Friday, July 18, 2014

Marvel Slots 5 Film Dates Through 2019; 2017 to Feature 3 MCU Films


Marvel has officially announced upcoming dates for 5 unannounced films that will expand the MCU into 2019!

Through an official release from Marvel.com, Marvel Studios has shared the news that they have added 5 films to their ever-expanding slate. The official release is below:

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to grow every year since it began in 2008 with Marvel's "Iron Man," and now we've got the dates for five more films coming your way through 2019!
 While we can't tell you just what they are yet, you can look forward to new films hitting theaters July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, True Believers--you won't want to miss a moment of it!
For those of you who have been keeping track of this sort of thing (I mean I have...doesn't everyone?), barring any other changes, the added dates in 2017 mean we will be getting 3 MCU films that year as Marvel has previously scheduled a film, possibly Thor 3, for May 3, 2017. Here's a look at what the slate, full of mostly unannounced films, looks like:

July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
July 8, 2016:
May 5, 2017:
July 28, 2017:
November 3, 2017:
July 6, 2018:
November 2, 2018:
May 3, 2019:

Just what exactly this means for the future of the MCU is unclear as it's still very nebulous, but one possibility that must be considered is that Phase 3 may be the largest and lengthiest yet, something I speculated on here quite a while ago and revisited just the other day. While there's no way to be certain, it's possible that we may not see a third Avengers film until May 3, 2019 and I think there's good reason for that.

As I've mentioned before, if Avengers 3 is really going to be an omnipotent, omnipresent Thanos against the universe, there need to be more pieces on the board. IF Phase 3 was just extended until May 3, 2019, that would put 8 movies in that Phase before the third Avengers film which would be the ninth film of the phase. That's an astounding thought given that Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's fourth film of a five-film Phase 2, is Marvel's tenth entry in the MCU. Of course all of that is speculation. A third Avengers film could easily land on July 6, 2018 for all we know.

It is, for the moment, however, really fun to play with the notion that Marvel is going to take its time building Phase 3 despite the expectation by the public that it release a team-up film every 3 years. If we take a look at just one possible Phase 3 line-up given the films we know Marvel has had in development, we might get something like this:

July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
May 6, 2016: Captain America: Badass Subtitle
July 8, 2016:  Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017: Thor: (Damn good guess here) Ragnarok
July 28, 2017: Black Panther
November 3, 2017: Ms. Marvel
July 6, 2018: Nova
November 2, 2018: Guardians of the Galaxy: Bring Hulk Home
May 3, 2019: Avengers: Something Infinityish

Of course that list is wrong and it's really just based on movies we all know Marvel has been eager to make for some time. Several other films could easily take place in there (Iron Man 4, Inhumans, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, sequels to Ant-Man or Doctor Strange and any number of other films about which we may not know) but I will tell you one thing: Marvel has a LOT of scripts in which they feel VERY confident at this point and that's what we are seeing here.

This is just good fun on my part, but this is the kind of stuff I love doing. I'm sure those of you that have been around for the past year have noticed. In my head, I choose to think that Marvel is making a massive Phase 3 that includes all these films because I want to see every damn one of them. Time will tell, but I, for my part, won't expect to see all of them announced next week at Comic-Con. Personally, I'll be content with knowing their plan for the next 3 years.