Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Official: Captain America 3 Get a Release Date

After the tremendously successful opening weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has wasted no time in putting the sequel on the calendar.

It's been suspected for a while now, but today Marvel made it official: Captain America 3, which will remain untitled until at least this July's San Diego Comic Con, will hit theaters on May 6, 2016, making it the second of Marvel's Phase 3 films following Edgar Wright's Ant-Man.

This date, just over 2 years after the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, lines the Sentinel of Liberty up against DC/WB's biggest superhero rlease to date: the as yet untitled Batman vs. Superman film, directed by Zack Snyder. With the big opening weekend of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's become even more evident that the Marvel name and Avengers' mojo makes for big money.

The creative team for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to return for the third film with co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo and co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely all currently at work putting together the story, as you can see in the video below, courtesy of Collider about the challenges of making a third Captain America film in which Steve Rogers remains the focal point of the movie and the role of The Winter Soldier going forward. It's likely that the film will start pre-production sometime this fall and may start shooting as soon as late 2014 or the first quarter of 2015, if Marvel follows precedent.

There's obviously no word on casting just yet, but it's fully expected that Chris Evans will return as Cap for both this sequel and a third Avengers film. It's also quite likely that Anthony Mackie, Scarlet Johanssen, Sebastian Stan and Samuel L. Jackson return as well as any number of other actors currently involved in MCU films.

What do you guys make of this news?