Following hot off the heels of Marvel’s breaking news that they will be working together with Sony Entertainment to bring us a series of new Spider-Man movies set within the continuity the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Marvel Studios has now announced new release dates for 4 of their already planned Phase 3 films.
As previously announced in October last year, the MCU’s third phase will introduce solo movies for Black Panther, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Doctor Strange and Inhumans in addition to sequels for the Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and–of course–Avengers franchises.
Although given release dates reaching as far out as May 2019, Marvel Studios has now made some alterations.
Moving down by four months to November 3, 2017, this date was initially held for Black Panther, yet another movie to be affected in this re-schedule.
Originally slated for a July release of the same year, a possible explanation for this shift could be that Marvel wishes to have a little more space between May 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Ragnarok.
A quick reference to Marvel Studios’ 2016 schedule displays a similar preference of gap between the Captain America sequel and Doctor Strange solo debut.
That being said, let’s all acknowledge that a Thor movie entitled “Ragnarok” being released a year after Captain America: Civil War is a little too much of a coincidence. Keep this one on the radar, folks.
Jumping into the following year to July 6, 2018, Black Panther’s first solo movie is rumoured to not be his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With previously confirmed stories of his debut being set for 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, recent speculation points to the Wakandan king’s appearance to being in May’s soon-to-be released Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has already confirmed scenes set in Wakanda and the inclusion of Black Panther villain, Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis).
Slated to be Marvel Studios’ first female-led movie (and third female-led project following this year’s Agent Carter on ABC and A.K.A. Jessica Jones on Netflix) Captain Marvel will see ex-Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers take up the mantle of the Kree hero.
Now scheduled for a November 2, 2018 release, Captain Marvel will be now occupying the original release date for the also rescheduled Inhumans… how appropriate.
Although there were rumours, similar to Black Panther’s debut, of Carol first appearing in Captain America: Civil War, recent plot developments in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. point to a possible inclusion of Ms Danvers in the television series first. After all, the series, now in its second season, has already introduced the Kree (kinda) and–wait for it–Inhumans (Daisy Johnson, yo!) to the MCU.
While all of this is speculative, Marvel Studios has proven themselves to be highly capable of pulling stunts that leave us fans with our jaws on the ground. So let’s not put it past them to have Carol Danvers sashay onto the small screen at the behest of Maria Hill or Director Coulson.
Pushing past the unaltered release date of the fourth instalment of the Avengers series, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, the Inhumans movie now finds itself at the tail of the MCU’s third phase.
Set for July 12, 2019 (what year are we actually in, again?), Inhumans may be following in the shoes of this July’s Ant-Man by bringing its respective phase to a close. Maybe.
As anyone familiar with the comics would know, the Inhumans carry some pretty massive franchise potential themselves. With Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC already setting up the stepping stones to the Inhumans (once again: Daisy Johnson, yo!), it’s possible that the movie may, in fact, now be the first of the still-unannounced Phase 4 of the MCU.
I mean, let’s face it, short of the world ending in 2019, Marvel’s not slowing down any time soon.
(Also, totally calling it that Marvel’s gonna retcon Ant-Man into being the opening entry of Phase 3.)