[Update: Watch the event footage and Avengers: Infinity War teaser right HERE!]

It’s finally happenened, moviegoers. Today at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles Marvel Studios unveiled Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dating all the way up to May 2019. All of their official release dates for unannounced features have been titled, and in some cases, slightly moved. We can happily put to rest the hints, reports and rumors from the last half a decade and focus on what’s actually going to hit theaters from camp Marvel.

Captain America brings Civil War in May 2016. Doctor Strange brings supernatural elements and parallel dimensions later that year. Captain Marvel is coming. Black Panther is coming.The Inhumans are for real, Thor: Ragnarok represents the “end of all things” in July 2017 after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 kicks off the summer. But that’s not all; phase 3 includes not one, but two Avengers flicks.

The Avengers: Infinity War begins the summer of 2018 as a two-part story and bridging it and its 2019 followup will be Captain Marvel and Inhumans in 2018. We don’t know what comes after Infinity War breaks the universe, but it’s when most of the current main Avengers cast see their contracts expire. By the end of Age of Ultron we might already see a drastically different team and a few years from now we’ll probably have someone else wearing the Captain America uniform like in the comics.

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Josh Brolin with Hasbro Infinity Gauntlet at SDCC 2014

As you have probably guessed from the title, Avengers: Infinity War represents the culmination of all the films so far, bringing all of its story threads and characters together in a war against Thanos (Josh Brolin) who will somehow acquire all of the Infinity Stones, some of which we’ve already seen in a few of the films. Here’s a low-res shot Kara Warner nabbed on her phone for us from the teaser trailer that played at the event.

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Recent reports claim The Avengers 3 will feature a different team of heroes and given the other releases around it (i.e. Civil War and Ragnarok) that’s very likely the case with lot of the familiar stars either off-earth or at least busy with other things. We had described the third team-up as a setup movie for some larger event that brings everyone and everything together – and that’s exactly what Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 represents. It also conveniently has two potentially very alien and other-worldly movies coming in the middle with Inhumans and Captain Marvel, both of which will deal a lot with the Kree aliens first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.

There’s no word on whether or not Joss Whedon will continue to be involved in future Avengers projects – or other Marvel movies – going forward after next summer’s Age of Ultron but recent reports put Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo as the current favorites to help The Avengers 3 & 4 which now makes more since its confirmed as a two-part event, all taking place after their next project (Cap 3), giving them the time to take those films on afterwards.

[Update: Watch the event footage and Avengers: Infinity War teaser right HERE!]

NEXT: ‘Avengers 2’ Robert Downey Jr. Set Interview

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1, 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.

Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes for your Marvel movie and TV news!

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