Marvel Studios Schedules Five New Mystery Projects Through 2019
Without a doubt we'll be getting a whole slew of updates from Marvel Studios later this week when Comic-Con gets into full swing in San Diego beginning with the convention's preview night on Wednesday, July 22nd. And before the big show begins, we've got a tease of what we might hear about when Kevin Feige takes the stage in Hall H on July 26th. Marvel has just announced release dates for five new films to hit theaters from 2017 through 2019, but it's no surprise that no titles have been revealed for these projects. And they join two other projects that already had release dates announced, but no titles revealed. Read on!
First of all, here's the movies we already knew were on the schedule:
The Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1st, 2015
Ant-Man - July 17th, 2015
Captain America 3 - May 6th, 2016
Untitled - July 8th, 2016
Untitled - May 5th, 2017
And now Marvel just revealed five more projects are planned for release on these dates:
July 28th, 2017
November 3rd, 2017
July 6th, 2018
November 2nd, 2018
May 3rd, 2019
Certainly one of those titles is Doctor Strange with director Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister) getting behind the camera with a script from Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts. We're probably going to get some big updates on that film at Comic-Con, but we're guessing that's the film that will arrive in July of 2016, since that's the most immediate developing project at the moment. But maybe there's a chance that the 2016 date could just as easily belong to Thor 3, since there's likely at least one more movie for the God of Thunder in the works after the cliffhanger ending of Thor: The Dark World.
As for the rest of the dates, it's anyone guess as to what those films might be. There have been rumblings about Black Panther for awhile, along with some rumblings about Ms. Marvel (there need to be some more female superheroes). But of course, it's likely that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 could get one of those spots (there's been rumors of a crossover with Hulk following the events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron). We wouldn't count on another Iron Man movie since Robert Downey Jr. is only signed for the two Avengers movies. Maybe a standalone Black Widow movie will take one of those slots? Could The Inhumans finally be making their way to the big screen? We're just not sure, but Marvel supposedly has a timeline plan that runs through 2028, so anything is possible.
What's curious is that there isn't a May release date until 2019, and that's the month that has been reserved for The Avengers. The first assembly arrived on May 4th, 2012 and The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits next summer on May 1st, 2015. That makes May 3rd a prime release spot for The Avengers 3, which means there would be a whole extra year between the second and third team-up of Earth's mightiest heroes. But if Thanos and The Infinity Gauntlet story ends up being where all these films are leading to in The Avengers 3, there's plenty of stuff do before then. Or maybe The Avengers 3 will just get that July 2017 release, and the films coming after that will be part of Phase Four in the cinematic universe. Thoughts?