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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.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016Kicking off Phase 3 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe is Captain America: Civil War, which will see Tony Stark (Iron Man) at odds with Steve Rogers (Captain America) due to the Sokovia Accords: a mandate that demands that The Avengers function only under the direction of a United Nations panel.
Captain America: Civil War will not only feature almost all of the Avengers characters featured in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the film will also deliver our first big screen version of Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman). The blockbuster will also introduce Tom Holland as Spider-Man as well as Paul Rudd as Scott Lang (who makes his second appearance after Ant-Man. Joe and Anthony Russo, the filmmakers behind Captain America: The Winter Solider, are at the helm, and using a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Get the latest news about Captain America: Civil War HERE.
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016Doctor Strange makes its debut in the fall of 2016, with Benedict Cumberbatch set to play 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 will introduce a whole different side of the Marvel world in the comics, and it’s expected to be quite the trippy adventure. Not only will we be some serious spell-casting, but fans have been promised plenty of inter-dimensional hopping as well. Scott Derrickson is set to direct, and Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Mads Mikkelson will play supporting roles. Get the latest news and information on Doctor Strange HERE.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 5, 2017Queue 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 is set to return to write and direct, bringing his particular style back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At this stage, very little is known about the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but we do know that some key characters will be coming back and introduced on the big screen for the first time. Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker are set to reprise their respective roles as Nebula and Yondu, while brilliant new additions include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, and Kurt Russell as Star-Lord's father. Get more information about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 HERE.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017It took years of negotiating, but Marvel and Sony finally reached a deal to bring Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man, back home. As mentioned earlier, the character will debut in Captain America: Civil War, before striking out in 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. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Michael Keaton has been in talks to play the central villain. Get more information about Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming HERE.
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017The only main characters from The Avengers: Age of Ultron who won’t be in Captain America: Civil War are Thor and The Hulk – but fortunately we’ll get to see both of those characters again in Phase Three. 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 we can also expect the return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson are both being lined up for key parts. Get more info on Thor: Ragnarok HERE.
Black Panther – February 16, 2018Kicking off 2018 and set to be the first Marvel Studios film released in 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 Captain America’s shield is made of).
Because the movie is still in early development, not many details are available about its progress – but there is one very exciting piece in play. 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. Get the latest on Black Panther HERE.
The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018The 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. Are the Avengers ready to face off against Thanos? Well, they better be, because the Mad Titan 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 Part 1 HERE.
Ant-Man And The Wasp - July 6, 2018For a long time, it looks 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, 2019Though 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 earthbound adventure (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 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.
The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019It 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 Part One, we know even less about where Part Two, 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 Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 HERE.
Inhumans - July 12, 2019Fans of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe are already aware of Inhumans, as they have played a key role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They are people who are descendants of humans who were experimented on by the Kree, and left abandoned on a planet. With the use of Terrigen Mist, they can unlock powers within themselves. There is a royal family that rules this particular race, and it’s these characters who will star in Inhumans – including Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, and more.
The film will introduce dozens of new characters, all of whom will have special powers and are part of "an amazing social structure." It’s unclear if there will actually be any connection to the TV side of the MCU, but given the status of the relationship and distance between the film and television divisions to date, that seems unfortunately unlikely. Get the latest news on Inhumans HERE.
Check out the listing of Phase 2 movies below…
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Get the listing and order of Phase 1 movies below…
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The Avengers (2012)
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