UPDATE: Marvel has now added a sixth new date: May 4th, 2018. That means we’ll be getting three films in 2018 as well.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 23, 2014
That’s right, folks, the powerhouse that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be stopping any time soon. Why would they? They have yet to release a truly bad film, and the films they have released are making bank left and right. Anyway, Marvel has officially announced that the MCU will continue until 2019, though don’t be surprised if they extend that in several years. They also revealed five new release dates for currently untitled films: July 28 and November 3, 2017; July 6 and November 2, 2018; and May 3, 2019.
For those of you not keeping track at home, let’s go over what Marvel’s plans are post-Phase 2. First, there’s Ant-Man on July 17, 2015. Then there’s Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016, and then Doctor Strange slated for July 8, 2016. Add the five dates we just learned about, and that’s a total of nine films coming out after Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Now, we know that Thor 3 is also in the works. If I had to guess, I’d say the it scores the May 2017 slot, but again, we just don’t know. However, there is one film we can reasonably assign a date to: Avengers 3 for May 3, 2019. Think about it, Avengers movies always nab the May premiere dates, and this would be not only the finale of Phase 3, but the culmination of everything that started with Iron Man in 2008. Yeah, they’ll probably to a Phase 4, but that will be a relaunch (not reboot). A new starting point for the MCU post-Avengers 3 and the climactic showdown with Thanos.
As for what other potential films will occupy those dates, there are a lot of possibilities. Iron Man 4, Incredible Hulk 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Inhumans, Nova, Moon Knight, Howard the Duck…okay, not that last one. Regardless, if there’s one thing Marvel has proved, it’s that they can be successful even without the likes of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men.
But we want to hear your speculations! Which films do you think Marvel will put in those dates? Let us know in the comments below!