Damnit Marvel! Gimme a break! So much news so fast! I can’t cover it all! So yeah... in case you haven’t heard yet, Marvel dropped the bomb today on what their plans are for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). So here’s a quick breakdown for y’all.
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
It’s already been confirmed that THIS version of Civil War will be vastly different from the comic book variation (owing largely to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the rights to many of the supporting characters). Instead this version will be about some sort of government registration act to regulate super heros, and that Captain America and Iron Man will either try to run, or find issue with. So no, sorry, this won’t be Captain America vs Iron Man like we originally thought.
Side note: It’s been rumored that Black Panther will make a cameo appearance.
Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
Just FYI, the news that I mentioned earlier about Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange? Rumor at this point. It has not officially been stated, though it’s well known he’s in negotiations with Marvel/Disney.
The interesting thing to note about this and all future superhero movies is that it’s not an origin story. Doctor Strange has been name dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier already as just someone who exists and is at least known by most of the cast. So while I wouldn’t put it past them including a quick flash back explaining who he is, the bulk of the Doctor Strange movie is not going to be about “how” he came to be.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
Don’t really know much about this one, other than the fact that it was confirmed to be in production almost immediately after the first one ended. Chances of new characters being added to the A-hole team.
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
The plot of this one will be involving Loki sending an army of fire beasts to destroy the norse gods. Ragnarok is literally the norse belief of Armageddon, and with the way things are going this might be a good chance for Thor to be put to rest permanently, so that Lady-Thor might be able to take up the mantle.
Black Panther – November 3, 2017
Not much is known about this one either, outside that it’s going to be kinda a fish out of water story about how this small (but profitable and valuable) African city has to deal with the changes going on outside it’s boarders. So I guess a “Coming to America” but in reverse?
Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
This is kinda the big one... This won’t be the male Captain Marvel, but instead it’s been confirmed to be Carol Danvers. The fact that it’s “Captain Marvel” and not “Ms. Marvel” is quite promising too. While DC will have beaten them to the punch on having the first female led superhero movie with their Wonder Woman film, I have such lingering doubts in Warner Bros abilities and such strong faith in Marvel’s that I’m more inclined to believe THIS will be the one to remember.
Inhumans – November 2, 2018
I don’t know much about the Inhumans, but I do know that they’re Marvel’s loophole in a lot of legal copyright issues right now. See, when Marvel was bankrupted in the 90’s, they sold their licensing rights to many of their franchises to various film companies as a way to earn money. Gradually most of those licensing rights have reverted or been bought back by Disney/Marvel, but some of them still linger at competing studios (such as Spider-Man and X-Men).
To give you an idea of how ridiculous these licensing rights are... Marvel is not allowed to even use the word “mutant” because that’s owned by FOX who owns the X-Men. This is why Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, but they won’t be referred to as mutants and will have an entirely new origin story compared to the X-Men version.
There’s a TON of mutant characters Marvel WANTS to be using... but they can’t because of the legal issue with FOX. However... if they were to refer to these new mutants as “inhumans,” it would allow them to bypass that legal restriction and bring back some of the more popular side characters. Also, the current Ms. Marvel is Kamala Kahn who gained superpowers after being doused with a chemical that unleashed her “inhuman” powers. So having an Inhumans movie could pave the way for a Kamala Kahn Ms. Marvel movie too.
One more important tie-in. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be quite heavily introducing the idea of Inhumans already. Everything in that series so far seems to be working towards the idea of bringing Inhumans into the mix pretty early on. So this will be interesting to see how it all pieces together.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019
And this is it. This is where it’s ALL going and building to. EVERYTHING from all the movies back to the first Iron Man will culminate in THIS EPIC WAR. Thanos using the infinity gauntlet and everyone teaming up to stop him. So epic it had to be broken into 2 films! Wow.
So that’s Marvel’s plan for Phase 3. Of course we’re not done with Phase 2 yet. We still have Avengers: Age of Ultron and an Ant-Man movie to get through before Phase 3 begins. And of course, much of this is subject to change. But for now? HOLY HELL!
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