Update: MARVEL STUDIOS Puts SIX More Movies on Schedule for 2017-2019

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That didn't take long. Just hours after Sony announced Amazing Spider-Man 3 would move from 2016 to an unspecified date in 2018 and thereby pushing Amazing Spider-Man 4 off its original May 4, 2018 date, Marvel Studios jumped in and claimed the date for themselves.

Here is the new Marvel Studios release schedule. They now have staked claim to the next five coveted first weekend in May dates, although they're still playing chicken with Warner Bros. over the May 6, 2016 date, which the rival studio has claimed for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

2015:
May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man

2016:
May 6: Captain America 3 (not official title)
July 8: Untitled

2017:
May 5: Untitled
July 27: Untitled
Nov. 3: Untitled

2018:
May 4: Untitled
July 6: Untitled
Nov. 2: Untitled

2019:
May 3: Untitled

Original story: Marvel Studios has planted their virtual flag in the sand once more - or rather, five times more, with release dates secured as future releases, even without pesky things like titles, characters, or directors assigned to those calendar marks.

July 27, 2017. November 3, 2017. July 6, 2018. November 2, 2018. May 3, 2019. Those are all now release dates for more movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, announced just ahead of Comic-Con International: San Diego.

Those dates add more question marks to Marvel's already packed schedule before these were added, wherein there are multiple unnamed films with release dates. The current schedule is:

2015:
May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man

2016:
May 6: Captain America 3 (not official title)
July 8: Untitled

2017:
May 5: Untitled
July 27: Untitled
Nov. 3: Untitled

2018:
July 6: Untitled
Nov. 2: Untitled

2019:
May 3: Untitled

Now, some of these are relatively easy to guess. Doctor Strange, for example, has a director and has been confirmed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Variety even goes so far as to say that Strange is the one in the July 8, 2016 relase spot, though that's unconfirmed. But what about the other six? Well, there's likely a Thor 3 in the mix, and we know Avengers 3 is somewhere in there. It's quite possible that Marvel is reserving a date for a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, especially with early screening buzz being at a high pitch. An Ant-Man sequel could easily be a 2018 or 2019 date, too; it's unlikely that Marvel Studios is making any films without some sort of sequel in mind. Others in the mix are Black Panther, Hulk, and any number of female heroes, or Inhumans, or... well, you get the idea.

Perhaps the biggest part of this news is that Marvel is at least partially increasing their pace, with three films planned in 2017. If that works out well for them, don't be surprised to see the two film per year mark permanently increased.

As for the "skip year" of 2018, the May 4, 2018 release slot is currently held by Sony Pictures and The Amazing Spider-Man 4. Marvel Studios has a history of being surprisingly accommodating to Sony and their Spider-Man franchise, possibly because Marvel/Disney still makes money from the licensing products such as toys and costume elements (as opposed to their limited licensing deals with Fox). Also, this updated release schedule still keeps Captain America 3 on the schedule for May 6, 2016 - which is also still the scheduled release date for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from Warner Bros Pictures.

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