Marvel Announces New Wave of Superhero Movies

Potential new franchises include 'Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel' and 'Inhumans'

Marvel Studios has announced its new phase of superhero movies, including new films featuring Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans during a fan event in Hollywood on Tuesday that easily rivaled many of its Comic-Con presentations in San Diego.

The superhero powerhouse also revealed that the third “Avengers” will be broken up into two films, called “Avengers: Infinity War,” set for May 4, 2018 and wrap up on May 3, 2019.

That double-pic strategy has paid off for other film franchises, including “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” and is being embraced by the final installments of “The Hunger Games.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed plans reported first by Variety that the third “Captain America” would launch the Civil War storyline from the comicbooks and pit Chris Evans’ Captain America against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

However, Marvel had some more news up its sleeve, with the casting of Chadwick Boseman (“42”) as T’Challa, otherwise known as superhero Black Panther, with the character playing a large role in “Captain America: Civil War.” Boseman recently played James Brown in the music biopic “Get On Up.”

Boseman appeared onstage alongside “Captain America: Civil War” stars Evans and Downey inside Disney’s El Capitan Theater.

Marvel later introduced concept art for Black Panther’s design for the films, including a standalone movie dated for Nov. 3, 2017.

The hour-long presentation, for which 1,000 fans started lining up at 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning, was packed with updates on Marvel’s upcoming release slate, whose dates were previously announced, but hadn’t yet had a film to fill their slots.

“Captain Marvel” will be Marvel’s first film to star a female character. In this case, the character is Carol Danvers, a member of the United States Air Force who has gone by a variety of names in the comicbooks, including Ms. Marvel. She gains superpowers after her genes are fused with that of the alien race, the Kree.

“This film has been in the works almost as long as ‘Doctor Strange’ or ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it,” Feige said. “Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

With “Inhumans,” about a 7,000-year old group of humans that were experimented on and given powers by the Kree, Marvel has a new set of heroes to introduce. The film will be Marvel’s 20th.

“November 3, 2018 will introduce dozens of characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Feige said. “We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchises unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. We wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about.”

The third “Thor” installment will be called “Thor: Ragnarok,” with the subtitle meaning “the end of all things,” according to Feige, who added that the film, that stars Chris Hemsworth, “is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”

The two films that will make up the third “Avengers” will deal a battle against supervillain Thanos that’s been established through Marvel’s movies so far. The character had a larger role in this summer’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” Feige said. “‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

If Marvel’s presentation looked like one of its Comic-Con presentations, that wasn’t accidental.”We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year,” Feige said, but had to change its plans after it still needed to work out the Civil War plot, find its Black Panther and see if “Guardians of the Galaxy” would find an audience.

“We really do want the fans to be on the front lines of as much of the information as possible,” he said to a packed theater. “We called you and you came.”

As for the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, or the hiring of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Joe and Anthony Russo for the third “Avengers” films, Feige wouldn’t comment. “Anything that wasn’t revealed today is either not true at all or still rumor until it’s worked out,” he said. “When we have information to reveal, we reveal it. Sometimes it’s on a random Tuesday at 11 a.m.”

Marvel Release Dates Through 2019:

The Avengers: Age of Ultron — May 1, 2015

Ant-Man — July 17, 2015

Captain America: Civil War — May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange — Nov. 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — May 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok — July 28, 2017

Black Panther — Nov. 3, 2017

The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 — May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018

Inhumans — Nov. 2, 2018

The Avengers: Infinity War Part II — May 3, 2019

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  1. johna says:

    Lots of marvel upcoming movies so please take me to any movie for any role I shall play , please gentlemen I am a very very very big fan of marvel movies if you all decide to gain for me any character so you will respect all the fans heartbeat for all of you my dear friends ^_^

  2. Civil War is widely considered one of the worst story lines in Marvel comic history. Hopefully this won’t be the beginning of the end for the MCU.

  3. “We called you and you came.” Oh you bet we did.

  4. SandraW8 says:

    Infinity Gauntlet storyline was always one of my favorites- can’t wait to see it in movie form

  5. pklhomedecor says:

    You just love marvel growing up with them and now being able to watch movies and thinking about your childhood somewhat.

    • Alonso says:

      And it seems to be a pretty bad childhood.There are so many sci-fi books written by americans, brits, russians etc. and they choose stupid comic stories. Madness.

  6. Julienne says:

    Cartoons are becoming the new Stars of Films and TV because this generations boys are coddled and still live at home with their mother. They have to have something to watch!

  7. 渐隆廖 says:

    i wonder black panther got connection with pink panther…….

  8. Dina Barr says:

    Please cast Joe Flanigan who played Col John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis

  9. Ana says:

    So essentially, we’re all gonna lose at least another decade of our lives to this thing…

  10. Hey How Are Ya? says:

    What would you be willing to bet that the rumored “Black Widow” Movie (along with maybe an Iron Man 4) were contingency plans just incase Guardians hadn’t had been a big hit???

  11. Reblogged this on PAULSTONERADIO and commented:
    Just some nerdy goodness here from Marvel

  12. says:

    For everyone who didn’t know much about Iron Man prior to 2008, Black Panther is going to SHOCK THE WORLD!!

  13. John says:

    Luke Evans (Bard from the Hobbit movies, Dracula Untold) would be a better Dr. Strange. I like Cumberbatch a lot, but he’s a little too “geeky” – Evans has that “necromancer” look to him.

  14. Reblogged this on WARR – We Are Regal Radio and commented:
    Fan-boys and girls the world over have mouths full of water right about now.

  15. terryzxz says:

    That time line just is way too long

  16. niki says:

    dear Marvel and all of Hollywood

    thanks for shooting some of your films with KODAK FILM…the for the future please use KODAK FILM…otherwise the costumes …effects..etc…look very cheap when shot on alexa or red…

  17. Russ says:

    I just want a Deadpool movie.

  18. jess says:

    Doctor Strange is coming out November 4, not 6, and Thor 3 is out in 2017, not 2018.

  19. Chelsea says:

    Really hoping they was going to announce that Marvel gets the rights of Spider Man back from Sony.

  20. cadavra says:

    In a related story, McDonald’s announced six new hamburgers they’ll be rolling out over the next three years.

  21. Guest says:

    What the hell where is a black widow film?????????????

  22. Joshua says:

    Captain Marvel may be a female, depending on which version they go with. While Carol Danvers is widely recognized as Captain Marvel, she is just one of more than ten characters to carry the name – the majority of which were male. It will be interesting to see which version they explore, and it is also worth noting that the original Mar-vell did clash with Thanos. I could see them going back to the root (male) version, for this very reason.

  23. Steve says:

    “Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2018” sure this isn’t supposed to be 2017?

  24. Living the Geek Life says:

    By the way, the date for Thor: Ragnarok is incorrect. It’s in 2017, not 2018

  25. Marcel says:

    where is Ant-man? Did I miss something?

  26. Tomas says:

    Captain Marvel is a woman

    • José Marujo says:

      Oh, I hadn’t seen it, thank you! I was expecting Black Widow, but at least we’ve got one.

      • Living the Geek Life says:

        Warners and DC will win the race to get a female-led superhero movie on the screen. I hope they’re both equally good, though!

    • Living the Geek Life says:

      Actually, Captain Marvel can go either male or female. But I’m pretty sure they’re looking at Carol Danvers. Finally!

  27. José Marujo says:

    And yet no female-centered movie is announced. I know DC is years behind, but at least they’ve announced a Wonder Woman movie. C’mon Marvel.

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