Marvel Reveals Slated Movie Releases and a Complete Timeline for ‘Phase 3’

By Kevyn Cortez | 3 years ago
Marvel Reveals Slated Movie Releases and a Complete Timeline for ‘Phase 3’
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According to, Marvel officially revealed the studios’ complete lineup and slated releases of the movies included in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) "Phase 3." It was announced at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre on Tuesday. Read on for further details.

Last week, Warner Bros. officially revealed 10 of their DC-titled pics that will run throughout till the year 2020. This time,  Marvel’s retaliation was made by announcing the release dates for several upcoming Marvel movies. Here’s the rundown of the pics’ releases and some in-depth knowledge on them.

2015 will see the release of "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Ant-Man."

The highly anticipated sequel, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will hit the big screens on May 1, 2015. The pic will see the return of the original cast including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury. They will try to stop Tony’s experiment which has gone wrong — Ultron. Ultron is a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and has the ability to control Stark’s Iron Legion. Deciding that humans are the main enemies, Ultron sets out to eradicate every human from the earth. While battling Ultron, the team will have a run in with two newcomers, the mutant twins: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a speedster, and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), a powerful mutant with reality-bending powers. However, the group will seek help from an old friend in a new form, the synthezoid Vision (Paul Bettany),  an android who is able to control his density which enables him to phase through walls, fly or have a near diamond-hard invulnerability. Bettany is also Tony Stark's A.I. butler, J.A.R.V.I.S. in the previous films.

Meanwhile, “Ant-Man” is Marvel’s feature pic on the size-shifting hero, Ant-Man. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a con-man in a story of heist that will save the world. Rudd is joined by other cast members including Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll. Douglas, who plays Henry Pym, is Lang’s mentor and founder of the Pym particles — particles that enables size alteration. Evangeline Lilly plays the role of Hope van Dyne, Pym’s daughter. "The Strain" star Corey Stoll plays as the film's main antagonist, Darren Cross/Yellow Jacket. “Ant-Man” will premiere on July 17, 2015.

2016 will see the release of "Captain America 3" and "Doctor Strange."

Captain America 3: Civil War” is the third and final installment of Marvel’s Captain America franchise. The film will feature the return of Chris Evans as the titular Captain America, as well as the appearance of Robert Downey Jr.’s character, Tony Stark/Iron Man. "Civil War" will see the implementation and consequences of the Superhero Registration Act, a legislative bill that will require mandatory registration of all superheroes, revealing their identities to the U.S. government. Not all heroes are in favor of the law, dividing the superhero community down the middle. Those who support the Superhero Registration Act, the Pro-Registration rally under the banner of Iron Man; and those who don’t, the Anti-Registration, aligning with the ideals of Captain America. The clash within two different ideals will see good-intentioned superhero characters finding themselves upon different sides. “Captain America 3: Civil War” will hit the screens on May 6, 2016.

Furthermore, "Doctor Strange" is Marvel’s feature pic on the titular hero and Marvel’s first attempt on the supernatural. According to recent reports, Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations for the lead role. Originally a gifted surgeon, the egotistical Dr. Stephen Strange’s life changed when he got in a car accident that badly damaged the nerves of his hands. The surgeon-turned-sorcerer then seek the help of the Ancient One to heal his hands. He then trained to be proficient in the verse of Mystic Arts, becoming Earth’s greatest and most powerful mystic and master of the arcane arts — the Sorcerer Supreme. Taking on a new role, he is now tasked to defend the realm against demons and mystical forces such as Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, the Undying Ones and Nightmare. Doctor Strange will be released on Nov. 4, 2016.

2017 will see "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Black Panther."

May 5, 2017 will see the sequel to this year’s box office hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Helmer James Gunn will return to direct the pic, which he also wrote. The pic will see the return of the five original cast members including Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista. They will be joined by other unspecified members of the film’s cast, as well as new additions for the ragtag team in a story that will unravel some of the secrets posed in the first pic. Gunn, who directed and wrote the original pic, will be returning to helm the sequel with Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing the sequel.

July 28, 2017 is slated for "Thor: Ragnarok," the third and potentially the final installment of the "Thor" franchise. In Norse myth, Ragnarok was the end of days — the end of the world. "Thor: Ragnarok" will see the return of Thor’s mischievous brother Loki, who will have a hand in starting the apocalypse. Thor must now fight to save the day, to save the girl and to save his world from utter destruction.

"Black Panther" is a take on Marvel’s first African superhero. Chadwick Boseman has been signed for five film deals with Marvel to play the Wakandian King, who will also appear in "Captain America: Civil War." T’challa is heir to the throne of Wakanda. The island rich in an element called vibranium, the same stuff Captain America’s shield is made of. Every Wakandan King is given a heart-shaped herb by the Black Panther spirit, granting them fantastical abilities of Olympic level physical attributes, like strength, speed, stamina and such, as well as heightening all of other senses. Equipped with his kingdom’s resources, T’challa sets out to punish the wicked. Black Panther pounces on the big screens on Nov. 3, 2017.

2018 will see the releases of "The Avengers: Infinity War, Part One," "Captain Marvel" and "Inhumans."

May 4, 2018 is set for part one of the third installment of Marvel’s "Avengers" franchise. "The Avengers: Infinity War, Part One" will feature the Marvel storyline, "Infinity Gauntlet." Josh Brolin, who made cameos as Thanos in "Avengers" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," is set to reprise his role. "The Avengers: Infinity War" will see a new lineup to the superhero team-up thanks to the upcoming events of "Civil War."

"Captain Marvel," Marvel’s feature on its iconic character, Captain Marvel, and their first female led title. Marvel's version is not to be mistaken with DC’s "Shazam" or "Captain Marvel." There had been 10 persons to don the persona of Captain Marvel, but the pic will focus on the comic’s current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers/Miss Marvel. Marvel has been making big efforts to diversify its superhero lineup, not only in the comics but also in the movie universe. "Captain Marvel" will fly into the big screens in July 6, 2018.

"Inhumans" are no mutants nor humans exposed to radiations or chemicals. They are part of a race exposed to the Terrigen mists, granting them powers beyond imagination. Black Bolt leads this superpowered society who lives in isolation and mistrustful of the human race. Black Bolt possesses a Quasi-Sonic Scream able to level mountains with a single whisper. Not much has been revealed for the plot, but as the comics suggest, it may be about the internal conflict between Black Bolt and Maximus the Mad, his ambitious brother who wants the family throne. Inhumans will invade theaters on Nov. 2, 2018.

2019 will see the second part to "The Avengers: Infinity War" set for May 3, 2019.

That’s it for the latest scoop on Marvel’s "Phase" Three plans. For more updates on celebrities, events, TV shows and upcoming movies stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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