Marvel Studios Throws Down the Infinity Gauntlet and Unveils Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Update: October 8, 2015

Marvel announced a sequel to ANT-MAN titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp” coming July 6, 2018, and shuffled the release dates for additional films.  Finally, three untitled Marvel Studios films will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.  Marvel Studios will increase its films from two to three released each year starting in 2017.

Marvel's Ant-Man

Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) Photo by Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2014

Current Marvel Studios line-up are as follows:

Original post from October, 2014 follows below…

In mid-October Warner Brothers Pictures announced a “massive expansion” of films based on classic DC Comics characters – 10 movies between 2016 – 2020 that include stand-alone Batman and Superman films and culminating in a two part Justice League super hero team up.  Today, Marvel Studios accepted DC’s challenge and threw down a gauntlet of their own, an Infinity Gauntlet.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed plans for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to fans at the El Capitan Theatre.  These films include Marvel’s first female super-hero centered film, Captain Marvel, and the integration of Black Panther into the super-hero mix.  Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe culminates with Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1 & 2), where the Avengers finally face off with Thanos and his Gauntlet of Infinity Stones.  Notably absent from the announcement was a stand alone film for Avengers team member and fan favorite Black Widow, or the actor to play the title role of Doctor Strange.  Time will tell if the rumors of Benedict Cumberbatch donning Doctor Strange’s mantle come to fruition.  [Update, December 4, 2014: Marvel confirms Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Stephen Strange.]  This much is assured, between Warner Bros/DC Comics and Disney/Marvel Studios, there will be no shortage of super hero films in the foreseeable future.  Continue reading for all the details of the Phase 3 slate from Marvel’s press release.  Update, February 10, 2014: Marvel re-acquires Spider-Man from Sony Pictures Entertainment, and shuffles the Marvel Cinematic Universe to incorporate the film.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

From Marvel Studios Press Release

This morning, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

 

The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

(L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige and actors Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Marvel Studios Fan Event

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The announced films are as follows:

Update: February 10, 2015

Marvel Studios changes the release dates for four of the above films.  Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will hit theaters November 3, 2017. The following year, Marvel’s “Black Panther” will make its way to theaters on July 6, 2018, and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” on November 2, 2018. Finally, Marvel’s “Inhumans” will now debut in theaters July 12, 2019.  Also, Marvel agreed to a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU).  Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

 

Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

Actors Robert Downey Jr. (L) and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

 

Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

Marvel Studios Fan Event

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

 

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