. Ant-Man), Hope Van Dyne (a.k.a. The Wasp), Hank Pym, and Luis, respectively. It's been rumored that the film will not only see the adventures of the modern versions of the titular heroes, but also feature plenty of flashbacks with young Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. Get the latest on Ant-Man And The Wasp HERE.
Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019
Though originally meant to drop in late 2018, the anticipated Captain Marvel film is now scheduled to be released as the first Marvel Studios film of 2019. The film will center on Marvel character Carol Danvers in what's said to be a very earthboundadventure (though her powers are "in the cosmic realm," having come from the alien race known as the Kree).
According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, fans shouldn't expect to see Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (played by Oscar winner Brie Larson) until her solo film in 2019, which suggests that the film could unfold the character's origin - which involves her getting caught in the blast radius of a Kree explosive and having her DNA altered. It isn't clear exactly how the story will be affected by the two part Avengers: Infinity War, but that's something we probably won't find out until the release. Find the most recent updates on Captain Marvel HERE.
Untitled Avengers: Infinity War Sequel - May 3, 2019
It won't be until one full year later that fans will get to see the end of The Avengers: Infinity War, and we expect to be foaming at the mouth by May 3, 2019. As little as we know about the events that will unfold in the first Avengers movie in Phase 3, we know even less about where the untitled sequel will go, as it will depend on where the first half of the story leaves the heroes in their battle against Thanos.
How will Earth's Mightiest Heroes manage to fight an alien who winds up possessing the powers of a god? It certainly seems like an impossible task, but stopping the Chitauri Invasion and the rise of Ultron could have been described the same way. We can't wait to see what Joe and Anthony Russo and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely do with this one. Find the most recent updates on Untitled Avengers: Infinity War Sequel HERE.
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