Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Three
Ron Seifried | On 28, Oct 2014Marvel has finally ended speculation in which superheroes make the transition to the big screen in their expanding universe. Today marks a major milestone in feature film history: the number of entry’s in Marvel’s Cinematic franchise will reach 22 by 2019, as Phase Three finally winds down with back-to-back Avengers sequels. That will far surpass the 24 hours of content the Lord of the RIngs/Hobbit (director’s cut) franchise, but just a few hours short of the James Bond films. Some rumors were confirmed along with a few surprises. Despite online chatter on who should be the Marvel’s first female lead superhero film, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow loses out to Captain Marvel, who will try to erase everything Electra did to female superheroes in the Marvel Universe. We also get to see the first African-American hero, Black Panther in his own standalone chapter, but he will be introduced in Captain America 3. The final surprise is the lack of official confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch will portray Doctor Strange. Add to the not-so-surprising list is the Hulk will not get another standalone film, but will be popping up again as a supporting player, including the Avengers: Infinity War flick’s. Phase Three will also not include a Hawkeye film starring Jeremy Renner or Iron Man 4. Captain America: Civil War May 6, 2016 In what can also be described as Iron Man 4, the third Captain America will be set after the events of Winter Soldier and next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, pitting Steve Rogers’s Cap (Chris Evans) against Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in a war of government overreach that will certainly warm the hearts of political pundits. Legislation is about to be voted on requiring anyone with super powers to register with the U.S. government. Capitalist/Weapons manufacturer Stark is behind the overreach, while government scientific experiment Rogers is against any violation of civil liberties. Mysterious antagonist Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier returns along with directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Cap 3 will also introduce Black Panther, eighteen months before his standalone film. Doctor Strange November 4, 2016 Long rumored, but not yet confirmed Benedict Cumberbatch may be the sorcerer supreme in a film to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), that will introduce the MCU to “open up an entire new corner of the cinematic universe.” Guardians of the Galaxy 2 May 5, 2017 Naturally, the highest grossing film of 2014 will get a sequel, and director James Gunn will be reassembling Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper in another intergalactic adventure. Gunn has revealed this installment will see a crossover with the Avengers and at least one new Guardian. Thor: Ragnarok July 28, 2017 Marvel head Kevin Feige said that Ragnorak is “the end of all things,” meaning this may be the final appearance of Thor as we transition into a different group of Avengers. Chris Hemsworth will pick up the hammer once again, as well as his disturbingly good/bad, scene stealing brother Loki, portrayed by Tom Hiddelston. Black Panther November 3, 2017 Marvel cast Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, aka T’Challa from the fictional African nation Wakanda, home of the natural resource material responsible for Captain America’s “unbreakable” shield. Boseman is best known playing Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get on Up. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 May 4, 2018 We know that Thanos will return to battle against the aging Avengers, judging by Marvel’s sneak peak showing the villain wearing the Infinity Gauntlet cosmic glove, but we don’t know which Avenger will return and which one will survive, in the first of two back-to-back sequels. The Infinity Gems subplot has been strewn together throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe since early in Phase One, so the build up to the conclusion hopefully will satisfy the skeptic in some of us.
Captain Marvel July 6, 2018 Marvel must have plenty of faith in this yet-to-be-cast female lead superhero film by opening it on the big 4th of July holiday weekend. Also known as Carol Danvers, the young, sexy superpower channels her abilities in space, while remaining mild and mannered on Earth. You can bet every young actress in Hollywood has their agents contacting studio execs for this highly desired role.
Inhumans November 2, 2018 Part of Marvel’s intergalactic comics like Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans was another big surprise announcement. This also marks the 20th film of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, that will introduce many new characters, ala GOTG.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 May 3, 2019 The final entry in Marvel’s ambitious and daring Phase Three. But not to worry; there are plans for Phase Four to end around 2026 so our grandchildren can enjoy the comic assault.