Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Marvel Movies: Phase 3 Plans

Robert Downey Jr. Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
At a special presentation at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday, Marvel suit Kevin Feige gave the press and around 600 fans some info about the studio's plans and their phase three movie slate.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron helmer Joss Whedon, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America 3 helmers Anthony and Joe Russo were all on hand.

The event saw new titles like Black Panther--starring Get On Up's Chadwick Boseman--and Inhumans movies, plus two more Avengers films announced  .

Ant-Man is pegged for a July 17th 2015 release date. Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016, but pushed the release of Doctor Strange to Nov. 4, 2016.

James Gunn returns to chart Guardians of the Galaxy 2, set to hit theaters on May 5, 2017 (moved up from the previously announced date of July 2017).

That will be followed by next Thor film, Thor 3: Ragnarok, slated for July 28, 2017. Black Panther comes to theaters on Nov. 3 in 2017.

Feige also said that the studio will make a Captain Marvel film, set for July 6, 2018. It will be the studio's first female-led film, ending speculation that Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) would be the first female character to get her own stand-alone movie.

Marvel will also make an Inhumans film, set for Nov. 2, 2018. The Inhumans are a group of super powered alien beings that have appeared in various Marvel comics.

Two more Avengers films were also dated: Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1 for May 4, 2018, and Part 2 for May 2019.

 All films will be released in 3-D

Read more: 5 Things Missing From Marvel's Phase 3 News and The Big Takeaways

Plus--Marvel vs. DC: Superhero Matchups Revealed Through 2020

Feige told Coming Soon.after the event:

"Captain America: Civil War" will deal with "global superhuman registration with a specific inciting incident" and "secret identities aren't as important in the MCU version of the story" as opposed to the Captain America: Civil War comic This is also the film in which Boseman will make his big screen debut (in and out of costume) as the Black Panther before getting his own solo film in 2017 (Boseman is said to have signed for five films).

Feige says of Thor: Ragnarok: "This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' and impacts everything that comes after". He also confirmed Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are both returning as Thor and Loki.

Describing the new Captain Marvel, Feige says: "This Captain Marvel's name is Carol Danvers. This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm."

The two part Avengers will be the storyline dealing with Thanos (Josh Brolin): "We've always had a plan since  Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) broke into Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) house and told him he's part of a bigger universe. 'Avengers: Infinity War Part 1' is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before."

Asked about the notion of Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man in a film with other superheroes, Feige says: "Anything that wasn’t specifically and obviously revealed today is either not true at all, or still rumor until it’s worked out."

Finally, Mark Ruffalo's Hulk will appear in all the Avengers movies and a standalone Hulk movie may still happen but it's not on the cards just yet. The same goes for Johansson's Black Widow.

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