When Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was announced, I had to say I was a little bewildered. Why would Marvel take a property few people read and turn it into a blockbuster tentpole film? Of course, all fears were immediately dispelled when we saw the damn thing, mostly because it’s amazing. Now the comic book giant is taking a gamble on six new movies in what it’s calling Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and they’re some of the most ambitious projects yet.
Above are the titles graphics for the next six films. Obviously, we knew some of them were coming. Captain America: Civil War and Thor: Ragnarok for example, but the other four are straight out of left field.
Marvel CEO, Kevi Feige held an event today outlining the titles.
Captain America: Civil War gets a 6 May, 2016 release date, Thor: Ragnarok gets a 28 July, 2017 release, followed by an Inhumans movie in November 2018.
Marvel then confirmed plans for a Doctor Strange movie in 2016, with Benedict Cumberbatch widely believed to play the film’s lead role.
November 2017 will also see the release of a Black Panther movie from Marvel, with Chadwick Boseman set to play the role. We’re also getting a Captain Marvel movie in July 2018.
Those two are pretty exciting, simply because it breaks the long-running tradition of a superhero universe full of tough white guys. Captain Marvel, for example, is a female-led title, while Black Panther will bring the first black superhero onto screens.
Finally, there’s going to be a two-part Avengers sequel following Age Of Ultron designed to wrap up the Phase Three universe. The new sequel will be called Infinity War, which focuses on the battle over the Infinity Gauntlet seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Part one of Avengers: Infinity War comes out in May 2018, followed by Part Two in May 2019.
For a more detailed look at the backstories of these amazing characters and how they slot into the Marvel comic universe, check out Kotaku’s take on the news.