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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.
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.
Spider-Man 2 - July 5, 2019
It won't be called Spider-Man 2. Nor will it still use Homecoming in its title, though it likely instead will reflect something that has to do with Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) Junior year of high school. But Marvel Studios has dated the second Sony/Marvel team up movie in Spidey's corner of the MCU, and Marvel President Kevin Feige has confirmed that we will see the ramifications of Avengers 4 through Peter's eyes. Which, alone, sounds fascinating.
On top of that, there are a number of threads that can be picked up by this Spider-Man sequel. Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) knows her nephew's secret identity. Peter likely had a turn at being an Avenger... heck, he might be a full-fledged team member by the time we reach Spider-Man 2. And there was the tease of a villain in The Scorpion (Michael Mando) which might pay off in this installment. We have a release date, and the possible start of Marvel's Phase 4 (if they call it that). More details as they arrive will be posted here.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - TBA
The second feature in the proposed Marvel Phase 4 is likely going to be the only other title that has been announced at this point: James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Only, we don't have a release date on it yet, and all we know is that Gunn is working on the screenplay. Because the film is in some state of development, we're penciling it into the "next" slot after Spider-Man in 2019, but things can shift when you look this far out.
James Gunn has also said that his next sequel in the Guardians franchise will bring an end to the story of THIS version of the Guardians team. That includes Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). But it does not mean it's the last Guardians film... or even Gunn's last Marvel film -- he seems to have a lot of ideas that could be explored. If I had to guess, I'd put Guardians 3 down for May 1, 2020, but that's pure speculation, so we'll see how this plays out.
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