While some of the big news is being held until next week at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios has released a very interesting schedule of future films all the way until 2019.
Possibly in anticipation of the Guardians of the Galaxy presser this weekend, Marvel Studios revealed their release dates through the summer of 2019, which is bound to make any fan of the MCU happy for the future. While the films that will be premiering on these dates are still a mystery, we can certainly begin to speculate what these dates might mean for the future of the MCU.
Let’s start off with what we know. Phase Two continues with the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy, and will end with next year’s May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Phase Three kicks off with Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, though there have been some rumors that the film will be pushed back due to the recent departure of director Edgar Wright.
Captain America 3 will go to war with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016, and an untitled film is set to be released on July 8, 2016. We assume that Doctor Strange will be announced in that slot at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but that still leaves one last release date that we previously knew of, on May 5, 2017.
The newest release dates were revealed on Marvel.com and don’t offer any specific details on the films, with promises of more info to come, obviously.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to grow every year since it began in 2008 with Marvel’s “Iron Man,” and now we’ve got the dates for five more films coming your way through 2019!
While we can’t tell you just what they are yet, you can look forward to new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.
Marvel Studios has been committed to releasing two movies a year since the MCU really started taking off, but with the new dates announced it looks like we might be seeing three films in 2017, if the previous announced dates stand. That means we have six movies to be announced in the near future, with a big 2017 to look forward too.
It might be easy to speculate on some easy films in the lineup, including sequels to the possible (probable) hit Guardians of the Galaxy, another solo Hulk film, as well as the third Avengers sequel, which will presumably feature a number of the established MCU franchises in a massive battle with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. That still leaves a number of possible directions for the unannounced films to take. With the cosmic side of Marvel only beginning to take hold, we could see a number of connected franchises spring up to add to the MCU over the third and possibly fourth phases of the MCU.
I predicted in the latest Geek Exchange Podcast a couple of films we might be seeing pop up in Phase Three, which so far is set to establish two brand new properties in the MCU with Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. The first prediction was a Nova film featuring Richard Rider, who became a huge cosmic player in the Marvel Universe. The other prediction was a Captain Marvel film, featuring Carol Danvers in what could be the first female driven Marvel film, unless we see that long rumored Black Widow flick.
However the new slate ends up, it is an exciting time to be a fan of Marvel Studios. Be sure to check back here at GEEK Exchange for all the news from the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic-Con next week, where we are sure to here more about the next few years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What film are you hoping to see show up in the announced release dates? Am i way off base with my predictions for a Nova or Captain Marvel film? Let us know in the comments section below or join the discussion on the GEEK Facebook page.
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