Marvel Reveals Phase 3 Movies [UPDATED]

[02.10.15 UPDATE] Marvel adds Spider-Man to the MCU, shifting the schedule a little bit.

Well, dang. Marvel Studios revealed its plans for Phase 3 Tuesday at the El Capitan Theater, and judging by the Internet’s reaction, they did not disappoint. In a Q&A with the press, President Kevin Feige said Marvel had planned to announce these at San Diego Comic Con 2014, but things had not come together yet. Here’s the full line-up of movies:

  • May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
    • Feige originally announced the title as “Serpent Society,” but then revealed the REAL title when Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans took the stage following an exclusive clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • This will mark the beginning of Phase 3.
  • November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
    • When asked about casting, Feige said “if it was confirmed, we’d have announced it today.”
  • May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    • We knew GotG would get a sequel, but it was previously assumed we’d get it in July 2017 as opposed to May.
  • July 28, 2017: Spider-Man solo movie
    • Spider-Man’s first outing as a member of the MCU
  • November 3, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
    • Moved to accommodate Spider-Man 
  • May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
    • Introduced by a montage of clips from previous Phases and the first reveal of the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • July 6, 2018: Black Panther
    • Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up; 42) will play the movie’s protagonist.
    • Black Panther will first appear in Captain America: Civil War
    • Moved to accommodate Spider-Man
  • November 2, 2018: Captain Marvel
    • Captain Marvel’s alter ego will be Carol Danvers
    • Moved to accommodate Spider-Man
  • May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War – Part II
  • July 12, 2019: Inhumans
    • Moved to accommodate Spider-Man

Check out title cards for these projects here!

What this means

Okay, so here it is:

“No Spider-Man yet. I was very wrong.” –Chris

Still, this is some pretty epic news. This is a great business move for Marvel and will no doubt build up hype about their line of movies in the coming weeks. Marvel Studios did what it needed to prevent large information leaks (trailer, Civil War) and to address one of its biggest criticisms: lack of diversity.

If you want to put this information in the context of “Marvel vs. DC” then I’d say they definitely have the upper hand now. Marvel just did everything DC Entertainment did weeks ago, except in a movie theater with logos, clips, and star power.

Still. This event, as I predicted, is polarizing fans with recent cries of “Marvel has won” as if Marvel and DC equate to Harry Potter and Voldemort. “Neither can live while the other survives” is just not the case here. A victory for Marvel is a victory for superhero movies as a whole, as is a victory for DC.

Which of these movies are you most looking forward to?

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