And what will they be about?
Marvel (and Disney) pretty much rules Hollywood with an iron fist. The Marvel Cinematic Universe money printing is in full swing, but everyone is curious just how long and far it’ll go in the grand scheme of things. Well, yesterday Marvel announced an updated Phase 3 slate, which included a few surprised additions.
What are the additions?
Ant Man and the Wasp, which will premiere July 6, 2018. Also, three more untitled Marvel films set to premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6th, 2020.
What does the schedule look like now?
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6th, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 4th 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5th 2017
- Untitled Spider-Man Film – July 28th, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3rd, 2017
- Black Panther – February 16th, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War Part I – May 4th, 2018
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6th, 2018
- Captain Marvel – March 8th, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War Part II – May 3rd, 2019
- Inhumans – July 12th 2019
- Untitled Marvel Film – May 1st 2020
- Untitled Marvel Film – July 10th 2020
- Untitled Marvel Film – November 6th 2020
Are these untitled films phase 3 or phase 4?
We’re going to go with phase 4 here. After all, the Avengers films tend to mark the end of each phase. Despite the fact Ant-Man technically closed out Phase 2 and it seems the Inhumans might close out Phase 3, the Phases don’t last beyond that. So… it seems a little weird to think that Phase 3 will continue four movies and a year after an Avengers film. So, Phase 4 seems like the obvious choice.
What are these three untitled films?
Well, we obviously don’t have any definite confirmations one way or the other, but if you look at the dates you can piece some patterns together. After all, films typically take 2-3 years to put together, so we won’t get another Ant-Man or Captain Marvel movie so soon after the last one.
We also don’t think any of the main Avengers will be returning, as Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man will probably either die or retire at the end of Infinity War Part 2.
So, our guesses? Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Doctor Strange 2, and Spider-Man 2. The development times match up and they’re all franchises that will have characters that have healthy contracts… though we imagine Vol. 3 will be the last Guardians of the Galaxy adventure outside of a team up film. Three solo films seems to be the magic number here.
Overall, we’re really excited for what’s in store. We can’t wait to see if our predictions are correct.