Marvel Announce Huge Third Phase

Marvel Studios used a press event today to make a number of massive announcements, most notably various film titles and the casting of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.

Here’s the full breakdown of the third phase. The release dates and titles are:

May 6th 2016: “Captain America: Civil War”
November 4th 2016: “Doctor Strange”
May 5th 2017: “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”
July 28th 2017: “Thor: Ragnarok”
November 3rd 2017: “Black Panther”
May 4th 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1”
July 5th 2018: “Captain Marvel”
November 2nd 2018: “Inhumans”
May 3rd 2019: “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2”

Amongst other facts gleaned at the event:

“Captain America: Civil War” will deal with “global superhuman registration with a specific inciting incident” and “secret identities aren’t as important in the MCU version of the story” according to comments Marvel’s Kevin Feige gave Coming Soon. This is also the film in which Chadwick Boseman will make his big screen debut (and in costume) as the Black Panther before getting his own solo film in 2017 (Boseman is said to be signed for five films).

Feige describes “Thor: Ragnarok” as a crucial film: “This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after”. He also confirmed Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both returning as Thor and Loki.

Describing the new Captain Marvel, Feige says: “This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers. This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

The two part Avengers will be the storyline dealing with Thanos: “We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe. ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Asked about the Spider-Man rumors, Feige says: “Anything that wasn’t specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out.”

Finally, The Hulk will appear in all the Avengers movies and a standalone Hulk movie may still happen but it’s not on the cards just yet. The same deal with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow.