Ok, the war is on! First it was rumored that Captain America 3 will be based on the popular story line “Civil War” and everyone was excited. Then DC revealed their slate of upcoming movies at a shareholder meeting and everyone was excited. After that the trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” leaked and was released and everyone was excited. And now! Now, ladies and gentlemen, Marvel has announced their line up for “Phase 3” at a special event where they also showed some footage. And guess what! Everyone is excited!
Let’s run the films down. First off are the films we already know about.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron, 1 May 2015
- Ok, so you probably know that we have a trailer for this film by now and it looks freaking awesome! The trailer was supposed to premier after this weeks “Agents of Shield” but was replaced by what seems to be even more like the footage shown at this years comic-con. Here it is:
- Ant-Man, 17 July 2015
- I am excited for “Ant-Man” and Marvel has really stepped up their game and have been showing off a lot of footage at cons after Edgar Wright’s departure from the film. Still, “Ant-Man” seems to be the misfit Marvel movie since it will be released after the supposed end of Phase 2 (which will probably be “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and before the movie that’ll kick off Phase 3.
And the movie that will kick off Phase 3 is…
- Captain America:
Serpent SocietyCivil War, May 6 2016
- So Marvel’s Kevin Feige took to the stage and revealed all the upcoming movies one by one and started with Captain America 3. The title was first revealed to be “Captain America: Serpent Society” and everyone was like “Ok, I’m just glad that we get a new Cap movie but what happened to Civil War?”. After all of the other films had been announced a clip from “Avengers: AoU” was played and it showed how the conflict between Cap and Iron Man was brewing, setting up “Civil War”. And then the real title was revealed: “Captain America: Civil War”. One of the central themes of the comic book version of Civil War is secret identities. This is however not as implemented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since everyone know who Iron Man is, Thor is Thor, Black Widow is in a court hearing and whatever. Kevin Feige dished on this subject:
I don’t want to give too much away, but needless to say, the generalities of the act are the same. Something happens, perhaps it’s cumulative for things that have happened though all of the movies leading up to this point. It has made the governments of the world say “we need to have some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody. So it becomes more… it falls under that umbrella, rather than “you have to take off your mask.” It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.
- Doctor Strange, November 4 2016
- “Doctor Strange” has been planned for a very long time and many actors have been rumored to play the part of Stephen Strange. Joaquin Phoenix was in final negotiations to play the character but he dropped out possibly due to the extensive contract deal Marvel movies require. Word is now that “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play the sorcerer supreme. Cumberbatch didn’t make an appearance during the “meeting” meaning that “the pen hasn’t touched the paper”. Once again head of Marvel had something to say about the project.
“It takes a while to work on these movies before they’re ready to come to you in theaters. Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory. The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions.”
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2, May 5 2017
- This years “Guardians of the Galaxy” was a huge hit and it’s become the highest grossing comic book based movie of 2014. The movie has managed to rack up a worldwide box office total of over 750 million dollars. The sequel was originally planned to be released in July but it is now set for a May release. (I really like the title card as well since it signals the fun tone of this series)
- Thor: Ragnarok, July 28 2017
- Ragnarok could mean two things. Either it’s refering to the cyborg clone of Thor which debuted in the Civil War story line or it could mean the end of the world. The former is usually spelled with an “O” while the latter is spelled with the swedish letter “Ö”. The title of the movie is spelled like the robot clone but I find it hard to believe that the movie will focus on that rather than, oh I don’t know, the end of the universe! Kevin Feige was at it again stating that:
“This is a very important movie for us [Marvel] 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.”
- Black Panther, November 3 2017
- When Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans took to the stage to promote the event that will be “Civil War” someone joined them. That someone was “42” and “Get on Up” star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be playing the long awaited T’Challa also known as Black Panther. Along with the announcement of an actor, Marvel threw out some awesome concept art and if that’s not eough for you, Kevin Feige also said that BP will appear in costume in “Civil War”. Ain’t that awesome? Anyhow, here’s the concept art and title card and some comments from, you guessed it, Kevin Feige:
“Black Panther and all of Wakanda is one of the most interesting characters in Marvel history. Something I already showed you today contains an Easter egg that leads directly into ‘Black Panther.’ He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t.”
- Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, May 4 2018
- So ever since we caught ourselves a small gimpse of the Infinity Gauntlet in that one scene in “Thor” we’ve had the notion of Thanos (now voiced by Josh Brolin). We first saw him appear in “The Avengers'” mid credits scene and he was of course featured in “Guardians of the Galaxy” this year. The reason why I go on about this Thanos dude is because he will be the main foil of “Avengers: Infinity War” Part 1 and 2. The movies will most likely take cues from comics like “Infinity Gauntlet” and it will of course bring all of the Infinity Stones together (but more on that in a bit). Kevin Feige said this about what’ll be the first part of “Infinity War”(man, that dude sure talks a lot, doesn’t he?):
“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. ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1’ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”
Does that tease the end of the MCU? I don’t know, maybe…
“Avengers: Infinity War” (parts 1 and 2) were revealed together with a brief clip showing all the infinity stones we’ve seen so far. First of all was the Tesseract aka the cosmic cube which have had prominent roles in both “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “The Avengers”. The focus then shifted to the stone featured in 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World”, The Aether to then showcase the Orb from “Guardians of the Galaxy”. What’s interesting about this clip however is that Lokis scepter is in the spotight at times possibly hinting what some fans (not me) have been assuming, that the staff will contain the Mind Stone (if the movies follow the names of the comics). Then we see Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with all the stones attached! This means trouble.
- Captain Marvel, July 6 2018
- One of the character fans have been clamoring for for a long time has been Captain Marvel (also known as Miss Marvel). This will be Marvel’s first stand alone superhero film led by a female actor. Kevin Feige sums it all up in a very good way:
“This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers. 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. Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”
- Inhumans, November 2 2018
- “Inhumans” is a property not too many fans are familiar with. It’s one of Marvel’s most interesting properties however since it introduces a lot of new aspects to the story. The Inhumans are basically a race of people who have been living isolated for a very, very long time with fantastic powers. Without going into too many details, there is a very strong hierarchy and a royal family which opens up many dramatic possibilities. The two most prominent Inhumans are Black Bolt and Medusa (the royal couple). Black Bolt is burdened with so much power enabling him to destroy cities just by uttering a single word. Medusa on the other hand can contol her hair which would create cool visuals in a movie. There is also Lockjaw, a teleporting dog… Kevin Feige says:
“November 3, 2018 will introduce dozens of characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We really do believe the Inhumans can be a franchise or a series of franchise unto themselves. They have dozens of powers and an amazing social structure. With our 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we wanted to continue to refine what that universe is about.”
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, May 3 2019
- Read everything I wrote about Part 1 and may I add that I’m beyond excited for these movies!
So are you excited for Marvel’s future films? Which one are you most looking forward to?