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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.
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: The Winter Solider and 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.
Ant-Man And The Wasp will not only feature the return of Paul Rudd (Scott Lang), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne), Michael Douglas (Hank Pym), Michael Pena (Luis), and Judy Greer (Maggie), but it's also been revealed that new additions include Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo, Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch, and Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost. 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 blockbuster 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). It's also been confirmed that the movie will be an origin story for the titular character, will co-star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, will be set in the 1990s, and will be the first in the franchise to specifically feature the aliens known as the Skrulls.
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, so don't get your hopes up about her playing a key role in The Avengers: Infinity War. It isn't clear exactly how the story will be affected by the Avengers storyline, but that's something we're excited to see revealed on the big screen. 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 the Untitled Avengers: Infinity War Sequel HERE.
Here are the Phase 3 movies that we've already seen:
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