Marvel Studios knows how to make an impact. Since the first Iron Man hit, they've built a strong, cohesive world with a vision that created a universe, collectively known as the MCU - the Marvel Cinematic Universe to fans and industry members alike. On what would otherwise be an average Tuesday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and a slew of guests held an event worthy of a Comic-Con or three, with new characters, new films, release dates for several years, and a roadmap for the entirety of "Phase 3" of their massive plan.
First up, we have a Captain Marvel movie - or at least we will soon... Marvel Studios brought surprises to their special event held in Los Angeles’ El Capitan theater on Tuesday, including the announcement of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, being included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After DC and WB beat them to the punch announcing a standalone super hero movie with a female lead officially in an investor call two weeks ago, Marvel Studios brought out the fanfare - and the fans - for their announcement. The film has no real details yet, other than that it's coming on July 6, 2018, and will feature both her Earthly origins and a cosmic adventure. The character has not been cast, and Marvel is currently working on securing a director for the film, first.
While Marvel has had sidekicks like War Machine/Iron Patriot and The Falcon, but now a black superhero is getting the spotlight as Black Panther was also announced. The character has been rumored for involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time, but there was some question whether he’d make it into the next “Phase” of the overarching story. Now we know, his film will hit on November 3, 2017. Chadwick Boseman will star in the role, having already played groundbreaking black men like Jackie Robinson and James Brown in prior films. Feige said he'll actually make his first appearance, however, in Captain America: Civil War, coming to theaters May 6, 2016. He'll have a large role in that movie, and be in costume (as seen above in the concept art).
Feige also talked about movies that were previously announced. He said that the Doctor Strange film, announced as having a release date of November 4, 2016 would open up the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the sorcerer "entering the world of parallel dimemsions."
And although not in Los Angeles, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn appeared via video to announce that the sequel's release date is moving up to May 5, 2017.
The previously announced date for the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, July 28, 2017, will instead be filled by the third Thor film, now titled Thor: Ragnarok. Feige says that both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston will reprise their roles as Thor and Loki, and that the film would be "the end of all things."
Back to the new, Marvel also announced Inhumans, a movie they see as having franchise potential. Nothing more was said other than the release date of November 2, 2018, however.
Finally, "all 20 Marvel Studios movies" will culminate in Avengers: Infinity War. The movie will see every character in the MCU coming together to take on Thanos and the assembled Infinity Stones in the Infinity Guantlet. The movie will be split in two parts, one coming in May 2018, and the next in May 2019.
The full slate of films announced is as follows:
Captain America: Civil War -- May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange — Nov. 4, 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 — May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarock — July 28, 2017
Black Panther — Nov. 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War (Part I) — May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel — July 6, 2018
Inhumans — Nov. 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War (Part II) — May 3, 2019