Today at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, Marvel took a page out of Apple’s playbook by calling a major media event where they made some big announcements. Although many suspected that it would be related to the casting of Doctor Strange, they are clearly smarter than that. Instead they proceeded to bring the house down by making fanboys quiver with excitement over their full line-up of Phase Three films (clearly a response to DC’s own announcement earlier this month). Among the biggest surprises were Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies, plus a two part Avengers event. The list of newly announced Marvel films is as follows:
- Captain America: Civil War — May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange — Nov. 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — May 5, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok — July 28, 2017
- Black Panther — Nov. 3, 2017
- Captain Marvel — July 6, 2018
- The Avengers: Infinity War – Part One — May 8, 2018
- Inhumans — Nov. 2, 2018
- The Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two — May 3, 2019
Marvel also shocked everyone by announcing that Black Panther will be played by none other than Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up). There was, however, no mention of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, so it would appear that the deal is not yet done.
They initially announced that the Captain America movie would be called “Captain America: Serpent Society”, before changing it to be what we all knew it would be… Civil War. There was no Black Widow movie announced, but instead Captain Marvel will be the first female-led Marvel movie. What do you think, is this mind-blowing news? Did Marvel just one-up Warner Brothers and DC or is this all more of the same?