If you’re a fan of superhero movies, then great! About 70% of films due for release in the coming years are from Marvel or DC. Although DC are releasing a range of films, such as Wonder Woman and a standalone Batman motion picture, Marvel has created such an entourage of films that they’re literally released in phases. How mad.
Phase 1, which commenced in 2008, included films such as Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor. Essentially, the aim of Phase 1 was to create an introduction to some of the characters involved with the Avengers Super movie, which was produced and released during Phase 2, along with superhero sequels and an introduction to more heroes, such as Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
So, to celebrate the release of Marvel Phase 3, we’ve put together an up to date timeline of Marvel movies due for release over the next couple of years. Enjoy!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – April 28th, 2017
In Cinemas right now, the Guardians are back to reprise their roles. And yes, baby Groot is the cutest thing you will see this year. The film sees Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) find his true heritage in the shape of Kurt Russell. Kurt, who plays Ego (Star Lord’s father), is a major part of the film. If you haven’t seen this film yet we suggest you do, even if it’s just to see dancing baby Groot in full force during the first scene of the film.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7th, 2017
Originally debuted in Captain America: Civil War, this incarnation of Spider-Man will see Tom Holland put his spin on the role, which has previously been portrayed by actors Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Homecoming is being kept very much under wraps at the moment; however, we do know that actors involved in the film include Zendaya, Tony Revolori and Marisa Tomei, as well as Robert Downey Jr, who is set to reprise his Iron Man role, and Michael Keaton, who will be playing The Vulture.
Thor: Ragnarok – October 27th, 2017
Due for release near the end of the year, Thor: Ragnarok will see two of the main Avengers roster reprise their roles. Both Thor and Hulk, who were missing from Captain America: Civil War will be in Ragnarok, but it’s unsure as to why they didn’t appear in Civil War. Could this be explained in the third instalment of Thor?
Not much is known about the plot, and the trailer for the film doesn’t give too much away. However, we do know that Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role as Loki, and we’ll be seeing other top name stars, such as Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins.
Black Panther – February 9th, 2018
Moving on to 2018, the first Marvel film of the year will be Black Panther. We were introduced to the character back in Captain America: Civil War. Portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, the character is one of the only African characters portrayed in the franchise.
We’re hoping to learn more about Wakanda and their culture in this instalment, and to see more of the comedy Boseman can produce, which was hinted upon in Civil War.
Black Panther is currently in development and will start filming soon. Joining Boseman will be Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira and Dora Milaje.
The Avengers: Infinity War – April 27th, 2018
The third instalment of the Avengers storyline will apparently be so huge that Marvel decided to break the film into two parts. Originally code-named “Part 1” and “Part2”, the two films are now due to be given separate names, and it is unsure whether Part 2 will continue on from where Part 1 ends.
What we do know, from the title of the first instalment, is that the plot has something to do with the infinity stones. Infinity stones have cropped up in a few of the Marvel films:
- The Space Stone: Crops up in Avengers. Currently stored in an Asgard Vault
- The Mind Stone: Currently lodged in Vision’s noggin’. Originally situated in Loki’s staff
- The Reality Stone: Seen in Thor: The Dark World, Asgardians gave the stone to the Collector… Which may or may not have been a terrible idea
- The Time Stone: Seen in Dr Strange and currently situated in an amulet which he wears around his neck
The only stone that has yet to turn up in the Marvel cinematic universe is the Soul Stone. It’s unsure whether this will turn up in any of the films previous to this release, however, it could have a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok, or even Black Panther.
Used together, the stones spell disaster for the universe in the hands of Thanos, who is pegged to be the largest villain seen in the Marvel Universe to date.
Ant-Man And The Wasp – July 6th, 2018
For a while, it was unsure whether Ant-Man would receive the sequel it definitely deserved from Marvel. However, it’s now happening and is due for release in the summer of 2018.
Nothing is known about the plot, however, we do know that the original cast will be making a return along with the original director.
Captain Marvel – March 8th, 2019
Originally scheduled for late 2018, Captain Marvel will be one of the first Marvel films to grace our screens in early 2019. Captain Marvel comes from a mysterious race known as the Kree, and the film is said to be an origin story for her.
We will not see Brie Larson, pegged to play the hero, until the debut film. So it could be that the third Avengers instalment will affect her character origin significantly…
Untitled Avengers: Infinity War Sequel – April 26th, 2019
Fans can expect to see the aftermath of the Infinity War a full year after its release. The sequel, which is yet to be named, will hopefully show the aftermath of the War, or even continue it depending on where the first film goes with its plot.
Very little is known about this film; however, we are sure you can expect the same star-studded cast from the first film unless some don’t make it….
From here on out, Marvel has announced untitled projects which are yet to head into planning. However, we’ll be keeping our eyes out for any information about upcoming comic book adaptions…