I'm speechless. When I heard that there was a top-secret Marvel announcement today, I figured that Marvel would officially announce the Civil War storyline, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and maybe a few directors. I hoped that Spider-Man was involved, but I knew that was unlikely. However, even in my wildest dreams, I couldn't have imagined that Marvel would reveal their ENTIRE Phase 3 slate. But that's what happened, so let's break it down. This account of the events at the Marvel panel is from Latino Review insider Umberto Gonzalez (aka El Mayimbe) and Collider editor Steven Weintraub.
Marvel started the panel with the official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which received a rapturous response after it debuted last week. Studio head Kevin Feige then delved right into the slate for Phase 3. The first announcement was that the third film in the Captain America franchise, titled Captain America: Serpent Society, would hit theaters on May 6, 2016. We pretty much knew that was happening already, so the only big news was the title.
After that, Marvel moved on to Doctor Strange, which will hit theaters on November 4, 2016. Scott Derrickson will direct the film. However, we don't yet know who's starring in the film, despite the supposed confirmation from multiple sources that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Stephen Strange in the film. Looks like that hasn't been made official yet.
Marvel then shifted to 2017, where some things have changed. Feige revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will now debut a bit earlier in 2017. It was originally set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017, but it's been moved up to May 5, 2017. A better date for what will surely be one of the biggest upcoming Marvel flicks.
July 28, 2017 was the next available date on the list and that date will now see the release of Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. From what I can tell, Ragnarok is the Norse Apocalypse, which should make for an interesting story. The Thor franchise is the least interesting one in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so I'm glad that they've decided to do a big story to presumably close out the trilogy.
Black Panther was the next film to be announced and it generated a ton of excitement on the internet. The film will be released on November 4, 2017. After that, Marvel revealed that Captain Marvel will debut on July 6, 2018 with Carol Danvers as the lead character. Captain Marvel will be Marvel's first female superhero solo flick so it's definitely something to get pumped for. Finally, Marvel revealed that Inhumans, another intergalactic team-up movie, will debut on November 2, 2018.
But that's not all. Feige then revealed that Avengers 3 will be titled Avengers: Infinity War and will be released in two parts. Infinity War Part 1 will hit theaters on May 4, 2018 and Part 2 will debut on May 3, 2018. However, Feige didn't even stop there. Marvel proceeded to announce that Get on Up and 42 star Chadwick Boseman will play Black Panther.
Some fans were disappointed when Marvel announced earlier in the panel that Captain America 3 was going to be entitled Serpent Society. That changed towards the end of the panel when Feige announced that the real title was Civil War. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans joined Feige on stage along with Chadwick Boseman.
That was the main bulk of the news today, but some more interesting tidbits were revealed in the Q and A with Feige afterwards. Here are some of the main points that Weintraub and Mayimbe made in tweets during the Q and A session.
-"We will see Black Panther in costume for the first time in Cap 3 Civil War."- Weintraub
-"Feige says Hulk will appear in all the Avengers movies and a solo film is still a "we'll see""- Weintraub
-"Black Panther will be a big part of Civil War."- Mayimbe
-"Spider-Man is just a rumor per Feige."- Mayimbe
-"Black Widow is going to be featured in the Avengers movies and not solo movies."- Weintraub
-"Feige says Civil War is not about secret identities and more about who do superheroes report to."- Weintraub
-"Feige says anything not revealed today is just a rumor till its worked out."- Weintraub
Weintraub also discussed how Inhumans Easter eggs are coming soon and that Feige is meeting with Reggie Hudlin soon for Panther. All in all, some very exciting stuff is coming.
Look for more reaction from me later. This is just too much to process right now.