For those of you in the same generation as the Two Gay Geeks, do you remember keeping a calendar just to remind yourself when the next movie in the Star Wars franchise was scheduled to come out? Compare that to today with the multitude of movies put out by so many different studios it can become quite the daunting task. And now with Marvel having created franchises within an even bigger franchise, just knowing what their film schedule is has become next to impossible. Luckily ComicBookResources.com has made that information available.
This list comprises only those films that are being released by Marvel Studios and it’s for the Phase III films and beyond. This list does not cover any of the other films from Fox (Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, and any future (Really???) Fantastic Four entries) Studios.
Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads a new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.” Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The film stars Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Doctor Strange was recently filming in Nepal and has since moved its production to England. Some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in costume were released recently, including some fantastic concept art of Strange’s Sanctum Santorum and alternate dimensions. Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson, written by John Spaihts, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.
Not much is known about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as of yet. James Gunn completed the script in June of 2015 and the production starts filming this month in Atlanta. Gunn shared one piece of information on the film recently — mainly that Peter Quill’s emotional journey in “Vol. 2” will revolve around his father. Kurt Russell recently spoke with Marvel about appearing in the film as Quill’s father, but no official casting announcements have been made. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.0 ” is written and directed by James Gunn, and stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and the voice talents of Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.
When Sony and Marvel announced they would be teaming up to release a new “Spider-Man” movie in 2017 the comic book world rejoiced. Finally, Peter Parker could take his rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. New Spider-Man star Tom Holland will make his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War. He’ll then feature in a standalone Spider-Man film which hits theaters in 2017. While Marisa Tomei has been rumored to be playing Peter’s aunt May, the only official casting so far has been Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland. Spider-Man is directed by Jon Watts, written by John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, and is set to star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Ragnarok typically means the end of the world, and could spell immense trouble for Thor Odinson’s people and his home world of Asgard. While no official plot details have been made public, Marvel confirmed Mark Ruffalo will join Chris Hemsworth for the third Thor film. Some casting and character rumors have been also floating around, including the introduction of Asgardian warrior Valkyrie, who might be played by actress Cate Blanchett, though there’s also the possibly she could be playing the comic book villain Enchantress. Thor: Ragnarok is written by Stephany Folsom, Christ Yost and Craig Kyle, is directed by Taika Waititi, and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif.
While no official synopsis has been released for Black Panther, the inciting incident that brings T’Challa into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be featured in the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War. Actor Chadwick Boseman will first bring the character to life in Civil War, and he can be seen fighting alongside Iron Man in the official trailer for the film. T’Challa’s home country, Wakanda, has been mentioned in previous Marvel films, and will presumably be the main location for the solo Black Panther film. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw, Martin Freeman (in a yet to be announced role), is written by Joe Robert Cole and will be directed by Ryan Coogler.
According to a recent interview with the Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War – Part One will feature almost 67 different characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If the amount of heroes in Infinity War tells us anything, it’s that the Russos are leading up to a major conflict that will take all of the Avengers to defeat. Infinity War will presumably deal with Thanos’ crusade to rule the universe via the infinity gauntlet (which apparently he has his own in addition to that which is in Odin’s Treasure Room) With one of the infinity stones on Asgard, one on Xandar, one in Knowhere and one on Earth, it’s possible Thanos will threaten the destruction of all the realms to get his hands on the gems. Avengers: Infinity War – Part One is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and will likely star all of the MCU actors that survive Captain America: Civil War.
Ant-Man was a huge summer hit, it’s no wonder Marvel greenlit a sequel so quickly. Ant-Man and the Wasp will likely pick up about two years from where Ant-Man left off. Paul Rudd is confirmed to be in Captain America: Civil War, so he may already be an Avenger by the time the Ant-Man sequel hits theaters. Evangeline Lilly will either be training in this film (with the Wasp suit she got at the end of Ant-Man) or she too will be an Avenger. The film may also explore what happened to Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp who was lost in the Quantum Realm. You can see her silhouette in Ant-Man while Lang is in the Quantum Realm. Ant-Man and the Wasp will be written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who did uncredited work on the first film, and will be directed by Peyton Reed. Evangeline Lily stars as Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas will presumably be back as Hank Pym.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two – May 3, 2019
Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two will be the biggest film Marvel has ever done. Not only will it feature Marvel’s largest cinematic roster to date, but it will begin to wrap up their ambitious Phase 3. Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two will likely conclude Thanos’ quest to acquire the infinity gems, and if he actually gets his hands on them, it will take every hero in the MCU (and maybe the Marvel Comics pantheon) to stop him. Both parts of Infinity War will be filmed together over a nine-month period, and could spell the end of some of our favorite Avengers roles in the MCU. Avengers: Infinity War – Part Two is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and will likely star all of the MCU actors that survive Avengers: Infinity War Part One.
Captain Marvel – March 18, 2019
Captain Marvel is finally coming to the MCU. After multiple opportunities to introduce Carol Danvers in other Marvel properties, she will finally get her own standalone film in 2019. While no one has been cast in role, various actresses and athletes have expressed an interest in playing her, including Ronda Rousey and Olivia Wilde. Captain Marvel currently has no director, but Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve will write the script.
Inhumans – July 12, 2019
While rumors about the demise of Inhumans, the final film in Marvel’s Phase 3 arsenal, have been circulating, they have no merit. Clark Gregg recently discussed “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” Inhumans storyline and said there’s no way their show would interfere with the film. While no official plot, synopsis or cast has been released for “Inhumans,” it’s likely Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Maximus, and more will make their MCU debut.
Marvel has also reserved the following dates for three unnamed films: May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6 2020. These could be placeholders for any number of sequels, including “Guardians 3,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Black Panther 2” — or something else entirely.