At a special press event held at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the company's plans for their so-called "Phase 3" movies - including some big changes in the Avengers superhero line-up.
The newly-announced films are as follows:
- "Captain America 3: Civil War" on May 6, 2016
- "Doctor Strange" on November 4, 2016
- "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" on May 5, 2017
- "Thor 3: Ragnarok" on July 28, 2017
- "Black Panther" on November 3, 2017
- "Avengers 3: Infinity War: Part 1" on May 4, 2018
- "Captain Marvel" on July 6, 2018
- "Inhumans" on November 2, 2108
- "Avengers 3: Infinity War: Part 2" on May 3, 2019
A few of the announcements were received with particular excitement, including the debut of the popular Avengers character Black Panther as the lead in a stand-alone film. This will mark the first time a Marvel Studios original movie will feature a black hero in a central role. (It was preceded by "Blade," based on a Marvel property and starring Wesley Snipes, but not produced by Marvel Studios itself.)
Chadwick Boseman, previously notable for his starring roles in "42" and the James Brown biopic "Get On Up," has already been cast in the role of Black Panther and will first appear as the character in "Captain America 3." Marvel also released a first look at how the Black Panther costume will look on-screen.
Feige added that the "Captain Marvel" film announced for 2018 will feature Carol Danvers as the titular hero, making this another landmark feature. It will be the first Marvel Studios led by a female protagonist, and one of the first overall comic book movies in history to star a woman hero. (Notably, "Captain Marvel" hits theaters in the same year that DC will release the female-driven superhero flick "Wonder Woman.")
"Inhumans" will focus on an alien team of superheroes who are lesser-known outside of hardcore fan circles. Most likely, the company is hoping that - following the huge success of the somewhat obscure Guardians of the Galaxy team at the box office - fans are ready to embrace more second-and-third tier heroes like Black Bolt and Medusa.
Finally, the day's announcements shed some additional light on how the main Marvel Cinematic Universe storyline will develop. "Captain America 3" will take inspiration from the infamous "Civil War" crossover storyline in which Marvel Comics heroes were forced to register with their respective governments. (This kicks off an extended rivalry between Iron Man - who sides with the US Government - and Captain America - who leads resistance to the legislation.)
The Avengers series will then continue with the "Infinity War" crossover story arc over the course of two films (so far called "Infinity War Part 1" and "Infinity War Part 2.") In the comics, this storyline focuses on a powerful deity named Adam Warlock whose use of the Infinity Gauntlet touches off an intergalactic crisis.
Kevin Feige hung out after the announcement to answer questions from the reporters and fans in attendance. Find some video coverage below from our friends at Slashfilm.
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