Disney and Marvel Studios held a press conference today at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood to make several huge announcements on their Phase 3 movies. And boy did they not disappoint. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, co-president Louis D’Esposito, Avengers director Joss Whedon, directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War), Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and surprise announcement Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) were all in attendance.
The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.
Here they all are in chronological order:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man) will be co-starring in this movie with Chris Evans (Captain America) to push the popular “Civil War” story arch from the comics.
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
- Benedict Cumberbatch has been announced as the lead role of Doctor Strange.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
- Director James Gunn returns and the movie has been pushed forward a couple of months!
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
- Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tom Hiddleston will be returning as Loki.
Black Panther – November 3, 2017
- One of the biggest announcements of the day is Chadwick Boseman will be taking up the mantle of the Wakandian superhero “Black Panther”. Feige also hinted a Black Panther easter egg in the recently leaked Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. It is likely a reference to Andy Serkis as the Panther villain Klaw in the Avengers sequel.
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
- The first female lead Marvel superhero movie. Will be base on the character “Carol Danvers”.
Inhumans – November 2, 2018
- Rumored for some time now, “Inhumans” will take us on another cosmic journey even deeper than Guardians of the Galaxy.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019
- The Infinity Saga will come to a major clash with the third and fourth Avengers movie.
Kevin Feige addressed if any Hulk standalone movies will happen and says “We’ll see.” He says that Hulk and Mark Ruffalo will appear in all of the Avengers films, but he has not yet set a stand-alone for him. “Who will be in what movie is a spoiler, due to what will happen to them in the earlier movies.”
When asked about a Black Widow movie, Feige said the reason it hasn’t happened is “because she’s so good working with the Avengers and says that the Hulk is, at the moment, the same way.”
As far as rumors that Spider-Man might come over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? “Anything that wasn’t specifically revealed today is either not true at all or still rumor,” Feige says.
Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.
Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.
Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.